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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Iron Butt 1000

I'm pretty sure you all know how Dash and I are a wee bit on the crazy side? If you were not aware of this fact by now you will after this post! 

Last Saturday, Dash and I took our Gold Wing on an Iron Butt Association qualifying motorcycle ride. The ride we chose was the "Saddlesore." The premise...ride 1000 miles in 24 hours. The catch...you have to "prove it" to qualify. Your proof is witnesses at the start & finish, computer generated register receipts from gas/food stops and a log you keep as you go. Bear in mind, the IBA is dedicated to SAFE long-distance riding so riding at unsafe speeds is not needed to complete the rides.


Dash planned an itinerary that took us at least 1000 miles starting from home and ending at home. The "L" on the map is our start and end. Miss Molly got dropped off at the doggy hotel on Friday afternoon and we went to bed early.


At the crack of zero-dark-thirty (also called 1 AM) we dragged out of bed, drank coffee, showered and packed the bike. By 2:50 we had met our witnesses at the gas station, got a soda and gassed up the bike for that starting receipt. The official time of our start was 2:57 AM. I started a 24 hour countdown timer on my iPhone as we gassed up...1000 miles to go and 24 hours left...we were off!

Dash and I rarely ride at night so it was novelty to me, these first few hours. I quite like it but Dash, responsible for our safety, does not! This is the longest stretch between planned gas stops, from home to Wichita, Kansas. It's 75 degrees and there is a lightening show ahead in the distance, threatening rain!

After we gassed up in Wichita we donned rain suits since a check of the radar shows we'll be riding right through a good-sized thunderstorm. It was still raining in Salina, Kansas but now the sun is up, Dash can see better so he is more relaxed. I was glad we have full-faced helmets...only a few teeny drops of rain slipped through the air vents!

The rain was gone by Topeka, Kansas and we are making good time and feel elated. Our gas receipt here has to be corrected by the attendant because the time is not right on their computer. We remove our rain gear and each gobble an Atkins bar.

Our next stop on the "other" side of Kansas City was uneventful. The weather is cloudy and in the low 70's ~ perfect! When we reach Colombia, Missouri we decide to get some lunch at a Ruby Tuesday's that is across the street from our fuel stop. I write in my log that we have gone 534 miles with just under 15 hours left. Halfway!

We go through St. Louis, Rolla and Springfield in a blur. We are enjoying ourselves immensely. The weather couldn't be better and the sights-we-haven't-seen-before are entertaining us. At Afton, Oklahoma we stop and get sodas with our gas. Back on the road, Dash goes to pick his up and the lid pops off and flies away before I could catch it! Whoops! I hand him my straw and he slurps it down enough to not splash him at every bump.

By Tulsa my knee is aching and we are both feeling a little worn. The Gold Wing was made for comfort though, I could not imagine how tired we would have been on the VTX. We have already passed the 1000 mile mark, the rest is just padding. New sodas at Tulsa...we are almost home!

Oklahoma could take a few pointers from Kansas and Missouri on road construction. We hit a good bump going through Tulsa and I look down to make sure my straw isn't wiggling itself out and my drink is gone! Gone! I tap my intercom and tell Dash and we both have a laugh

A side note: To the people in the car behind us in Tulsa on 08-09-14...for the record, I did NOT throw my brand new, barely sipped, 32 ounce foam-cupped diet DR. Pepper at you, the road maintenance dept did.

We arrive back in Stillwater and get our last fuel receipt and I pause the timer on my phone: 



We had 4 hours and 22 minutes to spare! Our last receipt was timed at 10:35 PM. We made 1135 miles in just over 19 1/2 hours! Friends met us to officially witness for our paperwork. We got cheeseburgers, (the girl at the drive-thru told us she had never had anyone on a motorcycle come through her drive-thru, lol) we rode home, ate and went to bed.

Dash spent Sunday filling out the paperwork to send to the IBA for our certification, that might take a couple of months since they have to research the ride. If approved, we will be official Iron Butt riders! 

