2013 in Review

The content of these posts were 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.

January 3, 2014
7-Years of Luck – My Motorcycling Anniversary

7-Years ago today, on January 4th 2007, after having taken the MSF Basic Rider’s Course just two-months earlier, and never, ever having ridden a motorcycle before training.. I bought my first motorcycle: A used 2002 Suzuki Intruder VS800. I rode it out of the dealership shitting-my-pants and wondering if I was going to kill myself just getting home. I was actually afraid of riding it in the Spring, and thought I should go get a 250cc bike.

I really liked that bike. But, after a couple years of riding it, and joining the Salt City Riders riding club in Central NY (thanks to Patrick Marnell), I quickly desired to turn it into a touring bike – which isn’t easy to do to a 800cc bike..and that’s where Mitch Lenway (easily) convinced me to buy a used Gold Wing in June of 2009. Today I still ride that bike: A 2003 Honda Gold Wing GL1800.

In the Summer of 2011 I decided to take a chance and ride that ‘touring bike’ of a Gold Wing across country and see if I couldn’t avoid death and actually make it back home alive. I did, and my life would never be the same. I Fell In Love with Long Distance Riding! OMG – You could actually ride thousands of miles across this great country of ours and not die. lol

Since then: I have been from coast-to-coast THREE times. Met So Many new friends across the country; not to mention experiencing the openness of the riding community – whether it be my own backyard, the state, or the country. Have experienced places, back roads, and off-the-beaten-paths I can’t even put into words. And, recently, been introduced to the world of Motorcycle Scavenger-Hunt Rallying.

This ‘Riding Season’ of 2014, I will participate in 8-hour, 24-hour, and 6-DAY (Butt Lite) motorcycle scavenger-hunt rallies. And, attempt to ride into each of the continental US-States-plus-Alaska in 10-days. :))) Additionally, I have entered into a chance to be picked to ride the 11-Day Iron Butt Association Iron Butt Rally in 2015. (Fingers Crossed!)

In the 7-years I have ridden: I have accumulated 65,585 miles on two-wheels (60K+ on the GW). Across too-many-to-remember US States, and Canadian Provinces. With some great friends. And, can’t wait to do any-of-it, all-of-it, or-what-ever ..again.

..feeling good.. even though there are inches-upon-inches of snow outside and the temp is -5 F right now. Come on Spring!

~Ride Safe~

2013 Iron Butt SaddleSore 1000 To Hell And Back

 

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

Your ride needs to be completely documented and cover a minimum distance of 1,000 miles in 24 hours or less (SaddleSore 1000), or 1,500 miles in 36 hours or less (Bun Burner). In order to keep these rides from becoming a race, mileages in excess of 1,800 miles in less than 24 hours will not be published.

Please keep in mind, 24 hours is wall time, not riding time. So if you start your ride at 5:00 pm on June 1st, you must finish it before 5 pm on June 2nd.

The SaddleSore and Bun Burner do NOT require you to speed. The majority of riders will cover their 1,000 miles in about 18 to 20 hours (including all stops). For every hour you are on a major highway riding, you put approximately 20 minutes of “off” time in your time bank that can be used for resting. Use that time wisely as it does not come off the 24 hour clock!

The Ride

September 3, 2013  – 1,000 miles to Hell and Back – Who’s with me!

This Friday, September 6th, I am riding the motorcycle to Hell and Back! (Hell, Michigan 48169 from Syracuse, NY 13206)

Details:
– This is a Rain or Shine event; bring appropriate gear (for dryness & warmth).
– Just over 1,000 miles round-trip.
– ~17 hour round-trip ride.
– Leaving Valero gas station, 6325 Thompson Rd Syracuse NY 13206 (South of Carrier Circle) at 7:00 AM.
– ~523 miles/8-hours TO HELL; with 2 quick gas/receipt stops (~10 minutes each).
– ~30+ minutes in Hell (That’s enough!) – quick gas/receipt stop.
– ~523 miles/8-hours back; with 2 quick gas/receipt stops (~10 minutes each).
– This ride will be 100% in the U. S. of A. (not cutting the short-cut through Canada).
– Having an E-ZPass is highly recommended.
– You’ll need to be able to get at least 200-miles out of a single tank of gas on your bike
– Credit card for faster in/out gas purchases (Visa/MC, no AmEx!).
– Pack as much, if not all, water, food, snacks, whatnot on the bike that you’ll need for the day (minimizes time at gas stops).

