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« on: April 21, 2020, 10:32:30 pm »

The Green Country Oklahoma Adventure Tour is a 438 mile, two day ride around the backroads of northeastern Oklahoma. It was set to be run the weekend of April 18th but the Chinese virus put an end to the official run. They had an unofficial partial tour on the 18th with about twenty riders. The tour is split into a north and a south section. I ran most of the north loop on April 10th, then on the 18th, I ran most of the south loop.

North loop:

I started in Disney, Oklahoma and ran the route the opposite direction of how it’s laid out. This direction worked out the best for me riding solo for just one day. Here are some pictures I took along the way.

An old WPA school.







A low water crossing on Fly Creek.



The things you find in the middle of the woods.






Another old country school.





The route ran into Seneca, Missouri so I gassed up and got a DQ ice cream for lunch.



I found Lost Creek.



A field full of donkeys.



Way in the distance, I spotted what appeared to be an old mansion.



I couldn’t find a way in so I had to settle for a zoomed in pic.



A little research indicated it wasn’t old, just never completed and left to fall into ruins. Google Earth shows an overgrown drive leading in. The drive is in Oklahoma, the mansion is in Missouri.

The originator of the route purposely made it run through multiple low water crossings (in case you haven’t noticed.)



I ran over this black snake. He was pissed but seemed uninjured.




The remains of an airway beacon.







From Wikipedia:

An airway beacon was a rotating light assembly mounted atop a tower. These were once used extensively in the United States for visual navigation by airplane pilots along a specified airway corridor. Approximately 1,500 airway beacons were constructed to guide pilots from city to city, Airway beacons were constructed by the Post Office and the Department of Commerce between 1923 and 1933.

Cayuga-Splitlog Mission Church.







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The church was built by Matthias Splitlog, “the Millionaire Indian” who had come to Indian Territory in 1874, when he was about 62 years old. He constructed a sawmill, then he built a gristmill and a large blacksmith shop. He also established a ferry and a general store. His building projects employed many of the local people, paid good wages, and treated the employees well. After completing his own home, he built a factory to make buggies, two-seated hacks and coffins. He named the growing town Cayuga Springs. In 1884, a Cayuga post office was established, with one of Matthias' sons, Joseph, as postmaster. Since there were no public schools, Splitlog provided a building and started a subscription school for the community's children. By the time he started building the church building named for him, he had already outlived his wife and nine of his ten children. The village burned in 1913. Only the church, the priest's house and the carriage factory remained. Destroyed structures included a hotel, general store, post office, blacksmith shop and eight or ten dwellings.

Cave Creek.



Honey Creek Bridge, built 1930.





An overlook on Whitewater Creek. It looked pretty ragged. There appeared to be a warning posted on this but you would have to walk out upon it to get close enough to read it.





At this point, I left the route and passed through Jay, Oklahoma on the way back to my truck.


Jay in Jay at the Jay Fire Lookout Tower.








South loop:

About fifteen riders posted that they were going to do this ride. I decided that I would meet them at the Spring Creek Store which was much more convenient for me than to ride all the way to the starting point.  When I pulled into the store there were three bikes already there. We introduced ourselves, they were from Arkansas, and we talked for a while. They started getting ready to leave and I asked if they weren’t going to wait for the group. They said no, so I jumped in and rode with them. It was pretty dusty so I quickly realized it was better than riding in the big group. We didn’t do a lot of picture stops because they were each doing video.

The Arkansas gang crossing Fourteenmile Creek.



And me.



At Maynard Bayou, the big group caught up to us.



I'm the red one.





We decided to let them go on and we followed up later. After we crossed the Tenkiller Lake dam, we saw a bunch of them stopped at the only bar/restaurant open (probably illegally) near the lake. We figured they were drinking away the rest of the day - we never saw them again.

At Marble City, we got held up by a train so I grabbed a quick pic of the railroad bridge over Sallisaw Creek.



We passed through Elohim City, a purported anti-government commune (Google it) without stopping for pic’s. They looked pissed at us. We decided that half of the earlier group must’ve come blazing through at 60mph, throwing dust everywhere.

We rode until the route intersected Highway 59 and split off from there. They rode back to Arkansas and rode the opposite way back to my truck in Locust Grove. I ended up with 210 miles for the day and some good memories. We’re planning to do the full ride in the fall.

Here’s a video log by one of the Arkansas guys of the route we took:

https://www.relive.cc/view/veqzDRMVNBO


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« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2020, 12:14:26 am »

real nice.
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2020, 08:50:07 am »

And here I though you went for a ride with Jeremy McGrath

 Lol Lol Lol

Very nice PICS and ride  Thumbsup
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2020, 09:17:30 am »


And here I though you went for a ride with Jeremy McGrath

 Lol Lol Lol

Very nice PICS and ride  Thumbsup


RC is the GOAT.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2020, 10:08:01 am »




RC is the GOAT.


I like them both but JM won more. He should be called the GOAT.
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I like them both but JM won more. He should be called the GOAT.