We averaged 17 minutes per stop and that time includes a half-hour lunch break. We both enjoyed doing this a lot. I think I expected to feel more tired and be more sore...either I am one tough cookie or I have a really comfy bike. We spent $103.85 in fuel and $4.75 in tolls.

We may have created a monster...Dash asked me which I'd rather do, a 1000 all-in-Oklahoma-Saddlesore or the 1500 Bun Burner? And I'm thinking the 48 states in 10 days actually sounds pretty feasible. But then, you already knew we were a wee bit crazy.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox




32 comments:

Vicki said...

Oh my gosh, how cool is that! I particularly enjoyed reading about this trip as I was born in Springfield, MO, grew up in KC area and St Louis, MO and now have a son living in Manhattan, KS. I am very familiar with the route you took. Congratulations on an awesome ride!

DebbieSFL said...

What fun!!!

gracie said...

I am sure it was exciting...glad you were careful and congratulations on the accomplishment.

Sue G said...

That sounds totally awesome and a great achievement. Great way to see some of the countryside!

Ranae said...

How fun!!
This is the first time I've heard of iron butt
That name would fit me well, lol
If we take the first ride of the spring a long ways, boy! Can we feel it, must be getting old, lol
Ride safe

Lynn Bourke said...

Wow! That sounds like a lot of fun! :-)

geeky Heather said...

LOL!! What a great trip you guys had! You sound like you are still caffeinated from it and riding high on adrenaline! =)

Jan said...

Iron Butt and Butt Burner. I love these names. Congrats on making such good time on your trip.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Well done to both of you, it's sounds like a lot of fun.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great trip! The longest we did was 500 miles to Scotland in one day, then we toured around and 500 miles coming home again.

It is a testimony to the armchair nature of the Goldwing that you did it all in less than 24 hours LOL

Vickie said...

Whoo hoo! Way cool. Good for you two. Go for it!

Blu said...

Oh wow that sounds so awesome! You and Dash lead a very exciting life!

Annie said...

That is one amazing trip. You sure know how to accept a challenge!

Bea said...

What an adventure! It was fun to read about. Well done on meeting the challenge.

Carla Eldridge said...

How fun is that?! I miss having roads you can just get out on to and since I have been back in Alaska I haven't been on a bike...22 years now and I miss it terribly! Please keep writing about it as I live vicariously through you and Dash <3

Shebafudge said...

Oh that really does sound like a lot of fun! I can't wait to hear about the next ride you guys do. I laughed at the loss of your drink, I can just imagine the car behind getting it!

Linda said...

Sounds like fun.

Linda

Gabi said...

Crazy but you had fun! That was it worth!

Christine said...

That sounds like quite an adventure

P.J. said...

Love the name Iron Butt!!! Hahaha very appropriate I am sure. I was tickled when you mentioned Wichita; I lived there for 12 years before moving to Maine. So glad you had decent weather. Cool adventure!

marly said...

Congratulations! Glad you had a safe trip.

stitchersanon said...

I have absolutely no idea what any of this means, t'is like a foreign language, so I'm going to guess and say wow, glad you had fun! lol

ArchangelDecker said...

Congrats on the finish!


My husband and I have talked about doing the IB. But knowing us, we'd just take an exit to the world's largest frying pan and then we'd totally blow our time. :)

Thoeria said...

Oh my.....how much fun must that have been!!

DJ said...

How awesome is that? Sounds like a wonderful experience, but I'm sure my out of shape buns would definitely be tired. Can't wait to hear about your next adventure!

Julie said...

Congrats and well done to you both. What a great adventure.

Lana said...

Sounds like so much fun!!!

KimM said...

Oh my - what an adventure!!!
hugs
xxx

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

That sounds like a lot of fun.

Rachel S-H said...

That sounds like so much fun.

ricketyjo said...

Blimey, sounds like a bit of a crazy trip, but hope that you both enjoyed it! :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a cool idea but sounds exhausting!!!