2 women one guy,cross country on a small bike

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  1. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    Well it was time to break in the versys, and Christy had a ride in mind. Out to white sands and back via old highways, and scenic routes. We would stop and see kitschy sites along the way, and take Christy's mom on one last ride. White sands 40 years ago. [​IMG]

    And on this ride.
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  2. Oh2RideMore

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    Had a hard time getting the bike and bags ready the morning of day one. Got to Christy's and quickly added her items to the bike. She was already ready to go, and willing to ride. Obligitory pic of her in the blue whale OK


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    Shall I assume that is Christies Mom in the box ?
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  4. Oh2RideMore

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    Decided not to follow route 66 explicitly from st chuck, and did 94 down to 44 via side roads. Did the st clair version of 66 to devils elbow for pics. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/jfG_5HF4WBas7sqpPUg7odMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-sPcvopbLVQg/UCHY5FD--JI/AAAAAAAADcY/xE8G1AHxBcE/s800/IMG_0165.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/qE0jkODjpz8k908lebWGNtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-k3y4VGuutFA/UCHY7Moe53I/AAAAAAAADcY/OuT7c-wdMTc/s800/IMG_0170.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
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  5. Oh2RideMore

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    Not quite the standard ride report, we were taking Melanie's ashes where she wanted to be. Melanie was a great person, slightly hippie, and enjoyed riding cross country on a honda/suzuki/whatever it was. Her last wish was to be spread at white sands national monument, and we obliged.
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    neat
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  7. GSF1200S

    GSF1200S Been here awhile

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    :cry That sucks.. I think I might take my dad with me on my trip coming up. Good her last ride is with people who care enough to take her to her desired final destination. All the best..
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  8. MizzouRider

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    Glad you are doing the RR.. :clap

    Going to be following along.
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  9. rcskier

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    I like the idea for your ride!. What tire is that on your Versys? I own a red one and am looking for something just a tad more aggressive for dirt roads etc.
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    Great idea, my Bro in Law ( married to my wife's sis ) just carried from La. and spread his brother's ashes at Sturgis, SD a couple days ago. His last wish while alive.
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  11. Oh2RideMore

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    The bike is a 2009 versys, I had bought last year. Tires are a pirelli mt60 corsa front and an anakee 2 rear. The tire combo has been suggested on the versys thread, and as I already had an anakee sitting in basement, was my choice. The tires are a good combo for street and gravel, and the wet traction of the anakee made the unpredictable mountain weather tolerable. Tire life on the mt60 is surprising, as I front brake mostly, usually cupping the front. I would say over 60% of the tread remains with no cupping, all with 3300 miles on an overloaded bike. Very good tread life for a front tire. Rear anakee is about 50%, as is to be expected. Usually get about 5K out of rear anakees, but the wet traction is excellent, and large voids make gravel road riding fun. MizzouRider, will post more pics tonight when I get home. So many pics, but want to get this ride report done before I forget all the details.
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  12. Oh2RideMore

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    Alot of route 66 felt disused, as traffic has moved to the interstates. Luckily a few enterprising individuals are restoring landmarks along the way. Right outside cuba we passed the wagon wheel motel, a set of stone cottages from a bygone era. http://www.wagonwheel66cuba.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11&Itemid=11
    We had decided to incorporate geocaching into this ride, as a way to get a break from the saddle, and bring some fun into a long ride. We stopped in Rolla for lunch and headed over to the Fort Leonard wood fire tower for a large cache. Parked at the entrance and hiked to the cache.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/FgEf6fXKJGJLW1_sgvW4F9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-JISYj6KqXBE/UCMFtBBVVGI/AAAAAAAADco/l6B9HsR1HRs/s800/IMG_0173.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> Found it and continued on through some of the most desolate stretches of rt 66. We had planned on stopping in Springfield for the oldest Steak and shake, but the route was not planned well, and we somehow missed it. Had our first run in with a cell phone driver not paying attention, and we decided to get out of town. City traffic is not that much fun, so on we rode, missing our orange freeze. :(

    Christy continued taking pics while I focused on trying to follow the signs of old route 66. I did not use my gps with any tracks of 66, so it was just a follow the signs kind of ride. Missouri was quite hot that Saturday, already in the upper 90s when we left STL, it was full on hot by the time Devils elbow came around. I bought a couple of evaporative vests before this trip, and we used them every day in Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and New mexico.

