The "American Tragedy" Tour...Dr. Greg & Wotan head East

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Dr. Greg, Jul 8, 2014.

  1. 2wheeldevildog

    2wheeldevildog Been here awhile

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    Dr G I recently did a 12 day 5563 mile trip with iPad mini. My goal was to not have to use it. It was for work emergencies only. My buddy also had an iPad along with an Apple SD attachment devise so he was able to pull the SD card from the camera and load the photos to his iPad. When I gat back to Charlotte I bought a device at the Apple store so I could load my pics to my newer iPad mini. It's a must have device IMO.
    Safe travels.
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  2. Hoppalong

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    As always, I'm enjoying your ride report, Dr. Greg.

    Regarding Wotan: have you ever wished you had gotten the adv version specifically for its larger gas tank?

    Thanks
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  3. hdawg

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    Where is an elephant when you need one?

    Dr. Greg, good to see you back on the road.
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  4. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Y'know, not really. The way I ride, I routinely get 200+ miles from one tank, mainly depending on the wind. Sometimes I've gotten 250 miles.

    And I'm a little guy (5-8, 145)...the last thing I need is EVEN MORE WEIGHT on a bike. As it is, I'm probably on too big a bike. But I love it so much I refuse to give up (I was weight training this spring till I got sick).

    --Doc
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  5. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Hah! Re the road: you and me BOTH. It is so good to feel GOOD!

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  6. findlj

    findlj How much fun is that

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    Greg, enjoying your RR as usual. If you're coming through Mid Missouri on Saturday and need a place to stay, contact me. I'm in Jefferson City. I'll send contact info in a PM.
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  7. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Had a great day today, am spending the night with inmate "louie5" in Joplin, Missouri.

    But...

    I don't think I'm going to be able to keep up the "live" ride report. Just don't have the stamina. So there may be a gap for a day or three. You have my most sincere apology.

    I'm sure there will be several "rainy days" at the lodge where I'm staying (for a week) in Vermont. That will be a perfect time to catch up.

    So far great weather, great country, great roads, lotsa heat, lotsa humidity (at least for this New Mexican). Things couldn't be going better. And Wotan continues to impress.

    I took 37 fotos today---lotsa stuff to update the RR. But just don't have the stamina tonight. Yep...visited TWO museums: the "Bartlesville (OK) History Museum" and the "Phillips Petroleum Museum." Both were wonderful---I coulda spent the whole day there. I enjoyed my time in Bartlesville.

    The plan is to spend tomorrow night with inmate "luckychucky" in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. May camp out in his back yard...on the banks of the Black River. We'll see.

    As always, thanks for following.

    --Doc
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  8. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Thanks very much for the offer, but JC is a bit north of my general route. If I change my mind I'll give you a holler. Thanks again.

    --Doc
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  9. BoxerDoc

    BoxerDoc Boxer2Vtwin convert

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    Keep up your 'unique' ride report, Doc! Enjoying everything so far.

    Stay well.
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  10. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Friday, July 11:ponca City, Oklahoma --> Joplin, Missouri


    Thursday night in a fleabag motel in Ponca City

    As if staying in a motel weren't bad enough (compared to staying with an inmate or camping), I tried to "save a buck" by selecting a "lower-budget" accommodation. Thus I was subject to (1) screaming kids, (2) the THUD THUD THUD of someone stomping on the ceiling (even though I was on the top floor), and (3) I forgot the other annoyance. But somehow I slept thru the night...pretty well, actually.

    Soon after hitting the road, I had to scramble to get my camera out, cuz I was crossing a sizeable river! Being from arid country, I have this thing about loving any running water. I believer this was the Arkansas River (correct?):
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    I think this is the Arkansas River.

    And---as is becoming the norm for this trip---another beautiful day in north-central Oklahoma. And it seemed like the country was becoming somewhat greener...as should be the case as I go east.
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    Another beautiful day, and getting a little greener?


    Bartlesville, Oklahoma --- a nice surprise!

    I was hoping that Bartlesville, Oklahoma would have something interesting---what an understatement (IMHO of course). I followed the signs to the "Visitor Center"...
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    A logical place to find out about Bartlesville.

