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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    About 3 miles from my house is where the pavement ends. Surprising actually, because there aren’t any (or at least many) other unpaved roads that I’m aware of this close by. I’m glad I found this road, because it gets remote real quick and makes me feel further away from the hustle and bustle of the city than I actually am.

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    There are several miles of this type of gravel road, very well maintained (although sometimes a bit excessive on the loose gravel, making things feel a bit squirrely at times), and somewhat straight and flat - the typical Oklahoma grid with stop signs every mile.

    After a few miles on this gravel road I turned west, south of Keifer and towards some hopefully interesting terrain that I haven’t explored before. At least Google maps make it look more interesting! Speaking of Google maps, as I am about to find out (and have experienced several times before), you just cannot trust them (probably any maps to be honest, but since I use Google, that’s who I’ll call out) to plan a ride. I’ve found that there are a whole bunch of roads that are clearly marked as roads, numbers and all, but then are either private, gated or just don’t exist at all except for faint tracks in the grass later when viewing from Google Earth. When I have the time, I typically like to look fairly closely on Google Earth before I go anywhere so I don’t waste a bunch of time hitting dead ends. This time I didn’t have the time though, so I knew it was going to be a gamble with many of the places I had planned to go to.
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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    About 15 minutes into my ride, I find myself on a very narrow, but paved, road. It wasn’t very well maintained, but there weren’t any indications of it being private either, so I keep pressing on. There was a gate, but could tell it hadn’t been used in many, many years. It also looked like there were more than just one house/farm ahead, so I didn’t feel like I was in someone’s driveway. The asphalt soon ended, and before I knew it I was on this really nice road/trail.

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    While stopped to take the above picture... as I’m putting my phone back in it’s place, I see a single headlight approaching quickly in my mirrors. I had noticed a GoldWing at a farm a little ways back, so that was my first thought, but didn’t think this sandy road was much of a place for a 700+lb bike. I kill the engine and wait for his arrival. He pulls up next to me and turns off his bike. He’s interested in what I was up to and where I was headed. I told him that I was just out exploring, and asked if this was private property. Sure enough, it was the property owner. I quickly apologized, telling him that if there had been any signs indicating that it was, or closed gates, that I wouldn’t have even considering passing. I showed him my GPS, telling him that at least Google thinks there’s a road through his property, and then discussed my planned route. We actually talked for quite awhile - real nice guy. He asked me where I was from, about my “rig” and then told me I was welcome to proceed and explore his property. He said there was a gate at the other end (where I was headed), and it might be locked and have to backtrack, and if so, just to stop by his place on my way out so he knows I made it out safely. He said his main concern is lawsuits - if someone comes onto his property and gets injured... and that it’s sad our legal system has made this such a common practice.

    He pulled up ahead of me and amazingly proceeded to turn his bike around in this stuff. He managed just fine, thanks to his handy dandy reverse gear.

    I take off then, thanking him again and headed out, following my tracks. I never made it to any gate - one dead end after another. Where my Garmin was telling me to turn, there wasn’t even a trail, just a foot or two of grass (I think power lines ran through there), and I wasn’t sure the landowner actually intended for me to go offroading to that extent, even though he seemed familiar with where my tracks led to, taking me past a couple large ponds in that direction, etc. So I turned around for the last time and headed out, feeling somewhat guilty about being there in the first place. I stopped at the place with the GoldWing out front, and saw him and a couple others doing some fence work. I talked to him for several minutes again. He told me he liked my rig, talked about living in the country, farming, and grass root values (he said most people don’t even know what that really is...). I told him I grew up on a farm with all the typical animals, 20K broilers every 10-12 weeks or so, milking cows (by hand), haying, you name it. It obviously scored brownie points with him, as I could tell he knew then that I understood what he had been talking about and wasn’t just some city boy. He told me that I’m welcome to come back and ride and get as muddy as I’d like on his property any time I want to. Don’t know that I will, but it was nice that he offered.

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I’ve seen this place before - most of the structures are built as domes, including a greenhouse and some of the outbuildings. What I hadn’t seen previously was this sign on their gate, indicating that it was a snake farm. No clue if it actually is, and don’t really want to find out! I’ve always thought that the only good snake was a dead snake.

