Hmm, it’s Monday, my day off, it’s mid-November and it’s dry and relatively warm. What to do? How about a 1,000-miler? Actually, 1,031 miles, out and back from one side of South Dakota to the far northeast corner and then back again, in 16 hours and 59 minutes. I’m submitting this ride to the Iron Butt Association (IBA) for certification as a SaddleSore 1000 ride. Hopefully they accept it. 🙂
Temperatures ranged from 23 degrees about an hour into the ride, to a high of 65 somewhere near Sioux Falls, and ended in the mid-40s.
The sunrise and sunset were both inspiring today.
Due to time constraints and wanting to use the daylight hours as efficiently as possible, I didn’t take too many photos other than photos of gas station receipts next to my bike’s odometer.
- To be accepted as an IBA ride it has to be completed under 24 hours.
- At every gas station fill-up you have to take a photo of your receipt next to your bike’s odometer. The receipt needs to have the location, date, and timestamp so that the IBA can verify you were actually there.
- The clock starts at the first fuel stop, and ends at the last fuel stop.
- They don’t go by the bike’s odometer for mileage verification, since motorcycle odometers/speedometers are notoriously optimistic.
- They do verify your mileage by Google Maps, or another similar mapping program.