    I parked Wotan in front of a little city park, near the Visitor Center:
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    Wotan biding his time while Dr. Greg looks around.

    There were two museums of interest: (1) the History Museum, and (2) the Phillips Petroleum Museum.


    The Bartlesville History Museum.

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    Turns out the History Museum is on the 5th floor of a city office building.

    The first "exhibit" is a well-done likeness of an early Bartlesville photographer. I pushed a button on the exhibit, and turns out it was "animatronic!" And very well done, IMHO. I listened his spiel, fascinated...
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    This "animatronic" exhibit was VERY WELL DONE!

    Turns out the Osage Indians did very well from the oil discovered on their land, unlike many tribes. That made me feel good.
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    Kinda neat to hear about the Osage.

    I love "old-timey" portraits like this...some early businessman. They just don't make people like they used to...
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    Some early businessman---what a great countenance!

    And I simply fell in love with this pastel of an early Santa Fe railroad station in Oklahoma. What I wouldn't give to have that artwork up in my living room...
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    A lovely pastel painting, IMHO.

    Any of you guys heard of "steam-powered farming." I guess it makes sense...
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    I guess steam ran the early Industrial Revolution, so why not farming?

    This is whom "Bartlesville" is named after...
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    This guy put the "Bartles" in Bartlesville...

    And I believe this is Mr. Bartles hisself...
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    Love those old mustaches...

    An early Bartlesville building...like the people, they don't make 'em like this anymore.
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    They don't make buildings like this anymore...maybe a good thing.

    And---before Title IX---the ladies were into sports!
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    The Bartlesville Women's Basketball Team!

    And who hasn't heard of the "Dictaphone?" Forerunner to a tape recorder?
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    The legendary Dictaphone.

    And who woulda guessed the composer of the "12th Street Rag" (one of my favorite piano pieces to play) was from Bartlesville? Amazing.
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    Who woulda known Bartlesville had any culture?

    Anybody remember "Tom Mix" --- an early cowboy film star?
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    Good ol' Tom Mix...

    And there's the proverbial "one room school" --- alive and well in B'ville. BTW, the sign on the wall says "never draw attention to your APPEARANCE or BEHAVIOR" --- boy, have we come a long way since then.
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    What would the NEA think of this?

    Well, that's it for the Bartlesville History Museum. As with most museums, I could've spent the whole day in there. And it was FREE.


    The Phillips Petroleum Museum.

    You've heard of "Phillips 66?" Well, they started near B'ville, and their headquarters is still there. And there is another FREE museum...gotta check this one out. I tried to restrain myself taking pictures of "old stuff," but took some pics of informational posters, etc.
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    Another museum in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

    Turns out there were five "Phillips" brothers --- here are two of them (I have a later pic of all five):
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    A couple of the Phillips brothers.

    I hadn't realized Phillips had quite a place in aviation:
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    Some info about Phillips aviation stuff.

    These comments on "crude" crude made me think of, say, the Alberta Tar Sands. Oil is getting MUCH more difficult to obtain.
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    Oil is getting harder to get!

    OK, here's ALL FIVE of the Phillips brothers...
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    A pretty good-looking bunch of guys, I'd say...

    Phillips branches out into the world...ominous, perhaps?
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    Much of unrest in the world revolves around oil.

    Had to insert this pic --- one of Dr. Greg's boyhood loves was CHEMISTRY...and an Erlenmayer flask was just too good to pass up...
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    This glassware brings back memories from Dr. Greg's misspent youth...


    A memorable lunch at "Frank & Lola's"...

    I got two separate recommendations for this cafe. So I walked over, and---being a good New Mexican---ordered the "Green Chile Cheeseburger." When it arrived, I got so excited I ate half before I remembered to photograph it...
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    Turns out eating this much was a big mistake...tell you why later.


    Picher, Oklahoma and the Lead and Zinc mines...

    I mentioned earlier that my paternal grandfather and my father both worked in the Eagle Picher "lead and zinc" mines in NE Oklahoma for decades. My grandfather was a foreman, and had a scrapbook of glossy 8x10 mining pictures that just captivated me as a kid...all the Ingersoll-Rand pneumatic machinery, etc.

