If I didn’t hate rain so much this ride would probably have jumped right to “my favorite rides” list. I chose a warm (60’s-70’s F), muggy, November, Sunday, to ride “Search for BigFoot” 200k Permanent. Three to four hours were spent on wet roads, accompanied by threatening skies the entire route, which dampened my mood considerably. The sky was so dark as I descended from the Kiamichi Mountains toward Tahlihina that I worried about tornadoes. I reassured myself that it was not the right time of year for tornadoes. Funny thing, the next day tornadoes touched down to the northeast.
Had it not been so foggy, wet and overcast, it would have been a beautiful fall day. The colors on the ~1500 ft climb on the Indian Highway over the Kiamichi Mountains were gorgeous. The problem was I could barely see 50 yards in front of me. The photos look even more dull. It was a little clearer on the twisty descent, which I had to take pretty slowly because of the wet, leaf-covered pavement.
Most of the route is on rural roads with little traffic. The exception is Highway 63 from Tahlihina, where a Harley Armada nearly removed my left elbow. OK-2 also has a fair amount of traffic, and it appeared half the state of Texas had spent the weekend in Oklahoma and were returning home on Sunday afternoon.
“Search for BigFoot” 200k Permanent. Shot 1 frame every 2s. Playback is 24fps.