2018 Iron Butt 40/40ths Certificate Ride

The experiences described in these posts were Steve or Micki’s at the time they took the ride. Each rider’s experience is unique. These posts do not describe what is usual or likely for the ride described.

2018 Iron Butt 40/40ths Certificate Ride

2 Wheels. 40,000 Documented Miles. 40 Days. That’s it. Simple enough. Ride, Sleep, Eat; Repeat. Oh.. and there will be fun. Gotta have fun.

I am “attempting” an Iron Butt 40/40ths. I say attempting because, to paraphrase a famous quote, If your ideas don’t scare you they’re not big enough. Well, this one is big enough.

The record right now is 31,000 miles ridden in 31 days by Senator Dave Zien set in 2005. I’m going to start, and at some point I am going to stop. …fingers-crossed…

-Steve Diederich

Rules for this ride (IBA 10/10ths): http://www.ironbutt.com/rides/1010.htm  (Just multiply by 4!)

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2018 Iron Butt 50cc Quest Certificate Ride

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2018 Iron Butt 50cc Quest Certificate Ride

We successfully attempted an Iron Butt Association 50cc Quest certificate motorcycle ride from Jacksonville, FL to Huntington Beach, CA ..roughly 2,400 miles in under 50 hours. Riding between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean going Coast to Coast. And, scooping-up a bit of water & sand at the start and finish.  This will be Micki’s 2nd 50cc and Steve’s 8th.

Rules for this ride (IBA 50cc Quest): http://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/50cc/

(All times in PDT)

March 18, 3:12 am, Jacksonville Beach, FL – On the road again!  Gas  Start Receipt  Atlantic Ocean Sand & Water

March 18, 4:45 am – Here’s the live video of us slogging in gear to get Atlantic Ocean sand & water. #amateurvideograghers

March 18, 5:25 am – Sunrise behind us…

March 18, 8:20 am, Love’s Truck Stop, DeFuniak Springs, FL – First gas stop! Gas, dogs n gators. (We didn’t eat any dogs, I was just impressed by the sheer volume.)

March 18, 8:47 am, Pensacola, FL – Highway in the sky….

March 18, 11:36 am, Circle K, Slidell, LA – Early stop for rain gear.

March 18, 12:10 pm – Traffic bypass courtesy of your trusty back seat navigator.

March 18, 4:33 pm, Louisana/Texas State Line – Jiminy Christmas Louisiana!! Rain, traffic, construction!!! You nearly broke our spirit… keepin’ on keepin’ on.

March 18, 6:03 pm, Exxon, Winnie, TX – Gas, bike maintenance and a burger from the most chaotic McD’s I’ve ever encountered. Back on the road. Spotwalla is a touch behind as the (now replaced) Spot battery died.

March 18, 8:02 pm, Engle, TX – 

Happiness is…
– looking up at the stars
– finding a bonus beef jerky stick in your pocket
– people who can read and understand the “Left lane for passing only” sign
– San Antonio being only 2-digit miles away

March 18, 10:20 pm, Kerrville, TX – Bed, after a Long day!!

March 19, 7:46 am, Kerrville, TX – Gassed Up and Rollin’!

March 19, 10:32 am, Bakersfield, TX – Gas, snacks. Not as close to home as our Bakersfield.

March 19, 2:23 pm, El Paso, TX – Just Paso-ed El Paso. #dadjokescoast2coast

March 19, 4:51 pm, New Mexico-Arizona State Line – 2 more states!

March 19, 5:57 pm, TA Truck Service, Wilcox, AZ – Gas and hoity-toity beverages.

March 19, 6:25 pm – Sunset in AZ

March 19, 9:18 pm, Tonopah, AZ – Stop for gas and alternate earplugs… it’s not an Iron Ear ride.

March 19, 10:27 pm, California/Arizona State Line – California here we come, right back where we started from..

March 20, 1:39 am – Video of scooping up sand & water from the Pacific Ocean!

March 20, 1:51 am, 7-11, Huntington Beach, CA – Done! 50cc – the slightly more inconvenient way. JAX to HB

March 20, 2:13 am – Home!! (Why we did the 50cc to HB)

March 20, 2:51 am – Start 3/18/18 6:12 Eastern -> End 3/20/18 1:51am Pacific = 46 hrs 39 min (if errors, math done at 3am)

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2018 Iron Butt Why? Whynot! Certificate Ride

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2018 Iron Butt Why? Whynot! Certificate Ride

We successfully attempted an Iron Butt Association “Why? Whynot!” certificate motorcycle ride from Why, AZ to Whynot, MS ..roughly 1,575 miles in under 36 hours. Rules for this ride (IBA Why? Whynot!): www.ironbutt.com/themerides/whywhynot/

March 11, 9:07 am – Good Morning! We’re enroute to Why… because that’s our starting point!

March 11, 11:48 am, Why, AZ – We went to see Why, if only briefly. Now we begin our trip, Whynot?!

 

March 11, 1:57 pm – Next turn 471mi!

March 11, 4:12 pm, New Mexico – We’ve entered the Land of Enchantment, rainbows and all.

