Long Distance Endurance Ride - BBG/50CC

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  1. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    Monday, October 17 2016


    Several hours later, I’m waking up in a Ramada Inn over 2000 miles from home. My prior ride report detailed that journey:

    Why to Whynot-SS2000 Ride

    I’m relieved that I’ve been fortunate enough to make this ride with only a minor glitch, that being the headlight. So, today is a day of rest - physically and mentally. I want to continue to hydrate myself, and there’s really only a couple of small things I really want to do while I’m here. The realization that these types of rides can also be mentally fatiguing is a new experience for me as well.

    My stay here includes a free breakfast buffet. I’m sure that my expenditures for gas and food are about what I planned, but it’s good to know a free meal is there - I just have to wait an hour to get it.

    I packed a minimal amount of street clothing on this trip; most of the time, I’m actually in my riding base layers (LD Comfort), so I clean up, get dressed, and wash them out in the sink. The long distance motorcyclists laundromat, the bathtub in the hotel - gotta love it. No, no photos at that time, sorry.

    I wander to the main building as I start to see others head there for breakfast. Once done with orange juice (duh!), eggs, bacon, and a biscuit with gravy, I had taken note earlier of a grocery store within walking distance. I head there to replenish snacks for both today and the ride home, along with additional drinks.

    I then spend time futzing around on the computer, satisfied with my stop choices for the return trip. I’ve also confirmed that I will make my BBG attempt, so I reserve a room in beautiful Van Horn, Texas. Next, finalizing plans for a dinner-time meetup with family that lives in the area with a time and location.

    I spent a bit of time wiping off the first layer of crud from the bike. Being lazy at heart, it’s mainly for something to do. The biggest thing is since the last part of the ride was in the rain, a lot of the windshield was naturally cleaned off. During the time I was here and took those few minutes to do a little wipe down then, I really made sure the windshield was as clean as it was going to be with only water, a microfiber towel, and elbow grease.

    A little TV (Weather Channel...no issues) and a feeble attempt at a nap, failed. I’m ready to eat, so I get cleaned up and head to the restaurant. Had I used Google maps, I may have been there a few minutes earlier, but I didn’t so I’ve arrived a few minutes late.

    A good, but light meal, and visiting with family, catching up on family news that I had not heard. Much details discussed about the ride. I had sent along my sattelite tracking, so they were able to watch my approach in the overnight hours.

    As I had later found out, I had shared with a couple of coworkers these same links. At least in one office, there were several people watching my travels east as the day progressed. I knew that in the event of an issue, there were people watching.

    After dinner, I headed back out to Jacksonville Beach to collect a sand and water sample. Due to the restoration of the beachfront, there was no way I could get water for a mile on either side of me. A chat with a local rider about motorcycles, iron butt style motorcycle rides, Southern California and motorcycle police officers ended my beach visit. I got the sand, now I need to get some sleep. Back on the bike and a quiet ride back to the room.

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    The only reason I came here...to get a bottle of sand to start the ride. No way I’m coming down here to the beach in the dark!

    Back to the room. Pack as much stuff as I can. A bit of TV.

    A few more restless hours of sleep...then...
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  2. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    Tuesday, October 18 2016 sorta…

    All of the effort I have done to this point - has all been in preparation to what’s about to happen. I have to go back to that same police station, and get another signature. Then head back to the Gate gas station, fill up and get the hell on down the road.

    At least it was intended to work that way, but...good fortune for me! I had to take the same route back to the Jacksonville Beach area. I’ve now been here three times; I’m almost a tourist at this point. So, along A1A, I see the Gate gas station that I will fuel at. I’m also seeing not one, but two police cruisers parked along the side of the building.

    Quick - U-turn at the light, “Oh, wow...two stops in one!”

    I park the bike, dig out my forms, and walk over to the cruiser. One male officer is sitting in the car, while a female officer is standing outside in a conversation.

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    “Excuse me...wondering if you wouldn’t mind singing my ride verification form for an Iron Butt…”

    “Oh, are you the rider from the other night?”, he said.

    Now, you might wonder, is this such a good thing for a rider to be chatting up an officer of the law in the middle of the night - prior to attempting a 1500 2300 mile motorcycle ride?