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    I passed by this church. There wouldn’t be any worship services this weekend...

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    Mile after mile of roads like this. Anything that's not on the grid layout makes it so much more enjoyable too.

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    Came across this cool bridge.

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    Can anyone tell me what this is? From what I could tell, it’s made from a bunch of PVC pipes, spanned across the water. Doesn’t really seem strong enough to keep things from flowing downstream into the bridge.

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    It had been over an hour out riding now, so I thought it was snack time. In the haste of my leaving earlier, I realized that I hadn't even eaten breakfast. I found a shady spot by a country church, pretty much in the middle of nowhere.

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    Another one lane, wooden bridge. :thumb

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Some of the roads were pretty small, which makes for even better riding!

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I had my doubts about getting through this area when I was looking on Google maps. I figured I'd give it a try though because there was a water crossing up ahead that I was interested to see how it would be, hoping for getting my boots wet. :) It would be quite a ways to route around too (which I hadn't already figured out), but I'd just wing it, if so.

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    After seeing this gated off, I abandoned my tracks for the day, deciding to continue on by finding waypoints that I had previously loaded for various places, eventually making my way homewards.

    I stopped for some overpriced gas somewhere in Bristow I think. I typically try to find the ethanol free variety, but couldn't find any. Oh well, I figure as long as it's used up quickly, its harmful effects would be minimized.
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    It’s hard to read, but according to my Garmin, this was some sort of “Waterfowl Refuge”. I couldn’t see anything but a pond from the road though. Didn’t see any “fowl” either.

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I think this area was all part of the Heyburn Lake WMA. Some really nice riding in this area.

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    I found a trail that seemed to lead over towards some water. No signs posted to keep out, so I went in to check it out.

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    Yet another single lane, wooden bridge. The sign is obviously a popular target for the locals. :2guns

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    More WMA signage. I’m actually headed to Heyburn Lake State Park now. I didn’t even know it existed and sadly enough, it’s not even that far from home.

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    The entry of the state park was lined with evergreens of some sort (I’m no tree expert). I’m reminded how much I love this smell and can’t wait to ride the TAT into Colorado some day. I’ve ridden through the rockies on a street bike many years ago, and will never forget how enjoyable it was.

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    Several people were swimming, and not only desperate kids! Actually I walked down to the water to feel it and it wasn’t half bad. Looks like some fairly nice camping spots in the park as well. Several signs indicated hiking and equestrian trails in the area, and there were several vehicles with empty trailers parked there, as well as a few people with backpacks who had either just finished a hike or were getting ready to head out.

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    Lake Sahoma, northwest of Sapulpa. I’m guessing that a lot of these roads would not be passable when we’ve had a lot of rain, and as you can kind of see, the water was nearly up to the shoulder of the road.

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    Right next to Lake Sahoma is Pretty Water Lake. It’s a nice, little area. This was my last, planned stop for the day, so I savored the moment for a few minutes before jumping in the saddle to make my way home.

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    I got home, removed my electronics, tank bag, etc., changed into something cooler and then cleaned up Roxy before putting her back in the stall.

    Overall it was a great ride. I didn't get arrested for trespassing, Roxy didn't take any unexpected naps, and I'm learning to enjoy riding alone more - something I didn't think was all that fun to start with. I realize that there are times like this, when I unexpectedly have a few hours to spare, that it usually won't be feasible to call someone to go riding at the drop of a hat. Riding is riding, and it's always fun to ride with a friend or in a small group, but not necessary! I know summer is upon us now too, and unfortunately my riding will be more and more limited because of the heat. For this ride, at about 93°F, I discovered that this was pretty close to my outer bounds of comfort. Maybe a couple more degrees, but I'd definitely need to keep moving for the air flow.

    I'll post the GPS screen shot of my trip stats later.
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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Here's a final picture I took along the way. I thought it was an appropriate place to post it.

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Happy Riding!

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    zekester63 Been here awhile

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    Ride stats for the day...

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    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    i think that the pvc is just to let water and debris through, but keep cattle from wanting to go through that area. creeks are hard to fence over.

    btw i'm really enjoying the reports. keep them coming.
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