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Well its started.

My friend, all time favorite and local SF Bay Area guy Eric Jewell is off and running..

You can follow the website HERE

Spot Tracking is HERE

and Ill copy the day to day ride report in this thread for those who would like to follow from our forums.....Its an adventure.

The Iron Butt Rally

The Iron Butt Rally is held in the United States every two years. Although we have looked into moving the rally to other countries, only Australia offers the wide-open spaces without international borders for the running of this 11 day, 11,000 mile plus marathon.

To completely describe the Iron Butt Rally would take an entire book. In fact, one of the best sources for information is Iron Butt competitor Ron Ayres's book, "Against the Wind" available from the Iron Butt Association. Many other unique stories have been written about the rally and some of the best ones are available right here on our web site and can be viewed by scrolling through the Iron Butt Stories sub-menu above. The Iron Butt first ran in 1984. In 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987 the rally started from Montgomeryville Cycle Center near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States.

The Iron Butt was not held again until 1991 when it came under the management of the Iron Butt Association. While the basic format of the original rally remained, two important things have changed; to insure the quality of the event, the rally is run every other year and the starting and ending points are rotated to different sections of the United States.

The Iron Butt Rally Concept

The Iron Butt is a fairly simple concept. The rally consists of five checkpoints located around the perimeter of the United States. In order to be considered a finisher of the event, riders must be present at each of these checkpoints within a two hour window.

No consideration is given for bad weather (during the running of the Iron Butt, riders can expect to ride through rain, sleet, snow, severe thunderstorms, hurricanes and the occasional tornado). Temperature extremes routinely run 125 degrees or more in the desert Southwest in fact, in living up to the name, "World's Toughest Motorcycle Competition", event organizers intentionally route the rally through such places as Death Valley or the Mojave Desert during the hottest part of the day, to extreme cold at the top of mountains like Pike's Peak in Colorado where competitors may have to struggle up a muddy road to reach the peak's 14,110 foot summit.

Riders have the option of boosting their standings in an attempt to win a Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal by visiting optional bonus destinations located around the United States and Canada. "Bonus Hunting" as it is called, can be both fun and mentally devastating. Where else in the world do riders have to ride 11,000 miles in 11 days, while trying to find odd places like the remains of the Branch Dividian Compound, or stop by the Los Angeles County morgue to purchase a toe tag or take a hike in Lava Tube or perhaps visit the enchanted Guru Lane in the Black Rock desert in a remote section of Nevada?

Only on the Iron Butt!!

Rally supporters are encouraged to visit checkpoints. The best time to visit a checkpoint is approximately two hours before riders are due until about 45 minutes after riders may leave. If your time is limited, we recommend stopping by twenty minutes before riders leave the checkpoint. At that time, riders are eagerly awaiting the next leg's bonus listing. When it is handed out, watch maps fly open as competitors determine which route and what bonuses to attempt while still praying to make it to the next checkpoint in time.
 

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Friday, June 17, 2011 The Riders are Gathering in Seattle

The 2011 Iron Butt Rally
Friday, June 17, 2011

The Riders are Gathering in Seattle

The Seattle Airport Marriott is beginning to fill up with motorcyclists gathering for the start of the 2011 Iron Butt Rally, “The World’s Toughest Motorcycle Competition.” Beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, about 90 competitors will embark on an 11-day odyssey during which almost every waking moment will be spent riding a motorcycle to points currently unknown. Most will just be hoping to meet the minimum requirements to be listed as a finisher, which typically requires about a 9,000 mile ride. Others, who will likely average 1,000 miles per day or more, will be attempting to finish at or near the head of the pack.
2011 marks the 15th running of the Iron Butt Rally, which was first run in 1984 and is now run every other year. Since its early years, the Rally has evolved from a relatively simple test of endurance into a much more complex event in which a rider’s ability to select the optimum combination and sequence of “bonus” locations has become extremely important. Because the ability to think clearly is an asset, riders need to get adequate rest during the event. Points awarded for “rest bonuses” provide additional incentive for riders to get an adequate amount of sleep.

Early Arrivals in the Hotel Parking Lot



Iron Butt Rally Veterans in Seattle
From Left: Jeff Earls, George Barnes, John Harrison, Bill Shaw, Bob Higdon, John Ferber, Dennis Bitner, Chris Sakala, and Ira Agins. Harrison and Sakala are riding again this year.




Pre-Rally Activities
Today, many riders are getting maintenance and tire changes on their motorcycles. As usual, some riders are making last minute modifications to their bikes or trying to fix problems associated with recent modifications that cropped up on their ride to Seattle.
Canadian Perry Karsten is one rider who is very glad to have arrived in Seattle early. Yesterday, he discovered that the final drive on his Yamaha FJR 1300 was leaking, indicating the potential for a catastrophic failure during the rally. After a call went out to the FJR Forum, no less than three fellow FJR owners from the local area offered to swap final drives with Perry. The swap has already been made and Perry is back in business.
Another victim of a pre-rally incident was Alex Harper. Alex, who managed to survive a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a U.S. Marine, reportedly sustained minor injuries earlier today when he fell off of a chair in a local salon while receiving a pedicure. This report was phoned in by another rider receiving a pedicure and the same salon, Nancy Oswald. If the report is not accurate, I’m hoping Alex will take it out on Nancy and not me. (Early Saturday Morning Update: Alex has recovered to the point that he was able to make it to the hotel bar last night. The minor scrape on his elbow is not exactly of Purple
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Heart caliber. He also copped to getting a manicure as well as a pedicure and his nails did look very nice!)
Pre-rally activities for the Iron Butt Rally Staff include unpacking numerous boxes of items being distributed to the riders this weekend. Things to be distributed include hats, t-shirts, identification cards, USB thumb drives containing coordinates of locations that may be visited during the course of the rally, and various documents describing exactly how the rally is being run this year. There are also last-minute changes being made to a new computerized scoring program that is intended to dramatically reduce the amount of time required at each checkpoint and the finish.


The Weekend Schedule
Tech Inspection – Beginning Saturday morning, the first step in the rider check-in process is “Tech Inspection.” Before their motorcycle is inspected, each rider is required to show that they have a current driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. The vehicle identification number and license plate on the motorcycle are then checked for consistency with the paperwork. Each rider is also required to show that they have a helmet that meets U.S. DOT or equivalent specifications.
The amount of time required to finish Tech Inspection depends how extensively a motorcycle has been modified. Most of the motorcycles in this event are equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks to extend the distance that can be ridden between fuel stops. When dimension checks of the auxiliary tanks indicate that the total system capacity is close to the 11.5 gallon limit, a fairly time-consuming measurement of the auxiliary tank capacity is required. The process involves the use of hydrometers to measure fuel density and a laboratory grade electronic scale that is used to measure the weight of fuel required to fill the system. The measured capacity of the auxiliary tank combined with the manufacturer’s specification of the volume of the stock tank must not exceed the limit.
Motorcycles with aftermarket exhaust systems also have to pass a sound test during technical inspection. Since 1999, the Iron Butt Rally has required all participants to use relatively quiet exhaust systems that not only reduce rider fatigue but leave a good impression with the hotels used for the start, finish, and the checkpoints.
Another element of technical inspection is the odometer check. Each rider is required to ride a specific route after zeroing the trip odometer on their bike. The mileage recorded by the odometer is compared to the known actual distance of the route to create an odometer correction factor that will be used to determine exactly how far each rider traveled during the 11-day rally.

Additional Check-In Procedures – Following the completion of the Tech Inspection process in the hotel parking lot, riders have a number of additional steps to complete inside the hotel. One of these steps involves verifying that each rider is starting with an empty memory card in their digital camera, a correct date and time setting, and the proper resolution setting (640x480). There is also a brief videotaped interview of each rider.