    “Yes I am. I’m looking forward to heading home.”

    I note the additional chevron stripes on the male officer’s uniform. This must be the corporal the first officer I had interaction with mentioned from the other night.

    “Would you tell my trainee here what you plan on doing?”

    At this point, the ‘elevator speech’ about the IBA comes out of my mouth. In about 20 seconds, I describe the association, but also my ride(s), focused on the “I’ll be in San Diego, California in less than 50 hours” statement that ended the speech.

    “And just how far is that, sir?

    “A little over 2300 miles.”

    An additional fifteen minutes of conversation took place. It would seem that the biggest issues to deal with in a beach town in the middle of the night is belligerent drunks. Thus, the occasional visit by an upstanding member of society is a change of pace for the Jacksonville Beach Police Department. So it would seem.

    After taking care of business at hand, it was time for both of them to head out on patrol, their task here completed. I wished them well, and they wished me luck in my ride. I did ask the corporal, “Any chance you can let Florida State Troopers know that I promise to be good across the Sunshine State?”

    “Naah, no fun in that now, is there?”

    We both laughed, as he drove away.

    Time to put the game face on. Do as much as I can off the clock - gear back on, timers armed and ready, clipboard at the ready. Deep breath...and go!

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    Gate, 2520 S 3rd St, Jacksonville Beach, FL 22:48
    Location, start of stop, end of stop, duration of stop - times are Mountain Daylight Time

    Getting out of town is easy - especially when there’s next to no traffic at this time of day. My plan has ten stops to accomplish in this 24 hour window. I must execute each stop to near perfection. On a ride like this...missing a receipt isn’t the end of the world, since it’s a straight line ride. The idea is to NOT lose anything. All I needed to do was record the odometer, confirm the time on the pump was accurate and go!

    I make decent time once I leave civilization - again, the LX5’s (thanks, Justin!) are doing their job when I can use them. Again, I’m maintaining a speed right close to the speed limit; there’s not much of a need to go significantly faster at this stage.

    Having been told about the wilderness areas of the panhandle area, I don’t think a lot about critters, as I don’t think I’ve really seen anything of significance. Perhaps, I’m just not thinking about them. Since I’ve only passed these areas during the dark of night during this trip, I just have no spacial concepts of what I’m riding thru.

    I do recall once that did make me start that thought process. As I’m passing a big-rig, about 5 MPH faster than his pace, I just cleared his front he flickered his lights - briefly. I know that I wasn’t quite far enough in front of him to return to the slow lane, but as I’m looking right, I now see what he was attempting to get my attention about. In his right-side peripheral lighting, I was able to see forest-rats (deer) - several of them - grazing along the roadway!

    Along the pitch black highway - when no cars or trucks are visible, once again, the aux lights are lighting up both the road - and the shoulders along the road. I’m continuously scanning, expecting to see something, but nothing is a good sign.

    Fuel...and a pee break. Am I going to spend the morning eliminating what I drank over the last 36 hours? Early stop, should be able to do this quickly…

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    Flying J #623, 32760 Blue Star Hwy, Quincy, FL 1:27 1:35 0:08

    It’s at this point I’m wondering if it was really needed for me to hydrate like I did. Hmmm...

    Soon after I get out of town, I now have another problem to worry about. I have totally abandoned my ride plan at this time. The sleepy monster has forced this stop. The sour candy works, but it lasts but a few minutes. My speed slows...The cruise control…No! Manual throttle control forces the mind to work on the task of keeping the ride moving.

    The brain now reviews those lessons learned by those that have taken the time to write in the many, many ride reports I’ve devoured on the topic. I’m not really wanting to caffeinate myself, and I’ve been good at avoiding caffeine as much as I’m able to. It’s waaaay too early for this!

    Screw this, I need to stop and regroup.

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    Love's Travel Center, 17750 St Hwy 285 Drive S., Defuniak Springs, FL 3:09 3:19 0:10

    After a bit of a mental pep talk, some gum to chew, then back on the road. If I need a stop, I stop. I’ve done very well at time management so far. If another stop or even two needs to happen, then just do it and move along.

    I find a couple of cars that I can at least keep their tail lights in sight as targets. Not too much target fixation, but just enough to keep alternate brain processes moving along. I’m now trying to figure out when it’s going to begin to get light. I’m hopeful this should help out.

