|Trace The Mitten|
Happenings, Reflections, Ideas, Analysis
Don't start something different on a tour. Today I tried a new seat post that has a spring action to take of the bumps. The Brooks leather seat has springs and the give of the leather, but I was hoping for more comfort on the road bumps.
The seat should be level so as to not put uncomfortable pressure on certain points. The springs are still very stiff and riding everyday wears on the rear.
The seat post is a couple of mm smaller than the frame tube. It felt tight but after less that a mile I could feel the seat sinking. It soon became obvious that this was not going to work. I knew that a hardware store was only a mile away and I would buy a clamp to keep it from moving down. You can see the clamp in the photo above. It solved the problem, but I will return the original seat post. I will look to a spring loaded post that is the proper diameter.
One of the first Oklahoma towns I went through was Commerce. This is the town the Mickey Mantle went to high school. This area had lead and zinc mining and that is what Mickey's father did. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mickey_Mantle He not only had a great smile, as seen in this 1957 photo, but he was an all-around athlete . Mick went straight to the minors from high school and in 1951 he was on the roster of the famed New York Yankees. When I was growing up, Mickey was the player many idolized. I remember attending a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Yankees and Mickey hit a home run. I was so excited to see him doing that.
These murals may be seen in Quapaw. http://route66times.com/l/ok/quapaw-murals-on-main.htm Y More example of the murals will surprise you. I am glad that these have survived over these many years.
This beautiful structure is the Coleman Theater in Miami. I admire their statement on the website.The Coleman Theatre is dedicated to providing quality arts and educational programming that fosters appreciation and community pride, while maintaining and promoting the historic significance of the theatre It is so important to keep such jewels of the American smaller towns. The theater opened its doors in 1929.
The Avon Motor Court still is standing and serves as another reminder of the many cars that came through Afton.
This looks like a great place to visit.