Mandatory Rookie Meeting – At 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, each rider who has not previously completed an Iron Butt Rally is required to attend a presentation by Jeff Earls, 2nd place finisher in 2009, during which the rookies are expecting to be able to glean pearls of wisdom.
Sunday Morning Tech Inspection – Late arriving riders and riders who were unable to pass on Saturday will have an opportunity to go through the Tech Inspection process on Sunday morning. Some riders will undoubtedly still be working to resolve last minute problems with their extensively modified motorcycles.


Riders Meeting – At 4:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, all riders will be required to participate in a meeting during which the most important rules will be reviewed in detail. More importantly, riders will be provided details regarding which of the formal written rules are being suspended for this rally.


Pre-Rally Banquet – 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening is the pre-rally banquet. After the dinner, the rider packets for the first leg of the rally will be distributed and the theme of the rally will be explained. Speculation is running rampant through the Marriott in anticipation of the moment all is revealed.


Rally Staff and Volunteers
Throughout the weekend, Rallymaster Lisa Landry will be assisted by about two dozen Iron Butt Rally staff and volunteers. Like a scene from the old television program “Charlie’s Angels,” Landry is sometimes heard talking on the phone to Michael Kneebone when he occasionally checks on whether everything is running smoothly.
Chief Technical Inspector Dale “Warchild” Wilson will be running technical inspection on Saturday and Sunday. Assisting Dale this year will be 1999 Iron Butt Rally winner George Barnes, IBR veterans Terry Lahman, Tobie and Lisa Stevens, and “Turbo” Dave Hicks.

During the rider check-in process, Bill Shaw and Dave McQueeney will be in charge of verifying that each rider has their digital camera set up properly. At each checkpoint, Bill and Dave will be collecting rider’s memory cards, transferring the images to a thumb drive, and checking to see that each image has been recorded with the proper resolution.

Assisting with other elements of the rider check-in process will be Lynda Lahman, Bill Watt and Susan Murphy, Jim and Donna Fousek, Roger and Karen Van Santan, Verne and Bonnie Hauck, Ira Agins, Dennis Bitner, Cori Phelps, Maura Gatensby, John Ferber, and Tim Bowman. As usual, Ed Otto will be providing assistance with any insurance issues.

Photographing the activities this weekend will be Steve Hobart. A more difficult task for Steve begins next Friday at Checkpoint Number 1 when he will be responsible for running the scoring process. However, the biggest challenge Hobart faces during the next two weeks is maintaining a sense of personal dignity and composure while traveling with Lisa Landry to each checkpoint and the finish.



Checkpoints
At this point, riders have no idea where they will be going on Monday morning. They know that the first checkpoint is Cheektowaga, New York (a suburb of Buffalo), but its only 2,588 miles to Cheektowaga and they have until 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24th to get there. Accounting for the time zone change, that’s 103 hours after the start. That’s twice as much time as most of these riders need. There is time available to consider bonus locations all over North America. No one hoping to score enough points to be listed as a finisher will be heading directly to New York. Many riders are expecting to spend a lot of time in Canada.

There is a mandatory layover in Cheektowaga that will give riders the opportunity to start the second leg well-rested. If they get in a little early and finish with scoring by 8 p.m., they will have 8 hours of down time before the bonus listing for leg 2 is handed out at 4 a.m. on Saturday morning.


By 5 p.m. on Monday, June 27th, the riders need to be in Jacksonville, Florida. Total time from when the bonus listings are handed out in Cheektowaga to the opening of the Jacksonville checkpoint is 61 hours. The most direct route from Cheektowaga to Jacksonville is 1,053 miles, requiring an average speed of just 17 mph. As with leg 1, there will be lots of time available for side trips to far flung bonus locations.
As at the first checkpoint, there is a mandatory layover in Jacksonville, but it’s shorter. The bonus listings for the final leg are handed out at 10 p.m, 5 hours after the opening of the checkpoint window. To avoid penalty points at the finish, the riders need to be in Ontario, California by 10 a.m. on Friday, July 1st, which is 87 hours later.
The most direct route from Jacksonville to the finish is 2,362 miles. For riders who can maintain a 1,000 mile per day pace, there is time available for over 1,200 miles of side trips to bonus locations.


Daily Reports
As during the last two Iron Butt Rallies and the Iron Butt 5000, IBR staff will be keeping track of riders’ progress between checkpoints with the use of “call-in bonuses.” Riders will periodically be leaving voicemail on the telephone system at my office in Sacramento, California. 24 separate telephone lines are serving a dedicated call-in number. Once on each leg, riders will be given the opportunity to earn bonus points just by calling the number and leaving a brief message telling us where they are, where they have recently been, and where the next bonus is that they are heading for. As soon as they hang up, each rider’s voicemail message will be converted to a “.wav” file and attached to an e-mail automatically sent to me and the Rallymaster. The time stamp on the e-mail message will indicate exactly when the call was completed.

We will also be monitoring the progress of some riders through the trail of “breadcrumbs” they are leaving with their “Spot” satellite tracking systems.


Most of tomorrow’s report will be dedicated to identifying the entrants and what model motorcycles they will be riding. There will also be a few highlights of the Tech Inspection process.
On Sunday, I’ll provide some insight into what transpires at the private Riders’ Meeting and report on the activities at the evening banquet when the bonus listings are handed out. Unlike in previous Iron Butt Rallies, the bonus locations for the entire rally will be disclosed at the banquet.


Tom Austin
June 17, 2011
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Saturday, June 18, 2011

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The 2011 Iron Butt Rally – Day -2
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Not Your Typical Collection of Motorcycles
There are now about 100 motorcycles in the parking lot of the Seattle Airport Marriott, but they are not the kind of motorcycles the general public is used to seeing gathered in large numbers. There are only a few “cruiser” -style motorcycles and none of them have obnoxiously loud exhaust systems. BMWs outnumber Harley-Davidsons by about 10 to 1, just the opposite of what would be expected based on total sales. There are lots of Hondas and Yamahas, but they are almost exclusively touring and sport-touring models, not cruisers or sport models.

Invariably, there is at least one motorcycle in every rally that is considered to be in what is affectionately referred to as the “hopeless class.” This year, that honor goes to a 1975 Triumph Trident ridden by John Young from the United Kingdom. Members of the Tech Inspection team have been placing bets on how far the Triumph is going to make it. Some are betting that it‟s going to be out before Checkpoint 1. Others are more specifically betting that it won‟t make it out of Seattle.


The Riders
The people who rode these motorcycles into the parking lot aren‟t typical either. Almost without exception, they were dressed from head to toe in gear designed for riding in all kinds of weather rather than looking cool at the local coffee shop or bar. And based on the latest reports, these riders will get more than their share of bad weather during the first leg alone.
Typically, about 100 riders are selected from the applications submitted to compete in the Iron Butt Rally. This year, economic conditions have result in several riders dropping out since they were initially selected and it looks like about 88 riders will be on the starting line this year.

As described in my Day -2 report for the 2009 Rally, the process used to select entrants from the applications submitted is designed to ensure a broad range of riders will have a chance to compete. At one end of the spectrum, preference is given to veterans of previous Iron Butt Rallies. At the other end of the spectrum, several slots are set aside for the most “hopeless” of the applicants, primarily based on whether they are intending to ride an antique motorcycle or another motorcycle especially unsuited for long distance riding. Several spots are also set aside for riders, be they Iron Butt Rally veterans or not, who have done extremely well in other rallies.
This year, 29 of the riders are returning veterans. Two additional riders competed in a previous Iron Butt Rally but ended up in the “did not finish” (DNF) category. An additional 24 riders finished the 5-Day Iron Butt 5000 Rally in 2010, which guaranteed those riders a spot in the 2011 Iron Butt Rally. One additional rider was a DNF in the Iron Butt 5000, but was accepted because the circumstances of the DNF were beyond the
rider‟s control. Most of the rest of the field will be riding a multi-day rally for the first time.

(The next couple of pages identify the riders entered and, in most cases, the make and model of motorcycles they were intending to ride when they submitted their application. I‟ll provide an update after all of the riders have completed the check-in process.)