    We stopped in another small town for another geocache, and noticed a tank parked nearby. Got the cache and walked over for some pics.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Pecd4O31ns6SVm-arZ1bH9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-JLV08R92szA/UCMFu24uAJI/AAAAAAAADcw/vH0RJMCx6EM/s800/IMG_0179.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> There were signs on it that stated "stay off tank". Why would you place a tank in a park and ask people to stay off. If I was a kid, I would be all over it. How do you destroy a tank? That thing is solid steel.

    Passed another old landmark hotel, the Munger Moss.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5NWzimmS1cH8u53rCh6WOdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-jyaoZjiXT-E/UCMGeHrNOvI/AAAAAAAADdk/EigX_lO8yTQ/s800/IMG_0180.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Found a super old portion of route 66, the two lane concrete, still in decent shape. Old bridge here
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    Old restored gas station
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    Outside of carthage, they are replacing the newer 66 bridge, and rerouting traffic over the much older route 66 bridge, a 9 ton weight limit, ornate concrete thing. Really falling apart, and signs warning huge fines to trucks that ignore the warnings. Crossed the bridges into Carthage, and right into the Boots motel.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/oYIdqVoYlh2NBK_IOw1p79MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fIf7q2elBnU/UCMFvnv9jNI/AAAAAAAADc4/0Oct-XxnOEU/s800/IMG_0187.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> Recently restored, this motel has been an icon in carthage for many years. Bunny, the proprietor, has been "restoring" room by room to the 40s decor including no modern amenities. A/C, 2 beds, a radio, and thats it. Very cool.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/InsLOHPF3ciEsrThXSw7JdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-cdZG2lDf9xk/UCMHsv3eCPI/AAAAAAAADeM/z4qg6Hd4MFE/s800/IMG_0189.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> Checked in, had a nice convesation with a route 66 expert, and headed out to dinner up the street.

    After dinner we planned to see one of the few remaining drive ins. Here is the route 66 drive in.
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    We paid, rode around back to an open spot, and grabbed the free rental chairs from the concession stand. Unfortunately, the cars and trucks blocked our view, so after Ice Age was over, we moved to an open area near the concession stand. With an unobstructed view, we watched Spiderman over fm radio, and Christy promptly fell asleep, several times. :) Movies were not that great, but the experience was nice. We got up, and rode out through traffic back to the motel. Little did we know that chiggers had attacked us at the drive in, and would make us very itchy the next couple of days.
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  13. Reverend12

    Reverend12 Well there it is..

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    Subcribed! Great report!
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  14. Oh2RideMore

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    Woke up late, got ready, and met up with the owner for a breakfast 2 doors down at the local diner. Had a breakfast skillet and lots of coffee. Stayed too long taking routes, and route 66 history with Ron. After breakfast walked over to the town square for one of the most ornate city hall buildings you have ever seen. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/wwlOu3_GmGMMYNJ5gcB5utMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-rCG_5GqKPso/UCMInw_qPQI/AAAAAAAADfQ/nEyUIx97zu8/s800/IMG_0194.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>They offer a tour, but we were late and needed to move on. At the motel, a restored classic awaits:<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/A5LiHzMUMi0L795MaTNERNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-tD_Tf3i82zY/UCMImRYc7sI/AAAAAAAADfM/UF-3I5jdygc/s640/IMG_0191.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Walked back to the motel, packed the bike, and headed out of town.
    Managed to snap a pic of the gps mileage from day one before leaving. Did this every morning or night.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/J-6ZZJAPY4b5CIpKlPeB4tMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YfwFrDShS5M/UCMI2ZZmsmI/AAAAAAAADfY/u5XMl6VeVu0/s640/IMG_0203.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    On the old route 66, there is a wooden bridge over the railroad tracks. The approach and departure angles are crazy steep, and the pavement was scarred with the undercarraige scrapes from cars driving just a bit too quick. The night before, on the ride back from the drive in, I had hit the bridge at 40 mph or so, 10 over. Got a little bit of air, and wanted to do the same again, but decided against it. If you are ever in carthage following rt 66, bring a good jumping bike. :)

