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 think you're probably right. My surgeon seems to think the gangrene was probably there to a degree during the ride but I don't know if he's correct. I'm just glad it's gone now and I can day-dream about learning from my mistakes and making a second attempt!
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  2. JAORE

    JAORE n00b

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    Great writing.I made an aborted 50cc try in early 2016(mechanicalissue). Going to try again. I hope I have your wisdom if I come to that "push on or stop" decision.

    Love the picture of you, your wife and 3 happy young ones. I know that feeling, we have 4 of our own. All grown now. I took 12 years off riding due to the birth of the last one. Back on the roadnow, much older and, perhaps a bit wiser.
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  3. kwthom

    kwthom Long timer

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    <saw the pointer to this thread on the Ironbutt Association web pages...>

    Quite a story - quite an attempt. Kudos for not only the attempt, but the presence of mind to "ride another day"

    I had a similar opportunity open up about four weeks earlier. I'm still a bit remiss in writing the RR, but I did make a couple of stop-action videos of the riding I did.

    A total of four certs earned in a week and ~5000 miles of riding.

    I hope you get another opportunity to make that attempt.

    Ride safe!
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  4. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    5k is a lot of riding! That's impressive.
    I am already itching at another attempt leaning on what I learned from the last attempt (and also being gangrene-free now)
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  5. mykaos

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    Very well written RR. Thanks for elaborating so well about the various thought processes experienced :clap.
    Go be a DAD, you only have 1 shot at that.
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  6. kwthom

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    Two days to get 2177 miles to Jax by way of Whynot, MS, layover a bit, then the 50cc. Another layover (when the head cold started to kick me down) in SDO, then the ride home.
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  7. Comrade Art

    Comrade Art Working stiff

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    Enjoyed your ride :thumb
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  8. german996

    german996 to infinity and beyond....

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    such a great detailed, heart felt report, it is actually very inspiring, thank you I really enjoyed every word of it
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  9. TheRoss

    TheRoss Been here awhile

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    Great ride report! Thanks for sharing so much detail about your thought process, motivations, etc...

    Rule number one is always to stay safe, ride within your limits, and get home to your family safely. You did that. :clap
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  10. Stubanger

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    Awesome report, thanks for sharing
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  11. ptarman

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    I really enjoyed your report. In '13, I did my "Epic Post-Retirement Motorcycle Ride to Alaska, the Four Corners of the US, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador." A friend had joined me in Blaine, WA, and we decided as we took six days to ride from Blaine to SDO that we'd do a CC-50 on the eastbound leg. Rick, my buddy, had stopped for a night in Baker, OR, on his way to meet me. They'd told him not to drink their water, but he had a salad that must have been washed in the bad water. Between Thousand Oaks and SDO, he started feeling crappy. When I woke up on Sunday, he was sitting there looking bad and told me he'd been up six times during the night. He decided to bail on riding the rest of the trip with me and head home to Henderson, NV.

    I decided I didn't want to do a CC50 alone and ended up taking my time on my way to Florida. I made it to Benson, AZ, the first night; Ft Stockton, the 2nd; Houston, the 3rd night and visited my ex-brother and sister-in-law there. The 4th night I stayed in Gulfport, and then in Madison, FL, before making it to Florida City, the 6th night before heading on to Key West and then up to Madawaska. I stayed a couple of nights with my brother in South Carolina, and ended up doing the Four Corners tour in 20 days, 17 hours, and 18 minutes.

    I'm 74 now and have had six knee replacements and don't know if I'll ever get to that 50-CC.

    I'm glad you stopped -- your family is beautiful and deserve to have you around!
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  12. rcc

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    I enjoyed your ride report. As I read your description of the trip and your thought process, it seemed like I was riding along.

    FWIW, I think you made the right call to stop when you did...no sense risking your safety only to arrive an hour or two late (or not at all). You now know what to expect and you have identified a few things that didn't work in your favor this time, so you can set yourself up for success if you decide to try it again.
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  13. Slippy Chips

    Slippy Chips Been here awhile

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    Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    As time has gone on I have come to terms with having stopped and think that was the best course of action at the time. Still, I haven't let go of the idea of trying again some time. A lot of things had to come together for me to have the opportunity to do it when I did. I don't foresee another window when I will be able to attempt it again but it is an itch I will probably have to scratch at some point.
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