Yesterday we left Taos in the rain and arrived in Oklahoma City in the rain. There was a shower in the middle as well.
The ride east of Taos was the last of our mountain rides. I remembered that the pass was at 11,000 feet, but it wasn’t. We went over two passes, the first was 9000 feet and the second 8000. The curves were just as tight and steep as I remember. We did the whole thing in a light rain. We saw one deer at the side of the road. She was more interested in the leaves of the bush she was eating than crossing the road.
Because of the rain, the only pictures I took were at our first gas stop. The owner built a large space to house his four classic cars and all his trophies. The display was a first for us.
The stand-ups you see in the background were for sale at $29.99, except for John Wayne at $31.99. I thought putting the pedal car in the middle was a hoot.
We took back roads all the way to Oklahoma. We did one stretch at 65 mph and got 50 mpg. Later stretches were at 75 mph and yielded 40 mpg. Now we know how to stretch the gas if we run short.
Everything east of the mountains was fairly flat ranch land. There were grain silos beside the railroad (BNSF) at every town. We saw 5 trains headed west. All the cars were covered hopper cars. Besides the silos there were feed lots at intervals. You can smell them before you see them.
We spent the night in Oklahoma City. Beth got up early and headed toward home. I’ll be staying here until the Road gliders arrive on the 25th and we start the Gypsy Tour to St. George, UT and Shark Week III (meet up of road Glide owners.) I have a company computer and am able to work remotely.