Okalahoma City, OK Here We Come
Day 23. June 25th. Chandler, OK to Oklahoma City, OK. 52 miles – Total Miles – 1,255
Weather: Hot, 94 degrees, Sunny and nasty cross wind – 15mph from the south
Our ride was shorter today so we left a bit later than normal. Was not a great idea due to the fact that the ride was a hot one with nasty cross wind, narrow hilly roads and lots of traffic!! Oh well we made it!!
The first city we hit that had some cool things to see was – Arcadia about 30 miles into our ride. It has a restored 1898 round barn, it is in amazing shape and has lots of historic information displayed in it. Evidently a group of volunteers got together to save the barn many years ago after the owners donated it to the city. It is great to see what volunteers can do when they all pull in the same direction. When we were visiting two gentlemen were touching up the paint on the barn, it looked great. The upper level of the barn is available for community use – weddings, family gatherings etc. It would be a fun place to hold a special event.
All to soon our tour was over and we had to climb back onto the bicycle for the last 20 miles to Oklahoma City. We were told that this part of Oklahoma was pretty much flat – NOT. There are many long gentle hills, the kind that wear out your legs as you climb one, down the next and up again – repeat.
For most of the ride we were on Route 66. Unfortunately the nice wide shoulder we had been enjoying the past couple of days was no where to be found. We made it to Edmond, OK a suburb of Oklahoma City and stopped for a snack and coffee at Starbucks – yea. We then made the last push to the city – hopped up on caffeine and sugar.
Tonight we plan to check out a local brewery and possibly the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial to the victims of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.