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Old 08-01-2012, 09:57 PM   #346
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See if any of these match up with what you heard...

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wi...tion-and-signs

There is a recording of various night animal noises in comparison to a mountain lion.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:48 AM   #347
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ok I don`t get it how does one use tyre levers to defend ones self from a wild critter such as a cougar or a bear ?
nice ride report ..glad I haven`t read any stories on you haveing to use the tyre levers yet ..keep up the good work
in bear country I always camp with a friend that runs slower than I do
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:21 PM   #348
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Eyup missus, tha gets around doesn't tha! (in a Northernesque accent)

I see you're in Oklahoma, land of the red dirt, & at present, scorching heat!!!

Anyway, if you are going thro' Missouri you can camp in my back yard or use the couch, or set up your tent in the spare room, at least it's air conditioned.

I've PM'd you my phone # & e mail addy coz I don't look at this site very often.

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Old 08-06-2012, 07:06 AM   #349
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Old 08-06-2012, 08:41 AM   #350
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Apparently she was in Wisconsin long enough to get something named after her.

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Old 08-07-2012, 01:30 AM   #351
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Old 08-07-2012, 05:01 PM   #352
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ok I don`t get it how does one use tyre levers to defend ones self from a wild critter such as a cougar or a bear ?
nice ride report ..glad I haven`t read any stories on you haveing to use the tyre levers yet ..keep up the good work
in bear country I always camp with a friend that runs slower than I do
I think you can use your imagination on what I would do with my tyre levers when in a tight corner, speaking of which, have you heard about my "Grab, Twist, Pull" self defence technique?

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Eyup missus, tha gets around doesn't tha! (in a Northernesque accent)

I see you're in Oklahoma, land of the red dirt, & at present, scorching heat!!!

Anyway, if you are going thro' Missouri you can camp in my back yard or use the couch, or set up your tent in the spare room, at least it's air conditioned.

I've PM'd you my phone # & e mail addy coz I don't look at this site very often.

Later,
Mick the Brit.
Thanks for that Mick, I've moved on quite a bit, but I'll save the PM details for if/when I'm next in your neck of the woods...I WAS in Sedalia a couple of weeks ago.

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sorry, got sidetracked drinking with friends in Manhattan and idly watching Thelma doing her lost and abandoned act in the New York streets. the Irish we were out with, went to a lock in and were drinking until 10.00am

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Old 08-07-2012, 05:12 PM   #353
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Continuing the RR, though it seems to me, that you guys are pretty good at amusing yourselves and keeping the thread going without my comments.

The final night on the road in Kansas was a pretty one



But even so, with the temperatures hitting 111 degrees plus during the day, I was looking forward to a bit of luxury and actually staying in a house, maybe sleeping in a bed if I was lucky.(and possibly those around me hoping I'd find somewhere with a shower)
However when I reached RockyDog's place in Oklahoma, maybe lucky was not the word that sprang to mind, he assured me he had tidied up in honour of my visit




The good news was that he has electricity
and a shower

and actually quite a decent area for "My Office"

damn, lost that picture, I'll go look for it and in the meantime, post this up and deal with my email stalker...you know who you are
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Old 08-11-2012, 07:09 AM   #354
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I've tracked down the photo, the one that proves RockyDog does not live in a dump (so he'll be relieved to see it!)



This was my comfortable office space.
However I wasn't to have much time on my computer, I was here to experience one of America's most symbolic holidays...Independence Day, and it was to be in Oklahoma small-town style

Step One:
Establish size of town



OK, 110 people, for me that constitues a tiny hamlet, but if the Yanks want to call it a town, I'm not going to argue.

Step 2:
Watch the parade



Whoops, I nearly got run over by the parade- hadn't realised it was this small (apologies to residents of Hillsdale), note the vehicles to my left, doing my Brit Abroad impression of looking the wrong way as I cross the road.

I sat down to continue watching



Step Three:

Watch various races, including the unusual three-legged sack race



Unfortunately there was a problem with the camera and so we didn't get a picture of the turtle race which I particularly enjoyed. And if I'd known, I would have gone turtle hunting the day before and brought my own one along.
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So, what did I participate in...??



It might not look like the most dynamic of sports, but the tension was high as I lined up (sole international entrant) for the coin tossing event. I may not have been a prize winner, but I didn't let my nation down.
This was followed by the water balloon tossing, in which we made it to the quarter finals, you can tell from the wet t-shirt who was the more skilled at catching the balloon



Having failed to make the winners' podium at any of the events in this small town of just 110 people, I retired to the town hall where I assisted witht he catering activities, they weren't letting this vegetarian near any actual cooking so I helped to open the tins of beans (which I couldn't help noticing all had meat in them).



In time honoured fashion, the festivities ended with people sitting in the back of their trucks watching the fireworks

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Old 08-11-2012, 10:55 AM   #356
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See if any of these match up with what you heard...

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wi...tion-and-signs

There is a recording of various night animal noises in comparison to a mountain lion.
Thanks for that TripleThreat, I've enjoyed listening to the night time nature noises of the mountains, the "coughing" sound I heard was possibly more like a grey fox than anything else on the soundtrack, not exactly. However, what on earth were they doing to that rabbit to make it scream like that?
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:51 PM   #357
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:05 AM   #358
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:13 AM   #359
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Breakfast in the garden with RockyDog



More foreign food, in this case, it was his homemade Corn Bread



and very tasty it was too. Thelma had been out in the garden feeling very at home with two of RD's bikes, he is in the process of "creating" a garage space for the bikes...



A final cup of tea inthe garden, before I had to hit the road again (I forgot to take my camera and get photos of the nightlife in Enid when we went out for a few drinks at the Irish Bar)




Huge thanks to RockyDog for inviting me and being such a great host, I loved my small town adventures.
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Whoops, almost lost this picture, one of my favourite place name signs from the trip



I think they were onto a bit of a theme with those towns.

I have a theory about place names in America, as so many of them seem a bit bizarre to Brits (not that we don't have funny places names in England I hasten to add).
Obviously I've covered many thousands of miles in the US on this trip, and I've worked out that when the Yanks were naming their towns, they sat down with a dictionary, a map of the world and a page of birth and death announcements from the newspaper.

They'd flick through the dictionary to random page and pick any word, throw a dart at the map on the world for the next one and then randomly point a finger at an announcement in the paper.
This is how they ended up with
Parachute, Ethel and Lebanon on one road sign.
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