March 11, 4:57 pm, Petro Travel Truck Stop, Deming, NM – Receipt #2 – gas, coffee, warm layer and back on the road!

March 11, 6:54 pm, El Paso, TX – Receipt #3 – rain gear for Mic and to actually PLUG in the heated gear. (Works better that way). 

March 11, 6:58 pm, Texas – Texas – doing it bigger than NM. Why have one rainbow when you can have two.

March 11, 9:24 pm, Pecos, TX – Welp, we made the turn. On I-20 now and headed for our midpoint stop. We watched these glow on the horizon in almost every direction. Not the best pic. Big flame!

March 12, 9:10 am, Midland, TX – Day 2 Receipt 1 – Midland was a decent midpoint stop for a nights’s rest. Gassed up and on the road again!

March 12, 11:36 am – We just completed the windmill to windmill tour. ;p (CA & TX)

March 12, 12:53 pm, Pilot Travel Center, Weatherford, TX – Day 2 Receipt 2 – Gas, pit stop and maybe a little snack from Wendy’s. Oops, did I (Mic) pick a stop with a Wendy’s??

March 12, 1:42 pm, Dallas, TX – We ask not WHO shot J.R., but WHY??

March 12, 4:03 pm, Texas-Louisiana Border – We’ve crossed over! Hasta la vista TX. Hello Louisiana!! #wontbackdown

March 12, 5:43 pm, Arcadia, LA – Day 2 Receipt 3 – Gas, heated gear & coffee

March 12, 7:55 pm, Mississippi – Crossed the Mississippi River into the last state of our trek to Whynot. Cruising!

March 12, 10:22 pm – We’re done! Why? Whynot! In the bag.

March 16 – We received our certificate (with custom art) at the awards ceremony. Fun!

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2017 “Bite the Weenie” Pink’s Hot Dogs RTE

The experiences described in these posts were Steve or Micki’s at the time they took the ride. Each rider’s experience is unique. These posts do not describe what is usual or likely for the ride described.

An RTE is a Ride to Eat. The idea is you ride in, have a meal with other riders and ride home. What is most fun about these events (at least in the Long Distance community) is that folks will come from ALL over. For the Bite the Weenie RTE, we don’t have very far to ride in, but still enjoy going to see old friends and meet new. Here are a couple of pics from our ride and the event.

“Bite the Wieenie” Facebook Event

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2017 Iron Butt Rally Prep

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

Iron Butt Rally
The Iron Butt Rally is an eleven-day motorcycle event, broken into sections (or legs), traversing a large section of North America. It is not a race. No benefits, actual or implied, accrue to the rider who finishes a section (or the entire rally) in the least amount of time. Finishing positions will be determined solely by the points obtained by the riders during the entirety of the event. The following rules, tips, and miscellaneous information are designed to provide the rider with the minimum amount of background material necessary to participate in the event.

Riders spend years training and preparing for this ride they call The Big Dance.

Rally Prep

March 22, 2016 – Las Vegas, NV – First.. The IBA’s 2017 Iron Butt Rally (IBR): I’m in! 🙂 I’m thrilled to be accepted to participate and look forward to doing my best riding ~11,000 Miles over 11 Days next year scavenging for bonus points all over North America. (http://www.ironbuttrally.com)
Second.. I feel for my fellow LD riders who applied and weren’t accepted. It’s incredibly tough to get accepted to and I’ve received that “Not the email you wanted to receive…” message before. Just keep riding and keep trying!

June 2017
Last minute bike maintenance begins.
  

June 13 – Tire Day! These tires are going to leave their mark on more of North America in the next four weeks than most Americans see in a lifetime

June 13 – Provisions have arrived! Maybe some water, and a full tank of gas and I’ll be ready to ride 🙂

June 15 – Bike prep and maintenance is all done for the Big Dance! I even saved a few bucks and upgraded the iPad to the latest in low-tech for routing me to the IBR Start. — in Costa Mesa, California.

Ride Food
 

June 21 – As ready as Me and Moto will ever be Minneapolis Bound! — in Costa Mesa, California.

June 21 – Away He Goes!

June 24 – Made it to Minneapolis Thursday. Got through Tech Inspection, ODO Check, and Registration today without problems. Just waiting for Rider Meetings tomorrow, and the Rally Start Monday morning!  Oh, and this graphic is suppose to give us clues as to the ‘Rally Theme’; as in.. Where we’re going.
??? — at Minneapolis Marriott West.

6/25 – Got my Rally Routing Desk all setup! Welp, the time has come. Check-in and Riders Meetings are over. We’re just waiting for the Banquet Dinner where they hand out the “Rally Packets”. Then, its Plan Plan Plan and Ride starting in the morning for the next 11 days. So, you won’t see much of me around Facebook or whatever. Will be too busy riding & sleeping. To follow the 2017 Iron Butt Rally, here are links to whats happening during the rally:
IBR DAILY REPORTS http://ironbutt.com/2017ibr.cfm
PUBLIC SPOTWALLA TRACKING MAP https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=429
2017 IBR RULES http://ironbutt.com/ibr/_2017/IBR2017Rules.pdf
Wish me luck! It’s going to be an adventure 🙂

The IBR Rally Masters have issued a no social media policy during the rally. These are the last visuals we have of Steve until the rally is over!


