I woke to semi stiff, achy joints this morning that soon eased up after a quick splash in the hot tub. I did a quick 20 minute workout with weights, had a toast and a protein shake and the rest of the day belonged to my motorcycle. It has been neglected the past 13 days so I checked the tire pressure, oil and cleaned and re-oiled the air filter. I plugged in the GPS and Spot locator, I always ride with my Spot when I don't know where I am riding for the day, and headed out ... that way. I didn't have any particular place in mind to ride today, these rides are often the best ones. There was a chill in the air today, a nice cool 62 when I hit the road, so I had my light riding jacket on over my shoulder pads today.
Riding along the Arkansas River this morning, I rode past a water moccasin headed right down the center of the dirt road. As I was passing him, he lunged at my bike with his mouth wide open. First one I have seen all year, I hate them ... pure evil. I stopped at the Spiro lock and dam on the Arkansas River. There was a large barge headed into the lock so I rode up to the tower to get a couple of pictures. I have great respect for the barge operators on the rivers. I started talking with one of the guys that works the lock. As I was taking a couple of pictures once the barges started out of the lock, he said "come on inside, I can get you some better pictures". I was literally 3 feet away from the barges and tug as it inched its way cautiously through the lock. Super nice guy, we must have talked for 30 minutes or longer.
I like riding the back dirt roads as much as I can, but had to ride some asphalt today. Logged 164 miles, stopped by a few bridges along the ride, had one of the best cheeseburgers you can ask for. All in all, much better than last week when my RA took me for a ride ... today I owned my RA.
This is the old rail bed of the Midland Valley railroad.