We had a easy exit from Altus since our hotel was on the north side of town. We didn’t get in any hurry to leave since the temperature was in the upper 40s and foggy when we first woke up.
The ride was an easy 57 miles since it was a short ride and the wind was at our back. I’ll take this kind of ride anytime.
Elk City is a nice historic town that runs along the historic Route 66 from east to west as well as the Great Western Cattle Trail from Texas to Dodge City Kansas.
We also took the opportunity to remove all the Texas dirt that had built up on our car.
No the bike didn’t get any tender loving care.
We stopped for breakfast at the same road side café that we ate at last night, the Rock Inn Café. The breakfast is just what was needed for today’s ride.
Kye and I had driven this route 2 years earlier so we knew somewhat what we would see but we were going from north to south and in a car. We forgot there wasn’t anything between Seymour and Vernon Tx.
Once we made it to Vernon we found the same good restaurant we stopped at 2 years earlier. Of course we were tired so we took our time with lunch. We ate so slow that we were on the verge of being asked to leave so they could close at 1:00 p.m. not really just kidding.
After leaving Vernon we had only one goal in mind, reach the Red River and finally get out of Texas. It took us 10 days to accomplish this task.
Goodbye Texas even though the pictures say “Welcome to Texas”
Goodbye Red River.
Then we finally reached Oklahoma.
At the start of Highway 283 there wasn’t any shoulder and I was a little concerned but after about 2 miles Oklahoma got with the act and added the same wide shoulder Texas had.
We got to Altus and found they were having an antique car show around down town so the traffic was very heavy. To avoid being ran over I put my bike to the car to the last 3 miles. The only real reason for this is so I could get a better look at all the old cars.
We got a late start today due to the early morning rain. We went down to McDonald’s to get our breakfast and went back to the hotel to eat and wait out the rain.
Once we got an all clear we took off. Since my Garmin isn’t working correctly and only showing commands and output in a foreign language Kye is stopping every 10 miles to keep me informed of our progress. This worked well also because we had a strong north wind to ride against most of the way.
We got to Woodson and stopped at the Woodson Inn for lunch. They had a great buffet. Michele the owner of the Inn gave us our lunch for free after hearing the story of our ride. We are going to take the amount of the lunch and donate it to MS.
We continued on highway 183 which runs north by northwest. The wind was a cross wind so progress was manageable but when we intersected with highway 283 we were going straight north and directly into the wind. Progress was slow and very hard all the way to Seymour, our destination for the night.
Tonight I am very tired. We are staying Glen and Myra’s Lodge and R.V. Mark. It is nicely designed and the owners are great people.