    Soon we would cross over into kansas for a short bit of road. Found some great old bridges on the way. First the missing bridge:<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/0lNBvn9Y7M_iN3v_K2oU8NMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-lYYcMb5OAwY/UCMjgKQJUkI/AAAAAAAADhE/lMcVXq8_D2A/s800/IMG_0206.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    Then the Rainbow marsh bridge, last of it's kind <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/CPgMN7UpyjVf98nY43Jyk9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-gtijdPj1bec/UCMjliwmV6I/AAAAAAAADhE/dMC8DseoUAQ/s800/IMG_0220.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table><table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/-abRfD0F-j8Bwrdgf10j_NMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-QkB8qwe11Oc/UCMjr427v5I/AAAAAAAADhE/WKg_UStt718/s640/IMG_0219.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    And finally the Pryor Creek bridge. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vZV3L93lLJc8XYYMH0oZltMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-3oaarIrRTS8/UCMj2NewZ0I/AAAAAAAADhE/tq9tblE71oU/s640/IMG_0244.JPG" height="480" width="640" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    At this point we were in Oklahoma sweltering in our wet vests. Passed many interesting sights.
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  15. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    Really cool report so far :clap

    Luckily there is more to see on old 66 than you might think, even though there is lots that have been lost, any way ...

    The pics of the old 'concrete' near that old gas station contain the last of the old road where the finished surface was trowelled by hand by folk who were craftsmen.

    The Carthage court house is constructed of (you guessed it) Carthage marble. Carthage/Webb City/Joplin is a very old mining community. Many of Missouri's most prestigious buildings are made of the same stone.
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    Love the old motel room decor. ;-) Kinda makes me want to do a trip just for old Route 66. I've done parts but only because it was in my path at the time.
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  17. Oh2RideMore

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    Left off at that old Pryor creek bridge. Sadly it is on the nations endangered bridge list. Big Dog is probably already familar with it, but alot of these old bridges were inspected after that bridge collapse in minnesota. They put em all on a google map, and many in the midwest are soon to be goners without serious structural work. Go out and see them. Kinda like Russian roulette. :)

    Today we would see two of the route 66 icons, the totem pole and the blue whale. First up was the totem pole. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g0alE6qeF_sCOtSCBidoCdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CXApykCZ4kI/UCRXRpK0S7I/AAAAAAAADiQ/71-OfRvrwTw/s800/IMG_0246.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/L2g_PwrTgYok4eXpbuYZjNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0yPYUS_Y1Pk/UCRXWJZVCeI/AAAAAAAADiQ/oADrYoUyr9c/s800/IMG_0251.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Entirely made of concrete over 12 years by the artist. The gift shop was also made in concrete and cool even though it was well over a hundred outside. Stopped in to see the artist's violin collection, made in wood from all over the world, for each shop student in his shop class. The owners wife was working the gift shop and allowed us to soak our vests on her garden hose. Really interesting place, in the middle of nowhere.

