Just a few shots from my first ride in a couple of weeks. As usual, I go to Draper Lake first. Today I was surprised to see this huge branding patch on the trail. This is part of the MAPS Project (part 3), something about taxing the citizens for a bond issue to fund all these touristy attractions around the OKC Metro. There were about three of these on the part that is pretty well finished.
In that same finished section on the west shore of the lake, these markers herald every quarter-mile. I have no idea where the counting starts because it’s mostly unfinished. It’s a lot of eyewash for something not half done yet.
The water level is exceptionally high right now. This is the smallest point on the lake. I noticed the trees had all been cut down. Right at my feet where I took this photo was a section where the water-side of the dam was given an fresh layer of rip-rap. In the process the crews mowed and cut down all the trees first, so the few small trees growing here are now gone, and the stumps are mostly under water.
Today’s ride was counterclockwise, going out via the Sooner Road corridor and returning via Post Road. We had a pretty stiff breeze out of the south with gusts as high as 30 MPH (48 kph) and sustained winds just below 20 MPH (32 kph), so it was a slow slog going out and a zippy ride coming back.