Oklahoma weather in early June can range from pleasant to quite warm and occasionally, during and after a thunderstorm, quite cool. Though average temperatures the second week of June are around 90, upper 90’s are not uncommon. Be very careful not to become dehydrated. Drink often and keep your water bottles filled. And be sure to bring and use sunscreen!
Summer showers or thunderstorms are likely during the week, so carrying rain gear is strongly advised when the forecast suggests rain. Rain can also bring cooler temps in the 50’s and 60’s. Pack accordingly and plan ahead each day. Even if you elect to ride without rain gear, you’ll want rain protection while in camp. A compact umbrella in your bag may be a wise addition to your packing list.
And “… where the wind comes sweeping down the plains…” isn’t part of our state song just because it fit the rhyme! Winds are common (constant?) and generally from the southwest during June in Oklahoma, hence the south-to-north route FreeWheel normally traverses. Get used to it (be prepared for it!).
FreeWheel continues, rain or shine, blustery or calm, so be prepared to pedal in what may infrequently be less than ideal conditions.
In the event of hazardous weather, take shelter as appropriate. In a community, take shelter in a building such as a convenience store, community center, or church. If in the open and lightning threatens, get off your bike, squat with your feet and knees close together, balance on the balls of your feet, bend forward and cover the back of your neck with your arms.
In the event a tornado is approaching and you’re in the open, find a low area away from trees that is unlikely to flood and lie flat on the ground.
With nighttime lows just before sunrise generally in the upper 60’s to the upper 70’s, most find that a light sleeping bag or fleece blanket or bed sheet is often adequate for a comfortable night’s sleep.
Each host community will have a location identified for riders to take shelter in the event of inclement weather, so make yourself aware of how to reach that site from your camp area should conditions warrant during the night. If you have opted in for texting alerts you should receive a text when inclement weather is approaching and where the host community’s designated storm shelter is located.