Call us gluttons for punishment, but there’s just something about cycling with your friends and coworkers across the state in the oppressive heat that really creates some lasting memories.
You may have heard, but only a week-and-a-half ago, Team InterWorks completed their second consecutive OK Freewheel bike tour. The tour always occurs in the dead of summer and takes riders from one end of the state to the other. This year’s route took us across several Native American nations, starting in Madill at the Southern Oklahoma border and ending in the border town of Caney, Kansas.
The event itself was absolutely incredible, and InterWorks completely supported those who chose take on the challenge, including covering the entrance fee and even giving us a PTO match for the week!
While I could recount the experience through words alone, I thought it might be more interesting to share some of the best moments shared on Twitter and Instagram by Team InterWorks. So, let’s relive the journey real quick together!
Packed for #okfreewheel, with the ever important Army Scout in the mix. #TeamIW on its wa… https://t.co/FQYHGiQbEJ pic.twitter.com/RjNzb86YeD
— Ben Bausili (@Bausili) June 18, 2016
Day 0 – Madill to the Red River
#okfreewheel Day 0 complete with #TeamIW. Had a few mechanical issues, but I made it. https://t.co/PHWDrxjkr1 pic.twitter.com/0JtZ2n9DEq
— Ben Bausili (@Bausili) June 19, 2016
#TeamIW is tackling ~450 miles of #OKFreewheel2016 this week! #interworks pic.twitter.com/nRy8SQ4VGG
— InterWorks (@interworks) June 20, 2016
Day 1 – Madill to Coalgate
#okfreewheel – Day 1 — Madill to Coalgate — Hit the road at 6 a.m. this morning to beat the heat. We lucked out with some pretty tame temps for most of the ride. The miles were easy … until some decent rollers snuck up on us during the final 12 miles. Stops included #fortwashita and the #Chickasaw White House. Now it’s time to recover with some cheap swill and free swimming. #TeamIW #cycling
Set up and ready for #teamiw to arrive in Coalgate! #OKfreewheel pic.twitter.com/La621stVWj
— Katie Fontenot (@ktfontno) June 19, 2016
Day 2 – Coalgate to Wewoka
Day 3 – Wewoka to Okmulgee
Day 4 – Okmulgee to Sand Springs
#okfreewheel – Day 4 — Okmulgee to Sand Springs — The downhills we enjoyed yesterday were the uphills we had to climb today. After retracing yesterday’s route in reverse for a little bit, we hit some gradual downhills that allowed us to fly for a good portion of the ride. Came into familiar territory after hitting Kiefer, then went up through Sapulpa to our final destination in Sand Springs, where the mighty Arkansas doth flow. There was one decently tough climb, but today’s route, which was also the shortest yet, ended up being pretty easy with most of #TeamIW rolling in from 10 to 11. Since camp is only 15 min from home, I’m gonna enjoy a night in my own bed. Getting back on the road bright and early tomorrow! #cycling
Day 5 – Sand Springs to Claremore
Day 6 – Claremore to Bartlesville
It’s 95 degrees here in Bartlesville for #okfreewheel but #teamIW is tuned in to @OSUBaseball. #GoPokes #CWS pic.twitter.com/HtcSRZxUtu
— Will Joyce (@dontcallmebill) June 24, 2016
Day 7 – Bartlesville to Caney, KS
Congrats to #TeamIW who wrapped up their week-long ride with #okfreewheel today! #okfreewheel2016 pic.twitter.com/6JVMrTlAdO
— InterWorks (@interworks) June 25, 2016
#okfreewheel – Day 7 — Bartlesville to Caney, KS — FREEWHEEL COMPLETE! Crossed the finish line in a shower of champagne today after a breezy 38-mile jaunt. #Cycling 450 miles across Oklahoma with the rest of #TeamIW has been nothing short of amazing. It was a great week spent with great people. Incredibly thankful that @interworks goes all out to support us on adventures like this. Can’t wait until the next one … after a good nap and some muchacos.
Thanks to @msnovapraeda for reminding me that the pusheens supported me and #TeamIW all along. pic.twitter.com/WwsmcF9GOb
— Zack Gorman (@ZackaFlackaG) June 25, 2016
What a trip! Again, I can’t stress enough how lucky we are to be able to participate in stuff like this year to year. Thanks again, InterWorks! Can’t wait until the next adventure.