The returning Iron Butt Rally veterans include four of the Top Ten finishers in 2009. Californian Eric Jewell, who finished 3rd in 2009, will be riding a Honda ST1300 in his seventh Iron Butt Rally. Always a strong finisher, Eric is clearly one of the favorites to win this year. Chris Sakala, a BMW R1200RT rider from Maryland, finished 4th in 2009 and 2nd in 2005 and is another potential winner this year. Another strong contender is Ken Meese, a BMW K1300GT rider from California, who finished 9th in 2009 and who has won numerous other rallies. Peter Behm, a Yamaha FJR 1300 rider from Minnesota, finished 10th in 2009 and is another veteran rider with the capability of another podium finish this year.
Other returning veterans who finished in the top 20 in 2009 are Roger Sinclair, 12th place finisher from Virginia, riding a Kawasaki Concours 14, Dick Peek, 15th place finisher from Utah, riding a FJR 1300; Brian Jack, 18th place finisher from Washington riding a BMW R1150GS; Mark Crane, 19th place finisher from California, riding a BMW R1200GS; and Nancy Oswald 20th place finisher from Maryland riding a BMW R1200GS.
Other returning Iron Butt Rally veterans are:
Jennyfer Audet (Canada) riding a Honda CBR1100XX;
Michael Boge (Idaho) riding a BMW R1200RT;
Wendy Crockett (California) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300;
Jeff and Carol Fremder (Wisconsin) riding a BMW R1150RT;
Jim Frens (New Hamphire) riding a Honda GL1800;
Art Garvin (Ohio) riding a Honda GL1800;
Curt Gran (Wisconsin) riding a Honda ST1300;
John Harrison (Alabama) riding a Honda ST1300;
Brian Jack (Washington) riding a BMW R1150GS;
Andy Kirby (Massachusetts) riding a Honda ST 1300;
Tom Loftus (California) riding a Honda ST1300;
Gerhard Memmen-Kreuger (Germany) riding a Honda GL1800;
Terry Neale (California) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300;
Buford Neely (Mississippi) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300;
Dennis Powell (Iowa) riding a Honda GL1800;
Tom and Rosie Sperry (California) riding a Honda GL1800;
Bill Thweatt (North Carolina) riding a Honda ST1300;
Jacques Titolo (Canada) riding a Kawasaki ZX12R;
Bill Wade (New Jersey) riding a BMW R1200GS; and
Jim Winterer (Minnesota) riding a Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom.



Californian Alex Harper is another entrant with Iron Butt Rally experience, but Alex was a DNF in the 2009 rally in a failed attempt to run the rally on a 1970s vintage Suzuki RE5 rotary. This year, Alex stands a better chance of finishing riding a Yamaha FJR 1300. Tony Hudson (South Carolina), who was a DNF in both the 2009 Iron Butt Rally and the Iron Butt 5000, is also entered again this year.


24 other entrants competing in the Iron Butt Rally for the first time are veterans of the 5-day Iron Butt 5000 Rally that was held in 2010, including the winner of that rally Minnesotan John Coons. By defeating several Top Ten finishers of the Iron Butt Rally, Coons has proven his ability to finish at the front of the pack. He will be riding the same motorcycle that carried him to victory last year: an 18-year old BMW R1100RS.
Other veterans of the Iron Butt 5000 who will be riding in their first Iron


Butt Rally include:
George Barker (Wisconsin) riding a Honda GL1800
Doug Barrett (California) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300
Greg and Pat Blewett (Kentucky) riding a Honda GL1800
W. (Wayne) Boyter (Texas) riding a BMW R1200RT
Peter Delean (Canada) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300
Kurt Dix (Florida) riding a Kawasaki Concours 14
Bobby Fox (Texas) riding a BMW R 1200 RT
Neil Hejny (Arizona) riding a Honda GL1800
Dave Hembroff (Ohio) riding a Yamaha FJR1300
Darrin Hicks (Canada) riding a Harley Davidson, Ultra Classic
Mike Jackman (Florida) riding a Honda GL1800
Brian Johnson (Minnesota) riding a BMW K1200LT
Perry Karsten (Canada) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300
Jeremy Loveall (Kentucky) riding a BMW R1150RT
Michael Mehaffy (Missouri) riding a Yamaha FJR1300
Brant Moteelall (Minnesota) riding a Yamaha FJR1300
Bryan Neagle (California) riding a Honda ST 1300
Corey Nuehring (Iowa) riding a Yamaha FJR1300
Bob Rippy (Missouri) riding a BMW R1200RT
Karl Snell (Georgia) riding a BMW R1200GS
John Stamps (Florida) riding a BMW 1200RT
Kirsten Talken-Spaulding (Georgia) riding a BMW R1200RT
Robert Wilensky (Pennsylvania) riding a Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom
Brian Bray (Georgia) also ran in the Iron Butt 5000, but became a DNF due to the damage his motorcycle suffered when he hit a bear. Rally staff are still disappointed that Brian didn‟t get a photo of his flag on the unconscious bear.


The 32 riders without previous Iron Butt Rally or Iron Butt 5000 experience are:
Steve Aikens (New Mexico) riding a BMW R1200RT
Roger Allen (Florida) riding a BMW R1200GSA
Kathleen Allen (Florida) riding a BMW R1200GS
Cameron Brister (Oregon) riding a FJR 1300
Robert Chadwick (Missouri) riding a Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
Patrick Clark (Washington) riding a Yamaha Road Star
Shane and Annette Cudlin (Australia) riding a Honda GL1800
Earl Damron (Kentucky) riding a Suzuki GSX-R 1000
Stan Dulemba (Georgia) riding a BMW R1200RT
Howard Entman (Tennessee) riding a Yamaha FJR 1300
David Fick (Virginia) riding a BMW R1200GSA
Wallace French (Massachusetts) riding a BMW R1150RT
John Frick (Ohio) riding a BMW K1200LT
Jon Good (California) riding a BMW R1200RT
Colin Goodall (Canada) riding a FJR 1300
Greg Guillermo (Arizona) riding a Yamaha FJR1300
Rob Jaime (Maine) riding a Honda GL1800
Robert Joers (Wisconsin) riding a Honda GL1800
Michael and Betty Ligons (Missouri) riding a Honda GL1800
Andy Mackey (California) riding a BMW 1200GS Adventure
Tim Masterson (Texas) riding a BMW R1200GS Adventure
Dean McCurdy (Michigan) riding a BMW R1200RT
Aaron and Rena Miller (Missouri);
Chris Ogden (California) riding a BMW R1200GS
Daniel Roth (Georgia) riding a BMW R1200GS
Rod Schween (Canada) riding a BMW R1200GSA
Don Speck (Montana) riding a Harley-Davidson Road Glide
John Young (UK) riding a 1975 Triumph Trident T160
Cliff Wall (Texas) riding a Honda GL1800
Cletha Walstrand (Utah) riding a BMW F650GS Twin
Philip Weston (UK) riding a Yamaha FZS1000 Fazer
Shuey Wolfe (Florida) riding a Honda ST1300A


As indicated in the lists above, there are 12 women entered, 6 riding pillion and 6 piloting their own bike. The veteran pillion riders are Rosie Sperry (riding with husband Tom) and Carol Fremder (riding with husband Jeff). This is the first Iron Butt Rally for Rena Miller and her husband Aaron, along with Michael and Betty Ligons but their impressive finish in the 2010 Land of Enchantment Rally, besting one of the top ten finishers in the 2009 Iron Butt Rally, makes these two teams a force to be reckoned with. Other first time pillion riders are Pat Blewett and Annette Cudlin.


Of the women riding their own bike, Nancy Oswald, Wendy Crockett, and Jennyfer Audet all were finishers in the 2009 Iron Butt Rally. Kirsten Talken-Spaulding was a finisher in the Iron Butt 5000 in spite of a broken wheel during the first leg. Cletha Walstrand was a finisher in the 10-day “Ten „n Ten” Rally last year. This will be the first multi-day rally for Kathleen Allen; however, she has completed multi-day certificate rides.


