Tour de Trees
October 21 and 22, 2017.
Tour de Trees, which is held at Lake Eufaula in eastern Oklahoma, is the last cycling/camping ride of the year, the last of the really great weather and the last hurrah before mounting the bike on the trainer. In past years it has been marked by fantastic fall weather, beautiful fall foliage and superb riding conditions on bucolic roads with almost no traffic.
The starting time for Saturday is a fairly late 9:00AM to give people time to drive there on the day of the ride. If you arrive after the main bunch has left, maps will be stashed in some conspicuous location and unless you are several hours late, you will probably catch up with slower riders along the way. More than half the route uses rural roads with only local traffic. The more traveled roads, Highway 9 and 69, both have wide shoulders. Sunday’s start time is usually a bit earlier since all participants are already in camp. The time will be announced during the Saturday night Pot Luck Dinner.
The “official” starting point both days is the Dogwood Campground. The Saturday route is a 66-mile ride around the lake with a 55- mile (very hilly) shortcut for those who want to shorten the distance a bit. Since about 2010, another route that goes to Checotah and back (42 mi–not the same as the Sunday route) has been developed and there are usually quite a few riders who take that option. Other than that, it’s an out to someplace and return. The only ways across Lake Eufaula are the bridge on Highway 69 and the dam. Fortunately, there is seemingly no end to the number of parks, service stations, bars, restaurants and convenience stores along the route.
The location of the Saturday night potluck/picnic/cookout thing is in the Dogwood Campground. It has both RV and tent camping and showers. Please bring something to go on the table and be shared. Many bring a dish from home, while others pick up something in Eufaula. There has always been more food than needed and no one is ever turned away simply because they failed to bring something. Don’t forget to bring something to dish up your food and bring your own plates and eating utensils.
The Sunday morning breakfast ride will most likely go to whatever restaurant we can find open in Checota. Of late, there has been quite a turnover in restaurants and changes in who does and doesn’t serve Sunday breakfast. Round-trip distance is about 27 miles.
CONTACT: John Wente–Home 405-354-2301 Cell 405-918-0893 jwente49 at cox dot net.
Lake Eufaula Inn (LaDonna Inn) (918-473-2376) – about 4.5 miles from camping area
Eufaula Best Western (918-689-5553) – about 9.5 miles from camping area (best motel in the area!)