The 3rd annual bicycle festival at the Museum of the Great Plains took place after the cyclists for the Tour of the Wichitas left. There were about 300 cyclists who rode five different distances: 11.6, 18.5, 33, 43.5 and 59 miles. The shortest ride looked really neat, and was called the Fort Sill Historical Ride. The tour went north on Ft. Sill Blvd. and onto base, passing historic sites, such as the Post Cemetery, Old Post Quadrangle, Geronimo's Guardhouse, and the Patriot's Club. Since the ride is a tour and not a race, people were invited to visit the museums on base. I'll have to keep this map handy, for when I get a bicycle again.
The people who took longer tour rode through Fort Sill and onto the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. Hope the got a chance to see the bison and elk out there. We were blessed with clouds out all day, and a good breeze from the south. For the cyclists, it must have been a chore riding back towards Lawton!
I was too busy at theFree Helmet Booth to take any good photos. The Museum also bought three new bicycles to give away in a drawing. Some other outside activities were face painting, timed trials, rides on the segway, getting your bicycle adjusted for free, and a doctor who was kind enough to come out and give people medical advice.
In addition to the bicycle theme, there was a very talented juggler inside, giving shows. And the "Science Matters" truck arrived in town about 8:00 from OKC, and set up their exhibits too. All in all it was a fun day, but a bit tiring for the staff, being outside all day.