Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:25 am
 Subject: IBR: Maine Checkpoint

I went to Maine checkpoint to meet Leon and help if necessary. The check-in times posted on IBR website were from 4-6pm. I got to "Reynolds Motorsports" in Buxton, Maine at 2:30pm and immediately saw The Rally Ninja Smile

However, I couldn't find the rider.

After walking a bit around the dealership I saw a sign "IBR Motel" pointing to a big barn on the backyard.

There, I finally found Leon, who was sleeping on the ground not far from the barn.

As you can guess, I didn't wake him up Smile

I went to see how riders registration/scoring worked.

There I recognized Andrew Duthie. I never met him before but saw his Deals Gap pictures Smile

In an hour or so I found Leon awaken and full of energy. I was amazed how fresh he looked. And this is after 1 week of torture!


I asked Leon several usual questions:
M: "How do you feel?"
L: "Great!!! The ride from Florida was fun!"

M: "How many hours a day do you sleep?"
L: "3 hours average."

M: "Do you take any medication to stay awake/help with pain?"
L: "Nope. Feel great no need for medication." (Although, later he mentioned aspirin. Dehydration == headache)

M: "Have you ever thought about giving up?"
L: "Riding to Florida checkpoint was rough. So, yes, at some point I was thinking hell with it. Now all is good again"

M: "What is your goal in this rally?"
L: "The goal is simple -- to ride at least 1000 miles a day. I am only 200 miles(total) behind this goal."

Leon with his ninja was getting a lot of attention from spectators. People were stopping by all the time asking, what is this bike.

Everyone was really impressed when they heard that the bike was little ninja250. The riders also were very respectful to little bike. No kidding! Between Florida and Maine Leon made up 7 more places! Of course, 7 more riders from a red route showed up and Leon stayed in 24th place. Now everyone is taking the same route so Leon has a real chance to move up several places at the rally finish.
At 6pm there was a riders meeting, and new route was distributed.

The most of the big bonus locations (1000 points and more) are 9/11 memorials, NYC/Washington DC/Pennsylvania. Also some place in Nova Scotia. We'll see how many of those Leon can get. His final route is 4250 miles that is 150 miles over his 1K miles/day goal. So everything is perfect so far.

I helped Leon to put markers (bonus locations) on the map. While Leon was putting the route into the computer, a battery went dead and he had to find where to plug the computer and start all over again.

All done, and off he went... I hope Canada will welcome you Leon...


OK. If you managed to read all this through.... here is a bonus. Who can guess what this mysterious bungee cord is for?

(I know the correct answer so guess away Wink)

Leon gave me some photos that he took at bonus locations. You can see them here =>

Disclaimer: Whatever information is present here is taken off my memory and can be either not accurate or completely off. My memory is faulty and non-upgradable.
Racer X
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:33 am
 Subject: umm he twists it up to power of the bike??(rubberband motor) tell us!! (n/t)

Jim Race
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:12 am
 Subject: mysterious bungee cord

Safety mechanism for the classic "damn tabs broke again" lower fairing syndrome?

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:51 am
 Subject: Safety? Sort of... No, not even close :p (n/t)

Jim Race
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:08 am
 Subject: If it breaks he knows the counterbalancer has exploded? :P (n/t)

DAn N.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:46 am
 Subject: I bet he uses it to strap his knees to the bike. (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:00 am
 Subject: did he fix the wobble? Or is that a bucking strap? (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:18 am
 Subject: Is he coming back down to NYC on Tuesday or Wednesday>?

If so, tell him if he needs anything from me, I'm available. I'll even give him my brand new ME550 rear tire, rim and everything.
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:20 am
 Subject: The Bunge cord, oh yeah...

I'll give you a hint, it's good for 3mph of top-end.
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:22 am
 Subject: Good Report, Max. Also in the picture...

In the picture of the scorers table, the guy in the lower left corner (first scorer at the table) is Bob Ray, the guy who put on both of the Hopeless Rallies.

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:29 am
 Subject: Bungee

Hm... It keeps his knees in place, so they don't flap in the wind when he's sleeping?

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 8:42 am
 Subject: Throttle lock, ya dang fools. :p (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:28 am
 Subject: Rats! Wes beat me to it (Knees to tank) ! :} (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:40 am
 Subject: Hold down laptop while riding? (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:49 am
 Subject: Bungee quiz (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:52 am
 Subject: We have a winner!!! Good work, I would never guess that. (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 10:56 am
 Subject: Yes, he will be in NYC again. Please, email info to Duke

He is the official "ironbutt 250" team rally manager Wink Leon calls him first if there is any question/problem.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 1:22 pm
 Subject: Hey!, I posted that first! Dan, are you editing your posts?? :) Wes (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 2:04 pm
 Subject: No. It is first revision of the post and he posted that before you ;-) (n/t)

Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 3:27 pm
 Subject: Ok, I'm a total geek...

I'm dying to know what gadgets Leon took with him for the trip. Obviously a laptop was in the mix, and a GPS. What's the radio-looking thing I see to the left of the GPS? Is he using an Autocom? Camelbak-style thing? I'm always interested to know what kinds of devices LD riders take with them.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 9:17 pm
 Subject: Thanks for that write-up Max

I'm also following the IBR write-ups each day. So far tho, no mention of Leon or his 250.

This week I'm have a track bash. Monday & Tuesday at Summit point, Friday at Loudon, next Frid, Sat at BeaveRun! Getting it all out my system at once.

Stay well.
Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 11:21 pm
 Subject: Gadgets.

The gadgets Leon has are a CB (which isn't working very well - BTW) a Garmin Street Pilot GPS, a cell phone, and a Kennedy Cell Set which ties his CB and Cell Phone together into his helmet. The other guages he has on the dash are a Sigma cycle computer (no needle on the bikes speedo), a digital volt meter, and a JC Whitney O2 sensor meter.
Post Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2003 11:26 pm
 Subject: Long distance riders will have a better idea (Duke, Andrew, Leon)

GPS - Garmin (don't know what model)

Leon uses CB radio and a cell phone. All connected to a helmet headset. I don't think he uses autocom to connect it though.

There is a drink container in the trunk with a drinking tube connected to it. Leon also uses flip-up helmet so he can eat and drink while he rides.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2003 1:14 am
 Subject: Are you following the Higdon files?

He had a full paragraph devoted to Leon.. day 5, I think. It was reposted here by Max.

Andrew Duthie
Post Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2003 2:21 am
 Subject: Hey, don't ask me, I'm an LD Luddite! :)

Seriously, I ran the IBR with no GPS, no computer, and a borrowed tank bag! I see the GPS as mostly a way to goof off while riding, and the computer is a way to get frustrated and lose data. Paper maps are my weapon, I tell you.

For water, I rigged a hose back to a 1 gallon jug (with another jug as a spare) and sucked on that through a CamelBack bite valve while I was in the desert. Once it got cool (Quebec, New England, et al), I drank a lot less.
Post Posted: Wed Aug 20, 2003 1:22 pm
 Subject: Re: Gadgets.

Cool, that sounds like a good setup to have. I'll be interested to talk to him after he recovers from the rally -- I'm putting together a system on my Le Mans that consists of an Autocom Pro M1, Yaesu FT-90 50 watt amateur transceiver and a custom enclosure and cabling system so the whole thing can be semi-permanently mounted to the bike. Once it's finally done, I'll be able to use a cell phone, talk on the radio, or listen to any portable audio device, all in addition to the handlebar-mounted Garmin GPS-12Map. But, like I said, I'm a gadget freak. Now, if only I was also a metalworking freak, so I wouldn't have so much trouble with the enclosure...

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