Before this ride I did not know that Oklahoma had major mountains. The Talimena Parkway in the eastern part of the state had close to 6,000 feet of climb over a 45 mile stretch. The interesting part is the grades were up to 14% which is very steep for biking. With my gearing of 28 teeth on my rear sprocket I am normally good at going up to 10% grades. The 14% was difficult and I wished I had 4 extra teeth on my rear sprocket that would have given me 32 teeth.
We entered into our sixth state Arkansas
Ted’s from California comments on today’s ride are as follows: