Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:18 pm
 Subject: IBR: Latest news on Leon / 10 hours to go...

Since Leon's dropped off into nowhere land this week, one can only guess by now he's somewhere within a 700 mile radius from Missoula. A post appeared a little while ago, apparently from Leon's Parents confirming this.

A quick check of the numbers shows Missoula is 1043 miles from Monroe, SD. 16 hours at Ninja 250 pace. Since the post was made around 6pm, one can assume he left with at least 14 hours remaining (16 hours until being time-barred at 10am MT tomorrow).

He originally planned to head for Pike's Peak on the way to Missoula, but my guess is it was just impossible. One can only imagine from a rider's perspective a rally of this magnitude has gone from fun, to difficult, to nightmare, to life altering insanity.

Hopefully Leon will call in the morning, or we can get some sort of report from the finish line. Maybe Mom and Dad Begeman will post something here when they hear from him?

I have several pictures Vic Hoye got off of Leon's camera when he went through Atlanta. I'll try to get them posted tonight.

Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:53 pm
 Subject: IBR: Pic of Leon

This picture was taken by Vic Hoye in Atlanta on Saturday. (Some of you may remember Vic from the Spring Deal's Gap trip 2 years ago - Leon Drove him home with a bad collarbone).

Notice the shiny wind screen (a la Heather from a few hours earlier in Florida) and the red bar end.

Duke Dunsford
Post Posted: Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:52 pm
 Subject: IBR: The Hopeless Class Standings

There's not really a Hopeless class left other then Leon. But of the sub-liter class bikes here's what's left

26th Place Leon Begeman Ninja 250
50th Place Terry Smith BMW F650GSA
64th Place James Hickerson Buell S3T (OK - Not sub-liter, but Hopeless indeed)
78th Place Ken Morton Honda GL500
84th Place Stephan Bolduc Yamaha R6
87th Place Rachel Dwyer Ducati Monster 800
100th Place Robert Wooldridge BMW R69S
Out Paul Meredith Suzuki GT750 ( Blown motor)
Out Mike Grosche Suzuki GS750
Out Jim Winterer Yamaha SR500 (transmission)

Also of note is Geoffrey Greene on a Honda GL1200 in 28th place. Some of you may remember Geoffrey from our Charley's Pizza ride to meet up with Daryl near Knoxville back in June.
Post Posted: Fri Aug 22, 2003 7:10 am
 Subject: Geez, how could somebody try on an R6?, But man, leon is doing great! (n/t)

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