This ride, being 1,000+ document-able miles in under 24-hours, qualifies for an Iron Butt Association SaddleSore 1000 ride; and will make you an Iron Butt Member (once you submit the needed documentation/paperwork/submission fee).

Call me crazy, but what else is the bike for? Lets Ride!

Let me know (AHEAD OF TIME!) if you want to join me on this ride. That way I can bring extra Iron Butt paperwork That You Will Need – and know to expect you.

Cheers,
Steve2

IBA Certificate

2013 Team Lyle Garden State Rally

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 Rally

Team Lyle Garden State Rally is a charity motorcycle event. It is an 8 hour scavenger hunt, on motorcycles, all within the borders of NJ, The Garden State!

  

2013 Iron Butt 50cc Quest & BBG

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

Iron Butt 50cc Quest – Your ride needs to be completely documented and cross the United States from coast to coast in 50 hours or less.

If your motorcycle is equipped with a large fuel-tank, please note that you must stop at least once every 300 miles for gas (this is purely for documentation for your ride). Although we know it is possible to ride greater distances non-stop, we will not accept a claim of this type.

Iron Butt Bun Burner Gold – The Bun Burner Gold is a motorcycle ride in which you must ride 1,500 miles in less than 24 hours.

Before you can apply for one of these rides, you must have completed at least one of these rides:
–SaddleSore 1000
–SaddleSore 2000
–Bun Burner 1500 (1,500 miles in less than 36 hours)
–any rally recognized by the IBA in which your mileage can be accurately verified as complying with the requirements of one of the rides above

The Ride

February 14, 2013 – Sunday March 17th, 2013 I will attempt the Iron Butt 50cc Quest. Coast-to-Coast in under 50 hours on the motorcycle. Can’t wait! :))

IBA 50cc Quest Certificate & Bun Burner Gold Certificate

 

2013 Iron Butt SaddleSore 1000

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

Your ride needs to be completely documented and cover a minimum distance of 1,000 miles in 24 hours or less (SaddleSore 1000), or 1,500 miles in 36 hours or less (Bun Burner). In order to keep these rides from becoming a race, mileages in excess of 1,800 miles in less than 24 hours will not be published.

Please keep in mind, 24 hours is wall time, not riding time. So if you start your ride at 5:00 pm on June 1st, you must finish it before 5 pm on June 2nd.

The SaddleSore and Bun Burner do NOT require you to speed. The majority of riders will cover their 1,000 miles in about 18 to 20 hours (including all stops). For every hour you are on a major highway riding, you put approximately 20 minutes of “off” time in your time bank that can be used for resting. Use that time wisely as it does not come off the 24 hour clock!

The Certificate

2012 SCMA Four Corners Tour

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

You have 21 days (or less) to ride your motorcycle (or trike) to these Four Corner cities of the United States; San Ysidro, CA; Blaine, WA; Madawaska, ME; and Key West, FL using any route and sequence you desire. You do not have to return to the first corner to finish the event.

The ride is approximately 7000 miles (depending on your route), not including your travel to the first corner and your ride home from your final corner.

The Ride

March 2012 – I hope to get the motorcycle out of Winter (ug) storage this week. My next big solo trip: The USA Four Corners Challenge. Roughly 10,000 miles within 21 days. I’m thinking June…

June 1, 2012 – T Minus 72-hours

June 7, 2012 – First Corner of the US out of Four… Done! Key West, FL – 1,795 Miles

June 12, 2012 – Leaving the hotel; done catching up with work. Corner #2 -San Ysidro, CA- Here I come!

June 12, 2012 – Second Corner of the US…Done! San Ysidro, CA – 4,961 Miles

June 15, 2012 – Should make it to US corner number three in a couple hours – Blaine, WA 🙂

June 15, 2012 – Third corner of the US…Done! Blaine, WA – 6,539 Miles

June 19, 2012 – Entering Canada to get to Corner Number Four at the top of Maine (Madawaska, ME) by Thursday afternoon. Between now and then my phone will be turned off: No… calls, texting, email, data access, etc. I’ll try to check Email & Facebook messaging by WiFi once or twice a day. ay?

June 21 – Fourth Corner of the US… DONE!!!! Madawaska, Maine – 10,124 Miles

USA Four Corners Tour