Bike Trip Day 17 – 8/5/11 – Bristow, OK to Claremore, OK

Start:  Bristow, OK

Finish: Claremore, OK

Weather:  110 degrees, sunny

Bike Time: 6.5 hours

Miles:  71

Distance to date: 1,061

When the sun came up this morning it was a fireball, not a cloud in the sky; 95 degrees by 9:00 am, 110 degrees before noon.  Fortunately, I planned an easier day and rolled into a cool motel with a pool by 2:00 pm. I took a long swim and have spent the rest of the afternoon charting the next week’s route – it is a challenge to find a bike friendly path that is not on Interstates.

I left my cell phone charger in some hotel, so I took advantage of going through Tulsa to get off Route 66 and visit to a Verizon store for a new charger.  Once off the route, I took the bike path along the Arkansas River for several miles, wandered through the neighborhoods, dropped by the Philbrook Museum, and generally soaked in a bit of Tulsa.  It is a beautiful, shady city.

I reunited with 66 on the east side of town and had a wonderful ten miles heading east on 11th Street.  Officially I was still in the City of Tulsa, but it was beautiful ranch land.  Then I headed northeast to Claremore along a highway that had a great shoulder and also had a series of terrific bridges.

I have hit the 1,000 mile mark but my expensive leather bicycle saddle has still not worn into a comfortable seat. I have used up all the saddle soap that was supposed to make it soft, but my butt is still sore, so I picked up more saddle soap and some cream for me.  Already it feels a bit better.

I am in the land of Will Rogers.  So far, I haven’t met a man here that I didn’t like.

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About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, theawkwardpose.com is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog, www.howwillwelivetomorrw.com, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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4 Responses to Bike Trip Day 17 – 8/5/11 – Bristow, OK to Claremore, OK

  1. Do you want that on your tombstone: “I haven’t met a man here that I didn’t like.”

  2. Sherri McCutchen says:

    OK, now I’m following you on the Rand-McNally…Can’t wait for the book!

  3. Paul Lewis says:

    Can any seat feel comfortable if you’re sitting on it for so many hours every day?

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