Friday, June 12, 2009

2009 MM1K

The 2009 Minuteman 1000 just ran on 6/6/09.

My friend Tom and I placed in the top 5.

We were both pretty pleased with that but I'd still like the 9,000 points back that I lost a scoring. I also wish some of the directions and coordinates provided in the rally book were more accurate. I wasted a lot of time looking for some of this stuff that could have been spent looking for other stuff.

Here's what my route looked like.

I had a lot of fun riding what seemed like every backroad in VT, NH, and Western ME.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

IBR 2007 Vid

Thursday, June 12, 2008

2008 Minuteman 1000

The 2008 MM1K ran this weekend. Here's what my route looked like.

The big points went to the folks that went to the eight Ivy League colleges in the North East. Knowing I would'nt be able to get a winning score I decided to do a loop through northern VT, NH, and Maine.

I had a blast, they didn't.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2008 Mason Dixon 20-20

This Rally occurred this weekend from 4:45 AM Saturday 5/24/08 til 2:00 PM Sunday 5/25/08.

Results can be found here:

I finished 10th. I picked a pretty poor route going through New York city at 1:00 PM. I should have gone the other way and done it early on Sunday morning on my way to the finish.

I did have a really nice Sunday ride all over Maryland and the Chesapeake bay area.

Here is what my route looked like according to the satellites. I started just ouside Hagarstown, MD, went up into Philly, NYC, Long Island, and into NJ where I rode the length of the Jersey shore in holiday traffic. After dark I headed into the pine barrons and woke up in Annapolis, MD around 5:30 AM and bagged about 20 more bonus's in MD.

Here is a close up of my route through NYC. I think it took me about 3 hours to go 20 miles.

I don't remember how many bonus's I got but I uploaded 68 digital images to the photo bucket for scoring. It was a busy day.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Spot Personal Satellite Tracker

Here is a link to my Spot personal satellite tracker website. It will show my track positions and any "I'm OK" messages it sends. I'd like it to show more than 24 hours worth but I think that's coming.

Thursday, May 1, 2008


This is a trailer for a DVD being produced on the 2007 IBR.

Monday, April 28, 2008

2009 IBR: I've gone and done something stupid

I've been wanting to get a spot in this thing since 97. I've been actively trying since 01. I got in for 09.

Here is a link to a page that describes the basic concept:

It's pretty simple. It's not a race, more like an 11 day scavenger hunt. It's held every two years and less than 100 motorcycles are allowed to compete out of thousands that apply for a starting position. I say motorcycles because there are a number of husband and wife teams that participate. Kristen's not interested.

The organizers claim it to be "The worlds Toughest Motorcycle Competition" and they make every effort to live up to that claim. In 2007 about 1/3 of the 97 riders who started did not finish. Many were due to mechanical failures, the others because they did not visit enough bonus locations to receive the required points to be considered a finisher.

Below is a link to the 07 rally updates. There is a lot of material here but I think you might find it interesting. The daily reports are on the left. The rules are over on the right but they are 26 pages long. They are even longer for 2009.

The bonus sheets for both legs are also available. Leg one had 123 to choose from and leg two had 134 with this warning:

"IMPORTANT CAUTION: The following Potential Bonus locations
are like a restaurant menu. If you order everything on the menu and
eat it, you are going to get sick and perhaps die. Please pick
and choose bonus destinations carefully!"

Locations from Key West, Goose Bay Labrador, Hawaii, and Prudhoe Bay Alaska were available.

Some significant rules changes have occurred for 2009. No longer will outside assistance be available to riders. If you read through the daily reports you might start to get an understanding of why.

Good stuff but don't tell my Mother.