    Flip the visor up, get some cool air across the face. I ride into periodic pockets where the temperature drops to the upper 40°’s (or ~8°C), but the temperature seems to want to really be in the mid 50°’s (~12°C) which isn’t too bad.

    Another pee break, and some snacks. Let’s see if eating a tiny bit helps.

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    Rest Area, 4:17 4:23 0:06

    When leaving the rest area, I start to notice the twilight time's beginning...just starting to lighten up a wee bit. The light might help, but it also might not. Still have to be vigilant!

    More miles, more light, but still feel like the sleepy monster is chasing me. With the start of daylight, I’m now able to feel a little more comfortable to briefly operate the Maps app on my phone. A new feature for searching for gas stations is now available on the app. I’ve used it a couple of times; now, it’s going to need to help me find fuel stops. I search an approximate area of when I would normally have looked for fuel. A key feature is an estimate of distance from the freeway, measured in minutes. So, which fuel stop is closest to the freeway? Let’s see how this works...

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    Kangaroo Express, 100 NE Intch, Diamondhead, MS 6:03 6:09 0:06
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  3. kwthom

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    Nice...easy access, got right to the pumps, fueled, and got the hell back to the road.

    Five minutes later, even in broad daylight, another bout of the nods hits. In continued searches of Maps, I’m now trying to figure out if I’m able to rejoin my original plan. It’d be nice to know where I’m at on time, but since I’m not stopping at any of the locations I’ve originally planned for this ride, I have no idea how slow or fast I am. I *think* I’m still okay, but...

    Hopefully, once I power my way thru these nods, I’ll be good tonight.

    Approaching the I-12/I-10 interchange, I remember that the traffic - and the bridges over those bayous that lead into the New Orleans area - would beat you (in a car no less) senseless when I did a trip here several years ago for work. It’s also the prefered route, so I-12 it is. Now, the best way to actually prove that I was here might just be to find a place to stop, to hit a ‘corner’ location while along this route.

    Figuring that my bladder will let me know when it’s time, it’s not yet synching up when I need gas. Stretching it as long as I could stand, I give in and gotta make that stop. It’s either this, or really jack myself up later. Each time I’ve gone, I’ve monitored the color of my urine. Being that it’s been nearly clear each time means that I have confirmed my slightly over-hydrated diagnosis. Pissing my way across the country - wonderful!

    You didn’t really need to know that, but pissing every 100 miles is better that screwing over your kidneys and bladder.

    That sleepy monster has won - I want caffeine - now!

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    P.T. Travel Plaza, 43106 S Airport Rd., Hammond, LA 7:00 7:09 0:09

    After this stop, and enjoying a bit of carbonated sugar water, I’m beginning to ‘wake up’ some. A clear head, nursing that cola, and I’m started doing much better.

    The focus of my thoughts now is getting back on my original ride plan. No later than the stop I have just east of metropolitan Houston is really where I want to be back in sync. In addition, I also want to be sure that I hit that Houston traffic window of being there sometime after 11am local time.

    Yes, I’m doing quite a bit of smart phone operation while in motion, but I’m doing it very sporadically. I grab a piece of information, wait several seconds, process the information gleaned, and repeat. I now realize there’s a way of getting back into sync with the plan.

    I must take the stop that I really want to be back on my schedule with, then backtrack into a location that roughly splits the difference, then search in the area.

    Meanwhile, this is going on as I run with traffic, which seem to be running five miles an hour faster than the posted speed. I-12 eventually returns to I-10, traffic picks up again when the highway merge happens. I’ve got but one more stop I need to accomplish, then I believe I will successfully rejoin my ride plan.

    I’ve scouted the next fuel location - let’s try here…


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    Shop Rite #85/Exxon 129 Frontage Rd, Rayne, LA 8:41 8:48 0:07
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  5. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    If I have this planned right, my next stop should be back in sync with my original plan. I’m now able to start enjoying a little more what I’ve been riding thru. Temperatures are warming nicely, all my gear is working well - except my gloves.

