Wes
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 10:15 am
 Subject: IBR Update: Florida Checkpoint

Leon and Duke called me shortly after 9:30 this morning; Leon got into the Florida Checkpoint in the wee hours of the night, got some food and some sleep. The riders' meeting is at 11, so Leon has a chance to either grab a little more sleep or gab with other riders; he says he's probably not going to be able to sleep.

Leon sounds well rested, was happy to hear that he was in 19th place as of the first check point; when told he has a lot of fans keeping watch over him, he said "That's great!".

Duke says the bike's in good shape; they did an oil change, didn't touch the valves and decided to leave the carburetor alone after all. Duke added some marine gear lube to Leon's manual chain oiler and gave the bike a look-see while Leon slept. Leon's ridden 4700 miles since Monday; he's now roughly at the halfway point. The back tire's getting a little square, which is to be expected with so much highway riding.

People are commenting a lot about the bike -- "You're a brave man for riding that thing!". Maybe after Leon finishes the rally, the littlest Ninja will have a little more respect. ;)

While the bike is holding up well, the 'stich isn't -- the zipper broke. Leon's planning on heading home to grab his spare Aerostich. He's pretty confident that there will be at least one bonus on this leg in Washington, DC, which is a stone's throw from his Dale City, VA home.

He explained his reasoning for the bonus-location confidence. He's thinking that there will be bonuses at the west side of the Pentagon where the plane hit on 9/11, and there will also be one at the site of the former WTC ("Ground Zero"). Years ago in the IBR, there was a bonus in Florida where a fellow killed himself on a houseboat, and another in Waco, TX where the FBI burned up the Branch Davidians. I guess it pays to know your history and/or the strange mental workings of Mike Kneebone.

So, if you're on the east coast and see the wildest-looking EX250 you've ever seen roll by, make sure to wave at Leon, and wish him luck!

Wes
Darcy
Post Posted: Sat Aug 16, 2003 1:39 pm
 Subject: Whats a matter? Duke can't sew up that zipper?! :D (n/t)

MIK
Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2003 12:09 pm
 Subject: Florida Checkpoint on IBR website. Leon is 24th

http://www.ironbutt.com/ibr/2003/day05.html

Virginia's Leon Begeman, 24th overall, apparently is insulted that his 250cc Kawasaki Ninja, the smallest machine in the rally, is assigned to the Hopeless Class. As usual, he is running like a man possessed. Tonight he stands 42 places ahead of Paul Meredith's 750cc Suzuki water buffalo. Sure, Meredith's two-stroke bike is ancient and struggles to get even 20 mpg, so maybe that's not a fair fight. But Begeman takes on motors with five times his displacement --- BMW K1200LTs and 1,800cc Gold Wings --- and chews them to pieces as well. If you put him on an armadillo, he might lose a few places, but he'd still be scratching his way down the road.
Jim Race
Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2003 12:54 pm
 Subject: Re: Florida Checkpoint on IBR website. Leon is 24th

WHOO-HOO!!!!

He's in a solid 24th as well, with the 25th place rider over 700 points behind him and Leon only 63 points out of 20th.

Of course all will change in Maine, when the red riders come in and screw the points up. Wink

Still.. I feel like a proud papa watching my kid smack home run after home run in the Little League World Championship. :)

-jim

(It would be interesting to take the current standings, and stick a red or blue pill next to the riders to get an idea how things will change in a few days.)
Eric R
Post Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2003 3:45 pm
 Subject: News FOR Leon, and his mention in the Higdon reports

Haven't heard from Leon since yesterday, and of course I forgot to ask him if he had seen Ken Morton at the Florida checkpoint. So the next person that hears from him or Duke, please relay this message I got from a memeber of the MTF board:

>I talked with Ken Morton at the Lake City Checkpoint on Saturday. He was about 30 minutes late to the check point, but made it >before the cutoff. He seemed to be doing well, just had the oil and spark plugs changed on the silver wing. He was headed off to >get some sleep before hitting the rode.

>I didn't get to meet the rider, but saw a 750 waterbuffalo in the parking lot that looked like it was in the rally.

>Kevin

Also:
For those who haven't yet read the Higdon report on the IBA website, Leon got his mention in the report:
>Virginia's Leon Begeman, 24th overall, apparently is insulted that his 250cc Kawasaki Ninja, the smallest machine in the rally, is >assigned to the Hopeless Class. As usual, he is running like a man possessed. Tonight he stands 42 places ahead of Paul Meredith's >750cc Suzuki water buffalo. Sure, Meredith's two-stroke bike is ancient and struggles to get even 20 mpg, so maybe that's not a fair >fight. But Begeman takes on motors with five times his displacement --- BMW K1200LTs and 1,800cc Gold Wings --- and chews them >to pieces as well. If you put him on an armadillo, he might lose a few places, but he'd still be scratching his way down the road.

WOW. 22 of the red pill riders went to the Florida checkpoint and have their standings counted, unless my logic is incorrect that means Leon is up to *2nd* place among those who took the blue pill!!! =0
Again, Leon said he decided on a conservative route on the present leg in order to maximize his rest time at the Maine checkpoint and expects to drop in the standings. No matter where he finishes, I know he is going to get lots of cheers here!

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