Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 2:46 am
 Subject: IBR: Ready to go...

Leon's first leg is planned and ready. He's selected an agressive route...of course. A kink in the plan is that one of the bonuses he needs isn't available until Tuesday morning way out in the desert of northwest Nevada. So he's planning to get there early and sleep until it's available ... then try to make it to the checkpoint South of Las Vegas before it closes at 11pm PT Tuesday. There's a couple places toward the end he can drop to make up time, but it will cost him big points. He'll be cutting it close.

The route that's planned will take him mostly along the California / Nevada border with a pass through Death Valley Tuesday afternoon. This will be a big test of the G-Force rally motor with some major mountains (Lolo Pass, etc.) plus Nevada's higher speed highways and the heat of Death Valley.

Of note, the first four rider numbers were given to past winners, Hall, Fish, Brooks, (missed the 4th name). #5 was given to Leonard Aaron who finished the 2001 edition on a 1946 Indian Chief. Part of the 2001 Hopeless Class. #6 went to the smallest bike in this year's rally ... Leon Begeman. There are 120 riders entered. Also of note Goose Bay is confirmed as a bonus on one of the later legs. Leon's says he's still not going there.

All the fun starts at 10am MT tomorrow. Good luck Leon...
Racer X
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 2:49 am
 Subject: you must have buns.. of eithe fat for padding or steel .. (n/t)

Wes
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 10:03 am
 Subject: GBHV

> Leon's says he's still not going there.

Can't say I blame him, I thought he was nuts last time! The gravel "road" leading to Goose Bay is about 500 miles the worst road and desolate countryside you will ever see. That's where Leon dumped the six last year, and I'm surprised it didn't shake itself apart. I have ground-shipped computers to Goose Bay which arrived with the motherboard stand-offs sheared in half due to vibration/friction.

Wes
Wes
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 11:51 am
 Subject: I'd pay big money for either!! (n/t)

Eric R
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 2:06 pm
 Subject: Fat's an easy one--- More Twinkies :) (n/t)

Wes
Post Posted: Mon Aug 11, 2003 2:43 pm
 Subject: You've never seen me eat, have you? :) (n/t)

Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:38 am
 Subject: Dumped the 600 on gravel...

Err, I think you're thinking of the Minnesota 2000 rally a while back, during which Leon had a bad time getting the 600 up to bum-fuggle Manitoba. Gillam, I think. Hundreds of miles past any remotely sane human beings.

But I hear the road to Happy Valley-Goose Bay is pretty bad, too. At least it won't be washed out this time of year. Oh, and they're working on paving it. I'd be very surprised if the gravel portion is still 500 miles long. From most recent accounts I've read, if the weather holds, it's a really easy ride, all things considered. But I'd hate to go there and not hop the 36-hour ferry to Newfoundland.
Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 12:45 am
 Subject: First few rider numbers

Yeah, that was one of the fun parts of the starting banquet: listening to Mike Kneebone go down the list of riders. The first few numbers are reserved for folks he wants to make note of. Past winners like Bob Hall, for sure, but also folks he likes for one reason or another. Dick Fish hasn't won an Iron Butt, but he's a damn fine LD rider, and not a bad guy to boot. (Hey, he's Canadian, after all.) Likewise Haroooold Brooks, though he's not Canadian.

Mike has a real soft spot for the Hopeless class, even after restricting the class to bikes that can go uphill at 65 mph or thereabouts.

I was surprised to read elsewhere that Leaonard Aron is riding a borrowed ST1100 this year. He finished on the '40's Indian, so he said he was going to give it a go on his '30's Indian... Must not have been able to get it sufficiently ready for the rally. (Or maybe it failed the performance requirements. Dunno.)
Wes
Post Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2003 10:34 am
 Subject: Re: Dumped the 600 on gravel...

> I think you're thinking of the Minnesota 2000 rally a while back

Nope, he dumped on his way back from GBHV last summer. Made a new turn signal lense out of a post-it note and some tape, but didn't notice his dust-stuck brake piston 'till he'd warped his rotor. So he rode about 500 miles to my place, had some lasagna and shut-eye, bought me breakfast at Morrison's Restaurant, then rode all the way home from here without his front brakes. Well, he could've used 'em in an emergency, but he would have had to stop and un-stick the caliper after using them.

> But I hear the road to Happy Valley-Goose Bay is pretty bad, too. At least it
> won't be washed out this time of year.

The real problem is in the winter, when it's *snowed* out. LOL. They don't plow it, so in the winter time, you're pretty much stuck taking that long-assed ferry or flying in. Surprisingly enough, though, JetsGo!, a cheap carrier, is now flying into Goose. Saved me $400 this flight (Shelly's eldest daughter visits her dad there regularly).

> I'd be very surprised if the gravel portion is still 500 miles long

Hmm, I didn't know they were paving it. If they ever do, I'll have to ride it before I die. I rode a gravel road from Tamworth to Arden once -- 40 miles? -- and didn't like that at all, although I kept a steady 30-50 mph and didn't even come close to dumping. The gravel was these big, round stones that the Ninja would sink about an inch into, up hill, down hill, and twisty twisty twisty (I rode it because the map said it was very twisty... and paved...). And in spots, it had hard dirt with grading marks that caused the front suspension to pack up (harmonic oscillation?).

Cheers,
Wes

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