PAC Tour, Southern Trancontinental 2006

Day 13, Friday, September 22
To: Hinton, OK; 103 miles

Halfway home, two Route 66 museums, light tailwinds, gently rolling grades
Riding Time: 6:12:52; Avg Speed: 16.7mph; Max Speed: 34.9mph

The start was cool, but the sun, as usual, warmed us to the mid 70's. We had clear and sunny skies all day.

Today's profile was gently rolling with a slight descending trend to Hinton, OK

 

Our last day on historic Route 66 takes us to two different Route 66 museums in Elk City and Clinton OK.

 

I am not sure why, but for the first time this trip I didn't feel much like riding upon waking up this morning. Although I have no real aches or pains, good general health and a great weather forecast I just felt mentally drained and missed my wife Janine and daughter Holly. Two weeks is too long to be away from them and there is still two weeks to go. I have to remind myself that I am living a lifelong dream and when it is over I will probably want to climb back on my bike and relive each these days.

After good breakfast and a few miles on the bike I started to feel a little better, but was still not myself.

Dan at the wheel of a pink cadillac. Me under the world's largest Route 66 sign.
National Route 66 Museum in Elk, OK (32 mile point)

 

We visited two great Route 66 museums today with all expenses paid by PAC Tour. This was nice change of pace from the typical riding day and I left with a new appreciation for the rich history of this famous road.

At 45 miles. This is a stretch of the historic Route 66. It can be identified by the orginal concrete slab construction dating back to 1928. It often runs parallel to I-40 in Oklahoma as shown here.

 

Here in the southern plains its mostly rolling farmland dotted with small historic Route 66 towns. We reached the half-way point of our tour at about 78 miles into today's ride.

In the garden area of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK (62 mile point). Part of our group posed for a local newspaper photographer.

 

A nice convertible in front of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK. This modern generation auto seems in tune with the spirit of this historic road.

 

Snappy diner Lingo

 

Auzzies Peter and Brett with James (from Rhode Island) in front of a blade of a windmill in Weatherford, OK (80 mile point). We saw several windmill farms along this part of Route 66.

 

Dinner tonight was a superb barbeque meal provided by PAC Tour at the indoor pool area of this hotel. This was an unexpected and very much appreciated treat. Two riders were also awarded with 10,000 mile jerseys for riding that many PAC Tour miles. There names will also be added to the hallowed exterior of the lunch trailer.

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