BAD WEATHER. We had our first dose of cold rain this trip.
However the high winds are what pushed us into a hotel in Neosho, Missouri.
Our last day in Oklahoma was interesting. We rode from Pawhuska, OK to Vinita, OK and laughed at how easy the ride was. We were warned of the "huge" climbs but we've known worse. Vinita was a larger town and we were forced to look for a place to stay. With zero farmers to rely on we checked the hotels. NO VACANCY. Apparently the local classic car club came to town and booked every room.
We found a bar down the street with a field behind it. It turns out the bar was an American Legion. With our ID cards in hand, we marched in there and asked if we could camp behind the bar. The owner granted us permission and we told her we'd be back for a beer. So we camped behind a bar and went to sleep around midnight. The next morning we were visited by an older ex military country guy. He was just checking on us and reminded us that the "kids in this town don't got nothin else ta do but ride 'round and act stupid"... referring to the dangers of cycling along route 60 east.
We thanked Clint Eastwood's brother and headed out for Missouri. : )
3 states to go!