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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Our ride to Medicine Park and beyond :)

The day is beautiful and it is time to get on the bikes and go somewhere.  We get on the road about 11:15, and make a stop for gas, and then on to  Mustang, OK for some Mexican food.  Our thinking is to eat some lunch and then head to Medicine Park, OK.

We actually pull up to Los Vaqueros at noon...How do I know...well, the tornado sirens always do a test at noon on Saturday.  We no more get parked and our helmets off, and the sirens go off.  They aren't really busy yet, so we get our food pretty quick.  Was good as usual, and now it is time to get on the bikes and make some miles.

I was sure amazed at all the wind turbines that are dotting the landscape as we make our way down Hwy. 152. I guess we really are a windy state!!!









Our trip to Medicine Park took us down some of the usual roads we have ridden many times.  One big thing that was really different is that we are now at the end of July, and because of all the wonderful rains we have had, the countryside is so green.  There is none of the dead grass we usually see.  Today is in the 80's and there is just a wonderful coolness in the air as long as you are moving.



We make our way to Anadarko, and as we slow down at a light, we get a quick reminder of the heat and humidity that is really out there.  Nice to pick up the pace again, and get the breeze going again.


We make our way to Medicine Park, and we pull into the local motorcycle shop, Chaps My Ass, and found it strange that we got such good parking.  As we walk to the door, we know why.  They are closed for vacation!!!!  Their sign on the door, says "don't be a hater".....because they are on vacation.  Heck no, totally understand, as I seem to do that quite a bit myself at my store...LOL

The little town is bustling with bikes and autos..   Glad we ate earlier as I think the wait would have been a long one.  It is really hot down here which is pretty normal.  Medicine Park is down in a hole, and the wind just doesn't make it down here that good.  Guess that is why the swimmin hole is such a hit with everyone. Inexpensive place to swim, don't you think.  

We sit and drink a slush puppy outside one of the little stores, and watch the people and bikes go by.

As we are sitting there, we see Chuck & Debbie Norfleet, and Joe & Dorenda walk by.  They stop and say hello, and as we are talking to them, someone stops a car in front of us, and says something...It is Kim & Scott Clark and their family.  Goodness, anyone else decide to go to this town today??!! As we make our way back to the bike, I have to get a picture of Chuck next to the "rubber ducky"!!!! 



















The Slush Puppy cooled us off, and we make our trek to the top of Mount Scott.  Rising to almost 2500 feet is a pretty big thing here to us "flat lander"....  It is a must see if you ever come to Oklahoma.





There are lady bugs up at the top.  Seems like they are always here.  There was one year we came up here and they were so thick, and they wanted to be your best friend, and go with you.  Not sure why the mountain has so many, but I bet if I googled it, I could find out!!! 

































It is now about 4:30 and I had suggested we ride to Win Star Casino.  It is a couple of hours away, but the weather is perfect, and heck, we have nothing else to do....so we head out towards Thackerville, OK.

The roads were great, and even had a few curves along the way.  We go through the town of Loco, and I had to take a picture because I think we are a bit Loco sometimes....so why not take a pic of the namesake.  Can you imagine telling people you live in Loco!!! 





 






We stop for gas along the way, and I got a big kick out of the sign that said Freal Milkshakes.  Little did I know that really is a product.  I guess I need to step out of my box every once in a while and check these things out....but hey, I am NOT a convenience store junky!  I really had no idea, and thought they must have made a type o....Hmmm, will have to try one of those Freal!  While I am there amusing myself with the marque, Chuck has decided to clean off the front of the bike.  We have hit so many grasshoppers and there are grasshopper parts all over the bike.  YUCK!!!!  Chris thought we might like them with some Chocolate on them, but I think I will have to pass on that little delicacy.  At least they are small insects, and not birds like Diana & Chris picked up on our last big trip... 


It is close to 8pm by the time we make it to the Casino.  It is quite busy, as usual.  Wonderful thing is they have up front motorcycle parking.  Love it!!!

Inside and we get signed up and get our Playercard.  We get $25 free play on them.  Not bad, but food is on our mind right now.  They have a buffet that is supposed to be good, so we head towards it.  Think we weren't the only ones with food on our mind, as the line was pretty long.  It actually went pretty fast, but it was still close to 9pm before we get to eat!  The food was really good.  They had surf & turf, but we passed on the surf (crab legs) because the people that we stood in line to get in are now in line to get them.  You have never seen so many crab legs on peoples plates.  We get our food fix and we are off to win some money...LOL

Win Star is big...and it is full of people.   Amazing how busy they are tonight.  We find some machines, and you have to spend some money to get to use the $25 money they give you.  Mine went pretty quick, but I also got my 5 points, so I was able to play on their money.  Chuck was on fire.  His machine was being nice to him.  By the time all was said and done, we had 3 losers, and one winner.  Chuck was the lucky one tonight.  It wasn't a big win, but it was a win!!!!

By the time we cash out, it is 10:30 and we have a couple of hour drive to get back to home.  We get on the bikes and head north to Oklahoma City.  The traffic was really nice tonight.  Chris said how calm it is to ride at night.  We only worry about things in the road, like truck tires etc...and of course deer.  But tonight we had no problems.  We had a couple drive by and Diana said they were taking pictures of the back of our bike.




Chuck had added some lights to the back, the Kuryakyn Vertical LED's.  I am guessing they are really bright!!!!!!  Then we got to laughing, as Chris & Diana said the back of the bike looks like a "Evil clown"....Oh my, no wonder the couple was taking pictures.  Oh well, at least we are noticed.

We get home around 1:30 and I for one was glad to be here.  It had been a really good and fun day, but it is time to get some sleep.  We ended up riding about 423 fun miles today....and we didn't even get out of Oklahoma.  Great day!