    My favorites are a lightweight motocross glove that I have used in one form or another for years. It’s got a very slight amount of padding and at least a small amount of abrasion resistance, but not much. These times that I’m riding long distances like this, and everything else is staying moderately cool (LD Comfort), but the hands? Dripping sweat - ugh.

    From time to time, I’ll take the gloves off, and jam them into my jacket pockets. Ideally, if there was a way of hanging them to dry in the air, it would be better. I ride so seldom without gloves, that it was a bit strange holding onto the grip pads (a.k.a Grip Puppies) on the handlebars.

    Exiting Louisiana, I come across the entry to Texas - and another spot for relief. The main buildings are in the process of being refurbished, so a trailer with rest-rooms was setup for traveler use at this location. This is where the westbound “Welcome to Texas” sign - and the 880 mile marker is located.

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    Rest Area, I-10 Exit 860, 10:05 10:12 0:07

    Texas...and a looong way to go. I have several traveling hurdles to overcome, again, I believe that I’m doing okay. Not as fantastic as I would like, but okay.

    The good news is that I think I have finally rid myself of that sleepy monster that’s been kicking me on and off for several hours. Good riddance!

    This end of Texas looks much like Louisiana. I’m also noticing that as the day wears on, the heat and really the humidity is up a bit more than I’m used to, being a desert rat for 40 years. The gear is still doing it’s job, but now, I think the fluids problem is beginning to reverse itself.

    “Plan the Ride, then Ride the Plan” Now, the analysis begins - just how far off target am I? Several miles (minutes) of checking my data shows that if I’m off any, it’s not by a lot - an hour or less? In fact, I might actually be ahead of schedule! Maybe fortune is beginning to smile upon me a bit.

    I started this ride earlier than expected, simply because sleep was not restful. Leaving early, in conjunction with extra stop time...well, you know the story - what time is it again?

    Next stop - east of the Houston metro. I have these stops placed intentionally away from metro areas.

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    Chevron/Angels Gas, 10403 I-10E, Mt. Belview, TX 11:20 11:36 0:16

    Good effort. Additionally, it would appear that I may not have lost that much time, as I was really hoping to hit my east-of-Houston stop right close to 11am Central time. I’m actually early, so I talk myself into a snack. It’s a bit warm, ice cream sounded good right at that time.

    Six months later, I write that, look at that photo, and cringe. I wanted something cool and refreshing, but sports drinks? I’m actually considering switching to soda at this point. In addition, approaching the 860 mile mark in 13 hours is still a 66 mph overall average. I’m not doing quite as well on time, just because of these additional unplanned stops.

    I needed this break. In fact, my original plans had seven to eight minute stops, but as the ride wore on, my planned stop times were lengthened to nine and ten minute stops. You see how well I’m doing with this planning stuff.

    A bit of relief when I’m back on my original plans, and I can now start to assess while the ride is going, the amount of time. I’ve now realized that I have lost a bit, but still hitting Houston’s HOV lanes as they turn to free HOV lanes is making me feel pretty good. I’m pretty certain I’m not out of a BBG by any means. I’m certainly still doing great for the 50CC - quite a consolation prize even if I don’t make the BBG.

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    It’s the middle of the day and traffic is flowing nicely, especially those of us in the HOV lane. A segment of these lanes in Houston are two lanes wide, I simply camp out in the slow HOV lane and continue my 7MPH over the speed limit. Some around here think HOV really stands for “High Output Velocity” - crazy!

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    Clearing traffic west of Houston - my first time in a vehicle in this specific area in over 40 years, I come across the region called “West Texas”. Well, not exactly. Several years ago, my wife and I took some of the more rural highways in mid-June from the DFW region south-east and picked up I-10 quite a ways east of here. Since we were in touring mode, and we weren’t quite as geared up as we could have been, the heat really was beating up my wife. We have since learned the ways on how to keep cooler while on the bike.

    It’s October, it’s still warm, and the sun is beginning to suck a little more moisture out of me. I still have some water in the cooler, but it’s wet, not really cold.

    The next major metropolis to deal with is San Antonio. Just like with Houston, there’s always seeming to be some doubts on which path is the best, since there are a couple of routes available.

    One is just continue along I-10 and take your chances. There’s times folks have claimed it’s a bit confusing to maintain the route, due to the confluence of freeways in the metropolitan area. I studied that area for a few hours, and came to that conclusion. A member of the LD community that lives in the area gave a great turn-by-turn set of directions. I studies those too.

