1585 Miles To Go, Middle of Oklahoma

Had a relatively cool day of only 50 miles.  After several 70 and 80 miles days, it felt down right leisurely.  It was lovely.

We stopped in our first little town, Chandler.  Chandler is one of the many cities along Route 66 which contains a number of attractions for devotees of “The Mother Road.” These include The Route 66 Interpretive Center–closed when we went through, The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame–didn’t go, The Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History–closed, and several Route 66-themed murals–took a pic of one.  In addition, in 1949, Chandler declared itself too be, “The pecan capital of the world”.  The pecan orchards were amazing with huge trees.

On the way out of town, we stopped by a marker designating the Eastern Border of the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889.  The land run started at high noon on April 22, 1889, with an estimated 50,000 people lined up for their piece of the available two million acres in the Oklahoma territory.  The movie Far and Away, starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise is about the Oklahoma Land Rush.

Next, we came upon the remnants of an old gas station built during the 1920’s just outside of Arcadia.  Story goes the gas station doubled as a counterfeiting operation for Al Capone during prohibition.  The proprietors printed $10 bills in the back and pass them off to folks buying gas before the gang was caught.

A few further miles down the road was a modern gas station/convenience store that boasts over 700 varieties of soda.  There was a lot.  It was organized by flavor AND color. It was hard to choose.

And lastly, tonight we participated in a silent bike ride to honor fellow cyclists who have died or been injured on the road.  In Stroud, OK, the local bicycling community had organized an event that we were lucky enough to attend.  It started with a trumpeter playing taps and then amazing grace, as about 30 cyclists silently road a 10 mile route.

In all, a fun playful day.–with some seriousness at the end.  As it should be!

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