2015 Iron Butt SaddleSore 3000 & MTF Destination Hyder

The content below was collected by Micki Denton from prior posts on Facebook by Steve Diederich. Steve has not reviewed or approved these posts. The experiences described in these posts were Steve’s at the time he took the ride. Each rider’s experience is unique. These posts do not describe what is usual or likely for the ride described.

The Rules

SaddleSore 3000 – The SaddleSore Series consists of several rides. Each ride involves a distance challenge and a time challenge. There are no intermediate time or distance requirements (except as noted below). You may, however, create additional challenges for yourself if you want to increase the number of certificates for which you may qualify. See more details about nesting here.

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Iron Butt Association site. The rules are identical to those of a SaddleSore 1000, except the mileage and time requirements are greater.

You may elect to ride more miles in any one day, as long as the total mileage of the entire ride is within the time challenge. So if your personal rhythm means you would rather ride 1,050 miles on day one and then take an extended motel stop, well into the second day, you may do so, as long as the total mileage is completed within the time challenge.

You have several options to bail out on these rides. The documents needed are the same as a SaddleSore 1000 so if you cannot complete, say, the SaddleSore 3000, you may still have successfully completed the SaddleSore 2000.

Motorcycle Tourer’s Forum Destination Hyder

The Prep & Ride

May 13, 2015 – New tires, New brake pads, New fluids all-around. All set for Alaska next week! — at Micro Bore Inc.

May 17, 2015 – I love my Gold Wing and I wouldn’t give it up, but.. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Changing the Air Filter is the biggest pain in the ass! I’m an hour-and-a-half in and I Just got to the filter (the red square). Now to put it back together (and not miss reconnecting anything). Needs replacing every 12,000 miles. I’ll be replacing it again in ~3 weeks. -_- — in Syracuse, New York.

May 17, 2015 – 3 days to Alaska, 8 days hitting all of the lower-48. Not much time for stopping. Gotta eat on the bike!


May 19, 2015 – Off to parts known. First stop: Pittsburgh, PA. The next 13,000 miles should be interesting! — in Syracuse, New York.

May 19, 2015 – Well, to leave from Alaska to hit the lower 48 States I need to first Get to Alaska. So, here I am in (near) Pittsburgh, PA leaving Wednesday morning to ride 3,000 miles in 3 days (an Iron Butt SaddleSore 3000 / SS3000). I’ll be in Hyder, Alaska by Friday night! Gonna be fun! Feel free to follow along

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