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post #1 of 22 Old 10-26-2006, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Iron Butt Ride on Nov 18th - 1038 miles completed

My two riding buddies and I are going to make an Iron Butt ride Nov 18th as a goodbye gift to one of the riders who is moving away to live in the clay on some Caribbean Island where there is no need for cars or bikes. Ya Maan!!!

We are trying to plan out a route that will not bore us to death (ie; I-75 to I-95 to I-4 to I-75)and yet be able to hit 1,000 miles in 19 hours or so.

One consideration:

Tampa to Key West (little fun covering bridges) to Daytona to Tampa

Tampa to Pensacola to Jax to Tampa (boring though)

What are your thoughts for a route???

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post #2 of 22 Old 10-26-2006, 07:54 PM
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If you are coming past Port Charlotte on the way to Key West pick me up!
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If you are coming past Port Charlotte on the way to Key West pick me up!

Did I mention that we are leaving Tampa at 2:00AM...That would put us at Port Charlotte around 3:30 AM or so.
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post #5 of 22 Old 10-27-2006, 12:59 PM
 
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If you are up in the Daytona area on your ride, give me a shout and I'll ride with you. See you at the m&g on the 4th.
FWIW, it will be hard to hit 1000 in 19 hours unless you superslab it for some distance. I did 1100 last year on a trip to Illinois and I did slab and it took me 19 hours to do that. My $.02 worth. Enjoy the ride and above all be safe.

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post #6 of 22 Old 10-27-2006, 09:23 PM
 
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Tom,

I might be interested. I've been toying with this idea for some time. Here are two routes I laid out a while back;

http://cycle.frogfruit.com/main.php?g2_itemId=172

One goes to Key West, the other doesn't. From people I've talked to who've done this ride suggest avoiding Key West due to the possible traffic problems, but I think it'd be a blast and make the ride a lot more interesting. If you should quit the SS1000, what better place to be than Key West?

Another thing to think about is time and locations. For example, avoid riding in deer areas at night, big cities during rush hour, etc. If you haven't already, check out www.ironbutt.com for some good advice.

An interstate route may be boring, but you'll make better time. I just did a 600 miles, 15 hour ride, all on back roads. At that rate I'd been hard pressed to finish a SS1000 in 24 hours.

Also think about combining a SaddleSore 1000 and Bun Burner 1500 in the same ride. After completing the SS1000, sleep 6 hours and ride 500 miles to finish the BB1500. If you're too trashed from the SS1000, forget the BB1500 and go back to sleep. :lol:
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post #7 of 22 Old 10-29-2006, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
 
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My wife and I wanted Key West to be a destination as it would give you something to look forward to. What could be better than 123 miles of bridges at sunrise on my first Iron Butt Ride. Fully aware of the slower speeds and potential traffic congestion that could throw us off course we still want to do it.

Here is the route that we are looking at.

Driving Time: 17:46
Total Time with Breaks: 19:46
Total Miles: 1,005 via Microsoft Streets and Maps

2:00 AM Exit 52 San Antonio
5:00 AM Naples - Turning onto Aligator Alley
6:20 AM I-75 turning south toward the keys
8:00 AM Key Largo
10:40 AM Key West -
11:00 AM Southern Most Point Photo OP
2:40 PM Miami
5:50 PM Palm Bay area
7:15 PM Daytona I-4 & I-95
8:20 PM Orlando jumpin on 50
9:45 PM 50 to I-75 to exit 52
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post #8 of 22 Old 10-30-2006, 02:02 PM
 
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Tom,

Without being able to see your detailed route I'd suggest you make the distance a little longer (say 1050 miles) to avoid any problems when ironbutt.com confirms your ride (assuming you care). As you know you need to document the "corners" of the route (gas receipts, etc). If you're not careful you could screw yourself by not having a few extra miles to play with. Let me make an exaggerated example.

You plan a route from Zephyrhills to Ellenton (south of Tampa off I-75). Quickest route based on MS Streets & Trips is 61.1 miles via I-75. If however you took I-275 it would be 82.1 miles. Without a receipt from St. Pete, you'd be short 20 miles at the end of the day. As I said this is an exaggeration, but over 1000 miles, 5 miles is cutting it a bit close. You don't have any input, other than your receipts, as to how you mileage will be verified.

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We are trying to plan out a route that will not bore us to death (ie; I-75 to I-95 to I-4 to I-75)and yet be able to hit 1,000 miles in 19 hours or so.

What are your thoughts for a route???
May I suggest you have an IBA'er look over your route before you set sail and that you review the 25 tips on the IBA web site. You wouldn't want a "minor" detail to DQ your efforts.

Best wishes on your journey.

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post #10 of 22 Old 11-02-2006, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Subagon (Mike)....Thanks for the advise. The route will get massaged to include a few extra miles just to stay on the safe side. See you on Saturday.

Stromette....Thanks for the input. Yes...been reading the 25 tips for awhile as I have talking about doing this run for years. Actually started planning this run in the late 1990's when I lived in California. Always wanted to run the bridges to Key West before I died.

When I ran my route by a handful of IBA riders who ride in the Concours Owners Group with me they thought we were nuts to go to Key West for a SS1000. High risk (unpredictable traffic/accidents) and a big time-bandit with the slower speeds. Heck....We have 4 hrs and 15 minutes to play with.
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