    Next up was the blue whale, right off the highway. This used to be a nice swimming hole, but has fallen out of use. The water was very murky and green. :( <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/mL5T2ZJhxSCd8ceJSoLm0tMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-8ViZOaiHkfY/UCRXaZGSKnI/AAAAAAAADiQ/aMxmPzXGlqo/s800/IMG_0257.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table><table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/zIazDUCV1GlDmjdI60rSiNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-_8aDRqGU77E/UCRaKZPieYI/AAAAAAAADiw/XZQTNs9lq10/s800/IMG_0259.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> We stayed a bit and climbed around inside the whale, then bundled up and headed down the road for late lunch.
    Lots of wind farms in oklahoma <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/1QHBaQxqxFXRYv4ePrWnX9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-12j3xnOcYZg/UCRXcVSJJDI/AAAAAAAADiQ/oNqgAiFl_-Y/s800/IMG_0270.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Stopped in Tulsa at some small Bbq joint in a strip mall. Only option was buffet, so tried it, bad choice. Left for elk city, and arrived as the sun was going down. Picked another old motel, this one was not kept up, so will not recommend it.
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  18. WVhillbilly

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  19. ricochetrider

    ricochetrider a certain something

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    No Shit! Devil's Elbow, a place I used to hang out back in the 70s when I was 15-16 yrs old-

    I was hanging with GIs who were doing short time after coming back from 'Nam, when my dad was stationed at Fort "Lost In The Woods"
    ( :lol3 ) - the not-so affectionate moniker us suburban kids had given Ft Leonard Wood- most of us had moved there from places like Northern Virginia, or Southern Cali, or even from Germany or Hawaii. Us kids were initially both shocked & dismayed to find ourselves - quite literally- in the middle of nowhere! We (well some of us) eventually adjusted to the slower pace. But we never quite adjusted to having people chuck beer cans at us as we stood along the side of the road hitch hiking to school... of course they probably never quite adjusted to the influx of a bunch of freaks flowing into and out of their little village... The GIs, tho crazy freaky, all LOOKED "normal" but us kids were lettin our hair grow out, and had all just come out of the 60s. It was NOT a happy "marriage". Total culture shock on both sides. I mean Waynesville, at the time- '71, '72, '73? had a population of about 1500, St Robert about the same. Population of the Army post was, I think, about 50,000. My dad was a brigade commander, training guys for the war.

    I loved the woods anyway, and around the area are several rivers, multiple creeks, and all sorts of caves.
    Boy it's sure funny how two words can conjure so many memories! Ah, the "good ol' days". The elbow in the river there (Big Piney?) is a sweet swimming spot, current moving right along and deep, with BIG rocks in it.

    Thanks for the bump back in time dude!
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  20. Oh2RideMore

    Oh2RideMore Long timer

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    The night before, we had decided to check out the local fare for dinner. Our room was crap, but at least was clean. Only thing open on a sunday night was a local pizza joint, in an old pizza hut. We squided up the mile to it, and squided back. Weird thing is the pizza was pizza hut, and they served kens pizza as well. Whatever, was good, and hit the sack.

