77 Miles - Moving Along In Southern Oklahoma; Boswell, OK; Hugo, OK & Valliant, OK - March 18, 2011
The extra rest and sleep in Durant seemed to help, for today would be a good cycling day.
My first picture was taken east of Durant.
Highway 70 runs through a string of small southeast Oklahoma towns spaced every six to eight miles.
I briefly stopped at Crowley's Quick Stop in tiny Blue, Oklahoma. :)
If I had a pet rooster, I'd name it Bokchito! I love that name! :D
The shoulder and road quality decayed in town ...
... and it got worse upon leaving town!
The crumbling asphalt on the shoulder was unrideable, and so
I cycled on the white line for about five miles. Thankfully all drivers were courteous.
The terrible road conditions ended near Bennington. Not much existed on the highway besides a general store.
An advertisement for a motel in Boswell, Oklahoma. Like the motel in Ringling,
note there's a motel in Boswell that's not listed on the Internet if you happen to do this route.
At a store in Boswell, I noticed a small rusted two wheel bike of some kind.
It looked like it had been sitting there for years!
After doing some research, I learned this is a
kids bicycle made by a company called Hedstrom in Massachusetts.
In 1915, the company began to produce tricycles. (Read more here.)
As for the year of this bike, I currently do not know. Research pending.
At 52 miles, I rested and ate at a Taco Mayo in Hugo.
Even though Hugo is the largest populated city in the region, I failed to capture a picture of it.
Sometimes that would happen when I was focused
on navigating through a busy city.
The adjacent picture was somewhere on Highway 70, either before or after Hugo.
Onward I continued in extreme southeast Oklahoma.
At Valliant, I called it a day at the Kings Inn at 77 miles.
As a town, Valliant had little to offer, but I didn't mind.
I was so upbeat about crossing into Arkansas tomorrow.
By the way, I noticed many logging trucks east of Hugo, and as I came closer into Valliant,
there were many bark chippings on the shoulder.
It turns out Valliant is the site of the Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill. On an evening walk,
I snapped shots of the paper mill, a logging truck and the oh so pretty lights of my motel. :)
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