Tech Inspection Begins
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Seattle greeted the riders lining up for Tech Inspection this morning with some of its famous liquid sunshine. While inspecting vehicles in the rain, several problems were identified with auxiliary fuel systems needing to be more securely mounted. Several other bikes required modifications to the location of vent lines.


Only one bike had a problem with fuel capacity. Bill Wade presented his BMW R1200GS Adventure for inspection with an auxiliary fuel tank labeled as holding 3.0 gallons. The manufacturer‟s specification for the stock tank is 8.7 gallons. Since there are no exemptions for mathematically-challenged riders, Dale Wilson called for an actual measurement of the auxiliary tank to confirm the apparent problem with the 11.5 gallon limit on total fuel capacity.

After a trip to the closest gasoline station to purchase fuel, I unpacked all of my fuel measurement equipment and went through the process of determining exactly how much gasoline the auxiliary tank would hold. Unfortunately for Bill, the label on the auxiliary tank proved to be correct; it took 2.98 gallons. Slightly bending the rules, the Chief Technical Inspector agreed to allow Bill to use some steel chain to displace the 0.2 gallon overage. After a quick shopping trip Bill returned with what he thought was way more than enough chain. It turns out that almost 12 pounds of chain was just enough. Onlookers were amazed to see how much chain is required to displace just 0.2 gallons of gasoline.

Dale Wilson Oversees Adjustment to Bill Wade’s Auxiliary Tank Capacity




Most riders got through the odometer check okay, but an accident (unrelated to our group) on Interstate 5 caused some delay. Several riders have deferred running the odometer check until tomorrow morning.


Lisa Stevens Instructs Alex Harper at the Beginning of the Odometer Check


The Mandatory Rookies Meeting

At 4:00 p.m. all of the “rookies” entered in the rally were required to attend a meeting during which six-time Iron Butt Rally veteran Jeff Earls provided advice especially important for riders who have never finished a multi-day rally. The thrust of Jeff‟s presentation was to admonish rookies that they need to recognize that it is almost impossible for them to understand how draining an 11-day rally can be and that getting adequate rest should be their most important consideration.

One comment Jeff made that rang true with the few IBR staff in the room probably went in one ear and out the other for the rookies. He told them to sort through what they were planning to carry in their saddle bags and send half of it home tomorrow.

Tomorrow
Following the completion of tech inspection and rider check-in, the riders‟ meeting is at 4:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. The pre-rally banquet begins at 5:30. The rally instructions and bonus listings will probably be handed out by about 6:30 p.m. Riders will then have to make the first important decision of this rally: How much time to spend optimizing their route for Leg 1 and how much time to leave for sleep. The sound you hear about 6:30 pm Pacific Time will be their collective jaws hitting the floor. Stay tuned.
Tom Austin
June 18, 2011
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2011 Iron Butt Rally, Day -1
Sunday, June 19, 2011
48 States or Bust!


When the rider packets for the first leg of the 2011 Iron Butt Rally were opened at the pre-rally banquet, everyone’s attention was directed to the following statement:
“To be classified as a finisher of the 2011 Iron Butt Rally, a rider must visit all 48 contiguous states and reach each checkpoint and the finish before the close of the specified time window.”

As described in more detail below, finishing positions will be based on how much more each rider is able to do. But first, a brief summary of events leading up to the banquet.

“Has anybody seen Eric Jewell yet?”

It’s a common question at the start of a lot of rallies that is a source of anxiety for rally staff. But Eric has learned that the check-in process is a breeze when you are one of the last riders to show up, you have all of your paperwork in order, and you haven’t been making last-minute changes to your bike. A somewhat greater concern with Eric is that the same question is often being asked during the check-in window at the finish. In his first Iron Butt Rally (1999), Eric finished within minutes of being time barred but still had enough points for 5th place. Perhaps his most impressive ride of all time was in the 2001 Iron Butt Rally when he was so late to the finish that he ended up in 84th place after being one of the few riders to make it all of the way to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and back to the start in Alabama.

A few other late arriving riders had to get through tech inspection today, and several riders had to have their fuel cells inspected after last-minute modifications.


Riders’ Meeting
The Riders’ Meeting started today at 4:00 p.m.

Chief Technical Inspector Dale “Warchild” Wilson started the meeting by explaining the procedure for the start tomorrow morning, during which odometer readings will be recorded and rider identification tags will be punched. Riders were advised that “you need to be at your motorcycle at 8:30 a.m.” Anyone who shows up late won’t be cleared to leave until after the others have left at 10 a.m.

As the custodian of the Iron Butt Rally rules, I spent quite a bit of time reviewing the most significant changes in the rules since the 2009 Rally and reviewing a few rules that some riders have had difficulty with in the past. The most significant rule change was summarized as follows:

Fuel Purchase Records – Unlike in previous rallies, you don’t need to keep a fuel log. Gas receipts may often be used to document bonuses, but they are not absolutely required. Because there is no fuel log required, there is also no prohibition against refueling your motorcycle between the time you check-in at a checkpoint and the time you start the next leg.

I also described several changes to the written rules regarding penalty points that apply to this rally. Because there is no fuel log required, penalties that used to be proportional to the fuel log bonus points are now proportional to the value of the Call-In bonus for the leg. For example, if the value of the Call-In bonus on Leg 1 turns out to be 250 points, one missing item on a receipt (e.g., the date) will be a penalty of 10% of the Call-In bonus points, which is 25 points.

One of the other points I stressed was the importance of being courteous to volunteers and other riders. More importantly, I stressed the fact that riders would be subject to disqualification for “unsafe activities such as excessive speed, reckless motorcycle operation, riding while fatigued or otherwise impaired, the use of stimulants to maintain alertness, or any other activity that results in riders exceeding their personal limits.”
Banquet

As riders, guests, and staff were finishing their dinners, Lisa Landry welcomed everyone to the 15th running of the Iron Butt Rally. Lisa acknowledged staff and volunteers who have been efficiently getting the riders through the check-in process all weekend and then introduced Bill Watt asking him to tell the audience about the bonus locations he has been working on.

Watt, who most of the riders assumed was the architect of the 2011 rally, proceeded to tell the riders about how much fun he has had identifying hundreds of remote bonus locations all over North America, including deep into Canada. He said that he has come up with a sequence of high point bonuses that requires multiple border crossings and ferry rides that he thought would provide a real challenge.

The look on the riders’ faces was priceless as they assumed they were about to embark on a nightmare of a rally. Kneebone then stepped to podium, grabbed Watt’s rally plans, wadded them up and threw them on the floor. He said he didn’t think the riders were quite ready for that type of a rally so he has asked Tom Austin to come up with something simpler.
I began my description of this year’s rally by explaining that my objective was for a change of pace; to provide an experience for riders more like the kind of rallies that drew me into the sport in the 1990s. To go back to a time when a computer spreadsheet wasn’t required to pick a good route. To go back to a time when you didn’t have to worry about how long it was going to take at a Canadian border crossing or whether a freaking ferry was running on time. To go back to a time when you didn’t have to fret about traveling over roads best suited for knobby tires in order to score big points. To go back to a time when you could ignore a multitude of piddling bonuses that were just a little bit out of the way; to instead be able to point your motorcycle in the direction of a fewer number of high-point bonuses and grind out the miles. To go back to a time when George Barnes could read the bonus listing and smile instead of wince.

Michael Kneebone Tosses Out Bill Watt’s Plans

This and all other photos courtesy of Steve Hobart.


I said that I expected route planning to still make a difference in determining who finishes first and who finishes tenth, but I didn’t think very many of riders would need to stay up half of the night trying to figure out where to go. Finally, I said that when this rally is over, riders would have an easy time explaining to friends and family where they went and what they accomplished.

After laying out that background, I said “So let’s open the rider packets and see how long it takes you to figure out where you are going to be riding for the next 11-days.”

