Cycling: Grand Blvd.-OK River Loop

01okcskylineAs always, click on any image to see it full-sized. CTRL-click will open the image in a separate browser tab.

02devondockThis was another cycling trip and the pictures were simply incidental. All I had was my iPhone and I wasn’t really intending to shoot much. As it was, only half of them turned out usable. My real interest right now is working the knee without hurting it. So we start with a view of the OKC skyline from the head of the Grand Boulevard Trail. I suppose the only remarkable thing I noticed on the Grand Boulevard part of the loop was the presence of a couple of vagrants each sleeping in their own cars, the only two using that remote parking lot at the head of the trial.

03twincreekAnother thing was that I’ve noticed lately God has been taking very good care of me. Whenever I hear of a collision or other unpleasant cycling event, it’s always far from where I am at the time it happens. Indeed, I’ve also noticed quite often there has been no waiting when I cross busy thoroughfares. 04nearskylineIt’s as if the cars and trucks all disappear right when I get there. Not every time, but way more often than before.

Most of these pictures were taken on the return part of the loop, along the OK River bank. You can see the Devon Energy public boat dock, the mouth of Twin Creek just before it empties into the river, and a near skyline shot from around SE 15th Street.05lowerdam There were some folks fishing just off the lower dam of the OK River section; it’s obvious the water level is low right now. What I didn’t shoot was a surprising number of homeless folks all along the park areas on the bank. I saw of pair of dogs hitched to a tree with a sturdy chain, and knew that their owner was probably not that far away, either scavenging somewhere or maybe stepping into a store someplace where dogs aren’t allowed.

06crookedoakcreekThis final image shows that Parks and Recreation are keeping the mouth of Crook Oak Creek closely manicured. Someone spent several hours with a string trimmer to make it look like this. While I prefer the natural look, I can understand how most folks don’t like that.

At any rate, I’m just beginning to tolerate standing on the pedals when I need to power through some rough spot and my knee continues to lose more of the residual swelling by small increments. Thanks for riding along.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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