    Oklahoma was just chock full of fun stuff to see and do. Along with the traditional sites, we have some of the oldest and in worst shape sections of route 66. We unfortunately did not have time to visit the route 66 museum, which I am told has some great memorabilia.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/yQNkWmKh_LKGrrP0e9_EPtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JxyJkQa6-2c/UCWcjyvCJ7I/AAAAAAAADkA/mUmEkkb9o_A/s800/IMG_0284.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    As our crappy hotel room did not have a coffee maker, my caffeine addiction would do me in unless I got some java. Stopped in the next big town, sayre, for coffee in the downtown area.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8r7wJ3yUgSkcI_Z8MMpjG9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-qfPcUfRWC4s/UCWcpFzs9rI/AAAAAAAADkA/5e81qGdzFsc/s640/IMG_0289.JPG" height="640" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    This town is infamous from the book "grapes of wrath" by steinbeck. In fact they filmed the courthouse and town square in the movie. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/w3RKW6rEr5-ZHsJ84gIu29MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-MjCF8M8MVe4/UCWctmeAfWI/AAAAAAAADkA/7gFENZJPob4/s144/IMG_0293.JPG" height="108" width="144" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    After the coffee we stopped at the edge of town for a geocache, and were greeted by these western inhabitants.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/_A1nnbPmD94rkjCH-62vrdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-1z6nZnxl3Co/UCWc28DwddI/AAAAAAAADkA/_svD_y5822Q/s800/IMG_0295.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Fire ants are a variety of stinging ants with over 285 species worldwide.
    We stayed clear and proceded on to the cache, but it was tricky. Found it, and then couldn't help just picking the horses nose. <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/iP8wu2iAPdNFQb6Uz9xbAtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-bD-lqTVi2yI/UCWc33Gk5CI/AAAAAAAADkA/7ut-zKSeYsw/s800/IMG_0298.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Outside of town, we picked up a toll road for a bit, and then jumped back on old route 66, which was abandoned for the most part. Lots of old houses in bad shape along the way. Before the border, we hit another geocache, a little harder to get to. This one was along the highway going east, but I did not figure that out until after passing it going west. Oh well, we are on good tires, crossed the shoulder from the outer road, crossed the median, and stopped on shoulder of east bound 40 for the cache. It was at the border, so must be good right? Wrong, so small, gps would not get an accurate signal.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pJmxb5MWz1OjugzoBEf-VtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-snPQ5pfNke4/UCXIHIkMsDI/AAAAAAAADn8/CNnElWeTBkE/s800/IMG_0308.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    And as dry as the states were, grasshoppers were everywhere. Even caught a pair screwing in broad daylight. :)<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/XTCzLvEMS9cohMJdLa_lNNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-PGgxEiBeqEQ/UCXIJdo58BI/AAAAAAAADn8/iozU2TK1kxM/s800/IMG_0311.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>

    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/xLAz3bYfMptBEvMv3anKodMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VoVVrLfuo_I/UCWc5lj7Q6I/AAAAAAAADkA/U2DKDI33frM/s800/IMG_0305.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    After the old buildings, I noticed some volkswagens planted in the ground at an old gas station.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pkwXt8rR7W6UeAZXNoBy29MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-LkDvbJmQOFM/UCW4Jufm9_I/AAAAAAAADm0/eaPVIw_64Ak/s800/IMG_0344.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table> It was the bug ranch in amarillo tx. Christy brought along paint and stencils for the bug ranch, and the more famous cadillac ranch. We stopped and promptly painted some stylish graffiti.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Ov3fvhcdrMWt3pGhRsR4YdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-R_VU8rpQPHI/UCW4NwPpVrI/AAAAAAAADm0/4mEUr9SbEp4/s800/IMG_0346.JPG" height="800" width="600" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table><table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5lQGVkgCoCDD5Tp7-Ix2ENMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-5V9VpgXj-tg/UCW4OTrpdvI/AAAAAAAADm0/-NX3qx3wry4/s800/IMG_0347.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    Who needs food when you can carry kylon.
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/S9J1Fvy0Jj7KWsI0JJ-Nd9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-knc5SQrOBVQ/UCW4RU78wJI/AAAAAAAADm0/Q8tdnWM1_OI/s800/IMG_0351.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table><table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/4PU_idxYqR9oBVDLdfa6KtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-wszt5PMbHHM/UCW4VM62qnI/AAAAAAAADm0/5VsjjM6yhA0/s800/IMG_0361.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
    I even got in the old car for a test of the seat and driving position.<table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/yOkfOz3E_1hm6Cgy_-ld5NMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-Snpmwbqmr-Y/UCXGHie4OfI/AAAAAAAADnc/F_EqpvYIfE4/s800/IMG_0362.JPG" height="600" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109519867875775681115/MelanieMemorialRide?authuser=0&feat=embedwebsite">Melanie Memorial Ride</a></td></tr></table>
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