To HELL and back!!!

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Rollin', Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    I started planning this ride last October. I wanted to plan an Iron Butt ride that would be fun and more scenic.
    We would be doing a SS1000, 1000 miles in less than 24 hours.
    There would be a total of six bikes and seven riders on this trip. I was hoping to complete this ride in about
    21 hours.
    Because this would be group ride and there would also be a lot more two-lane roads I really wasn't sure we would make it in that time.
    The forcast also showed a 40% chance of rain over 50% of the route.:becca
    Some of the group started from other locations and joined us along the route. I started just south of Milwaukee
    and at 3:30 am Saturday morning headed south to Chicago. At the first Oasis on I-94 the whole group was together.

    The route. The letters are the gas stops.
    B is the Oasis. Letter D is Hell!

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    Riding through Chicago. At about 4:30 am. Not much traffic. Temperature was 60 degrees. Nice.

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    One rider was stuck in a toll booth for a while. He paid three times before he was able to get through!
    We're still waiting, you can see the one headlight at at the toll booth. Russ (left) "patiently" waits.

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    Dave and Cindy are ready to go.

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    After the gas stop at the Oasis it was a 141 miles to our next stop in Watervliet, MI.
    We would only stop for gas on this trip.

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    My Kingpin. :D

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    After Watervliet the next stop was Hell. Hell is under new ownership!
    There were a lot of twisting two lane roads on the way to Hell. Things are going well.

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    A good place to mail your taxes!

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    The group in Hell.
    The owner of the store in Hell gave all of us a free GO TO HELL license plate frame. Nice guy

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    Another thing to do in Hell is go to the ice cream store (Screams) and get a Grave Digger Sundae at the Creamatory!

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    The Grave Digger Sundae also comes with a Death Certificate. :deal :eek1

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    The Hell Riders. I'm on the far left.

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    After Hell we headed north on Hwy.127.

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    Taking pictures at 80 mph is hard!! Sorry Brad.

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    Getting a little better. I take a lot of pictures and hope that some turn out.

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    Bert on the Victory Vision.

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    386 miles and it's starting to warm up.

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    Gas stop and time for a little break. The breaks were short but there was still time to talk about the ride.

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    They're (Rick) starting to get a little crazy! Time to go.

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    We needed to add a few more miles to the route so we took a side trip to Petoskey, MI.
    More great two lane roads and a nice view of Lake Michigan but there was a lot of traffic getting
    in and out of the city.
    The road to Petoskey.

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    After Petoskey it was north to the bridge.
    Bridge ahead.

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    The Mackinac Bridge is 5 miles long and it's windy.

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    The Mackinac Bridge.

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    Crossing the Bridge.

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    Upper Michigan. Upper Michigan is so nice, they charge a toll to get in! :lol3

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    We took Hwy. 2 across Upper Michigan. Hwy. 2 follows the top of Lake Michigan.
    More two lane. Nice scenic ride. Half-way across Hwy. 2 the rain started and the pictures stopped.

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    We stopped to eat in Menominee, MI and then headed to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. We needed to go around the
    west side of Lake Winnebago to add a few more miles to the trip.

    We missed a lot of rain. The roads were wet in Wisconsin but the rain had ended.

    I finished my ride just south of Milwaukee, WI.
    My numbers for the ride. 1040 miles in 20 hours and 38 minutes.

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    It sure was!

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    A few items from Hell.

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    This was fun, scenic and challenging. A very successful ride, done with a great group of riders. :ricky



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  2. KYSO

    KYSO n00b

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    Hell was fun
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  3. KYSO

    KYSO n00b

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    I got 1069 miles in 21 hours and 2 minutes! Not bad for a nOOb ehh?
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  4. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Like like the journey to Hell, and the the loop of Lake Michigan was a fine ride for all :thumb
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  5. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    Hi nOOb.:D

    Nice ride Russ!!
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  6. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze I keep blowing down the road Supporter

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    nice ride, nice bikes, nice report:clap :clap :clap
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  7. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    Thank you!
    There were six Victory's on this trip. A 1999, a Vegas 8-Ball, two Kingpins and two Vision's.
    This was my fourth Iron Butt on a Victory but this was the first time I took the time to stop
    for ice cream and do a little shopping.:lol3
    A fun trip.
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  8. Rollin'

    Rollin' does it come in black? Supporter

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    I did receive my IBA certification for this ride.

    Because I circled the lake and started and ended this ride in the same area, this ride qualified for the Lake Michigan 1000.

    For those that are thinking of trying this ride (LM1000) check the rules.

    http://www.ironbutt.com/ridecerts/getdocument.cfm?DocID=25


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  9. rxcoop

    rxcoop persnickety curmedgeon

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    used to live near hell and rode out past there most weekends. was no big deal in the 70s. of course, then moved to chicago area....not sure which one was the biggest "hell"......:wink:
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  10. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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