“What do you think? 1031 miles for a burger? There is a SS1K certificate and everything” That was the email I received from GSAnderson, one cold and wintry February day. My response? “YEAH! Maybe we can steal the central tag on the way.” And that was that. Just like that, we had decided to make an attempt at the fabled Moonshine Lunch Run, this year to be celebrating its 10th anniversary. You may have heard of Moonshine (population 2) – the little general store in the middle of nowhere – well – near Casey, Illinois – just close enough to the Indiana border to screw with the east / central time difference on your cellphone. Moonshine was started by an LD Rider by the name of Terry Hammond – just an informal gathering of like minded people to shoot the breeze, have a burger. You know how it is. You can read about it here: http://moonshine-run.com/Moonshine/History.asp On top of that – it tends to be a gathering of people who like to ride a long distance for the sake of doing it. Consequently, there is an Ironbutt Association Saddlesore 1000 associated with the event, to honor fallen LD Rider, Curt Gran. My riding buddy GSAnderson is no stranger to the world of long distance endurance road riding, but for my own part I have never attempted a Saddlesore before. Sure, I have ridden some longs days at 600 miles and a bit over, but attempting to go to the 1000 miles in 24 hours or less mark – well that’s a somewhat daunting prospect, especially with winter raging outside the window, and not a whole hell of a lot of prep time for the event, which was a mere month and a half or so away. But, as they say, bugger it. “Let’s do it” was the consensus, and so the ride was declared “ON, like Donkey Kong”. There wasn’t much to do at that point, but sign up for the various rides, lunches and suppers, book a hotel room (“screw camping” was the next unanimous decision), and then make sure the bikes were ready. GSAnderson was going to be taking his trusty 1200GS, and me, my trusty replacement Tiger800XC. Fine, fine motorcycles both. Freshly equipped with all manner of farkles. Then we talked about our plan. Using www.drivingtimesbetweencities.com, GSAnderson arrived at a rather nifty set up, based on one of the approved SS1K routes for the Curt Gran memorial run. 7:54 from MSP to Emporia. 544 miles (round up to 10 hours) 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. 1:37 Emporia to KC. 108 miles (Round up to 2 hours) 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Rest and BBQ in KC (3 hours) 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 5:36 KC to Casey. 376 miles (Round up to 7 hours) 11:00 pm to 6:00 am. Therefore leave 8:00 Thursday so we can do the lunch on Friday (more BBQ) and sleep a little before the Friday night festivities. Then more sleep to rest up for Saturday's Moonburgers. And there you have it. The plan was declared as having much win, and we were set. Chomping at the bit, while snow continued to fall. ……….and fall. And fall.