There’s nothing to see in this picture except lots of mowed green grass and vast open space between the road where I’m standing and the river in the far background. That’s the whole point; this was once a sand and gravel mine owned by Dolese. Now OKC owns it along with my long often-muddy trail along the river. The initial clean up is finished. Vast piles of sand and gravel are gone, along with the huge machines that moved and processed all of it. From what I have been told, this will all become recreational space, though I’m sure the City will likely use it for some kind of storage, as well. Things change.
I rode the Midwest Boulevard-Wilshire-Katy Trail loop today. The hills along Wilshire are a brutal workout; I lost count, but had to shift down into A-3 multiple times. The hills end at Kelly Avenue, featured in this second image. Take a good look at it.
This is a very old street being rebuilt in order to widen it into four lanes. I’m standing on a concrete driveway apron. In the immediate foreground you can see the new lanes on the eastern side. In the middle ground is a concrete road bed which previously was covered in bricks. Those are now piled in the background on top of the temporary asphalt laid while the near lanes were put into place. The bricks were hidden under one or more old layers of asphalt. The brickwork is very old, but not quite ancient in terms of OKC history. Ancient bricks would not have had a concrete layer underneath. This was something intended as decoration, with specially made bricks. The ancient brick streets were made from common sized bricks planted directly into gravel and dirt. There’s very little of that left in Oklahoma. But what we see here is still very old brickwork.
There wasn’t much else that caught my eye today, but I keep carrying my newer camera on these long rides just in case.