I took 40 East about 20 some odd miles and then went South on 177 through Shawnee and continued south taking the back roads to Paris, Tx.
I stopped off near Ada, Oklahoma at Golden's Gas & Grill for some stretching, some fuel...and a Dr. Pepper 10. This store is real neat, a true piece of Americana. You are reminded of this when you walk across the old wooden floor.
I had already fueled and was taking a moment to enjoy my sofa when a young lady in her mid 30s pulled up to the pumps. Making small talk, I asked her what the local main industry was and she said a lot of people worked at the casino down the road. I asked her what she did aind she told me a sad story about how she was stuck in an extremely abusive marriage. She told me she was able to work up the courage to run and she had been stable and safe for several years. She then told me that she now organizes efforts to create women's shelters around the country to help other women. She was kind enough to take this picture for me.
I guess I left Midwest City too early because I arrive at my hotel in Paris, TX around noon. The manager said I was too early and my room wouldn't be ready until about 3:00. I waited in the lobby for a while and made a few phone calls, letting my family know where I was. I looked up on a mantle to discover a metal piece of artwork fashioned into a motorcycle and another one into an Eiffel Tower with a cowboy hat on top. Around 1:30 the hotel staff let me check in...I guess they wanted me out of the lobby.
I had steak fajitas at Don Lalo's Restaurant. They were really great tasting. I was going to take some leftovers back to the hotel room and I asked for a box to put them in and then I remembered that I had taken all the luggage off my bike and had no place on the bike to carry my "Doggie Box." So that was my excuse to finish the plate. Not regrets there.
It was a good day. I may see more of Paris in the morning before I leave town!