Well, the Ironbutt itch is getting me. I've been watching the info on the rally all week and I think it's time I got out and finally made an "official" long day.
First off if you are not familiar with the IronButt association see www.ironbutt. com
. Check out the ongoing rally for some serious long distance riding. For me though I am going to break the ice on the simplest of runs - the Saddle Sore 1000 (SS1000). It's a simple feat that seems like a fairly easy task - get on your bike and ride 1000 miles, in 24 hours or less. You keep some receipts for the trip and then submit the whole thing for scoring.
I haven't set a date yet, but I think I'm going to try and get it in this fall on a saturday when not much else is going on. I've done some similarly long days, but I've never quite gotten to the 1000 mark. A lot of 6-700 mile days and a few 700+ days and one that was right at the 800 mile mark. I was very tempted to keep burning onward that day to officially hit the 1000 mile mark, but I had already made it to my destination.
Other than setting a date and prepping the bike, I need to pick my route. Any 1000 mile trip will do, and I want to try and hit some new places instead of just doing the normal roads. I may use the bonus listings from the current ironbutt to get some suggestions on interesting destinations. (Example - A leg 1 bonus on the rally this year is the Mentone Egg in Mentone, IN - don't worry I had to google it too!) I may thread together 2 or 3 bonuses to make an interesting ride.
But for now I'm open to route suggestions, and even if I don't use them I will file away any interesting places for future trips.
As far as bike prep - well, there won't be a whole lot. Charge the iPod, take the saddlebags off (won't need them and it will bump the MPG up), and program the GPS.
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