The Rider Packets
Although many have been expecting ever increasing complexity with each new Iron Butt Rally, there has been a dramatic reversal for 2011. Instead of the 42 pages that were required to describe the Leg 1 bonus listings in 2009, the Leg 1 bonuses for this year’s rally are presented on 4 much smaller pages. Most riders had a good idea of where they are heading within about 10 minutes of opening the packet.


The simplicity of the 2011 Rally is described in the following sentence from the description of the Rally that the riders received tonight:
“To be classified as a finisher of the 2011 Iron Butt Rally, a rider must visit all 48 contiguous states and reach each checkpoint and the finish before the close of the specified time window.”

In addition to this basic requirement, which is worth 4,800 points, riders can earn 4,800 bonus points by also completing the “U.S.A. Four Corners Tour” during the course of the Rally. This involves documenting visits to Blaine, Washington; Madawaska, Maine; Key West, Florida; and San Ysidro, California.

Another 4,800 points are available for documenting a visit to Alaska. And since each rally usually has a bonus equivalent to documenting a visit to the moon, yet another 4,800 points are available for the capital of Alaska: Juneau.

Bonus points are also available for documenting visits to other state capitals, with the point value for each capital being generally related to the degree of difficulty. Although any state can be documented on any leg, only certain state capitols are available on each leg. However, the capitals available on each leg are logical; they are the capitals of the states on the base route for the leg. For example, the capital of the State of Washington will be available on Leg 1, the capital of the State of Maine will be available on Leg 2, and so on.

On leg 1, the point values for capitals in the 48 contiguous states range from a low of 25 points for capitals that are essentially right on the base route to 1,000 points for Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a capital that requires taking a lengthy side trip just before heading for Checkpoint 1.
Finally, as in previous rallies, bonus points are available for a Call-In bonus on each leg and two separate rest bonuses.

To make it even simpler, a screen shot showing one possible route touching all 48 states was included in the rider packet. The route shown is 8,325 miles, according to Delorme Street Atlas, which was the program used to generate the screen shot.

The rider packet also explains that all riders who visit all 48 states and complete the Four Corners Tour will be Gold Medal finishers. A detailed route for the Four Corners option wasn’t provided; however, riders were informed that the minimum riding distance to visit all 48 states and complete the Four Corners Tour is approximately 10,500 miles.
Although there are no “daylight hours only” bonuses, there is one subtlety in the bonus instructions regarding documenting visits to state capitals. Between sunrise and sunset, the documentation required for each state capitol bonus is a photograph of the capitol building. After sunset, photographs may still be used if the capitol is illuminated and is clearly visible in the image. However, a receipt from the city in which the capitol building is located may be used in lieu of a photograph between the hours of sunset and sunrise. The computer-generated receipt must have the date, time, city, and state. If a receipt is used in lieu of a photograph, the value of the bonus will be reduced by 10 points.


The Basic 48-State Route

Rally Passport Book


In previous rallies, riders have been required document their visits to bonus locations on a list of bonuses printed on sheets of 8 ½ by 11 paper stapled together at one corner. Not this year. This year each rider has been given a full-color, spiral bound “Passport Book” that contains a separate page for each state. Printed on a single page is a photograph of the state capitol, the state “nickname” (e.g., Arizona is “The Grand Canyon State”) and short paragraph describing the state. There are also two boxes where the rider can fill in the date, time, and odometer reading when they visited the state or its capital.
At the back of the Passport book are separate pages for documenting the Four Corners bonus, the Call-In bonuses, and the Rest bonuses.
This booklet is a work of art that was developed by Steve Hobart. It will surely be a cherished keepsake for riders.


The “Passport” Book
Planning for Tomorrow
The lack of uncertainty about what is coming up during the next 11 days is having an obvious effect. Spirits were extraordinarily high at the end of banquet. Every rookie rider should show up at the starting line tomorrow morning confident that they are going to be a finisher. Even those going for the Four Corners bonus and other big points will recognize that retreating to the base route is always an option.

In contrast, at the Big Dog end of the spectrum, there will be a recognition that this isn’t going to be a walk in the park for anyone shooting for the top ten. Many of the bonus locations are a long damn way from the base route and it’s going to require a mighty big ride to score them.
Some monster rides were apparent from what we saw on the computer screens of several riders hard at work in their rooms shortly after the end of the banquet. Several riders and IBR staff have commented that they expect the top riders to log over 13,000 miles by the time they reach the finish in Ontario, California on July 1st.

Eric Jewell Working on Leg 1

Chris Sakala Working on Leg 1


I’ll post a report covering the start by Monday afternoon.

Tom Austin
June 19, 2011
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Spot Tracks as of 11:17pst 6/20
 

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Thanks for posting this... I'm usually the one who does it every year and it's great to see someone else who's following it..

I'd rather read the daily posts and watch the Spot locators than the Superbowl..
 

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Cool Paper!!

Eric Jewell and I worked a desk side by side together for at least a year.

We never had really talked motorcycles, he never mentioned what a great rider he was.
Then one day after a year or so it came up, he mentioned he did the Iron Butt and I was like "Whats that?". After doing some research I realized what a top notch rider he was and is always a favorite. He is super humble and unassuming, you would never guess it to know him and he wouldnt ever brag about it.

The funniest story though:
A few months ago he we were hanging out and he had retired his old BMW with something like 250,000 miles on it. He replaced it with an ST 1300.

So out of nowhere he asks "How do you adjust a chain, I mean how do you know when the chain is right, how long do they last?!?! Ive never had a chain before!"

:)

I cracked up laughing!! Here is a guy who has ridden more miles in a decade than most serious riders will ride most of they're lives, and he's never had a bike with a chain on it!!!

Good Times.

Looks like the bonus points guys have made it up to Blain and on on the way back on route now.
 

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Paper,
We have a second mutual aquaintence. I've known Jim Winterer for
some years. We were both members of the "Vladamir Pit Crew". Did he ever descibe his experiences withe the deaf-mute Bylorussian world traveler?
Anyway...TractorKing, keep up the good work. A lot of us will be
reading the reports....

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That's how most of them are, too.. There's always a couple chest thumpers, but the majority are cool, average joes..

Speaking of that, Joe Leggett was supposed to be running again this year, but he must be one of the ones that backed out. I talked to him a month and a half ago and he was gearing up for his second running..

I'm now waiting for Sleddog to chime in.. :) He and his wife rode the IronButt 5000 last year and turned down a spot on this year's Iron Butt..
 

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Paper,
We have a second mutual aquaintence. I've known Jim Winterer for
some years. We were both members of the "Vladamir Pit Crew". Did he ever descibe his experiences withe the deaf-mute Bylorussian world traveler?
Anyway...TractorKing, keep up the good work. A lot of us will be
reading the reports....

PeoriaMac
No.. I don't know Jim very well.. I rode the MN1000 one year and talked to him there..

But I read all about Vlad and his adventures..:)
 

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2011 Iron Butt Rally, Day 1
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Rally is off to a good start. Only one bike fell over in the parking lot this morning and, as Dale Wilson promised would happened, one bike (Greg Guillermo’s Yamaha FJR) failed to start due to a weak battery. Greg experienced about a 10 minute delay waiting for my car and jumper cables.

The Starting Grid
This and other photos by Steve Hobart.




Three additional riders had a slightly delayed start due to their failure to follow instructions. After listening to Lisa Landry tell everyone at the Riders’ Meeting yesterday to NEVER take off the lanyard with their I.D. card, Iron Butt Rally veteran Mark Crane showed up for the final odometer check this morning with no I.D. card. (He had left the I.D. in his hotel room.) The 5-minutes that he was required to wait after the other riders had left was not nearly as painful as the fact that people are reading this.
Tom and Rosie Sperry were also delayed until everyone else had left because they were not at their bike when it was time for their final odometer check.



