Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2003 9:28 pm
 Subject: IBR: Saturday PM Update

Leon reports he's among a very limited field of Hopeless bikes for this year's event. Aside from his Ninja 250 there's a Yamaha SR500 entered, a Honda Slver Wing 500 ridden by Ken Morton, an R69 BMW, and Keith Keating on a 1975 Suzuki GT750 Water Buffalo (750cc 2-stroke, water cooled). FYI - Keith Finished the 2001 event on a Suzuki GN125 covering 7400 miles! There's also a Buell 1200 entered, equally hopeless...

Leon agin said no Mexico, Alaska, or Labrador. His primary goal is the 10/10ths, which means bonus hunting may have to slide a bit to acquire the necessary daily mileage. I told him about those of you who'd been added to the 'help' list this week and he said to convey his thanks and appreciation to everyone.

On the gremlin list, Leon's experiencing some computer problems with his borrowed laptop. No power. Power supply is good. He removed the battery and reinserted and it seemed to fix the problem for now. If it continues his options are to buy another laptop or plug bonus locations into the GPS manualy to get mileage numbers.

Still don't know if bonuses come out tomorrw PM or Monday AM. The plan is to consult with him before he leaves to get the bonus locations/values and intended route to help keep him on track along the way. The first leg is 36 hours. He wants to complete at least 1500 miles for the leg.

Out till tomorrow,
Post Posted: Sat Aug 09, 2003 11:29 pm
 Subject: Pass this on to him:

If the opportunity presents itself, erase the battery contacts with a pink pencil eraser, then blow off the dust.

If there was any oxidation build-up, that will usually cure it. What kind of laptop is he carrying?

If he buys a new laptop, that could suck a fair bit of time installing software. Is he carrying an SMS-capable phone? He could e-mail it right off there (or relay through me via SMS then onto email if he doesn't have email on the phone).

Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 1:00 am
 Subject: Re: Pass this on to him:

I'll tell him about the eraser trick. As long as it's working I doubt he'll need anything further. The only software load would be the mapping program which doesn't take long.

Thanks Wes.
Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 4:06 pm
 Subject: Message to relay...

"If it continues his options are to buy another laptop or plug bonus locations into the GPS manualy to get mileage numbers."

Tell him Andrew said, "or use an honest-to-God paper map, pen, and calculator for a change." When I ran the IBR, I didn't even have a GPS! I was lucky to have a tripmeter and a sundial, but dammit, I finished just fine!"

Bonuses will be given out tonight, before the morning of the rally. Just to give everyone the opportunity of over-planning the least important leg instead of getting (or trying to get) enough sleep. Monday morning they'll probably be given a handful of peculiar, large bonus locations, just to screw with their plans.

By the way, be careful broadcasting specifics about any bonus locations. If 2003 is anything like 2001, they're sitll a bit spooked by the 1999 rally, when a crowd showed up to cheer riders on a Dollyland, and a minor fracas came about between one rider and a rentacop as a result. (In other words, it's likely they'll tell the riders it's fine to get remote help planning their routes, but they'll also say to keep the bonus locations under wraps.)
Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 4:08 pm
 Subject: Re: Pass this on to him:

If he actually stops to replace the computer at some point, I'll.... I'll... Well, I'll something, I'm sure. I just don't know what. Hopefully the silly thing works for him.

(I'll fully admit that mapping software makes it easier to find bonus locations on the map and calculates mileage quicker than eyeballs and calculators, but I still loathe the idea of relying on one for anything during a rally.)
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Sun Aug 10, 2003 6:01 pm
 Subject: Re: Message to relay...

"...be careful broadcasting specifics about any bonus locations."

Yeppers. Same thing with the checkpoint locations. Although it would be cool if a few 250s showed up at each checkpoint to cheer Leon along. E-mail me off line if you want details and are anywhere near Missoula, Las Vegas, North Central Florida, or Southern Maine.


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