Don't make me go all kver on you and start quoting a bunch of stats.
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2020, 12:14:58 pm »




Don't make me go all kver on you and start quoting a bunch of stats.


JM has won more than RC has. He dominated in the 90s. What? Seven Supercross titles and I don't remember how many Motocross titles. I didn't look anything up but I know he has won more then RC.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2020, 02:19:11 pm »




I like them both but JM won more. He should be called the GOAT.


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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2020, 02:20:41 pm »




Don't make me go all kver on you and start quoting a bunch of stats.


Little Ricky has all those outdoor wins.  Yeah yeah yeah.  MC never cared about that but he did go out and win one just to prove you naysayers wrong.

And he has 72 Supercross wins.  

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2020, 02:34:14 pm »

From Wikipedia: Carmichael is notable for winning the AMA 450cc motocross national championship seven times and, the AMA Supercross Championship 450cc class five times. His unrivaled successes in the sport of motocross have given him the nickname "The GOAT"; standing for Greatest of All Time.

5 supercross championships, 7 250/450 mx championships (including two undefeated seasons-won every moto), and two 125 mx championships. No comparison. Likeability is not a factor.
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2020, 04:40:46 pm »

Yeah but

Jeremy started filming freestyle and created the avenues for the Travis Pastrana movement.  That turned out to be huge.   They don’t call Jeremy “Showtime” for nothing

We will see if little Ricky is still riding hard at 50
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« Reply #11 on: April 22, 2020, 04:42:56 pm »

I think he was 48 when he did this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvAiq0f4Z6w

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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2020, 05:36:47 am »

The Jay ride reports are the GOAT

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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2020, 01:19:12 pm »

A few more riders wanted to ride a portion last Saturday (25th) so we all met up at a store along the way. Eight of us showed.
















I'm the one on the good bike.










None of us have ever done this crossing. It's always too deep or too swift. I did it once in my work truck about twenty years ago but never on a bike. No volunteers this day either.




A small world story: The guy on the orange KTM, I had never met him. We grew up in neighboring towns and had some common acquaintances. We exchanged names, info, etc. and said we would ride together again sometime. A couple days later, he messaged me and asked if I was kin to Mike. I said yeah, he was my oldest brother. He told me that he lived with my brother for a year (1985) and helped him with his maintenance work (my brother maintained a small apartment complex that my family owned.) He asked why we had never met. We hadn't met because I lived about 100 miles away at the time. Since I said he was my brother, he asked if something happened to him. He passed away January, 2019...















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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2020, 01:27:48 pm »

Water

And more bridges  Lol Bigsmile

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And yes...  very sorry to hear about your brother
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Too bad about your brother. Amazing how the world is really quite small at times
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great blog, thanks for the awesome infor! Bigok
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I couldn’t find a way in so I had to settle for a zoomed in pic.



A little research indicated it wasn’t old, just never completed and left to fall into ruins. Google Earth shows an overgrown drive leading in. The drive is in Oklahoma, the mansion is in Missouri.

The originator of the route purposely made it run through multiple low water crossings (in case you haven’t noticed.)




That location looks like a lot of work to bring in the building materials only to never finish.
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« Reply #18 on: July 26, 2020, 12:00:55 am »

Sunday, July 12th, it was forecast to be slightly less sweltering than Saturday’s 100° so I went riding with Daniel, the guy who developed the GOAT route (see previous ride report.) I met him at the Peggs Country Store and we rode out from there. The plan was to ride some of the gravel roads between Teresita and Tahlequah while he scouted out a new route.

On the way to Peggs.



A bypassed low water crossing on Spring Creek. I tried to talk him into crossing it but he wouldn’t fall for it.



We followed Blacksmith Hollow Road for several miles until we came to Double Spring Creek. We decided to see how far we could follow it. Since I was on a real bike, I had to lead.



We only made it about a half mile before we came to an impassable point thanks to a downed tree. We turned around and went back to the road. The baby head rocks made for quite a difficult ride for this old man.







We came upon an old, closed county road that ran up a steep hill. Daniel wasn’t sure he could make it on his BMW so once again, I went first. It was a little loose but not bad. Daniel made it easily.



We were supposed to meet another rider, Chris at the Moodys Store but he was running late. I gassed up since I only have about a 100 mile range. The store was the community school back in the day. We didn’t even have cell service here.





We ended up meeting Chris way down on the Illinois River by Tahlequah. He just moved here a couple months ago from Oregon. He came to run a pot farm. He was looking for someone to guide him around the area for the good roads - he picked the right guys.

Chris spares no expense when it comes to riding gear.



Daniel wanted to see the waterfall that he had never been to. Of course, he rode right by it. Chris and I sat there for about five minutes until Daniel realized we weren’t following.



We cruised through the Hampton Bridge swimming hole.





And Daniel crashed the party. He’s like that…





We rode about thirty more miles through the hills and ended up with about 160 miles for the day. It was a good ride.

Oh, here’s a tiny frog.


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« Reply #19 on: July 26, 2020, 07:01:38 am »

Most excellent  Bigok
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