Last Day in Oklahoma
Day 25 June 27th Weatherford, OK to Erick, OK 86 miles – Total Miles. 1,417
Weather: Partly Sunny, 85 degrees, Tail wind in morning, cross wind in afternoon
When we left Weatherford this morning it looked like it was going to storm but luckily it stayed north and east of us. But it also helped keep the temperature down and gave us a nice tail wind all morning. We were happy with the weather and wind today – we can’t remember the last day we had a tail wind and it has been extremely hot for quite a while.
The National Route 66 Museum is located in Elk River. We stopped to take a picture but did not take the time to tour it, although it did look cool and probably would be fun to explore. We just had too long of a day on the bicycle to make a stop. That is one of the hard things about bicycle touring sometimes you just don’t have the time to check out something or it is off route a bit and you don’t have the time or the energy. Oh well I guess we will have to come back someday.
At one of our many gas station/convenience store stops, when returning to the bicycle to put the full water bottles back a young man was admiring the bike. He asked me about our trip and how it was going. He said he would love to bicycle across the country someday and then went on the explain that he had walked Route 66 last year. He told me it took him 5 months and he really enjoyed the adventure – impressive. Upon heading back inside I noticed he had a big backpack and his tennis shoes and planned to ask him where he was off to this time but when I came back out he was gone.
We are getting out into the prairie/grassland areas in Oklahoma. It is really pretty with large expanses of grassland and hills. The towns we pass thru are small and spread out. We have enjoyed Oklahoma and will be sad to leave it tomorrow. The people here are very kind and welcoming. For example, we were standing outside a grocery store in Erick and an older woman came up to us and was asking about our trip and wanted to know all the details. She then welcomed us to her town and said how great it was that we were there. She then apologized that the museum was closed and we would not be able to see it unless we could tour it on Tuesday, we explained we really needed to continue on. She was so genuine about everything that we truly felt welcomed to the Town of Erick!!