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OKC Road Meet officially set: 10/22/22

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JMoses24:
This is to make official the date and time for the OKC Road Meet hosted by myself and Scott5114.

Time: 11am CDT
Lunch/meeting location: Charlestonís, 224 East Reno Avenue (also known as Johnny Bench Drive), Oklahoma City, OK. Parking can be accessed from Oklahoma City Boulevard or further east on Reno Avenue.
RSVP: Here, or on the public Facebook event: https://fb.me/e/1g7insKRA
Points of interest: Kilpatrick Turnpike extension, Kickapoo Turnpike, I-40 realignment/Oklahoma City Boulevard, I-235/44 interchange reconstruction, other locations as theyíre finalized. Routing will allow for some county clinching opportunities as well.

JMoses24:
This is the plan as it stands now.

A caveat: I may be having a surgery at some point in the next couple months. If that happens early enough before the meet, Iíll still be able to lead it. However, if I am hospitalized, Scott5114 will step in on my behalf.

After lunch, we will begin with the Oklahoma City Boulevard and I-40 relocation, with a stop planned at Scissortail Park as it is close by. Scissortail Park will be fully opened on the day of the meet, so Iím thinking that the Skydance Bridge will give us the best place to view both routes. We will probably do the group photo there. From there, we will head west to the Kilpatrick Turnpike, follow its south extension around to I-44 on the southwest side, then I-240 east to I-40 and the Kickapoo to drive that route. We will then get on the Turner Turnpike west onto the free portion of I-44 to make our way to the I-235/I-44 interchange to view that construction. (Iím still looking for a location for viewing of the interchange, but I do plan to stop there.)

At that point, I am thinking that we will move south onto historic US 66 which has been signed through parts of OKC along itís pre-1953 alignment on North 23rd Street from Lincoln Boulevard to May Avenue. At some point in the next week or two, my plan is to go out and find a location where one of the new Historic US 66 signs can be photographed.  We may also drive to the Lake Overholser bridge on North 39th for a photo opportunity. We will then circle back to the meet location to disperse.

It is important to note that the Turner Turnpike has not been converted to cashless tolling yet, but the Kickapoo and Kilpatrick have. Iím not sure of the timeline for the Turner to do soÖfor this reason, you will need change for the Turner portion of the route.

So thatís the plan right now.

CoreySamson:
I probably wonít be able to make it, unfortunately. My college fall break is the week before and I canít really justify two road trips in two weeks given my college workload and current financial status.

JMoses24:
UPDATE:

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know what Iím about to post.

I am now scheduled for urostomy revision surgery on October 11. Current indications are that Iíll only be hospitalized for one week (which gets me out the 18th or thereabouts). If that holds, Iíll be able to go forward hosting myself.

HOWEVERÖ if things go south medically and Iím still hospitalized, my plan is still to have Scott host in my place and I will have the itinerary and notes ready for him. In fact, I plan to finish everything up this week.

As an addendum to this, I will also note that I am modifying the routing slightly. As we are heading west to the Kilpatrick, I am planning to hit the Route 66 original alignment as stop number 2, using the Overholser Bridge as the focal point. At that location, the original and 1958 alignments are parallel within a few hundred feet. We will proceed from there to the Kilpatrick, and then as above. Again, Iím finalizing that this week.

Alps:

--- Quote from: JMoses24 on September 14, 2022, 10:13:59 PM ---UPDATE:

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know what Iím about to post.

I am now scheduled for urostomy revision surgery on October 11. Current indications are that Iíll only be hospitalized for one week (which gets me out the 18th or thereabouts). If that holds, Iíll be able to go forward hosting myself.

HOWEVERÖ if things go south medically and Iím still hospitalized, my plan is still to have Scott host in my place and I will have the itinerary and notes ready for him. In fact, I plan to finish everything up this week.

As an addendum to this, I will also note that I am modifying the routing slightly. As we are heading west to the Kilpatrick, I am planning to hit the Route 66 original alignment as stop number 2, using the Overholser Bridge as the focal point. At that location, the original and 1958 alignments are parallel within a few hundred feet. We will proceed from there to the Kilpatrick, and then as above. Again, Iím finalizing that this week.

--- End quote ---
Trust me - even if you're back out of the hospital, that doesn't put you in condition to spend a day away from home. Take care of yourself. I care.

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