But, there is no denying how horrible a place it was to ride. Forget everything you ever learned in science class about prevailing wind patterns, the jet stream does not impact what is happening at ground level. So, in OK, the wind is a strong, consistent, unrelenting blast from the East. All day.
On top of that, while the weather is beating you up, frankly, there isn't much to look at. No real geological features, few homes or trees, and the downtowns through which I pedaled were absolutely deserted. I mean, empty to a degree that it was creepy.
Thus, today, as I crossed over the stateline into Missouri I was beyond relieved and elated. 112 miles from Bartlesville, OK to Neosho, MO couldn't have felt better.