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Thur, 6/22: Had a good ride to the IBR Start/Finish hotel. Weather was hot in Texas and Oklahoma, got cooler in Kansas but not by much. After spending the night in Topeka I stopped off in Boone Iowa to drop off a Wyman Memorial plaque place holder for the Boone/Scenic Valley Railroad Museum. The Museum is the hosting authority for the Wyman wapoint sign and memorial plaque.
Started to rain off and on as I entered Minnesota. By the time I got to Minneapolis it was the beginning of rush hour. Traffic was snarled all over. The highway selected by my GPS was closed so I had a detour that took me west, north then back south. It took me an hour to go the last 10 miles to get to the La Quinta, where I am staying for the start festivities. All the IBR riders are at the Marriott next door. Had dinner with a couple of comrades and we talked about all manner of things motorcycle.
About the Iron Butt Rally
The Iron Butt Rally (IBR) is the world's premier long-distance motorcycle event. The IBR is divided into three 'legs' of varying duration (see the schedule below) and riders must arrive at the Checkpoints before the arrival window closes. Riders from around the world participate in the 11 day event to score points by visiting 'bonus' locations, take a picture to prove they were there, make a log entry and ride to the next bonus location. So, it's a timed event where route planning, ridecraft, and resources management are keys to success. After three legs the riders are ranked by their claimed and awarded bonus points. The top 10 'Podium' finishers are recognized at the awards banquette. Just finishing the IBR is recognized the world over as evidence of one's superior long-distance motorcycling skills.
The IBR Overall Schedule
- Thu-Fri, Jun 21-23: Gathering of the riders, IBR staff and volunteers in Minnetanka, MN
- Sat-Sun, Jun 24-25: Rider check-in, technical inspections, registration
- Sun Evening, Jun 25: Start Banquette - Rally Books and Leg 1 bonus listing distributed
- LEG 1: 10 am 6/26 to 8 pm 6/28 (58 hours)
- LEG 2: 4 am 6/29 to 8 pm 7/1 (64 hours)
- LEG 3: 4 am 7/2 to 10 am 7/7 (126 hours)
- Fri Evening, Jul 7: Awards Banquette and celebration!