Great going! Good idea...........Dad must be happier than a "blank" in "blank"!
You might want to check out this web site. I believe he now holds the record.......
Dad is pretty happy, he is our driving force organizing alot of this trip. He has been looking forward to us graduating since we started, figures we will be making enough money that he wont have to be there finacially for us anymore. Every summer for as long as i can remember we would always go on a big trip together, usually backcountry hiking. And lately I have been on workterms or taking classes, or Justin or Ryan couldnt get it off work, so it has been tough to go on a big trip, so were trying to make the best of this opportunity.
We are very familiar with Dave’s attempt. In fact we followed his ride each day with great interest. Although Dave’s ride was a truly amazing feat, he did not follow the rules as set out by Guinness. The most significant rule Dave failed to abide by was failing to start his South American run at the Northern Coast. The rules require the South American portion of the ride include either Cartegena or Barranquilla (On our webpage we have a list of the requirements as set out by Guinness … www.noblequest.org/guinness.shtml
) Guinness also requires two witnesses to sign a log book each day. We do not wish, in any way, to diminish Dave’s accomplishments. His ride was truly amazing and it supported and brought awareness to a great cause. (I must confess I’m curious about what happened to Ryan and Donny). However Dave’s interpretation of only having to cross every line of latitude was not the official rule.
For your information, Dave was followed, only days after finishing his ride, by another rider. A big name in Iron Butt circles, Dick Fish, who traveled the full distance in 21 days. Again, however, not by the same rules dictated to Kevin and Julia by Guinness. If you refer to the Globebusters site (www.globebusters.com
) you’ll see Kevin and Julia went through Caracas, Venezuela and had to backtrack in order to get to Cartagena, Colombia in order to follow the Guinness rule. This set them back a few days, as they had originally planned to ride south through Brazil. It is actually this backtrack that makes this record attainable. We contacted Kevin and Julia, the current and, because of Guinness’ decision to no longer recognize attempts, the eternal Official Holders of this record to verify these rules.
Our goal is to follow the same rules that Guinness set out for Kevin and Julia, and accomplish the ride in fewer days. We figure we have some advantages, remember, Kevin and Julia did the ride with Kevin riding the whole way himself with Julia two up. With four riders on solo bikes we feel we will be safer in remote areas. My brother Justin is a Suzuki mechanic and we believe we can set the route more efficiently, ride as a group more safely, abide by all the rules and still beat the current official record. Again we know we will never actually hold the Guinness record.