Tom and Rosie Sperry Leaving a Few Minutes Late



George Barker was about a half hour late leaving because of the time it took to finish the check-in process that he failed to compete this weekend.
The most significant problem at the start was that one rider, David Fick, left the starting line without getting his odometer checked and without getting his I.D. card punched. After being told no less than three times that he would have to wait until the others had left to get his odometer checked and I.D. punched, Fick left with the other riders. As was clearly stated at yesterday’s Riders’ Meeting, leaving without getting your I.D. card punched will make you a DNF (did not finish). Bending over backwards to save his rally, Lisa Landry left a message on his cell phone telling him that he must return to the hotel to get his odometer checked and I.D. punched if he wanted to avoid being disqualified at Checkpoint 1. Fick got the message two hours later and headed back to the hotel.



Teams
Roger and Kathleen Allen, Chris Ogden and Doug Barrett, and Jennyfer Audet and Jacques Titilo declared that they were running the rally as two-person teams. Jennyfer and Jacques successfully finished as a team in 2009. The husband and wife team of the Allen’s is typical of what is normally expected with married couples who have no plans of splitting up should one person have an accident or mechanical troubles. Ogden and Barrett apparently decided that the risk one of them having problems was worth the potential benefit of having two heads working on route plans.

Jennyfer Audet Followed by Team Member Jacques Titolo



Off in All Directions
One of the most satisfying things for a route master to see is motorcycles heading in all different directions as the riders leave the start. That’s exactly what’s happening this morning. Based on the routes I collected from over 90% of the riders, about half of the field is headed for Blaine, Washington, the first leg of the Four Corners Tour. Most of the others either headed directly east or south to pick up the state capitals in Washington and Oregon.
The most stunning news for most of the IBR staff is that three riders, all IBR veterans, are headed for Hyder, Alaska. Fire up your favorite mapping program and see if you can make that work!

Ken Meese Heading for Hyder, Alaska


The Alaska-bound trio is Ken Meese, Roger Sinclair, and Dick Peek. Based on my brief conversations with them this morning, they all say that they realize they will be cutting it close. That’s an understatement. They have obviously all decided to go for an early knock-out punch, which is exactly the kind of strategy that Michael Kneebone advises against. Stay tuned to learn whether any of them can pull this off.
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IB5000 Winner John Coons Followed by Dave Hembroff


John Young on the 1969 Triumph Trident


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The Keyboard Riders
It is with great amusement that Michael Kneebone, Lisa Landry, Steve Hobart, and I are looking at a variety of posts in which riders of proven mediocrity are pontificating about how easy this rally is going to be. Best yet was the boast of a former bottom-of-the-pack finisher that this rally is so easy that she could have won it. That caused the Rallymaster to laugh so hard that there were tears running down her cheeks.

Eleven days from now, a number of keyboard riders are going to look even more foolish than they do today. From the route plans we have reviewed this morning, several previous top ten finishers have correctly figured out that they will have to ride farther and harder than they ever have before for a podium finish in this rally. Mark my words: the number of miles ridden by the top riders in this rally will be DOUBLE the miles that have qualified riders as finishers in previous rallies. And every single finisher will accumulate more miles than were ridden by the woman who claims she could win this year’s rally.

Tomorrow
Don’t hold your breath for tomorrow’s report. It’s long travel day for most of the IBR staff. We will get a report out, but it may be early Wednesday morning before it gets posted.
Tom Austin
June 20, 2011
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Is there any way to follow the actual track of a rider?
It's nice to see where they are but a track would be interesting as well to
see the entire ride route?
 

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Is there any way to follow the actual track of a rider?
It's nice to see where they are but a track would be interesting as well to
see the entire ride route?
Unfortunately no there isn't. The IBA's has very strict rules pertaining to the use of Satellite Tracking. The IBA's site is the only public location allowed, even they are coded so you must know a particular riders code.

The riders personal Spot tracking must be password protected & is only shared with family & close friends.

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Nuff said. I can understand some of the security reasons but why not just delay the info 24hrs? What is actually so secret about Spot Info? If you follow one rider's number anyone could plot the course, having a open track just eliminates a step.
 

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Nuff said. I can understand some of the security reasons but why not just delay the info 24hrs? What is actually so secret about Spot Info? If you follow one rider's number anyone could plot the course, having a open track just eliminates a step.
In the past, Satellite tracking has been used to guide other riders to bonus'. Bigger issue is liability .....If "something" were to happen there could issues if the riders tracks were public. It sucks that in our sport only close friends & rally officials can participate. Unfortunately our society has made it that way.
 

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Sorry a little bit behind...Heres the last updates for the past few days, Ill get the pictures in when I have more time:


