I left the house at 7:35 Monday morning, it was 49 and sunny with a few clouds in the sky. But as we approach Poteau Mountain, there are clouds covering the top of the mountain. That is where we are going today. Running across the top of the mountain was dark, damp and dreary. A far cry from the 68 and sunny promised by our local weatherman. As we drop off of the other side of the mountain, it starts to lighten up a little, but no sun. Heavily overcast and no sun at all now, we keep going. Just before we get to US Highway 71, a huge buck jumps the road 100 yards in front of me. The ironic thing is that there is a truck parked about 20 yards on the backside of where the deer jumped the road. I quickly thought of Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs and Daffy. LOL
We had a good hard ride over to Blue Mountain, only getting (temporarily ) lost twice. We ran on up to a convenience store and gassed both bikes up and grabbed a Coke and took a short rest. We head back out and run up to the dam at Blue Mountain Lake and spent a while exploring the lake. There is a road that wraps all around the backside of the lake but that will be another day. There is 52 miles of shoreline and we had another route in mind for the afternoon portion of our ride.
We headed back on one of the alternate routes and ... about 9 miles later Randall pulls over with a flat front tire. For anyone keeping score, thats 3 rides in a row that Randall has had a flat tire. So he found a place that we could change the flat and about an hour later, didn't take us that long to change but some hunters stopped and we visited for quite a while, we are back on our way.
The trail we had planned to ride back across to Haw Creek was closed down. Loggers had come in and pushed a large mound of dirt and large trees up blocking 2 different entrances. They are in the process of building the road bed up so this means that we have lost another good trail section of the forrest. After the flat and losing time trying to get to the trail, we decided that we would just head back on the asphalt until we could jump on some dirt road and trail that we knew would be open. By the time we pulled back up to the truck we had 171 miles.
I will be honest, I am hurting today, but I never rode 171 miles in 1 day when I was healthy. My feet, right hand and right hip hurt from the abuse of the ride to my RA. My legs, calves and forearms are sore from not using these muscles enough and well ... my ass hurts because the seat on a KTM is not made to sit on for that long. But I'm smiling today anyway, what a great day it was yesterday. All of us that suffer from RA need a day off from it once in a while.