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« on: December 06, 2020, 01:18:34 pm »

Having made four 900+ mile one day trips, I was sure I could complete a SS1000 someday....but when to do it?

Well 2020 and the Covid answered that question for me.
 "So Grandpa, what did you do during the great 2020 Covid lock down?"
 † †"Well, young man I figuratively got off my butt and then literally got back on it and did a SaddleSore 1000."


Nothing quite so inspires social isolation like searching for someone to ride with you on an Iron Butt ride. Thatís probably why most are done alone, as was mine. Although my regular riding buddy Butch and I had planned an IB SS1000 as a loop ride never leaving the state, we never did it. I had thought about it, but two things kept me from bringing it up, the heat and the Covid 19 spike around late June. The original idea was to make the ride in late June to maximize the daylight time. My friend Butch really doesnít like night riding (or even tunnels) so we would need to do our run together in late May or early July, but preferably late June would be best. September would be out of the question for Butch as there would just be too much riding in the dark. The loop ride in Texas may still happen someday.
Butch and I decided to cancel our planned 2020 trip to Alaska since a rally we were going to on the way was canceled and the border closed. I had accepted it then, as there were too many unknowns ahead at the time. However after a long summer of .Önot much really....I decided that I needed to do something that would salvage something from this crappy year. Iím now 70 years old and decided that things are not going to get easier in the future, so I planned an Iron Butt ride for September. I laid out my plan on a spread sheet and emailed it to Butch and he (as I suspected) declined the offer.
My basic plan was to ride from Fort Worth TX to Provo Utah. Rest a day, and then see some sights and twisty roads stretched over 4 days on the way back home. It all worked out very well, no rain, no mechanical issues, no tire issues, and most important NO DEER issues. The first 5 hours of the trip were the ones that most concerned me because of darkness and the increased possibility of a deer strike. During the first day I never saw a deer dead or alive anywhere along the 1131 miles. I didnít really start the ride from home, but rather from Decatur TX. Since I never sleep well at home before a trip (I lay awake trying to remember what I forgot to pack), I decided to stay up all night and then ride a short 40+ miles to a hotel in Decatur and after an early check-in go right to bed wearing ear plugs and sleep until midnight. I brought along a timer switch for use on the hotelís bedside lamps to ensure Iíd not sleep through the alarm with the ear plugs in. It all worked out very well. I slept very well and the lamps came on only a couple of minutes before the alarm on my phone. I love it when a plan of mine all works out. I wish more of them did. Anyway, I got up and showered, drank coffee, ate powdered donuts, checked out and headed for the nearby gas station. First gas receipt at 1:17 AM and the last at 7:49 PM and then add an hour due to time zone difference and thatís 19 hours 32 minutes to ride 1,131 miles according to Google maps, or 1,115.5 miles according to my bikes ďBĒ trip meter using a 55 series rear tire (Kawasaki Concours 14 stock size is a 50 series). By my calculations thatís only an average of 57.9 mph, not what Iíd call a blistering pace. It really wasn't that difficult, now I know why the IBA didn't certify the 1000 mile rides until 1993. The trip back was nice, but hazy with what I assumed was smoke from California and Oregon. Got some blue sky on Friday as I left Montrose CO on the way to Santa Rosa NM.

Hopefully Iíve been able to jump through all the correct hoops for an online submission and I should receive my certificate before the end of the year, so I at least will have something to show for the year besides mere survival (fingers crossed, and mask on for the latter since the year still has a ways to go yet). Regardless of whether my ride gets certified by the IBA, at least Iíll know I did it.


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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2020, 01:38:33 pm »

Good on ya!  I did do a lap of my state and got my cert. some years back.  Havenít felt the need to do it again.  Others seem to live to them, and to make them longer and harder as they go.  For me, once was enough.  It wasnít that difficult, so thatís not the reason.  More of a been there, did that, donít need to do it again thing. Glad you got yours done safe and hope you enjoyed it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2020, 02:28:47 pm »

Congrats! Now all maps will look different.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2020, 03:53:08 pm »

Good job!! Too bad about your buddy, though. Looks like you saw some real nice country.
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