Good evening from a quaint Texas town 3,000 ft up in the sky! The campground we are staying at tonight is perched atop a hill that has an amazing 360 degree view. You can literally see for miles and miles.
Last night, once we finished our to-do lists, we went into the rec room and had much-needed fun time playing pool. They also had a piano that Mom and I each took turns playing that one classic song everyone knows! 🙂 We stayed in there a while playing a few rounds of pool, laughing at the lucky shots and hilarious scratches.
This morning Dad and I rolled out right after the sun came up, continuing on Route 66. While planning this trip we found a bicycle specific route for 66 that we’ve been following since El Reno. It has detailed directions and maps that inform us of any must-knows or road conditions. It’s definitely nice having the route already planned and knowing cyclists ride these exact roads all year-long.
Within the first few miles we stopped at the Elk City, OK Route 66 Museum, which was definitely a sight to see. They weren’t open yet but we were able to look around the parking lot at all the statues and props. This museum looks like a great place to visit if anyone is ever in Elk City!
For the next 65 miles we rarely had a car pass us. With the exception of going through towns, we’d go miles without seeing any cars on Route 66. It definitely gave us a better opportunity to look around at the scenery. The wind was really great today; it was a northeast wind that never hindered our pace, and even helped me zoom along at some points. Oh, and for the second time on this trip, we entered into Texas y’all! 🙂
As we continued on the route we kept an eye on a couple developing storms, that were in the direction we were headed, just hoping we could finish before they hit. Unfortunately it began raining on us and lightning bolts started hitting the ground a couple of miles ahead of us. Seeing as though we were on a long stretch of road, ten miles from the next town, we saw an overpass on I-40 and decided to pull over and take shelter underneath it. Securing the scooter against the guardrail, Dad and I walked up the inside of the overpass and sat down underneath for protection.
Sitting on a tarp we prepacked for such weather conditions, we relaxed and watched the storm roll in. Dad and I love watching storms develop and progress (from a safe place of course), so we were completely fine with this detour. While waiting the storm out a motorcyclist came up and took shelter under the underpass with us, staying for well over an hour. It was fun comparing and discussing the differences between riding a motorcycle, scooter, and bicycle cross-country. The storm carried steady wind, rain, and scattered lightning, but we were very safe underneath. We ended up having to stay for two hours since the storm was moving so slow. Dad and I stayed in touch with Mom, who had already arrived at tonight’s campground, making sure she knew we were fine and not to worry.
Our set up for the storm. I got a little chilly, but my LG wind breaker kept me warm!
Finally, the storm passed and with just a light drizzle, we got back on Route 66 heading towards the blue sky. The best part of the storm was the left over tailwind that guided us the rest of our 88 mile ride! If we hadn’t of been detoured by the storm we would’ve been home before lunchtime! But Dad and I both agreed that today was definitely a ride we would remember forever. 🙂 We did see (and smell) a few different animals on today’s ride; four turkeys ran across the road in front of us, we passed by countless dead skunks that still packed a punch, and even passed by an enormous porcupine (unfortunately it seemed to have been there a while).
Dad took this picture at the best time! Check out the tow load on that truck!
Arriving at the campground Mom had already fixed us lunch (spaghetti with garlic & herb bread, yum!); hot delicious food was the best ending to an adventurous ride. Thanks Mom! The place we’re staying at tonight has a really cool store that has all the Texas/Route 66 novelties you could imagine. They even have “Route Beer.” 🙂
The best part of the shop is what they had outside:
Good and happy times, especially with such a wonderful view!
Today was definitely an adventure! Since we are in such a great location, tonight we’re hoping to the clouds will disperse so we can star-gaze. Thanks for following along and for all your support! 🙂