Crossing more of Oklahoma. Nearly 900 miles done. Long but enjoyable 80 mile day, with NO headwinds! Significant cloud cover, which made things much cooler. Today’s highlights were a large blue whale, Tulsa and two flats.
The Blue Whale of Catoosa is one of the iconic attractions along Route 66–so they say. This guy built the Blue Whale in the early 1970s as a surprise anniversary gift to his wife who collected whale figurines–can you imagine? The Blue Whale and its pond became a favored swimming hole for both locals and travelers along Route 66 .
Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma and was settled between 1828 and 1836 by the Lochapoka Band of Creek Native American tribe. For most of the 20th century, Tulsa played a major role as one of the most important hubs for the American oil industry. We cycled through many miles of industrial oil refineries.
As we skirted Tulsa, we were stopped by a female police officer while we were at a gas station. She wanted to know if we were part of a biking tour. It startled me and made me a bit nervous, as she was quite serious and authoritarian. Turns out she is the cousin of one of the riders and was looking for her. Her cousin was further up the road so we took pics, together
Lastly, Robin ran over a piece of glass, tire flat and then fixed. Not 10 minutes later, I got a slow puncture, tire flat and also fixed. That’s enough flats for one day. I really like being mechanically competent on the road–it comes in handy!