Making of the "Oklahoma Adventure Trail"

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by OKlr, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. dewey405

    dewey405 Been here awhile

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    Heading out next weekend to try to do the whole northern portion with Quinipissa
  2. jerrybo

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    Just completed the OAT Saturday the 7th of October. Rode it on my DRZ-400S, solo and complete except for the K-Trail option . It was a great trail! Many thanks to all of you who put it together! The variety of terrain and scenery was awesome. Had great weather except for early rain on Friday. I began north of Hollis on SH-30 and rode clockwise. I ran into several road closures and missing or closed bridges. I'm attaching the GPS track with all of the "changes" in red tracks with my detours in green. The bridge across the Little River at Garvin is closed and construction on the new bridge should be done by end of year. CR N4615 is a few miles east and will get you across the river to US-70.
    FYI: The mountain roads up Blue Mountain and Lynn Mountain are in terrible condition, nothing but a rock gardens. I made it off those two roads only with the help of my "guardian angel". I carry about 60 lbs. of gear and would not recommend the two roads ... no fun, just work and dangerous, especially solo. I've included some alternate tracks, one county road and one highway to bypass them. I had planned on attempting the K-Trail but it was designated "advanced" and I decided if it was more advanced than Blue and Lynn mountains I wanted no part of it. I also included an enjoyable dirt alternative to riding US-70 from Garvin to Swink. Alternate tracks are "magenta".

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  3. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    Thanks for the updates jerrybo. The DOT has advised that due to changes in bridge inspections the state is targeting older bridges really hard. These old bridges will be gone soon. The map will need to be updated soon but i have been putting it off.
  4. Danger4u2

    Danger4u2 KX500 is Danger4u2

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  5. TreyJK

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    My dad and I were riding the area and stopped at Bowlin Spring because he remembered a restaurant there from his childhood. We stopped by and sure enough, that old restaurant was still there and still open. My dad said it hasn't changed since he was there last in 1975 and got to reminiscing about the good old days with the Bowlin brothers.

    Bowlin Springs is about two miles off the OAT in Craig county. It's approximately 12 miles west of Vinita near the intersection of 4280 and 270. Stop by there on your way around the OAT for good cold cut sandwiches throughout the week and ribs on Friday and Saturday evenings.


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  6. KiloGraham

    KiloGraham Been here awhile

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    I was thinking of doing the eastern section over the next 2 days on a Tenere. Is Blue and Lynn the only areas in bad shape for a big bike?

    I've done all the OAT (except the eastern section) and COBDR on this bike with no issue. Was gonna skip the challenge section since I will be alone.
  7. spokedoc

    spokedoc Searching for Fire

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    The K-Trail portion does have a few advanced sections although the most of the really challenging ride is West of where this route turns South off of the K-trail. I have ridden the K-trail a few times over the years. Just recently (Oct) rode the K-Trail including the Clayton Trail at the Western terminus (actually rode from West to East). It continues to washout and the rocks do seem to grow. Has anyone ridden both the K-trail and Blue Mountain? How do they actually compare? I would like to check out Blue Mountain trail on my next trip up there.
  8. KiloGraham

    KiloGraham Been here awhile

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    Got out and rode a few sections last week starting at I-40. Had to skip part of the Heavner Challenge when it started to morph into a more difficult climb. I'm confident I can do it on the Tenere but was not confident I could pick the bike up by myself on one of the steep inclines if I got stuck.
    Ended up on the road till I came upon Dead Man's Trail which was a great climb to Highway 1. I'm doing the UTBDR next year with a few guys who are new'ish to dirt and will be doing the eastern section as a warm up/make sure you can ride mini-trip.
    Here's a few pics....
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  11. KiloGraham

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  12. jampad

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    Can somebody help me get the entire OAT on a Google Maps file. I'm sure it exist but not sure where to find it... I'm in North Texas and want to do some riding on the Southern part... thanks


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  13. Shawnee Bill

    Shawnee Bill Long timer

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    I don't think anyone has posted a google maps file (.kmz) of the OAT.
    However if you google "how to import gpx into google maps" you will find some instructions on converting and importing.
    Use the file in the first post of this thread as input file. I have the .kmz file but don't see a way to post it here. Not sure I'm allowed?

    The .gpx file will import into your GPS or a GPS app on your phone.
  14. jampad

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    Thanks Shawnee Bill... I will try converting..


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  15. Dadayama

    Dadayama Constant Adventurer

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    If that doesn't work i know i can get the "(kml)" file types... which is supposed to work with Google Earth... There is an online mapping site that i used, which, helped me when OKLR and I were making the route called "Ride with GPS" ... i used it a bunch because it worked within Google Maps. The route was mostly built using Garmin and GPX ... but i used Ride With GPS site as well.

    Let me know if i can help in anyway...

    Pedro
  16. Pixturethis

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    Or you can get Delorme app, it's free, but you have to pay $ 35 or 50 for a years use. It will take a GPX file and then you can use it on your phone, I have the OAT route on mine. Hope to ride it this year. The app online and on your phone is very easy to use.
  17. jampad

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    Thanks guy.... GoogleMaps did a great job of converting the.gpx file... Really easy. Thanks for the help....


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  18. c4nuck

    c4nuck Been here awhile

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    3 of us will be doing the OAT beginning 11MAR17, most likely CCW from Davis.

    I've done a few trips around Talihina, I look forward to seeing what the rest of the state has to offer!
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  19. dewey405

    dewey405 Been here awhile

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    I'm jealous, have fun!!
  20. Pixturethis

    Pixturethis Adventurer

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    Wish I could go, I'm planning on doing some of it this year. How long do you plan on it taking ? Are you going to go all the way around it ?
    Marc