Everyone who knows me knows how much I don’t like driving in cities. Coming back from MO yesterday, Vince asked me how many times I’ve driven to MO since we left there and we guestimated it to be about 36 times. Three of those times he’s gone with me so 33 of those times, I was by myself. Of the three times that he went, first trip . . we drove my regular route through Oklahoma City and Tulsa but we came back through McAlester, OK and across Texas through Denton and near Fort Worth. The second trip . . we came up from Louisiana so we didn’t go through OKC or Tulsa, and we went back to Louisiana. This trip was the third trip and we went my normal route through OKC and Tulsa. I drove through Oklahoma City and Vince drove through Tulsa but he decided there had to be a better way.
I had driven the Creek Nation Turnpike around Tulsa once but there’s a bridge at the end of it that kinda scared me and I never tried it again. Vince drove it going and coming back and we totally missed almost all of Tulsa. I think I can do it!
A friend who lives in OK had once mentioned the Kilpatrick Turnpike as an option to bypassing OKC but, without knowing if there were bridges of overpasses, I was afraid to try it. Since Vince was with me this trip, he said he’d drive it and see what I thought. There was one bridge I got a bit nervous going over, and at the time we drove through there, the traffic was very light. I told Vince . . I can do that one too! We pretty much missed all of OKC traffic and came out near Chickasha.
The next time I go, he’ll probably go again and I’ll drive but he’ll be there for moral support and if I’m ok with both those routes, I should never have to drive through OKC and Tulsa on I-44 again. My travels to and from Missouri will be so much easier.
It took a few minutes more. I think the total time added to the trip for both those bypasses was 12 minutes. Small price to pay for missing that crazy traffic.