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October 5, 2010 / jslipschultz

Day 24: Ponca to Bartlesville, OK (10/5)

You know that bumper sticker: I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m making good time.  That’s the theme for today’s ride.  At about Mile 50 of 71 (scheduled), we missed our turn to Bartlesville.  We being, Joseph, Austin, and Karl.  I think the directions said this turn is easy to miss.  I guess we should pay attention to directions, eh?  We had a hard time stopping to re-assess our direction (and not just because guys hate to consult or ask for directions).  We were simply having way too much fun as I while I was at the front pulling the guys up the rollers with a great tail wind at our backs.  I’m told we were going 26-30 mph.  And then, the announcement that we may have missed the turn and have to go back 4 miles (into the wind).  😦  We contemplated just continuing forward and asking for a pickup and then drudged back.  So our 71-miler turned into a 82-miler.  Alas.

boyscoutsSome of our route took us through Osage Indian Reservation.  We had lunch in Pawhuska, a once-vibrant prairie town whose Main St. buildings are now largely empty.  It claims to be the home of the first Boy Scout Troop, organized in 1909.

Before dinner we walked over to the only Frank Lloyd Wright skyscraper (built in 1956) in the United States and had drinks on the 15th floor.  Check out the pics below–obviously a F.L.W. creation, don’t you think?

One major milestone today:  I crossed over 10,000 miles for the year.  The guys tell me 12,000 is a bigger milestone.  Hmmmm.

Next stop:  Neosho, MO (Another state line!); 111.3 miles.  We’ll cross 2,000 miles on this ride.

Pics:  Price Tower by F.L.W. inside and out plus some views of town.

flw5 flw6   flw4 flw3 flw2 flw1 view from above view from above 2 in town in town 2

By the numbers:  81.5 miles, 18.9 mph average, 4:19:00, 2,579 feet of climbing. Totals so far:  1,939 miles, 66,823 feet of climbing

Video (GAME SHOW!):



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  1. Mike Neifert / Oct 6 2010 5:17 pm

    1. Seligman
    2. Dave, Marquett, Karl, Tara
    3. Mohave Desert
    4. Tuba City, AZ
    5. Brian, Brit, Dana and maybe Marquette and Karl
    6. Hoiday Inn Express
    7. 7950ft. or was it 10,500ft?
    8. bottom bracket
    9. Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Forest, Kaibab National Forest, Monument Valley, Cimmaron Canyon State Park, Boiling Springs State Park, Mesa Verde
    10. You didn’t really say, but I’m guessing the glutemus maximus. That’s where they’re usually administered.

    So how did I do?

    • jslipschultz / Oct 6 2010 5:33 pm

      1-4: Correct!
      5: Definitely Marquette and Karl and Dee (the original sickee), and Brian. Maybe Dana and Will-I-AM.
      6: Yep.
      7: 10,500.
      8: Yep
      9: Don’t forget Rio Grande, but you nailed a bunch.
      10: No silly. I clarified to say what city, not body location. And it was my shoulder.

      You did great!!! What prize would you like. Email your address to me through DM and I’ll send you something!

  2. Casey / Oct 9 2010 7:18 am

    Jeff, I’ll pass on the game show, tests make me break out with a bad case of vertigo. Speaking of vertigo, great pics of FLW’s Price Tower. Very interesting, beautiful structure (since I are engineer). I’ve read that it was approx $1M over orig estimate in 1956 dollars — yikes! Have read ahead in blog (but had to return to comment on Price), as well as other rider’s blogs…the ride is truly an amazing feat. Good luck on the upcoming 100’s, hoping for good weather. Take care, be safe. Casey

    • jslipschultz / Oct 9 2010 4:28 pm

      Casey, thanks for being such an avid follower of the Blog. Yes, no surpise on FLW over-estimate. I think he did that a lot. I read a book about him called The Women (about the four women in his life)–he was an interesting (and talented) man. And yes, the staircase could easily give someone vertigo. The stairs were diagonal in the staircase. Tight quarters, too. Tiny elevators. Glad you are enjoying our journey!

  3. Lindsay Lipschultz / Oct 16 2010 9:26 am

    1. Seligman, AZ
    2. Karl, Tara, Dave, Marquette
    3. Mohave Desert
    4. Tuba City, AZ
    5. Marquette, Karl, Dee, Brian, William
    6. Holiday Inn Express
    7. 10,500
    8. Bottom bracket
    9. Rio Grande, grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Forest, Monument Vally, Boiling Springs State Park
    10. No Idea

    • jslipschultz / Oct 16 2010 9:21 pm

      Well done, Lindsay! I’ve got a prize for you! (And #10 was Taos, NM).

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