September 19 Henryetta to Canyon(363 miles)
Today is day 4 of our Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride. With the “Trail of Tears” motorcycle ride behind us we headed to the “Palo Duro Canyon”. Larry and Shirley and Gary are riding with us. Larry and Shirley are longtime friends we have been riding with for years. Gary is a friend we have hooked up with many times at the “Trail of Tears” ride.
Gary is from Windsor, Canada just across the Detroit River from Detroit, Michigan. Gary has always been great fun to ride with and he has a goofy sense of humor that is a good fit to our group. Gary retired from Chrysler some years ago. He didn’t have any hobbies to occupy his retirement time. Some friends suggested he buy a motorcycle and ride with them. Well, to make a long story short, Gary bought a Honda Goldwing and has been running the wheels off it. We are glad he did because we would have never met.
Today we ride 363 miles to Canyon, Texas. Most of the ride was down I-40 which was part of the old Route 66 highway. We stopped at Elk City, OK to eat and we spent a couple of hours at the National Route 66 museum there. Route 66 the “Mother Road” stretches from Illinois all the way to California. The museum tries to give a feel for the experience of traveling down Route 66 with displays of roadside attractions that lured travelers to stop and spend their money.
The museum is part of the Old Town Museum Complex that gives you a look into the lives of early settlers in Oklahoma, as well as Oklahoma’s agricultural heritage. They were great museums and we look forward to coming back again.
It was a long ride today. We got to Canyon around 6:00 pm. After checking into the motel we ate at Big Earl’s BBQ. It was good but it was not owned by a guy named Earl and he was my size!! (i.e. NOT BIG…) The BBQ was good and a good way to end the day.
Tomorrow we ride the “Palo Duro Canyon”, the Grand Canyon of Texas. Larry heard about the canyon from someone suggesting it for a ride… so tomorrow we check that one off Larry’s bucket list…
You may want to check out the other days of our ride by clicking on the links below.
- “Trail of Tears” and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006
- Day 1 & 2:Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006
- Day 3 Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006
- Day 5 Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006
- Day 6 & 7 – Trail of Tears and Palo Duro Canyon Motorcycle Ride September 2006
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Come follow along as we explore more scenic vista’s in Texas…
Ride safe and I hope we see you down the road somewhere…