I walked the Pathfinder Parkway on a warm but overcast March afternoon on a quest to find the remains of The Phillips 66 Speedway, a Micro Midget racetrack which was tucked between Tuxedo Boulevard and the Caney River just east of Quapaw and Comanche. In a previous post I tracked down aerial views of the track and I wondered how much still remained in 2012.
The asphalt track disappeared long ago and the entire area is now heavily overgrown. Heavy growth and trees mark the center island of the speedway, with the remains of the east and west stands to either side, slowly succumbing to the relentless encroachment of nature.
The speedway is just south of my favorite bench on the Pathway, with horses grazing on the property immediately west of the former speedway. The area is along the power line route leading to and from the big PSO plant just south of Frank Phillips Blvd.
During my 4.75 mile walk from Atwoods to the location, I shot every little spring flower I encountered. I can never remember the names of plants, but I managed to identify wild blue phlox (both furled and unfurled), henbit, dog violet, the ubiquitous red buds, Bradford pear blossoms, and dandelions of different styles, and finally two examples of white flowers which I leave unidentified.