Eufaula me and I'll follow you...
October 25, 2008
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You would think that I would be satisfied to take it easy during a break from my cross country trek. So what do I do for relaxation? What else? Ride a bike! I joined Andy from Pro Bike and the Oklahoma Bicycle Society (OBS) the Tour de Trees jaunt around Lake Eufala in eastern OK. Jumping from my fully loaded Trek 520 to a totally clean Trek aluminum/composite 2800 road bike, I felt like I was floating on a cloud. Until I hit my first crack in the pavement! Ouch. Light, but an incredibly stiff ride. Every nuance of the road reached up to bite me and rattle my teeth for 68 miles. I love my touring bike! Smooth as silk and a pleasure to tour on. I did take advantage of the lighter weight which made hill climbing a very pleasant experience.

It was great to ride with a lot of enthusiastic folks. As my luck would have it, I forgot to take the battery for my camera (brought the camera) and was fortunate that Curt loaned me his so I could continue to document my rides. The ride took us around the perimeter of the lake and there were a few hills thrown in for good measure. The creativity of manufacturers of Halloween decorations took on a new dimension with the inflatable hearse complete with the rider of death at the reigns! Where do people find these things?

The ride took us across the Eufaula Dam and everyone stopped into Pete's for Breakfast, Burgers and Bait! I took the bait... har har... For today's problem (which I forgot late last night so I am sneaking it in this morning) I pulled up a website that the United States Geological Survey publishes that shows the discharge rate for rivers all across the country (where they have instruments in place to measure such things).


This link provides the discharge rate for the North Canadian River near Wetumka, OK (my birthplace). If you look at the graph it shows the discharge rate in cfs. What is cfs? Try and imagine just how much water that is. What is a cubic foot? What would be the metric equivalent of a cubic foot? If you are familiar with logrithmic graphs, can you determine the flow rate for the 26th of October? If you are not familiar with logrithmic graphs, this would be something to look up on Wikipedia. Calculate the difference in flow rates between October 21st and October 26th.

Just beyond Pete's there was a turn off which placed a demanding climb (14% grade) on the shortcut to Eufaula. Just prior to the climb, a vicious dog posed for a picture (little furry camera ham). We rolled into Eufaula and took another break at the Braum's Ice Cream Store. If you are a lover of Blue Bell Ice Cream, you need to stop into Braum's one of these days. Awesome ice cream. I'm speaking from a professional ice cream scooper perspective, as I earned my very first paycheck for Braum's back when I was 16 years old in Plano, TX. It really does taste good!

A total of 68 miles to complete the loop, but not before coming across an elk lounging in the grass with a spectacular rack! The hills of Oklahoma provide for excellent touring and a great workout. I'm grateful to Andy for inviting me along and all of the wonderful folks I met at OBS. Now if I could just keep Andy (whom I have dubbed "Capt Recumbent") from falling asleep while lounging on his ever so comfy looking Bacchetta. ;o)

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Nov 13, 2008 11:01 am - MANUEL wrote :
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Nov 13, 2008 10:55 am - Dakota wrote :
my name is Dakota. how are you doing? please contact me. thanks. P.S that letter that had caps was not me. thanks
Nov 13, 2008 10:53 am - dakota wrote :
you are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 13, 2008 10:53 am - DAKOTA wrote :
Nov 13, 2008 10:51 am - MANUEL wrote :
Nov 13, 2008 10:50 am - randy wrote :
sup it's randy again whow ya doing right now i c u need to travle 137.06 miles so i hope u have hade a good trip that is a long trip i have 2 go by
Nov 13, 2008 10:50 am - Taujaa wrote :
hi my name is taujaa I`ve been looking at your blog cool pitures. I am wondering if you have to passthrough my home town.My home town is Louisiana I was born in Minden every one says that they don`t know where that is.It is a little above Shreport I was born in Minden Medecal Center.Well, now I think It is a small town on the map. But when you ride around it is a big city.Well i`ll talk to you later have to go.GOOD BYE
Nov 13, 2008 10:48 am - jesse wrote :
Where are you?How are you?
Nov 13, 2008 10:46 am - dakota wrote :
Have you seen anymore interesting thing?
Nov 13, 2008 10:46 am - Name Manuel wrote :
Nov 3, 2008 1:27 pm - Scott Butler wrote :
John- Nice work on the road! Thanks for what you are doing. All the best! Lips your mentor sends.
Nov 3, 2008 10:27 am - Jeff Gebhart wrote :
Hey John...I got a late start, am reading all blog entries,vicariously riding with you on the trip. Have gotten as far as Billings, MT. Lots of interesting people, great scenery, what an experience! You should submit this to National Geographic when you're done seriously! Many have ridden across country, but you've met and visited so many interesting folks! Look forward to "catching up" with you in OK and "riding" with you to the Cape. Thanks for the great trip. I'm going to go to a bike shop tomorrow and look at a new bike! Jeff
Nov 1, 2008 8:30 pm - Sam & Margie wrote :
John, Thanks again for helping us with our tandem as you finished your Eufaula ride. It is really great what you are doing on your ride across America. Sam and Margie
Nov 1, 2008 9:09 am - Dean Correa "Chick" wrote :
What are you doing? You're making me look bad!! Test Pilot School, a trip to space and a cross country trip on a bike... what are near mortals like myself suppose to brag on with our kids. As I tell my kids your friends/peers will have an influence on you... so I tell them I'm sure I had some sort of influence on you??? Congrats John... you've had an amazing journey since the Boomer days. ps... did you ever find your ski s ?
Oct 31, 2008 11:20 am - Jeff Gebhart wrote :
Hey John, It's been a pleasure checking in on your progress, seeing the photographs, imagining what it's like to ride on your trip. Have fun, be careful, looking forward to more blog entries and seeing you finish the journey!
Oct 31, 2008 11:15 am - Dave Atala wrote :
Hope you're enjoying the little break from the ride. We all know it was really so you could go trick or treating in your 'hood for the free candy... Hope the rest of the ride goes well and is all downhill for you. Ditto Boomers, Dave.
Oct 31, 2008 7:13 am - mark winter wrote :
Took my son to Space Camp in HSV last year and got the info on all your space walks. Paul Daniel also keeps me up on what ur up to when I see him at Delta. Keep on pedaling. Go Boomers.
Oct 30, 2008 1:02 pm - Barbara wrote :
Breakfast, Burgers, Bait and Barbara wants to ride along! how are you John!! I miss talking to you! Phone home
Oct 30, 2008 12:45 pm - Liz wrote :
Hey JOHN!! Saw your comment about not making it to the Cape on Nov. 10....well by Nov 14???? Launch Day.....we all miss you!!
Oct 29, 2008 3:22 pm - Dee wrote :
Hope to see you back on here soon. Sure miss reading the blogs. Stay Safe
Oct 26, 2008 6:20 pm - Jim Foreman wrote :
Great photos, and CFS means cubic feet of water per second. A cubic foot is about 8 gallons. Jim
Oct 26, 2008 8:48 am - Olegario Montes wrote :

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