Duke Dunsford (Expert) View all posts in this topic  
Wed Aug 13, 2003 12:52 am
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.

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