How I Failed My Way into 2 Iron Butt Awards

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Slippy Chips, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    I like your style!

    I try not to categorize people too much because I don't want people to assume I'm just a "typical southern gent" but I was constantly amazed at how many stereotypical "Cali" people I ran into out there.
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  2. jjbluemech

    jjbluemech Adventurer

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    "I couldn't tell if I had to pee or my tailbone was dislocated."

    That is the funniest thing i have read in awhile!!

    Thank you for sharing your adventure... I enjoyed reading it...
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  3. cobaltt

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    I didn't have to pee until I read this " I may be a useless coward but I am no diva ".
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  4. PsammonOfDoubt

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    good decision stopping when you did, you could've become a statistic and we wouldn't have gotten such a cool RR.
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  5. #1Fan

    #1Fan Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing your adventure!! Like the saying goes, there's always next time. ;)
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  6. Kleetus

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    Being from the Atlanta area too, I completely understand about the stereotypical types out there. Thank you for sharing your story. I love reading about true life events and how we cope with them. You're my new hero!

    Kleetus- Covington, GA
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  7. jetmonger

    jetmonger Motoholic

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    I sure enjoyed reading your RR. I usually curse at myself in my helmet for miles to keep me awake and alert. :D
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  8. wera688

    wera688 V-Stromer

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    I'm from ATL and you're more than welcome to iron butt ride with us! Were Doing the 48 or 49 states in 10 days ride in spring 2017. 50cc ride was done in 41h 55m. Nice ride report. Good job
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  9. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    My last adventure before heading back to the throes of parenthood was to go from San Diego to Phoenix for the flight home. San Diego had been an amazing stop for a few days. If you haven't been it's a beautiful city on the bay. It's a very walkable city with some wonderful weather.

    Before I left I had to get one more of those Apple Pancakes. I wasn't born such a large man. I got this way by eating $30 worth of pancakes in 2 days. I don't regret a thing about that.

    I was ready to get out in the sticks and explore some. The ride to Phoenix is not short but I had no real goal time of getting there.

    After eating my death cake I headed north to I-10 where I went East for the first time. I wasn't on it long before I broke away from the interstate and headed towards a town called "Twentynine Palms." Any place with that cool of a name had to be interesting. Before I got there I decided to take a quick tour through Joshua Tree National Park.

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    I probably could have spent a week exploring every nook of that beautiful place. The thick trees are worth the trip alone but there are hundreds of majestic rocky outcropping throughout the valleys. Many of the formations looked like OCD giants got distracted in the middle of a game of marbles. Some of the rocks couldn't have been stacked more perfectly if Frank Lloyd Wright had designed it. One giant pancake shaped boulder (see, now I have pancakes on the brain) was bridging across two other giant boulders maybe 60 feet up in the air.

    But I still wanted to get further away from the crowds. So I left the park and went north on Amboy Rd. I had seen pictures of impossibly strait roads that just disappear into the horizon and I just had to find them.

    I didn't have to look long:
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    I was cruising across endless valleys where I felt like the last person on Earth. I could see mountains in the direction I was heading that looked like they were right there. Those same peaks would take 30-40 minutes to get to.

    When I arrived in "downtown" Amboy I paid $20 for 4 gallons of gas to get me back to civilization. I don't want to think about that gas did to my engine, but it was a rental so I didn't worry too much.

    Route 66 runs east/west through Amboy so I headed East in the general direction of Phoenix:
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    I didn't really want to stop exploring but daylight was running out and so the fun had to come to an end.

    I rode on to Phoenix where arrived - tired but satisfied - around 9:30pm. The next morning I returned the rental and found a much more comfortable, yet boring way cross the continent:
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    Frequent flier points are one of my favorite things...

    Despite the trials of the first part of the trip, despite not hitting my goal on the 50cc, this had still been an amazing adventure. My riding career came to this pause in the best possible way.

    Thank you all for reading along and for the nice comments and feedback! Even though I won't be riding much or any for the next 5-10 years I hope you let me hang around here and follow your adventures!
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  10. OdyBandit

    OdyBandit Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. I agree with your decision to stop, just too dangerous with a wife and kids back at home. The risk wasn't worth the reward.
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  11. B10Dave

    B10Dave Long timer

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    :clap Thanks for sharing that.
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  12. Nixels

    Nixels Face fears - live life

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    :clap :clap :clap Good ride report! Don't let the lack of a bike keep you away from ADV. You don't lose your rider's DNA just because you don't have a bike.

    :dunno Who knows, you might have other adventures worth sharing with the inmates here. :deal

    Good luck with the birth of baby #4. :thumb
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  13. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    That's a great idea! I usually curse at myself just walking down the street. So the effect more me riding maybe more muted...
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  14. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    That is a very impressive time! One of the fastest I've heard of. The only one I can think of faster was the owner of the San Diego BMW dealership who converted a trailer into an auxiliary fuel tank. He went from SD all the way to just outside of Jax without putting his feet down. The only thing that stopped him was he got pulled over for a busted tail light otherwise he would have finished in the mid/low 30's. (This is all hear-say and may be legend to a degree)

    The 10-48 is definitely on my radar! Hit me back up in the spring of 2021 and I might just tag along and tell my bad jokes!
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  15. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Thank you! This is true! The adv spirit is still alive and well whether it's 2 wheels or 2 wings.
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  16. rodr

    rodr Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the write-up, I really enjoyed your narrative and pics.

    Just as well, I think, that you went solo. It's really tough to synchronize stops under time pressure no matter how similar the riders may be... and there's the danger of unsafe riding when stamina levels do not match.
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  17. sgio

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    I enjoyed your report! Thanks for posting it up.
    I enjoy reading long distance ride reports, even though I am not cut out for it.
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  19. CharlestonADV

    CharlestonADV I do my own stunts!

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    Enjoyed your ride report. Good decision to give it up and not press on.:thumb
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  20. Stomp944

    Stomp944 upshifting....

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    Great read, and inspiring. Thanks for sharing all the details. Looking into a similar trip soon.
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