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2011 Iron Butt Rally, Day 2 and Early Day 3
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
To make up for being so late with the Day 2 report, this report includes a more-up-to date preliminary report on what’s been going on during the first half of Day 3.
Based on the access we have to “Spot” tracking systems, that most of the riders are using, things are progressing about as expected. About half of the field went to Blaine, Washington to pick up the first of the Four Corners. Most of the other riders are just concentrating on states and capitals. We only have access to a Spot tracker for one of the Hyder-bound riders, but, as discussed below, all three riders made it to Hyder and are back in the lower 48.
As far as we know, all riders are doing okay as of the end of Day 2. There have been a few mechanical problems, but nothing that couldn’t be fixed.
Terry Neale has had to have a rear tire replaced due to a non-repairable flat.
Earl Damron’s KLR 650 apparently broke a chain in Montana. He was towed 40 miles back to Missoula where the dealer repaired some damaged stator wires and replaced the chain and chain guard. Earl is now on the road again.
Brian Jack had his drive shaft go bad in Harden, Montana. His wife brought a replacement part and he was back on the road at 2:53 a.m. Wednesday morning. How do we know that? Because he called Lisa Landry to share the great news (at 2:53 a.m.).
The Range of Leg 1 Route Options
Before each Iron Butt Rally, I make estimates of which routes riders are likely to take based on a lot of trial-and-error routing with Delorme Street Atlas. I deal with rest breaks and time spent at checkpoints separately. For the time that riders are not resting or at checkpoints, I do my route planning assuming that an efficient rider can maintain a Bun Burner Gold pace (62.5 mph) on the Interstates and 55 mph on 2-lane roads in rural areas. (I use the default speeds in Delorme Street Atlas for average speeds in urban areas.) While many of the riders in an Iron Butt Rally can do better than this on a “certificate ride,” I found that these are reasonable average speeds for the top 25% of the field when the time required to document bonus locations has to be accounted for.
For the riders sticking to the base route and just picking up those capitals that are right on the route, it’s a 3,700 mile ride to Checkpoint 1 and they have 4.3 days (103 hours) to do it. That’s 860 miles per day. Based on the average speeds I use for checking routes, riders can be off their bikes for about 10 hours each day, which is plenty of time for a solid eight hours of sleep.
The schedule is completely different for those riders that have bitten off Alaska. Just adding Hyder, Alaska to the base route increases the mileage from 3,700 to 5,700. Not including rest breaks, I estimated that 99 hours would be required to make it to Hyder and then get to Checkpoint 1 by using the base route. That only leaves 4 hours for rest.
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Something beyond a BBG pace is clearly required to have adequate time to sleep. It goes without saying that a ride of that magnitude of difficulty on Leg 1 is a risky proposition.
The BBG3000
The Bun Burner Gold 3000 is one hell of a tough ride. It’s two Bun Burner Golds (1,500 miles in 24 hours) back-to-back, 3,000 miles in 48 hours. Less than 100 riders have every completed this ride. Those that have completed a BBG 3000 invariably used a route that was almost 100% Interstates or lightly traveled two-lane highways in the Western states. No one in their right mind would even think about trying to do a BBG 3000 that involved border crossings, travel through metropolitan areas, or travel over roads with speed limits less than 65 mph.
So why am I mentioning the BBG 3000 when I’m supposed to be describing Day 2 and Day 3 of the 2011 Iron Butt Rally? Because it looks to me like Ken Meese has just travelled about 3,000 miles in 48 hours on a route that included two border crossings and a trip to Hyder, Alaska.
As I noted earlier, it’s about 5,700 miles from Seattle to Checkpoint 1 with a side trip to Hyder. That’s assuming a rider sticks to the base route after returning from Hyder. Meese isn’t sticking to the base route. It’s looking to me like Meese is going to log more than 6,000 miles during the first 4.3 days of this rally if he makes it to the checkpoint on time. If he makes it, it may be the biggest leg 1 ride of all time. Time will tell if it’s the smartest.
Dick Peek has also made it back from Hyder, but he was significantly delayed crossing the border back into the U.S. He was in Missoula, Montana at 3:23 p.m. Pacific Time today. Dick appears to be about 700 miles behind Ken Meese. I don’t see how he is going to make it to New York in time.
Just minutes after the call from Dick Peek, John Ryan made a post to the IBDONE list that he has also heard from Roger Sinclair and that Roger is back in the U.S. and on schedule to make Checkpoint 1. I don’t have a specific location on Roger.
Update on the List of Bikes and Riders
As noted in my Day -2 report, the make and model of each motorcycle in the rally was based on information provided in each rider’s original application. Following is the updated list in alphabetical order and by rider number.
57. Steve Aikens is riding a 2007 BMW R1200 RT
20. Kathleen Allen is riding a 2010 BMW R1200 GS ADV
21. Roger Allen is riding a 2011 BMW R1200 GS ADV
67. Jennyfer Audet is riding a 1999 Honda CBR1100XX
84. George Barker is riding a 0 Honda Gold Wing
6. Doug Barrett is riding a 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300
43. Peter Behm is riding a 2004 Yamaha FJR 1300
34. Greg and Pat Blewett are riding a 2002 Honda Gold Wing
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33. Michael Boge is riding a 2008 Honda ST1300
71. W Boyter is riding a 2008 BMW R1200RT
26. Brian Bray is riding a 2007 Suzuki SV 650
65. Cameron Brister is riding a 2006 Yamaha FJR 1300
48. Robert Chadwick is riding a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
82. Patrick Clark is riding a 2001 Yamaha Road Star
44. John Coons is riding a 1994 BMW R1100 RSL
7. Mark Crane is riding a 2005 BMW R1200 GSA
8. Wendy Crockett is riding a 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300
3. Shane and Annette Cudlin are riding a 2007 Honda Gold Wing
35. Earl Damron is riding a 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650
61. Peter Delean is riding a 2004 Yamaha FJR 1300
22. Kurt Dix is riding a 2003 Kawasaki Concours
27. Stan Dulemba is riding a 2011 BMW R1200 RT
70. Howard Entman is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300
80. David Fick is riding a 2011 BMW R1200 GS ADV
72. Bobby Fox is riding a 2008 BMW R1200 GS ADV
85. Jeff and Carol Fremder are riding a 2004 BMW R1100RT
37. Wallace French is riding a 2004 BMW R1100 RT
55. Jim Frens is riding a 2010 Honda Gold Wing
58. John Frick is riding a 2009 BMW K1200LT
59. Art Garvin is riding a 2010 Honda Gold Wing
9. Jon Good is riding a 2006 BMW R1200 RT
62. Colin Goodall is riding a 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300
86. Curt Gran is riding a 2007 Honda ST1300
4. Greg Guillermo is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300
10. Alex Harper is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR1300
2. John Harrison is riding a 2007 Honda ST1300
5. Neil Hejny is riding a 2002 Honda Gold Wing
60. Dave Hembroff is riding a 2007 Yamaha FJR 1300
63. Darrin Hicks is riding a 2006 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra
69. Tony Hudson is riding a 2005 Honda Gold Wing
83. Brian Jack is riding a 2005 BMW R1150 GS ADV
23. Mike Jackman is riding a 2008 Honda Gold Wing
41. Rob Jaime is riding a 2003 Honda Gold Wing
11. Eric Jewell is riding a 2007 Honda ST 1300
87. Robert Joers is riding a 2006 Honda Gold Wing
45. Brian Johnson is riding a 2003 BMW K1200LT
64. Perry Karsten is riding a 2007 Yamaha FJR 1300
38. Andy Kirby is riding a 2004 Honda ST1300
49. Michael and Betty Ligons are riding a 2007 Honda gold Wing
12. Tom Loftus is riding a 2007 Honda ST1300
36. Jeremy Loveall is riding a 2007 BMW R1200 RT
13. Andy Mackey is riding a 2009 BMW R1200 GS ADV
73. Tim Masterson is riding a 2008 BMW R1200 GS ADV
42. Dean Mccurdy is riding a 2010 BMW R1200 RT
14. Ken Meese is riding a 2009 BMW K1300 GT
50. Michael Mehaffy is riding a 2005 Yamaha FJR 1300
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19. Gerhard Memmen-Krueger is riding a 2010 Honda Gold Wing
51. Aaron and Rena Miller are riding a 2008 Honda Gold Wing
46. Brant Moteelall is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300
15. Bryan Neagle is riding a 2007 Honda ST 1300
16. Terry Neale is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300
53. BB Neely is riding a 2009 BMW R1200RT
31. Corey Nuehring is riding a 2008 Yamaha FJR 1300
17. Chris Ogden is riding a 2006 BMW R1200 GS
39. Nancy Oswald is riding a 2006 BMW R1200 GS
78. Dick Peek is riding a 2006 Yamaha FJR1300
32. Dennis Powell is riding a 2008 Honda Gold Wing
52. Bob Rippy is riding a 2007 BMW R1200 RT
28. Daniel Roth is riding a 2005 BMW R1200 GS
40. Chris Sakala is riding a 2007 BMW R1200RT
1. Rod Schween is riding a 2009 BMW R1200 GS
81. Roger Sinclair is riding a 2002 BMW R1150 GS ADV
29. Karl Snell is riding a 2005 BMW R1200 GS
54. Don Speck is riding a 2004 Harley-Davidson road Glide
18. Tom and Rosie Sperry are riding a 2008 Honda Gold Wing
24. John Stamps is riding a 2006 BMW R1200RT
30. Kirsten Talken-Spaulding is riding a 2009 BMW R1200
