Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Pueblo, CO
Bikes: Miyata Trail, Giant Kronos
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Has anyone here ridden across Oklahoma from Boise City to Fort Smith, Arkansas?
I started daydreaming this morning while riding and pondered this ride (Actually from Branson, Colorado to Russellville, Arkansas) next spring. I would guess the route might go east on U.S. 160 to Springfield, then south on U.S. 287 to Boise City, then east to Woodward, southeast to Seiling then east to Stillwater or south a bit farther and go to Guthrie, then work across to south of Tulsa and toward Muskogee, then Fort Smith. I would then stay south of I-40 on something like Arkansas 22 to Russellville and then terminate the ride at Petit Jean State Park.
Any advice as far as finding the best route? I know from my house to Stillwater or Guthrie, I would have very little traffic to deal with except for the stretch from Springfield to Boise City. East of Stillwater traffic picks up, but with good route selection, might be able to lessen the impact. I also know I would have a 4000 foot elevation drop from my house to Woodward, then it would flatten out a bit more.
Pondering this trip in late March, early April (spring break) so I know it could be a windy ride (hopefully mostly tailwinds across the Panhandle.
I am starting to do the research on racks and panniers and camping gear. Any advice on good resources for that?