Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 8:29 pm
 Subject: IBR Update: Mamou, LA

Leon called Duke at about 5:00 pm from Mamou, Louisianna; Duke called me from the next check point in Northern Florida to keep us up to date.

Mamou is one of the bonus locations which Leon could get; it opens at 6:00 pm. Since Leon got there at five, he's doing good, he is where he needs to be. Leon said about 15 other riders were waiting there as well. Riders from both groups, the "blue pill" group and the "red pill" group were sent to that check point.

He saw Harold Brooks there; you will remember Harold from one of Duke's previous -- he's "Uber LD Rider" that Leon saw coming down Mount Evans. If seeing him at Mount Evans gave him a boost, it must be reassuring to see him again.

Leon sounds pretty tired, but he has enough time to get a good rest tonight -- he said he'll be fine. He's wetting down a T-shirt to stay cool, but it isn't working well because it's so hot and humid in the southern states today. Leon's also mentioned that if he calls somebody, it refreshes him and gives an extra boost to keep going. He's been talking to his wife, his daughter, Eric Rousch, and of course Duke.

The bike is holding up, but his carburetor has a mid-range problem, Duke says he needs to raise the needles. Duke is planning on doing this for Leon while he rests in Florida. Good thing Leon has pod filters and not a the stock airbox. ;)

So, Leon is en route to Northern Florida via New Orleans; he needs to be in Florida by 9am. When he gets to the checkpoint, he will attend a riders' meeting and receive another rally packet, detailing the next set of bonus locations on the way to Maine. Then he will have the option to plan, ride, or rest. At this point it looks like he will choose to rest.

As I said before, Duke's already at the checkpoint, and he has a hotel room rented for Leon to use. When he arrived at the checkpoint, he found that there were already lots of people and 15-20 bikes present -- rumour has it that Mike Kneebone himself is there. I guess Leon isn't the only one with a support crew, but I like to think he has the *best* crew. The crowd wanted to know if Duke was bringing Leon a new bike... yeah right.. like Leon would take a 10000-point deduction! I'm confident the littlest Ninja will make the trip and help Leon achieve his 10/10ths goal.

And remember -- the IBR isn't your typical rally. Merely finishing is an incredible feat. I know I couldn't do it!

Wes reporting, with intel from Field Operative Duke.
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 8:54 pm
 Subject: Fight on, Leon! Fight on, 250! (n/t)

Eric R
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 10:10 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR Update: Mamou, LA

Funny that I was mentioned as having spoken with Leon, he actually hadn't called. So I called him to make sure he knew he could.
He called me right back as soon as he noticed the missed call, says he'll call again next leg, or when he needs it.
Somethng he does want at this point is info on Ken Morton (the fellow on the GL500 who had trouble on day 1, but is apparently still going) or Keith Keating(On the 750cc watercooed two-stroke "waterbuffalo")
I've done some google searching and posted a request for info on the MTF board, but if anyone is either following one or both of these guys(or knows someone who does) the question of the day is "How is it going for them?"
Jim Race
Post Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2003 11:47 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR Update: Mamou, LA

Hot Damn. I'm getting more into this every mile.

If Leon or Duke need any crazy mechanical advice, have them call me and I'll put my head together with Mike Norman.

Eric R
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 1:41 am
 Subject: Re: IBR Update: Mamou, LA

You Rock.
Leon won't be doing this again in '05, and didn't seem sure whether or not Duke would.
250 Ninja or not, we should have one or more members of this crew going for it every Rally. You game?
Anybody else? I know we have several around here that are strong contenders with just a few miles under their belts...
I would love to do it, but do not have the LD experience necessary, nor even a window of opportunity until '09.
Anybody going for it would have any support we could muster.
Jim Race
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 2:39 pm
 Subject: Re: IBR Update: Mamou, LA

250 Ninja or not, we should have one or more members of this crew going for it every Rally. You game?

Oh man, I'm a sprinter, not a marathon runner. Wink The longest runs I've ever done were on a Vespa P200E. SF to LA and back several times. Did the same things on an RZ350 as well. I think maybe 7-800 miles all told, and it hurt. Bad.

Eric R
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 3:30 pm
 Subject: SF-LA

You sound like a shoe-in to me! You have repeatedly made a trip only a little shy of a SS1K on a bike only marginally bigger than the smallest ones to take on the IBR. A bigger, more comfy bike......
Well, I can't say too much, lets see when I make a ride certification attempt and start putting my money where my mouth is.

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