I’d like to think I know my city. I live just a few miles from downtown. I keep an ear to the ground on the up and coming places adding to the eclectic mix of Oklahoma City urban life. But I’ve been proved wrong. Oklahoma Today’s September/October issue is all about Oklahoma City, http://www.oklahomatoday.com/. New places, old places and places I haven’t even heard of. New sushi restaurant downtown, a mosaic somewhere on the Bricktown canal? It’s uncharted territory for me.
Ok, so maybe a trip to Bricktown doesn’t suffice as outdoors or out there, but I’m going to attempt to expand that category. Downtown is just a 10-minute bike ride from my house. Side streets (NW 19th Street is one of my favorites) make it easy to make your way downtown without too much traffic. The massive trees in Heritage Hills and Mesta Park keep the sun off your back. I contend that the urban cityscape can be just as interesting as the trails on the ridges of the Quachitas.
So, a few places I plan to hit before the cold weather makes bike riding a teeth gritting experience:
The downtown library.
I lived in Oklahoma City for nearly six years and never made into the Taj Mahal for bibliophiles. Heck, I might even grab a sandwich while I’m down there at Leadership Square. Maybe that needs to be a weekday trip. I’m not sure what restaurants are open on the weekend in the chrome palace.
The Underground. http://www.downtownokc.com/Default.aspx?tabid=58
I’m not sure how to get there, or what I’ll see when I get there…but I’m going to hunt it down. The tunnel system is lit up and links parts of the city…can I ride my bike in there?
The Lunch Box, 413 W Sheridan
So if this restaurant has been in business for more than 50 years, why has it taken me five to put it on my list of places to visit? I hear you can’t pass up the pie…and while they’re might not be wildlife there, it is close to the bus station, which is always full of interesting characters migrating to various destinations. Not sure if Sheridan is a bike friendly street, but I think the downtown side streets might be a good alternative path to fighting midday traffic.
Those are just a few places on my list of must sees in the urban cityscape. What’s on your list, and what’s your bike route?