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Oklahoma

2014-05-24

tl;dr: I am cutting across the south-east corner of Oklahoma. My bike has issues and so does Google Maps.

I'm actually impressed that I'm still finding lonely gravel roads. Though I spent more time that I'd like on highways today, I spent even more time meandering through wildlife management areas and plots of trees cordoned off and leased to various hunting groups.

There are an abundance of donkeys in this area. And a typical number of free-range dogs, which are the not-vicious kind.

I entered Oklahoma.

I pulled into the all-purpose (hardware, grocery, gas, cafe, RV park, auto repair, pizza and community bulletin) Mountain Country Store in Smithville just as it started raining. My phone had no signal, so I could only guess as to how long the downpour would last. I ate a BBQ sandwich and admired the mounted boar heads and waited.

My front tire still has a slow leak and required pumping at least three or four times. I also had to adjust the cables and chain tensioner. If there was a bike shop within any reasonable distance I'd just go get this thing worked on.

Google Maps still believes in me. It believes I can go where others can't. That's why it routed me through two rivers.

After biking almost ninety miles, I find myself in a wetland Wildlife Management Area where a sign clearly indicates that you must use non-toxic shot while hunting mosquitoes I mean birds. I've camped with mosquitoes over the past few weeks, but today is the first time this trip I found myself struggling to set up my tent as quickly as possible in order to dive in and eat my dinner (summer sausage, sweaty cheese and crackers).

Mena


deer




donkeys


looking back


Welcome to Oklahoma!




not bear tracks




boar heads


waiting at the Mountain Country Store


waiting out rain in some shack




Three Rivers WMA


more dirt roads


where is Google taking me?


according to Google this is a road




SWAMP DONKEYS!


according to Google this is also a road


Whitegrass Flats Mosquito Development Area

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