McAlester, Oklahoma

Monday Evening 25 September
Day 16

openRoadThe great plains fell behind us today as we headed for Arkansas through the woodlands and pasture of eastern Oklahoma. Hills were more gentle than yesterday, the winds were behind us and most of the riders were smiling coming into lunch.  It was my day to grill hot dogs again.

At lunch I had time to chat and snap pics of a few more riders.  I’ve known Xenia Brent for several years from Pactour Desert Camps.  He’s riding his first transcontinental.

Karen Ann also is riding her first transcontinental, even though she has her name on the trailer, having ridden 10,000 miles with Pactour at Desert Camps.

Dr. Jon, hailing from Australia, is riding his 15th transcontinental.  He and I first met in 2004.  The guy is a locomotive, the wheel you want to find in a headwind.

The Nutter gang is named after a famous Oklahoma merchant who stood up to outlaws invading his store. They coalesced on perhaps the third day of this tour and have been riding together since then.


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Born in Harrisburg, PA. Undergrad at Drexel University. Learned to ride a bike when six years old, riding ever since. Started cooking when I was in college, stopped when I got married, started again in 2006 when my wife was out of town for a few months. Jobs: worked at post office while in college to earn money to buy a stereo. After grad school, worked at a small software company in Redmond, WA for twelve years. Afterwards, went back to school to get a certificate, then started teaching high school. Still doing that off and on, part time as the need arises.

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