Riding the GOAT with my daughter

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No, not Kendall. This is little sister Kristin.

The spring GOAT (Green Country Oklahoma Adventure Tour) Rally was coming up. My 25 year-old daughter Kristin said she’d like to try it. I was surprised since for the last five or six years, she’s only been riding about once a year. This is a two-day ride of 400+ miles. We took the old race trailer and camped in it at Eagle Bluff Resort on the Illinois River. We showed up on Friday afternoon.

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The ride organizer’s primary bike was broken down so he brought his Grom. Kristin stole it for a few laps around the campground.

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Many began arriving that evening. This is Kristin with Sylvie. She’s a French woman, married to an English man, now living in Dallas. Coincidentally, Kristin lives in Dallas now too. I rode with Sylvie and her husband Gary at the Sooner Adventure Ride last year. She’s a good rider.

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Saturday morning, the group met and rode out about 9:30.

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We rode a relaxed pace, mostly just looking at the scenery.

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I check this eagle’s nest every time I ride by. I finally got to see the birds.

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The falls on Falls Branch.

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The now-closed low water crossing on the Illinois.

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This was Proctor School II.

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A mossy slough.

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The first of about a dozen low water crossings.

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This bridge was closed. We could see tracks in the water where bikes had crossed but someone had pushed a bunch of tree trunks over the trail so it was impassable. We found a way to squeeze through the barricades.

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A couple of Texans showed up while we were on top. Together, we were able to move the trees and they rode through the creek.

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She got wet feet on this one.

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We were way behind schedule and arrived at the Second Kick Motorcycle Museum in Grove at 4:00. They had just closed. The owner saw us and invited us in and gave us a private tour. They even offered to fix lunch for us (they have a deli inside.) We declined but I gave them a nice donation since they were so accommodating. With most of our group stopping there, they said it was their biggest day ever.

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More water crossings. It’s been raining a lot here lately. The creeks were running and the river was up several feet.

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This guy sucked water. They managed to get it running again though.

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We made it back to camp about 7:00, fixed dinner over the fire, and made our visitation rounds. A total of 195 miles for the day.



Sunday, we got an early start instead of waiting for the group.

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Kristin took a break about 80 miles in.

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Elohim City, a commune/cult type community known for their anti-government views. McVeigh was rumored to have spent time there.

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The bypassed Lee Creek Bridge.

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A neat little roadside trickling waterfall.

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This one was a little longer and had a curve to it. It looked a little green too. I told her to line up straight and try not to turn. She made it just fine.

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By the lunch stop, I was at 102 miles. I’ve run out before at 93 miles while running a spirited pace.

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The railroad spur at Marble City.

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Jincy’s, formerly a general store, now a café. It was the set for the general store scenes in the original “Where the Red Fern Grows” movie.

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Riding through the Cherokee Wildlife Management Area, Kristin hit this one a little too fast. She got soaked.

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I let her ride my 450 the last few miles of the WMA. She loved it and handled it well.

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The final low water crossing. This one was too swift and too deep. We turned around.

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205 miles later, we were back at camp. I would’ve stayed another night but she had to get back for her Monday class. She did really good. I was proud of her and it was a lot of fun for me. I know that there won’t be many more of these days in the future, so I’m enjoying it while I can.


Oh yeah, a couple pics she took of me…

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Very nice write up. It's nice to be able to ride with your kids. I'll never regret all the time I spent with my son riding trails and MX. He's 40 now and we can only occasionally get together...and there are no grand kids so I have to rely on my memory. That looked like a fantastic trip!!
 
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