|Trace The Mitten|
Happenings, Reflections, Ideas, Analysis
Another high 80 to 90 degree ride day. Clear, humidity at 47% and a 16 mph with from the South. At least it is not quite a headwind, but it is a crosswind can give you fits with the gear bags catching the breeze. You need to always be ready to adjust the handlebars and shift your weight.
White Oak does not have a place to stay. This is all that is left of the favorite motel of the past. The internet is the best way to make your arrangements. Places can fill up with car travelers. At lunch I will call ahead to reserve my room or campsite. I let them know that I am traveling by bike and do not always know when I will arrive, so hold that room.
I am a member of www.warmshowers.org and this serves as a place to stay 30-50% of my time on the road. This community of members supports touring cyclists by opening their homes. Most hosts want a heads up before your arrival. These folks always exceed expectations and thanks to those who open their homes to us biking.
I have quite a collection of signs from the many towns and cities that I have passed through. This looks like nice town. Chelsea is known for the first oil well in the state of Oklahoma in 1889.
Bushyhead, OK was named after the gentleman in the photo above. He was the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1879-1887. He was a young boy during the Trail of Tears, the legistlated migration of the American Indians in the eastern United States. Chief Bushyhead was educated in the east and attended Princeton through his sophomore year, at that time he needed to return home due to the death of his father.
This concrete totem pole can be found outside Foyil. It was built by Ed Galloway from 1937-1948. The exterior is made of concrete. Ed said that he wanted something to do in his retirement. Ed, I know what you mean, but I went off in another direction. https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/9058
Will Rogers was killed in a small plane accident in 1935 . I remember my dad talking about Will Rogers and his down home humor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dW2aKWk4lcU He was born in the Cherokee Nation. He won fame from the stage, film, cowboy, humorist , newspaper columnist, and social commentator.