You're Killin' Me Smalls

Trip Start Aug 14, 2012
Trip End Oct 25, 2012

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Where I stayed
Down on Eric's Farm
What I did
Four Tarts and a Lemon

Flag of United States  , Oklahoma
Saturday, September 15, 2012

We left OKC this morning around 11, with Marke as an escort (by bicycle) to the edge of the city. We were hungry after about an hour of biking, so we pulled over and had our first experience eating at Braums. Either we were really hungry, or they make a mean crispy chicken sandwich. Which of the two is yet to be determined. Marke ended up biking around 20 miles with us before heading back into OKC. It was really nice of him to lead us outside the city, which is usually the hardest part of our ride to navigate. Thanks Marke!

We spent the day biking down Route 66, which was really bumpy, but pretty cool. Right around dinnertime we came up to a truck stop and pulled over for a Subway dinner. After dinner we set off to finish the 20 miles to where we planned to stay the night, the Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton, OK. About 5 miles down the road we had to pull over to check our route because none of the crossroads were named and a man in a tan pickup truck pulled over. The man introduced himself as Eric and asked if we needed help. Guess it was pretty clear that we were lost. Eric told us that it would be difficult to make it to the State Park before night fall and offered other suggestions. When we told him that we were biking all the way to San Francisco, he looked really concerned and asked what we were planning on doing about the desert. When we told him we were just going to bike through it, he looked very doubtful and told us we were going to die. Encourgaging, huh? He told us that he lived right down the road on the same property as his grandparents and offered to let us crash at his house for the night. After some consideration, we decided he seemed like a good guy and accepted the offer.

He let us get all settled in one of his spare bedrooms and showered up. After talking some more with Eric about the desert, we decided that it would be a good idea to stay for an extra day so that we could rethink our game plan.He told us that his friends, a firefighter named Davey and his wife Misty, were having a bonfire and invited us to join. Since we were not planning on biking the next day, we tagged along. So glad that we did! We had so much fun! Davey and Misty were awesome hosts, and even offered us some delicious, homemade stew and cornbread muffins for dinner. We also met Eric's friends Sean and Crystal, and their 5 year old son Casen. We sat around the campfire drinking beer, roasting marshmallows, and laughing. Eric was so nice, he went out and got "s'mores" for us to make at the bonfire. Turns out he thought s'mores were just marshmallows, we got a good laugh at the mistake. Luckily, Misty had some graham crackers and chocolate in the house and saved the evening! We made s'more after s'more! After visiting for quite some time we went back to Eric's house and got some rest. 

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