7:00 ready to roll
7:48 Stop at roadside shelter made of old Ford rails. I saw a few of them today.
11:30 Hooker, OK
160 miles, 3.2 gal.
89 octane. No 87, and I didn’t want to risk 86 octane
Saw an inn called “Hooker Inn” (inner child giggling)
Stopped at the post office in Hooker and shipped back 13 lbs of stuff I don’t need. The improvement in handling is drastic.
Had a cheeseburger in a local bar, then back on the road.
We bypassed many sections of the marked TAT today. The going was very slow and we weren’t seeing much new in the terrain. We did take several sections of it though, just to make sure we got a taste of everything. One section had a lot of deep and difficult sand and took us an hour and a half. It put us back on the same highway we left 10 miles to the east.
Since we were on pavement for a good bit, I had time to daydream instead of concentrating on not wrecking:
Some people in Southern Illinois think it gets hot there. It doesn’t, those just haven’t been to Western Oklahoma. Some people think the mud is sticky and slick. It’s not, they just haven’t been to Western Oklahoma. Some people think there are a lot of cows. There aren’t, they just haven’t been to Western Oklahoma.
3:15 pm. Sean had a low speed fall in sand a bit ago and dislocated/broke a finger. He popped it back in place, but it’s a 7/10 pain level. Hope it gets better, not worse. We’re done with trails for the day and are headed to camp. Edit: We were back on rough stuff within the hour.
5:15 arrived at Black Mesa State Park and set camp. I scouted some nearby hills for cell reception, but it was only strong enough to get a short text to check in with my wife. The sky is taunting us with thunder, lightening and wind, but there is no rain. Yet.
The neighbor camper is an old guy with a bike like ours. He gave us a few beers and we sat around shooting the breeze and telling stories of our youth.
Today was a great day. Tomorrow we get into the mountains of Colorado.
End of day miles: 130
Day total: 280