A perfect day for riding, I started from Gore and headed south to the new Love’s Country store. If you continue south the roads turn to gravel near the Canadian River basin.
I found this barron hillside to be more of a challenge to decend than to ascend.
You can barely see the river in the background.
After about 30 miles of backroads I finally came to a community called Briartown.
From here I rode south and then East on Highway 31 until it intersected with Highway 82 and then south on 82 into the mountains. There are several trails leading into the woods.
Then I ran across a KLR and another Adventure Biker. Kieth is from Smithville.
We compared bikes and agreed to ride thru the mountains sometime.
On the return trip home I noticed the Canadian River bottom was crawling with four wheelers.
Just south of I-40 and beside Highway 2 is this old bridge.
Another great day in the Indian Nation!!
Cherokee Wildlife Area is a great place to get away from it all. After several hour of riding i’ve seen only a few people in four wheel drives.
Today I started at the entrance across from Tenkiller Harbor and road across the ridge to the intersection of Indian Road and Persimmon Ridge
Turn south from this intersection onto Persimmon Ridge Road. The road is rocky in places and has several muddy areas from the recent rain. At one point a tree lay across the road. A creek crossing came easy enough although the water was maybe 2 feet deep in the middle.
I turned south again at this intersection onto Addington Road. The road condition worsened but the KLR moves thru with no problem.
I cam to a swampy area in the road. The thought was that with enough momentum I should make it thru. However about half way thru the bike began to slide and we went down into the water.
No scratches on me or the bike, just muddy and wet.
About a block more I came to a fence with a gate. Just on the other side is a farm house.
Google coordinates 35.638791, -95.078039
End of the road and time for work…
Looking at the satalite view of southern Cherokee County one can see that there is a series of roads throughout Cherokee Game Management Area.
Today I started at this gate near the entrance of Lake Tenkiller Harbor.
The roads are best for off road vehicles.
About one mile in there is an intersection.
The signs read …Persimmon Ridge Road and Indian Road. Traveling north from here the road is in good shape. As I dropped into a valley something caught my eye. Turns out it was two Elk.
It is so peaceful and natural here. A great place to get away from the race.
A few miles to the exit near the popular restaurant “Jency’s”.