Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 12:52 am
 Subject: IBR: Checkpoint 1; He's in.

Leon arrived at the Nevada checkpoint at 8:39pm PT. The late window began at 9. He reports the difficulty in the Bristlecone Pine Forrest was due to the road condition. Apparently the 88 miles up and back off 395 took him 3 hours to complete. The last 13 miles are dirt and he could only manage about 20 mph. The paved part of the road is extremely twisty, he said every bit as much as Deal's Gap but rougher. So he had to skip the Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley, for which he would have gotten extra bonus points as part of a 4-bonus package (extra points for all 4). He got the other 3.

The bike's doing great despite running wide-open for most of today. He was pushing it extremely hard, throttle locked down and shifting gears to maintain speed. It's down to the lower 1/3 on the oil window after 1650 miles in 36 hours. Fuel mileage was around 45MPG for the last 2 tanks of gas (20 gallons).

There's a rider's meeting later tonight. They'll hand out the bonus sheets for Leg 2, which finishes Saturday at 9am in Florida. Leon's planning to get some rest tonight and be back on the road at 6. He'll have to get in 350 miles before 11am MT to maintain his 10/10ths.

We should know the standings after Leg 1 later tonight.
Freddy V.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 1:58 am
 Subject: Keep on keepin on Leon!!!! Freddy V. (n/t)

Jim Race
Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 2:29 am
 Subject: IBR: Questions for Leon

Duke,

I know he probably doesn't have a lot of time to talk, but maybe folks can ask him questions and you pick a couple and ask each time you talk to him and post the answers back here? (damn, that sentence went on...) Wink I have a few:

1) How is he feeling, both physically and mentally?
2) Does he ever end up cruising with other riders?
3) What's the strangest thing he's seen so far (besides a nut riding 10,000 miles on an EX250) ?
4) Is that a bungy cord holding the motor in or is that some other type of stability device?

-jim
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 3:32 am
 Subject: Re: IBR: Questions for Leon

I ask him some of these every time I talk to him...

1) How is he feeling, both physically and mentally?

Great and Great...but it's still early.

2) Does he ever end up cruising with other riders?

Yes he's seen about 20 other riders on the same route. But he's not riding with anyone that I know of.

3) What's the strangest thing he's seen so far (besides a nut riding 10,000 miles on an EX250) ?

I'll have to ask him on this one...

4) Is that a bungy cord holding the motor in or is that some other type of stability device?

Dunno...anything's possible
VD
Post Posted: Wed Aug 13, 2003 5:43 am
 Subject: Re: IBR: Checkpoint 1; He's in.

>He reports the difficulty in the Bristlecone Pine Forrest was due to the road condition. Apparently the 88 miles up and back off 395 took him 3 hours to complete. The last 13 miles are dirt and he could only manage about 20 mph.<

Those Iron Butt guys love to send the riders out on a lot of dirt roads, don't they? The high elevation where he was doesn't help the little 250 in the horsepower/speed department and that Bristlecone road is high.

>The paved part of the road is extremely twisty, he said every bit as much as Deal's Gap but rougher.<

I'm happy to hear that it compares favorably with the Gap. One thing you won't see on that crazy road are many cops, or much of any other segments of humanity, for that matter. It only gets down to 1 lane at Westgard pass. By 1 lane, I mean 1 lane for both directions of traffic. It's nice to share. Wink How did Leon get to Nevada? Did he continue on Hwy 168 and then Hwy 266 to 95? I could have given him concise directions if that's the case. Turn right at the huge cow behind the fence (Hwy 266) and then another right at the Cottontail Ranch, a legal brothel (Hwy 95) 8)

>So he had to skip the Charcoal Kilns in Death Valley, for which he would have gotten extra bonus points as part of a 4-bonus package (extra points for all 4). He got the other 3.<

3 out of 4 ain't bad, but come on back and see Death Valley when you're not in such a hurry.

>The bike's doing great despite running wide-open for most of today. He was pushing it extremely hard, throttle locked down and shifting gears to maintain speed. It's down to the lower 1/3 on the oil window after 1650 miles in 36 hours. Fuel mileage was around 45MPG for the last 2 tanks of gas (20 gallons).<

Elevation and steep grades have me getting about the same mileage in those areas, on my 250. If I get 50mpg, I do a backflip. Hopefully the headwinds will leave him alone for the most part. The 250 doesn't care much for the "Triple threat." Elevation, uphill and headwind.

Keep flogging that 250, Leon!
Eric R
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:13 pm
 Subject: Standings posted on IBA site

Got to http://www.ironbutt.com/ibr/2003/medals/1.html for all the standings at the end of the first leg
Here's the spoiler: Leon was 19th!
All I want is for him to finish and still feel like he said at the end of day one -- "This is the greatest adventure of my life", but who's gonna turn down a nice low number, eh?
Of course it will be much different after red pill/blue pill, but he is *really* kicking some (iron)butt!
Jeb
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 5:35 am
 Subject: no doubt; it really is an incredible feat (n/t)


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