Leon
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 4:36 pm
 Subject: Thanks for your support guys!

I finally made it back to work today. They didn't get a lot of work from me today, I got to tell the stories from my vacation a few times rather than doing very much actual work.

The support from you was awesome. The folks at the rally knew that this was the source for the best information about what I was doing. You guys (and women too) are amazing. Thanks again.
MIK
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 4:52 pm
 Subject: He is back!!!! He is back!!!! Yahooo!!!

Congratulations one more time, Leon!!! That was great helping you and watchhing your progress!!! Are you going to do it one more time? Mr. Green
Jim Race
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 4:55 pm
 Subject: You must be high as a kite. Or very tired. :)

Once you get your email cleared out, drop me an email. The 250P racers in Cali are clamoring for some info. :)

Welcome home, traveler....

-jim

p.s.. Don't beat me up too bad about my account. Just an outsiders view. Feel free to give me any more info and I'll update it. Smile
Leon
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:00 pm
 Subject: I doubt I'll be back in two years. Perhaps in 2007 I'll try again. (n/t)

MIK
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:05 pm
 Subject: How do you like your 'photo of the day'? ;-) (n/t)

Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:12 pm
 Subject: Congratulations! Good to see you in Maine.

Glad I got to see you in Maine. I'm also glad, but not surprised, that you could pull out such a kick-ass ride despite taking the generally-maligned blue pill option on leg 2.

So, which bike will you use next time? Go for the win with another 250..? Smile
Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:14 pm
 Subject: Ah yes, the realist option.

No argument with you on that. 2-3 weeks' vacation plus a buttload of money is tough to pull out every other year. I still think I'd like to do it again someday, too, but I'm not sure I'll push for 2005.
Wolcott
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:19 pm
 Subject: Leon, yuor success was a thrill for all of us too. (n/t)

Leon
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:39 pm
 Subject: So I got promoted from 'Grand Poobah' to King?

Too bad the pay is so poor. Otherwise it would be nice.
Leon
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 5:49 pm
 Subject: The blue pill option was probably the worst part of the rally.

It was particularly bad for all of the rookie riders. The choice was presented as either 1) take the red pill and you might be able to win or 2) take the blue pill so you can finish but you won't win unless all of the red pill riders fail to finish.

When it came down to the actual riding, the red pill riders got to return to the blue pill path any time they wanted to. That made it the correct logical choice. Look at what's on the red pill path - if it's not doable, then return to the blue pill route and continue to compete with the extra points already earned.

With a "Hopeless" bike, I couldn't logically choose the red pill. Since I didn't know that there were bail out points all along the way, I thought I had to stay on the red pill path permanently. Finishing was extremely important, if a rookie rider doesn't finish, the probability of getting drawn for another rally later appears slim.

I will not be riding another 250 when I try again. Butt . . . the Ninja 250 is an extremely competitive ride for many of the other Iron Butt rides. In fact, for the Feast in the East rally in October, I think the commuter 250 with the large fuel tank might be the best bike for the job. The rally bike is too heavy for the twisty roads that Brian Moody will have us riding on.
KarlP
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 6:11 pm
 Subject: Thank YOU!

We got to live vicariously through you without doing something that craz^H^H^H^H adventurous ourselves. :-)

Congrats the finish! Thanks for making the Ninjette look so good!
Marc
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 7:00 pm
 Subject: Congrats (n/t)

piu piu
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 7:51 pm
 Subject: you rock, leon! congrats! woooohooooo!! (n/t)

Bill K.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 8:25 pm
 Subject: I'll second that!!! (n/t)

CapJohn
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 8:44 pm
 Subject: Amazing Feat!

WOW! That is what my friends and I who followed your journey here on this forum say. Leon is fantastic. Thanks a lot too to the forum folks who kept us updated and actually helped Leon out along the way.

Best wishes Leon.
loudboys
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 8:53 pm
 Subject: Congratulations! (n/t)

Mike Powell
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 9:12 pm
 Subject: Three Cheers! (n/t)

MarkB
Post Posted: Wed Aug 27, 2003 9:26 pm
 Subject: Congratulations, you've earned a rest

I wonder how rare this photo is? This is from the NY Ninja ride from a year ago, before the rally bike was painted. We were just hanging around Wolcott's waiting for the King to finish his nap so we could go riding, as I recall.
LeonResting.jpg
oogie_boogie
Post Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2003 1:45 am
 Subject: Thank YOU Leon.

You are truly an inspiration and a credit to all of us who ride. Glad to hear you made it safe and sound. I bet you saw some awesome sights.
Wes
Post Posted: Thu Aug 28, 2003 9:42 am
 Subject: Glad you're back!

BTW, there's no reason why you can't hold two titles, this isn't a democracy. King of the 250s and Grand Poobah. You just doubled your salary!

BTW, congrats on the great finish!

Wes
Jeb
Post Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 12:06 am
 Subject: i just have to say...

i didn't entirely believe wes when he was exclaiming how difficult you bike was to ride. now that i've ridden something remotely similar, i really don't how you managed to do it for 11 days straight. i guess the extra weight over the tank helps, but man, the ex250 can be quite the pig when it's fully loaded.

bravo!
carlhungis
Post Posted: Fri Aug 29, 2003 3:37 am
 Subject: Re: Thanks for your support guys!

I just wanted to congratulate you. Your story is pretty inspiring. I would love to do something like the IBR someday.

Thanks
The Psycho
Post Posted: Sun Aug 31, 2003 2:58 pm
 Subject: Leon, you da man!! :D (n/t)


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