    The other is to take the loop road (1604). This is more of a parkway type of a route, which also lends itself to being a major thoroughfare for those adjacent to Randolph AFB, which is easily accessed from this road.

    Before this decision, a fuel stop. Again, I’m NOT getting gas in the city, my next planned stop is here:

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    Love's Travel Center #463, Seguin, TX 14:13 14:22 0:09
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    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    Back on the freeway, then a decision...screw it - take the loop road.

    The next several miles was traffic lights, with a couple of miles between them. “Suburban riding? Who the hell thought this was a great idea?” I decided to stick it out; I’m actually glad I did. In nearly 3000 miles traveled, I’ve ridden but only about 20 miles in urban traffic. It’s a good change of pace; makes the brain think differently.

    As I’ve mentioned, fuel stops are planned to avoid any fuel purchases in urban areas. From this point west, until basically El Paso, I’ve strategically chosen stops to be quick and efficient. Fuelling in an urban area is exactly none of those things.

    As the Loop road rejoined the freeway, there was a backup probably a half mile long. Realizing that this is very well afternoon rush hour in this region, I’m stuck with this decision. Consulting Maps to give me traffic info...there was alternate ways to get around this, the timing differences were minimal. That clock might be ticking a bit, but in the end, I think I’ll be able to recover some time, once my speed is up. I’ll need to go into Rally Mode.

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    I’ve watched sunups and sundowns while on the back of this motorcycle for what seems to be an eternity. Just the fact that I’m able to even make this attempt is pretty special. Thanks to those that helped - most specifically, my wife - for letting me disappear for almost a week to do this.

    Not too far outside of San Antonio, Kerr County - and with that, the return of 80MPH limits. Now, runnin @ 80 can really start to suck some gas out of a Goldwing. I have intentionally made my fueling locations in this stretch of the ride being able to sustain some pretty high speeds and not much worry about fuel issues.

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    I’ve slowed to ~75MPH for this photo. Yes, 80 is actually 75 on my bike.

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    So, Google Maps was my friend for a long, long time - and will be today for a bit longer. Three and a half hours to go, 269 miles until my day is done. This means that at this point in my riding day, I have covered approximately 1250 miles, which is a similar distance to my eastbound day one ride. I’m a little over 18 hours into the day. Not that I knew it at the time, but even with all the extra stops, I may be a little faster than I was on the eastbound leg. Of course, I have no idea yet.

    Wicking the speeds up to 80+ means we’ll get there. One of the longer stretches of nothing is coming to an end fairly soon. A tank-to-tank run is a little over 2.5 hours, maintaining 75MPH. With the upcoming stop, we countdown - three stops remaining.

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    Road Ranger #275, 601 Hwy 277 N, Sonora, TX 17:11 17:22 0:11
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    Again, no receipt from the pump, but I’m now beginning to think I might have the BBG accomplished, barring any catastrophes. I have broken these two stops up into roughly equidistant lengths. I’m now down to two stops remaining.

    I’ve had the CB radio on for a while. Just listening and processing the conversations of drivers is helping keep my mental faculties alert. I can feel myself slowly fade into automatic mode as the miles progress. Yet every mile that I’m accomplishing now is a record distance for me and I’m feeling good about that.

    Once darkness falls...well, out here, it’s DARK. Unfortunately, there’s still an awful lot of traffic, so I’m really only able to use aux lighting sporadically. I’ll just back off a wee bit, rather than have to chat up a LEO, especially at this time of night.

    Not that I’ve seen many of them - or have had my radar detector let me know about them.

    It’s awfully quiet out here.

    Last stop coming before the end; time is still looking good. I’m stiff, I’m sore, I’m tired. I want to accomplish this, but I want a bed, too. “There is no whimpering/complaining in LD riding.” Everyone will tell you that, including me. I’ve only been riding like this for three days, with one more to go -and- a day of rest in the middle of it. These hard-core guys and gals that do multi-day rallies - and actually have to do even more mental gymnastics than what I’ve had to accomplish on these simple rides? I’m just impressed, that I have experienced - if only briefly on my small ride - what they go thru.

    Gas. Damn...no receipt. No problem, I need to relieve myself. Now, my bladder and my fuel tank are in sync.

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    Shell, Ft. Stockton, TX 19:11 19:21 0:10

    I now am certain that I will accomplish the BBG - but - I have to make this last 120-odd mile stretch of road. I’m fairly certain that for a first attempt, this will be a respectable time, but it’s truly not the time that is the important part. It’s simply an overall management of time and speed. Very seldom in this entire ride has my speed been beyond 10 MPH over any posted speed I have been on, and it’s never been for a sustained duration. I don’t have a need to do that. I need to be efficient at stops, no matter how many I need to do in order to complete this ride. When it gets right down to it, that's all this exercise is. I have a full 23 hours and 59 minutes to accomplish this. Any time shaved off is time I get to sleep, and bank for tomorrow.

    My absolute challenge right now? Boredom!

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    Yes, I have reduced my speed. I took several of these of the cockpit, this is the only one that’s clear enough. I’m certain traffic going in the opposite direction probably wondered where those flashes of light came from.

    Final mileage countdown…you know the melody:

    Fifty miles on the bike / Fifty miles to go! / You knock one down / You pass it around / 49 miles on the bike to go!

    I’ll never tell just how many verses of that song I sang - loudly - to whoever listened to me as a ripped across the vast Texas evening.

    Van Horn, Texas. Yet another small ranch town here in West Texas. Didja know that Texas is big? Roughly half of my ride today (~730 miles) has been in one state. About 790 miles were ridden in four other states. It was all done today. Those numbers I don’t know as I'm executing this ride. I can barely remember my PIN for my debit card and my ZIP Code.

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    Chevron, 1801 Frontage Rd., Van Horn, TX 20:54

    All I needed was just a couple dollars of gas; leaving room for a fill-up when I leave in the morning.

    I made it. Now, I need enough brain-power to ride fifty yards to the lodging I had arranged what seemed to be days ago.

    “What do you mean I made a smoking room reservation! Can you change it?”

    “I’m sorry, we’re full”

    “Fine, I’ll take it.”

    Ride around to the back of the building. Get the gear - and the camera - off the bike, carry it into the room.

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    I made a quick phone call home.

    “I’m here, I made it. I love you. I’ll see you tomorrow!”

    I feel like I’ve traveled back in time 40 years in this place. I’m too tired, I don’t care.

    Shower. Bed. Sleep.
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    Wednesday, October 17 2016

    From the time I entered my room, until I was under the covers snoring, I’m guessing it was 30 minutes - tops. Even when I was sleeping, it seemed as if I was still moving. The sounds and sights of over 23 hours of being on that motorcycle...I can see why some might just give up right here - but, no, not me. I’ve made it waaaaay too far to give up now.

    In early September, six weeks or so before I did the ride, I mentioned that I really wanted to do this ride. At first, my wife was thinking “Taking me along? Oh, no way!”” At that point, she knew that, no, it was to be a solo ride. She did well on here SS1000 with me 2-up, but I wouldn’t abuse her *that* badly!

    Now, it was also in this same period of time that a thread in Jo Momma was a stickie with the unfortunate story of Larry Weaver. The thread: Friend Missing - RIP Larry

    Now, every one of us that rides alone has that fear in one form or another. Reading the story as it was happening was just another concern for my wife. “I’ll check in, you’ll have the SPOT track…”. It made life easier both both my wife and my parents.

    I roll over & look at the clock on my phone. I can’t tell what time zone I’m in, but if I’m doing the math right, I’ve slept soundly for six hours. Finally, a good night of Z’s!

    “Wait - what about 50 hours? Where am I there?” Twenty two, plus six is 28. With a bit over 800 miles to go, I have 22 hours to do it.

    “Don’t screw this up!!”

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    So, the plans are to jump back into the saddle and ride in much the same what I have been. In some research, I wanted to be certain that if I was to add a pax to the pillion, and that pax has zero control, that my ride is still legit. Everything I read on-line seemed to jibe, so it’s on!

    I’m not getting gas at the same spot. I see see a location at the next exit, so once repacked, and with the GoPro remounted to the bike, I’m easing my way along Broadway street.

    I will get breakfast as part of my second fuel stop, in Las Cruces, NM.

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    Pilot #209, 501 Van Horn Dr, Van Horn, TX 3:59 4:00 0:01

    My body is now very used to the speeds I’ve been running, even though I could probably wick it down a notch and not lose much. It’s still dark at this time of year, and there’s not a lot of traffic at all. I’m once again able to utilize my portable daylight to my advantage.

    I’ve decided that I’m now going to try and unravel my brain and body. I don’t need to be in full-on rally mode. I’m now lamenting that I really could have stayed in the rack and slept a bit more, but I want to finish this journey. I want to become a member of a fairly exclusive list of roughly 1500 riders that has certified any type of a coast-to-coast motorcycle ride in under 50 hours.

    Today will be a series of small hurdles to conquer. The first is the El Paso metro area. As I’m approaching, after an hour of riding and having that dawn twilight in my mirrors, I spot a portable message sign stating that I-10 is closed.

    There is an awful lot of construction in the region. It’s not like there were other places that highway could have been placed 50-odd years ago. They put it where they did; now we have to deal with that decision.

    So, I guess this means we’re now going to take Loop 375 around the metro area. Much like the road in San Antonio, this is more like a parkway in locations, others, it really is closer to a freeway. The ride up and over the Franklin Mountains State Park, was interesting. Yes, still a few stop lights, but it seems that I’m here much closer to the beginning of rush hour. That extra hour that I might have lounged around in Van Horn is once again paying off.

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    I rejoin I-10, and have but a half an hour. I’ve been sending my wife a couple of text messages, trying to give her a better idea of my arrival time. With over three hours to go, I kindly let her know I’ll be better able to pinpoint time as I get past this next fuel stop.

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    Chevron, 2645. S Valley Dr., Las Cruces, NM 6:23 6:29 0:06
    Whataburger, 190 E University, Las Cruces, NM 6:29 6:50 0:21
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  9. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    When I stopped at the end of the ramp for the traffic signal, I was clearly able to see both of these locations. I think I’ve exited rally mode; I’m just in ‘go home’ mode now.

    One of my Saddle Sore rides I did a few years ago was done during a week long holiday break between Christmas and New Years. My wife had to work, I went for a ride. My first Saddle Sore ride was done a couple of years before that, and it took over 16 hours. I wanted to be able to do a 1000 mile ride in less than that. So a simple out-and-back along both directions of I-10 were plotted. From Tucson, I went to Yuma, then doubled back, past Tucson, to Las Cruces. From there, I simply rode home.

    This part of the ride will be much the same as I did then.

    After enjoying breakfast, it was time to move along. I was thru a good part of this segment of the ride in a bit of a fog - along with it just getting daylight. It’s so strange to think that was *only* six days ago.

    Familiar stop, and it’s the stop before *the* stop of the trip.

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    Travel Ctr #226, 1501 Ft. Grant Rd, Willcox, AZ 9:25 9:35 0:10

    As I’m approaching home, I’m in a short duration text conversation with my wife. She’s informed me of an accident along I-10 in Tucson. Avoid or continue? I’ve checked Google Maps, and I continue to do so as I get near the eastern end of the metro area. I’ve decided to take my chances and continue on - a wise choice! The semi had been moved to the side of the road, and traffic was again moving well.

    Let’s say that the following stop is a homogenization of three stops I made. One for a bit of gas to mark time, one to pick up my wife and her gear, and the final gas stop is the one that resumes the journey.

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    I-10, MM 248 10:48 11:29 0:41
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    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    So, for the next hour, I get her caught up on my days straddled on this bike, she’s filling me in on the rest of life’s adventures that aren’t based on this bike and ride. It’ was great having her on the bike; this absolutely puts me into touring mode.

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    My wife wants to eat...I could use another meal as well…not that Taco Bell should be considered a meal, more like food.

    Hey - I’ve been here before, too!

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    820 W Pima, Gila Bend, AZ 13:01 13:28 0:27

    It’s mid-October, and it’s 94 degrees. I’m still lovin’ life in my riding gear, but I’m starting to ::snif, snif:: stink a bit.

    Welcome to California! I’m crossing my last state border on this ride - a total of 13 crossings in eight states.

    My wife hasn't done a lot of riding as of late, so she’s not quite got her thermal conditioning where it needs to be, and she’s needing to cool down a bit. She’s concerned about time. I told her there’s still several hours available...we’re doing fine!

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    Chevron, 1850 S. Imperial, El Centro, CA 15:57 16:29 0:32

    In El Centro, I start trying to figure out how to end the ride. I did make a request for a witness to meet at the fuel stop. One stranger did volunteer to meet me, but I then called and thanked him for his offer when I was able to contact a friend who lives in the area to be my ending witness.

    “I really need two, is your wife available?”

    “Yes, tell me where.”

    I give him the address. Like many that I had told about this ride, they've been watching my SPOT track. I’m communicating with him via text message. He lets me know when I’ve reached a certain point, he will rendezvous at the agreed upon location.

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    Rush hour - San Diego. Welcome to California! Oh, by the way, lane splitting here *is* legal. Last two miles of ride was bumper to bumper. I want my ending receipt and I want it RIGHT NOW!

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    I have it!

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    76, 2305 Sunset Cliffs Blvd, San Diego, CA 18:08
    I claimed 2382 miles, the IBA considered it 2380. I’m okay with that. My 50 hour ride was accomplished in 43h:20m.

    Some real food, a beer and I’m wiped.

    I put a post to an on-line forum that was watching my exploits. My head is killing me, my throat is scratchy…

    Wonderful. What a time for a head cold.

    We did a bit of riding in the area the next day, but I wasn't feeling that great. The goal was to get that other bottle of sand...and I have it!

    The next morning, we headed for home the following day. I was away seven days and rode nearly 5000 miles. I felt like crap for nearly two weeks.

    Will I do something like this again? Yes - I'm considering either the Southern California Motorcycle Association (SCMA) Four Corners ride https://sc-ma.com/rides/usa-four-corners-tour-site/ or the 48-in-10 IBA ride http://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/48n10/

    Thanks for those reading to the very end...

    -30-
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  11. minimac

    minimac Been here awhile

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    Well done, sir!
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  12. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    Thanx! Had great fun reliving the ride as I wrote the RR over the last few weeks...
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  13. Barrycuda

    Barrycuda Adventurer

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    Excellent tale and Journey. Well documented with some good landmarks to stop. Living in Florida, I also wanna do the 50cc and your story gave me some things to think about. Appreciate the in depth story.
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  14. Sfcootz

    Sfcootz Proud to be a 0.6106142755%er Super Moderator

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    I have been toying with the idea of this ride as well. Thank you for your report.
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  15. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    I have read a few others, and the details is what really matters. Is it a ride that's (a) enjoyable and (b) achievable? Those were my two big concerns.

    My answer is 'yes' to both. The fact that my wife was able to join in for those last 360 miles really made it fun.

    Getting a bit sick right after? Oh, that sucked soooooo bad....

    The BBG or the 50CC?

    The reality is, do those ten and 12 minute fuel stops every time, and the 50CC really is do-able. Putting that BBG in the mix? I wasn't sure that I'd have another opportunity, so it was go-for-broke. Glad I did it.

    Having 2177 miles of practice (see my other ride I did eastbound...) kinda prepared me for this one.
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    Sfcootz Proud to be a 0.6106142755%er Super Moderator

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    I have an iron butt. I am thinking of the 50CC. @kwthom
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  17. HeidiHo

    HeidiHo Old, Bold, Still Riding

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    Grasshopper, when you are ready to do that 50cc...just let me know...as you know you already have a riding partner that has done it many, many times. :-)

    kwthom, congrats on your 50cc and the BBG. Well ridden and written ! :thumb
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  18. Barrycuda

    Barrycuda Adventurer

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    Ahhhh, so I see the RZM has made an appearance. I certainly have you in mind for the 48/10, four corners as well. Having a job always hinders my cross country plans. I'll keep you posted. Good to see you out and about.
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  19. RonkoRider

    RonkoRider Wrong Island, NY

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    I'm confused- the date in the OP is 10/17/17. Did you mean to type 2016?
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  20. kwthom

    kwthom nOOb Retiree

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    Obviously, only you actually read the entire Ride Report...nicely done!

    [corrections made]
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