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Hello, I'm Bearnard (a.k.a. Bernie) B. Behr. I travel around the United States with my human Gary, who is a professional tour guide for California Sunriders motorcycle tours. We both come from Conifer, Colorado, a nice little town in the Rocky Mountains. We travel all over the country finding beautiful places and meeting all sorts of people from around the world. I keep Gary from getting in trouble and help him keep the guests on his tours happy, not an easy job! We have a lot of fun together and see a lot of really great places, and since Gary is a professional photographer too, we have some great pictures too (usually starring yours truly). Gary also likes to write a lot, (he's a little long-winded but tells a good story) so there's usually a lot to read. It's a good thing too, I can't type very well with these paws, so I'll have Gary do most of the writing. Keep coming back and enjoy the blog. Feel free to post a comment or make suggestions (like how to keep these crazy humans in line!) and we look forward to reading them. Sincerely, Bearnard B. Behr And Gary Fleshman

Sunday, June 25, 2006

From the Ozarks to the Great Plains

Rolling Through The Ozarks on Old 66
Day four and back on the bikes. By now everyone has a good feel for riding a Harley, and after a few minor adjustments (clutch, brakes, etc.…) and we’re back on the road. Today we go through the Ozark mountains, through the countryside surrounded by the heavily forested hills. As we drive we’re teased occasionally by the smell of BBQ restaurants smoking their delicious pulled-pork and succulent ribs. The smell is guaranteed to make you hungry for a big plate for lunch. This is also the area we begin to see less agriculture and more ranching. The aroma of cattle and green pastures greets us around the bend and the cows, hearing the deep, throaty rumble of our bikes bolt and run when we pass by.
Today is the day we pass through a small corner of Kansas. When I say small, I mean it, we’re only in Kansas for less than
20 miles. But significant nonetheless. We leave Missouri just after Joplin and enter Kansas via Riverton. After only a few miles we stop again to see the only Marsh bridge left on the entire route, a white concrete arch beautifully contrasting the lush greenery around us. We stop for a brief history of the area and some photos of the arch and then a quick five mile ride on the bikes to our stop for lunch. We always stop at the Little Brick Inn, a very nice cafe (cafe on the route) and bed & breakfast, with a unique history behind it. The cafĂ© and bed & breakfast is located in a former bank, once robbed by Jesse James. After lunch we take a few minutes to roam around the small town, and then it’s back on the bikes. We continue for another short ride, leaving Kansas behind us for Oklahoma. Less than two hours of riding later we’re in Tulsa for dinner at a 50’s themed diner and to the hotel for the night.

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