    The legacy of that period was one of toxic lead poisoning to many (most?) of the area workers and residents, and eventual "Superfund" site that finally was completely depopulated.

    The tailing ("chat") piles are still there, and are still toxic. At one time they were up to 1/4 mile in height!!
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    The deadly "chat" piles.

    They look almost like sand dunes, but are coarser, and still contain lots of lead. Kids used to drive their ATVs on them for fun. Shudder.

    Nothing like that team spirit!
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    Eventually lead will even shut down a gorilla...

    Let this be a fitting exclamation point to the tragedy that was Picher, Oklahoma. Much of the bullets in World War I and II came from Picher, Oklahoma.
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    I'm sure that museum would have been interesting, but I'm about 30 years too late.


    End of the day...

    Must admit I was kinda down after going through Picher. But I perked up when I met my hosts for the evening: Steve & Kathy and their lovely place in Joplin, Missouri. We went out to visit their friends and had a wonderful potluck (and THAT'S the reason I shouldn't have eaten so much for lunch).
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    Steve and Kathy, my hosts for Friday evening.

    Anyway, had a great evening and did nothing on the ride report. I'm making up tonight---while staying with inmate "luckychucky" (Chuck & Melissa) in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

    The plan for Saturday was to ride from Joplin, Missouri to Poplar Bluff, Missouri --- which I did. Some great roads, more hot weather, but a wonderful day. I'll get that written up ASAP, but not tonight.

    --Doc
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  11. ArmyMedic

    ArmyMedic Flyin' Elvis, UT Chapter

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    Always great reports Dr. Greg, so much more than the ride. Keep it up.
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  12. TonyZA

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    Enjoy your reports Dr. Greg. I'm a retired mechanical engineer/history buff/GS rider so I really feel that you talk my language....:nod
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  13. R0CKETMAN

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    Hope you pay a visit to that couple who saved your ass:D

    Keep the report coming DG
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  14. grahamspc

    grahamspc Smitty

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    I'm in...looking forward to the journey...GS rider of roughly the same vintage as yourself....as you are into museums-put the Curtiss Museum on your list-Hammondsport NY-Finger Lakes region-appx an hour or so north of Watkins Glenn...worth a trip...look me up if in SE Pa...on the Delaware river south and east of Allentown Pa...garage space and lots of room.
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  15. luckychucky

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    [​IMG] Bon Voyage Doc!


    Sitting on the Bluff
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  16. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Hey thanks ArmyMedic. Wait a minute, was that a compliment? I think it was, so I'll take it in that vein. Ha ha, just kidding. Glad you're enjoying my style of "ride reporting" and thanks for coming along.

    --Doc
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  17. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Well howdy there TonyZA...yeah we retired ME's need to stick together. To say nothing of history buffs/GS riders. My language used to be differential equations, but man, sure glad I've put that past me now. Oh, yeah, for a while my language was Fortran, then PDP-11 assembler language, then Pascal, then C, then 6811 assembler language...hah, everything but a REAL language.

    And---of course---thanks for coming along for the ride. I'm makin' progress...

    --Doc
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  18. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    If I paid visits to everyone who's ever saved my tail, I'd never get anywhere! :D

    Seriously, did I forget something/somebody? Y'know, memory is the first thing to go. Er...well, the second thing.

    --Doc
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  19. Dr. Greg

    Dr. Greg Tryin' to get home..

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    Well howdy there grahamspc. I'll definitely see if I can work in the Curtiss Museum; I visited the New England Air Museum on a 2010 trip back east, and thoroughly enjoyed it. And I'll be reasonably close to the Finger Lakes region.

    I have several inmates to visit in PA, but if my schedule works out I'll drop by. Would you mind PM'ing me your phone/address? Thanks in advance.

    --Doc
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  20. ArmyMedic

    ArmyMedic Flyin' Elvis, UT Chapter

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    Of course it was a quote. As long as the ride does not resemble your interaction with the forest creatures or some variety of cold. Keep the rubber side down.
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