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04/18  Release the Cows!
04/19  Need A List
04/20  Million Dollar Water
04/23  Peoria IL
04/24  Navigating the Grid
04/25  I'm in a flat land
04/26  Ghetto in the Fields
04/27  The Katy Trail
04/30  Hermann MO
05/01  Hermann to Jefferson City
05/02  The Mushroom Hunters
05/03  Enter the Ozarks
05/04  Ha Ha Tonka
05/09  Bennett Springs State Park
05/10  Barbed Wire and Mansions
05/11  Hello Arkansas
05/16  Up the Mountain
05/17  Muddy Roads
05/21  The Ouachita Trail...
05/22  whip-a-ree
05/23  Mena
05/24  Oklahoma
05/25  Farm to Market to Paris
05/29  Caddo National Grasslands
05/30  Salt Palace and Alligators
05/31  Highways
06/01  Waco
06/06  Waco Mammoth Site
06/07  10 Liters
06/08  Mayonnaise or Mustard
06/10  Llano
06/11  Enchanted Rock and Old Tunnel
06/12  High Fences
06/13  Kickapoo Cavern
06/14  Del Rio
06/19  Into the Desert
06/20  Cold and Wet
06/21  Bicycler Bottleneck
06/22  Chisos Mountains
06/23  Chisos Mountain Lodge
06/24  Terlingua
06/25  Alpine
06/27  Friday Night Light
06/28  Dust Devils
07/02  Crops in the Desert
07/03  Armpit of America
07/04  City of Rocks
07/10  Gila National Forest
07/11  Peanut Butter
07/12  Last of the Washboards
07/13  Quemado
07/17  El Malpais
07/18  Last Desert Stretch
07/19  Farmington
07/24  Colorful Colorado
07/25  Between a Rock and a High Place
07/26  Cinnamon Pass
07/27  3250 Miles
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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).




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


according to Google this is also a road

Whitegrass Flats Mosquito Development Area

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