74. Bill Thweatt is riding a 2004 Honda ST1300
68. Jacques Titolo is riding a 2004 Kawasaki XZ12R
56. Bill Wade is riding a 2009 BMW R1200 GS ADV
75. Cliff Wall is riding a 2006 Honda Gold Wing
79. Cletha Walstrand is riding a 2011 BMW F650 GS
76. Philip Weston is riding a 2005 Yamaha FZ1
66. Robert Wilensky is riding a 2007 Yamaha DL 1000
47. Jim Winterer is riding a 2004 Suzuki DL 650
25. Shuey Wolfe is riding a 2010 Honda ST 1300
77. John Young is riding a 1969 Triumph Trident
Additional Day 3 Information
The Call-In bonus window is from noon to 11:59:59 p.m. on Wednesday. I’ll post a summary of what is reported by early Thursday morning.
Tom Austin
June 21, 2011
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2011 Iron Butt Rally, Day 3
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
First Call-In Bonus Day
As far as we know, all riders are doing okay as of the end of Day 3. All 87 riders successfully made their Call-In bonus. (This is an Iron Butt Rally first.)
Some of the routes being taken are unexpected, to say the least. Several riders have elected to document their visits to states we were expecting riders to visit on leg 3, such as Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. It was made clear at the pre-rally banquet that the capitals for these states would not be available until leg 3. Yet one rider, BB Neely, didn’t just dip into Colorado, he rode all the way to the capital even though there are no bonus points for Denver until leg 3. A message BB left during his Call-In bonus may explain the problem: “You know you’re confused when you go to pee and you can’t find the fly on your LD Comforts because you’ve got them on backwards.”
Call-In Bonus Detail
Things got started a little bit earlier than expected on the Call-In Bonus for Leg 1. The bonus listing indicates that the bonus is available from noon to 11:59:59 p.m. on June 22nd. The fact that the time window is in the Pacific time zone was underlined on the bonus listing. Nevertheless, Pat Clark left his first message at 11:51 a.m. Fortunately, over 3 hours later, he somehow figured out that he was early and made another call within the window.
Here is the full run down with the riders listed in alphabetical order:
Steve Aikens was in Norwood, Iowa, and headed for Nebraska at 1:10 pm.
Kathleen Allen was in Lincoln, Nebraska, and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 8:56 pm.
Roger Allen was in Lincoln, Nebraska, and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 8:55 pm.
Jennyfer Audet was in Iowa and headed for Omaha, Nebraska, at 3:49 pm.
George Barker was in Iowa and headed for Wisconsin at 3:16 pm.
Doug Barrett was in Minnesota and headed for Hudson, Wisconsin, at 12:48 pm.
Peter Behm was in Des Moines, Iowa, and headed for Madison, Wisconsin, at 2:42 pm.
Greg and Pat Blewett were in Stuart, Iowa, and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska, at 12:13 pm.
Michael Boge was in Minnesota and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 4:19 pm.
Wayne Boyter was in South Dakota and headed for Minnesota at 8:51 pm.
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Brian Bray was in St. Joseph, Missouri, and headed for Nebraska at 7:23 pm.
Cameron Brister was in Wisconsin and headed for Nebraska at 12:29 pm.
Robert Chadwick was in Wisconsin and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 3:36 pm.
Patrick Clark was in Minnesota and headed for St. Paul, Minnesota, at 3:10 pm.
John Coons was in Iowa and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 7:37 pm.
Mark Crane was in Nebraska and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 1:14 pm.
Wendy Crockett was in Minnesota and headed for St. Paul, Minnesota, at 3:07 pm.
Shane and Annette Cudlin were in Minnesota and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 2:36 pm.
Earl Damron was in North Dakota and headed for South Dakota at 2:35 pm.
Peter Delean was in Topeka, Kansas, and headed for Jefferson City, Missouri, at 4:22 pm.
Kurt Dix was in Iowa and headed for Des Moines, Iowa at 8:53 pm.
Stan Dulemba was in Iowa and headed for Kansas at 4:47 pm.
Howard Entman was in Nebraska and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 2:50 pm.
David Fick was in IA and headed for Nebraska at 6:38 pm.
Bobby Fox was in Des Moines, Iowa, and headed for Nebraska at 3:28 pm.
Jeff and Carol Fremder were in Kimball, South Dakota, and headed for Nebraska at 12:42 pm.
Wallace French was in Iowa and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 2:38 pm.
Jim Frens was in Wisconsin and headed for Madison, Wisconsin, at 12:33 pm.
John Frick was in Missouri and headed for Jefferson City, Missouri,at 4:27 pm.
Art Garvin was in Pierre, South Dakota, and headed for Minnesota at 1:50 pm.
Jon Good was in Minnesota and headed for Madison, Wisconsin, at 2:17 pm.
Colin Goodall was in Nebraska and headed for Pierre, South Dakota, at 1:00 pm.
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Curt Gran was in Nebraska and headed for Iowa at 4:19 pm.
Greg Guillermo was in Missouri and headed for Nebraska at 4:21 pm.
Alex Harper was in Iowa and headed for Kansas at 9:52 pm.
John Harrison was in Jefferson City, Missouri, and headed for Springfield, Illinois, at 3:41 pm.
Neil Hejny was in Des Moines, Iowa and headed for Nebraska at 2:01 pm.
Dave Hembroff was in Iowa and headed for Madison, Wisconsin at 2:11 pm.
Darrin Hicks was in South Dakota and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska, at 2:14 pm.
Tony Hudson was in Pierre, South Dakota, and headed for North Dakota at 1:39 pm.
Brian Jack was in Minnesota and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska at 3:30 pm.
Mike Jackman was in St. Joseph, Missouri, and headed for Illinois at 12:13 pm.
Rob Jaime was in Minnesota and headed for Wisconsin at 7:39 pm.
Eric Jewell was in Missouri and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 2:49 pm.
Robert Joers was in Minnesota and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 12:50 pm.
Brian Johnson was in South Dakota and headed for Minnesota at 3:06 pm.
Perry Karsten was in Des Moines, Iowa, and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska, at 12:55 pm.
Andy Kirby was in Missouri and headed for Kansas City, Missouri, at 1:55 pm.
Michael and Betty Ligons were in Iowa and headed for Nebraska at 4:01 pm.
Tom Loftus was in Iowa and headed for Kansas at 6:18 pm.
Jeremy Loveall was in Iowa and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska, at 6:23 pm.
Andy Mackey was in Illinois and headed for Michigan at 1:39 pm.
Tim Masterson was in St. Joseph, Missouri, and headed for Iowa at 3:48 pm.
Dean McCurdy was in South Dakota and headed for North Dakota at 6:37 pm.
Ken Meese was in Wyoming and headed for Cheyenne, Wyoming at 2:18 pm.
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Michael Mehaffy was in Pierre, South Dakota, and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 2:41 pm.
Gerhard Memmen-Krueger was in Des Moines, Iowa, and headed for Lincoln, Nebraska at 2:46 pm.
Aaron and Rena Miller were in Minnesota and headed for Iowa at 3:07 pm.
Brant Moteelall was in Missouri and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 6:04 pm.
Bryan Neagle was in Nebraska and headed for Kansas at 3:23 pm.
Terry Neale was in North Dakota and headed for Minnesota at 3:16 pm.
BB Neely was in Pierre, South Dakota, and headed for North Dakota at 2:42 pm.
Corey Nuehring was in Iowa and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 1:56 pm.
Chris Ogden was in Minnesota and headed for Hudson, Wisconsin, at 12:50 pm.
Nancy Oswald was in Iowa and headed for Madison, Wisconsin, at 1:34 pm.
Dick Peek was in Missoula, Montana, and headed for Helena, Montana, at 3:23 pm.
Dennis Powell was in Mitchell, South Dakota, and headed for Minnesota at 12:34 pm.
Bob Rippy was in St. Joseph, Missouri, and headed for Nebraska at 7:20 pm.
Daniel Roth was in Missouri and headed for Iowa at 1:10 pm.
Chris Sakala was in Lincoln, Nebraska, and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 2:23 pm.
Rod Schween was in Omaha, Nebraska, and headed for Kansas at 12:23 pm.
Roger Sinclair was in Montana and headed for Bismarck, North Dakota, at 4:50 pm.
Karl Snell was in Powhattan, Kansas, and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 12:29 pm.
Don Speck was in Wisconsin and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 3:44 pm.
Tom and Rosie Sperry were in Madison, Wisconsin, and headed for Iowa at 1:05 pm.
John Stamps was in Omaha, Nebraska, and headed for Kansas City, Missouri, at 12:18 pm.
Kirsten Talken-Spaulding was in Nebraska and headed for Kansas at 1:09 pm.
Bill Thweatt was in Missouri and headed for the Missouri bonus at 2:12 pm.
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Jacques Titolo was in Iowa and headed for Omaha, Nebraska, at 3:48 pm.
Bill Wade was in Pierre, South Dakota and headed for North Dakota at 12:38 pm.
Cliff Wall was in Wisconsin and headed for Des Moines, Iowa, at 4:26 pm.
Cletha Walstrand was in Lakeville, Minnesota, and headed for South Dakota at 12:27 pm.
Philip Weston was in Iowa and headed for Nebraska at 4:25 pm.
Robert Wilensky was in Lincoln, Nebraska, and headed for Kansas at 12:22 pm.
Jim Winterer was in Nebraska and headed for Topeka, Kansas, at 4:57 pm.
Shuey Wolfe was in Kansas and headed for Missouri at 3:53 pm.
John Young was in Wisconsin and headed for Iowa at 2:21 pm.
Tomorrow
Thursday is another travel day for me, but I will post a brief update on the day’s activities not later than Friday morning.
Tom Austin
June 22, 2011
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