Well, today’s ride from Erick to Hinton, Oklahoma took us through our halfway point, both in days and in mileage. Again, we had absolutely perfect weather and a much more scenic route with trees and rolling hills and favorable winds. The route took us over 103 miles and 2776 ft of climbing, most of it on historic US Route 66. In fact, route 66 was the theme to our ride today as we took time to visit 2 route 66 museums, one in Elk City and the second museum was our lunch stop in Clinton, OK. Lunch was once again perfect with make your own burritos- you can get the idea that lunch is my favorite part of each day’s ride! PAC Tour paid our admission fee to each museum and we learned when and how route 66 came to be in the 1930’s. A lot of the day we ran parallel to I-40 and as you can see below, it was an interesting contrast at one point to see route 66 and I-40 running parallel with windmills on the side of the roads in oil-rich Oklahoma.
Just before our last rest stop we rode past a small animal hospital and I took the time to stop in to see who the veterinarian was there. It turns out that Dr. Tom Cox graduated in 1981 from Oklahoma State veterinary school, the same year that I started at OSU veterinary medicine. We had a nice 15 minute chat in his air-conditioned practice and we caught up a bit on some mutual friends from the good ol’ days at OSU. Tom, if you’re reading this blog, you should REALLY take the time to do PAC Tour some day- as the commercial goes, “JUST DO IT!” Your practice will still be there when you return (or at least I THINK my practice will be there when I return!).
Spirits are very high tonight as we had a poolside buffet at the hotel with celebration of our halfway mark. Lon and Susan also presented awards to two people with us on the crew- Sheila and Ned…they both surpassed the PAC Tour, 10,000 mile point! Lon and Susan have been feeding us SO well, many of us have been thinking that we’re actually putting on weight as we ride!
Two route 66 museums along the way today, true Americana.
I call this photo “Contrasts” as you can see the modern I-40 on the left side, historic Route 66 in the center (we’re riding on this road), and windmills on the right in oil-rich Oklahoma!
Dr. Tom Cox (OSU Veterinary Medicine, 1981) and myself (OSU Vet Med, 1985)
Day 13 and 1498 miles under our belts. Bring on Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia!