IBA Pre-Approved Great Lakes 100 ( 80 Hour version )

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  1. IBAJIM

    IBAJIM Been here awhile

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    I am planning an IBA Pre-Approved Great Lakes 100 ride that will start on Thursday July 26th at the 76th Street Auto Truck Plaza just south of Grand Rapids and just west of US-131 Exit 75.

    The route isn't the shortest possible route around all 5 Great Lakes, but I think this route will be more enjoyable. The route avoids the New York Thruway, Deer Alley, and the Buffalo area.

    If you live along the route or closer to the route than Grand Rapids, you may be able to start & end nearer your home. Email me if you are interested in this option.

    For more information, check out the ride webpage at : http://members.triton.net/vandenbe/GRTLKS80.html


    EDIT : The ride is now on the IBA Event Calendar.
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  2. FarmerKeith

    FarmerKeith Anything with wheels...

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    Hey Jim. I loved the IBR ss1000 you put on last year. I may be in for this one. I’ll watch the thread for sure.
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  3. lenn1928

    lenn1928 n00b

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    Jim, 400 miles less and an additional 8 hours to complete than the Great Lakes SS3000 we did this year,,,, sounds like a joy ride. Now if you can arrange for less rain, pavement the entire route and a shorter wait time at the border crossing it for sure will be a joy ride. I have it on my calendar for next year.
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  4. IBAJIM

    IBAJIM Been here awhile

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    Ya, it should really be a walk in the park and a lot of fun !! And it will count towards the Mile Eater Gold certificate. The route goes north of I-86 thru Ithaca and up to I-81, and then Watertown.

    It was a big surprise when I heard about the 2 1/2 hour wait at the Thousand Island Bridge ! Who would have thought that would happen ?

    But we will have an option for crossing the border :

    I'll check the wait time on the two Friday mornings before the ride at the Thousand Island Bridge. If it's long, or if there is a long line when we get there, we can go over to Ogdensburg and cross there. That will save wait time, even if we need to turn around at the Thousand Island Bridge and go to Ogdensburg. The only problem at Ogdensburg is the entire bridge deck length is all grated. That's always fun on a motorcycle, but it's only a mile long. To detour from the Thousand Island Bridge or to go directly from Watertown to Ogdensburg will only take 10 minutes longer.

    See : CDN to US Border Wait Times
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  5. 1oldsickle

    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    Hmmm this looks very interesting
    I sure like the pre approved , I have a bad habit of letting all my receipts sit in a envelope for a long time before I send them in .(3 at the moment) I went thru thousand islands in September and it was easy peasy 2 cars and my self. But that can change like the wind.. hope I can make this one .
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  6. drneo

    drneo mmm... delicious

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    You guys will have a blast! I did mine the first part of August of this year. I ended up hugging the lakes more on the North side, and nested a SS1600 from Kingston to Thunderbay. Adding the SS1600K made for quite the challenge and I'm not sure I would do it again. Your route will keep you out of all the Toronto "fun!"

    I hope that you guys have the same experience that I did with the bridge - no line and 15 minutes at the border!
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  7. bandres27

    bandres27 Been here awhile

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    i think i'm in with a definite maybe.will be riding up with 1oldsickle if i do.this looks like a good small bike route that would work good for a versys 300 which i have not yet purchased but otherwise i will ride my r1100s or my 1100lt
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  8. IBAJIM

    IBAJIM Been here awhile

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    Ishii ( IBA # 566 ) is registered. Ishii finished the 2017 IBR on his Burgman 400.
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  9. 1oldsickle

    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    I’m in ,hotel in Hearst reserved money sent . Tick tock tick tock
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  10. IBAJIM

    IBAJIM Been here awhile

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    I made a change to the Ride webpage to give Riders the option of taking the Lake Superior North Shore route on Day 2 & 3 instead of turning inland at North Bay.

    I added two PDF's - North Shore Day 2 & North Shore Day 3. Hit your Refresh / Reload button to see the changes. All Riders would meet up in Tomah, WI at the end of Day 3 or sooner that day for dinner in Superior, WI.

    And on Day 4 , All Riders may meet for lunch at the Sunrise Restaurant in Chesterton, IN for an early end of ride celebration. The ride should practically be in the bag at that point. Restaurant is one mile off I-94 Exit 26A.

    And also please note that Riders have 100 hours to complete the ride, although I have an 82 hour plan shown at the ride webpage.
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  11. schoenof

    schoenof n00b

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    Hi Jim...

    Just an FYI...The ride webpage does not have the link to this forum anymore...might be why there is so little chatter here...
    I am still planning to do both the SS1K and GL100 with you this year...Looking forward to great rides :)

    Tony
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  12. 1oldsickle

    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    Myself and bandres as well as mrs oldsickle are in ,and looking forward to the gl100. Looking forward to meeting you and hopefully a few more inmates
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  13. boatpuller

    boatpuller Long timer

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    I did the GLC 100 a few years ago, and it may be my favorite IBA ride to date. Anyone who is considering this should do so. It is actually a relaxed pace for an IBA ride.
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  14. Bigbob1

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    Any update on this ride?
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    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    Looks like a total of ten riders
    It’s been a great ride so far. We are currently in wawa Jim V has done an outstanding layout as directions go . Rich is our leader and he did the north route with the majority of the riders . There is new pavement from the soo to wawa and great sights.
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    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    Headed out in a few .ride gas repeat
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    Bigbob1 Rain Rider

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    Thanks for the update, everyone ride safe and enjoy the north side of Superior.
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    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    Just had some great grub at Julie’s thanks for the food tip Jim V
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    1oldsickle Just another gray beard

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    bandres27 Been here awhile

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    Back home after four great days only had rain for two hours Friday evening and the last two hours home.the little 300 versus handled long stretches of slab quite well with the exception of the seat.Had a great time
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