The Roxy Report

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by zekester63, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    So off we were after a great lunch, heading from Tahlequah to Qualls, OK. Qualls sounds like a town, but it’s really just a couple of buildings. It was paved all the way to Qualls, but from that point it was all unpaved. Some really nice roads to explore on. A deer shot out in front of me along the way, but fortunately far enough ahead that I didn’t need to stop and change any garments. This was a nice, paved road full of hills and twisties, but after seeing the deer, I’d probably not try to straighten out any of the curves any time soon.

    After a few miles in one direction we came to an area I had marked on my tracks that might not be passable, but it was actually fine. This is the sort of thing that makes DS rides fun to me. So we crossed it (just to cross it) and turned around and headed back to Qualls. I wish we had more time to explore this area, but we still had quite a long ride home yet that day, so we kept it fairly short.

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    Coming back out of the WMA, I saw this sign:

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    From there we rode Indian Road along the west side of Tenkiller Lake, until we got to Highway 10A. From there it’s west towards Greenleaf State Park.
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  2. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Nearing Greenleaf Lake, I had marked a place to check out - it turns out the turn off was on the old highway (I'm assuming) that crossed Greenleaf Lake. About halfway to the lake, we found the path. I think it’s just a hiking trail that goes around part of the lake though, so we didn’t venture in there very far before turning around.

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    I also wanted to see if there was any way to get from Greenleaf to the WMA to the north, but it was all gated. Based on what I could see in Google Earth, there are miles and miles of double track that I’d love to explore in that area, but it doesn’t look like there is any way in from this side. I think the only way is from the north and where we previously were at Qualls. I think a lot of the area is gated though, belonging to the military (Camp Gruber Training Center).

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  3. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    So now it’s time to head for home. We rode through Muskogee to top off our tanks, and then zig-zagged our way northwest through parts of rural Oklahoma back to the Tulsa area.

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    The McCollough’s are obviously good people to know in Porter!

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    Local law keeping Porter safe!

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    We stopped at an abandoned convenience store, where okraider81 was to head north and I was heading further west. I’m surprised QT hasn’t occupied this corner yet. I don’t think it will be long, as it’s fairly built up in this area already.

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  4. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Trip stats:

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    Overall it was a great time. Lots of dirt, some obstacles/reroutes, good food, great scenery and good company. Can’t wait until our next ride!

    Stay tuned and Happy riding!
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  5. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Nice ride man. I'm betting that Vstrom and KLR you saw where out riding some of the TAT as it crosses the Combs bridge IIRC.

    Thanks for sharing:clap
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  6. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I wasn't aware the TAT went through that particular area, but that makes sense. Cool!
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  7. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Next up...the OAT and Frog Rock!
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  8. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I've been on a couple other rides recently that I figured I would report on. Someone recently called these reports a "travelogue" and I thought that was very appropriate. So I thought that if nothing else, this is a great place to document my "travels", albeit mostly local and of short length adventures.

    These next few pictures log a recent ride of mine one sunny afternoon. Spring weather had finally arrived and I was itching to ride and explore some new areas.
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  9. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Here's my route. Basically my plan was to head west through Sapulpa, Kellyville and then to Bristow, where I would turn north/northwest. I would pass through Shamrock, Oilton and Drumright on highway 99 until I got to West 21st, where I would head east, picking up approximately 11 miles of the [thread=836706]OAT (Oklahoma Adventure Trail)[/thread]. From there it was east on E0580/Terlton 48 Rd, south on Highway 48 to Highway 51, then east through Mannford to Keystone State Park, then begin my journey towards home.


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    As always, I try to stay off the beaten path as much as possible, but its not always that easy to find unpaved roads within a fairly large radius of the metro area. So much of the route was paved, and being from this area, I didn't really see much to photograph along the way. Part of the route was on Route 66, but really it was only a means to get where I wanted to be. I’ve been wanting to check out the OAT, and this portion is the closest to home, so it was a worthwhile ride to investigate it.
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  10. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Here I've picked up the OAT:

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    Here's a shot after a couple of miles on the OAT.


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  11. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    The OAT passes "Frog Rock" an interestingly shaped rock formation that has been painted green, and remarkably resembles a frog.

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    Overlooking part of Keystone Lake:

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  12. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I stopped by Keystone State Park for a look and snack break. It had been a few years since I'd been camping here. Nice enough camping, but bring your ear plugs because there are obviously trains in the local area that you can hear throughout the night.

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    Just below the Keystone Lake dam there is a place for ORV riding. It is primarily sand, so the majority of visitors are on four wheelers. I've seen several 4x4s and a couple sand rails out here playing as well. It's not the best place to ride a dirt bike, but does in a pinch. And actually if you find the trails along old highway 51, riding there you will find a lot more dirt and mud trails in the woods.

    Here's the only shot I grabbed of the area.

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  13. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Unfortunately no screen shot of my final trip stats, so I just grabbed the info from Basecamp:

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    As always, I enjoyed the few hours I managed to sneak in for the ride, in between fatherly duties and other activities that so often take priority in our lives.
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  14. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Stay tuned!

    Happy Riding!
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  15. mars

    mars Starbucks anyone?

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    great info, thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try this area out.
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  16. airdale7

    airdale7 Been here awhile

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    Great report! I was suprised to find a pic of B & J's Restaurant in Tahlequah. Glad you liked the Rueben. :wink:
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  17. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    frog rock is looking a little rough. may need a new coat of krylon.
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  18. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    ... in progress - stay tuned!
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  19. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    So I’m sitting at home on Saturday morning, no pressing chores to be done, mowed the yard a couple evenings ago, wife out with the youngest doing their thing, and me suddenly realizing I had a few hours free. She suggested that I go for a ride, so after determining it wasn’t a trick :wink:, it took me about 2 seconds to decide I would seize the moment. I knew the forecast for the day was hot and humid, but I figured as long as I kept moving it won’t be too bad, and I’d have water to keep hydrated, and a couple snacks, and that the uncomfort of the weather would be worth getting a chance to ride for a few hours!

    I started scrambling to figure out where to ride. Fortunately, even when I don’t have rides planned, I often look on maps to see if I can find new or interesting places to ride that are within a reasonable distance from home. If I rode a big ADV bike my options would open up somewhat, but riding a ¼ liter “dirt bike” and only having a few hours, the thought of riding an hour or more of slab just to get to anything more exciting doesn’t exactly thrill me. But I’ll take what I can get and know I’ll enjoy it anyway!

    I jump on the computer, convert some of the Google maps I've played around with to GPX files, and then load them into Basecamp for some finalizing. I don't have a special route planned this time, but instead have several places that I thought might be worth checking out. The tracks I had created were somewhat piecemeal, but I figured I’d decide on the fly, and if I hit a dead end, then I’d just try to connect to another track I would have loaded.

    I grab some snacks, a couple bottles of water and stow them in my tank & tail bags. I’m still running my 606s from when okraider81 and I did our ride to Natural Falls, so I knew I’d be safe if I got into any sand or mud. I do the once over on Roxy, check tire pressure, gear up, and head out on my way.
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  20. zekester63

    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Here is a map showing the route I ended up riding:

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