Start photos by Rick Corwine

 

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2016 Butt Lite VIII 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.

2016 Butt Lite VIII Rally

The Rally

Butt Lite VIII will run 6 days, from Sunday, July 3rd to Saturday, July 9th, 2016. The rally will start & finish in Colorado and will include one checkpoint.

On the fence? Need a bit of convincing that this is the rally for you? We guarantee a grand time for all, lots of great bonuses, wonderful roads and the best swag in all of LD rallying. A better vacation cannot be had.

Did you know? The last 4 Iron Butt Rally winners are all Butt Lite veterans and the one before that was a winner of multiple TeamStrange rallies.
50% of the 2015 IBR Gold Medal Finishers are Butt Lite finishers, including all of the top 3 riders. Eric Jewell won Butt Lite 1. Josh Mountain won Butt Lite 7.
54% of the Silver Medal Finishers are Butt Lite finishers.

The partnership between Butt Lite & the Iron Butt Rally continues. As in years past, the top 10 finishers in Butt Lite will receive a non-draw spot in the 2017 Iron Butt Rally. TeamStrange will pay the entry fee into the IBR for the first place winner of Butt Lite VIII.

Don’t delay. Butt Lite 7 sold out in less than 72 hours. We are fairly certain Butt Lite VIII will be just as popular.

The Ride

October 1, 2015 – Belly Pan installed for Butt Lite VIII next July. Bring it on Lisa, David, and Bart! ..mostly Bart. lol http://www.teamstrange.com/2016/butt_lite/

May 3, 2016 – My next adventure? The 6-day Butt Lite VIII motorcycle scavenger hunt rally. Vroom-vroom!

June 17, 2016 – Two-weeks till the Butt Lite VIII rally (http://teamstrange.com/2016/butt_lite/). Time to go over the bike 🙂

June 17, 2016 – Gapped at 0.044 per Greg Fizer

June 30, 2016 – The bike is tip-top. Bags are packed. And, I’m rolling 1,030 miles in ~15 hours to the starting point of the Butt Lite VIII Rally in Denver, Colorado (from Southern California). Here’s my SPOT Tracker: https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=116695774737a09ad8

July 2, 2016 – Update on this: Read my lips.. No New Flat Tires July 2016! :))

July 2, 2016 – Everything set-up and waiting till I get my hands on the Butt Lite VIII Rally Pack at 8:00 PM MDT. Then, it’s routing! routing! routing! ..and ‘some’ sleep.

July 2, 2016 – Marriott Denver Tech Center – Denver, CO
RADIO SILENCE… Welp, the time has come. The start of the Butt Lite VIII Motorcycle (Scavenger Hunt) 6-Day Rally. And, us Riders are banned from ANY Social Media, Blogging, Public Forum posting of Anything (Otherwise we will be sad). So, this is my last post for the next 6-days/144-hours.
You can follow the Public Blog for the event: http://buttliteviii.blogspot.com. And, follow All the Riders on the Public SpotWalla SPOT tracking page: https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=336.
Wish me Luck, Safe Travels & Fun! Ciao

July 9, 2016 – Awards Banquet
   

July 14, 2016 – Home Safe & Sound from Butt Lite VIII. Playing catch up. Had a great time/ride. Happy with placing 24th out of 78 finishers; considering the mistakes I made! :\
As you can see, the bike got pretty dirty! And, will be till I get around to cleaning it (blah). Exploding-on-impact bugs in Arizona, mostly.
Here’s all where I rode 5,700 miles in 6 days…
 

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2014 Butt Lite 7 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.

2014 Butt Lite 7 Rally

The Ride

October 1, 2013 – Who just registered for Butt Lite 7 in July 2014? This crazy long distance motorcyclist!

October 4, 2013 – The Butt Lite 7 motorcycle ‘scavenger hunt’ rally took only three days to sell out! There are 70 solo motorcyclists that will be riding this coming July for 6 days over thousands of miles across this great US.

July 1, 2014 – And, here’s how you change the Air Filter on a (gd) Gold Wing GL1800 2nd Gen. lol ~oy~ Hey! I’m halfway done! Did I mention the heat index is 100°? (getting bike prepped for Butt Lite)

July 2, 2014 – Anybody else stopping at Wing Ding in Madison, WI on the way to Butt Lite? I plan on hitting the vendor floor (why the hell I don’t know) Friday morning; then ride to Minnetonka (truck) in the afternoon.

July 3, 2014 – Going to a Wing Ding!, then riding Butt Lite. Be back in ~8,000 miles (eh. about 11 days 🙂

July 4, 2014 – in Madison, Wisconsin – All gassed up. Now, none stop to Butt Lite Headquarters in Minnetonka!

July 4, 2014 – Made it to Minnetonka (it’s actually bigger than they make it out to sound). Checked-in; Registered; Tech Inspection done. Nothing to do now except wait for the Butt Lite 7 Rally Packet at 8:00 PM tomorrow night.

July 5, 2014 – Getting things setup in the hotel room for a night of Rally Routing at Butt Lite 7. Mayhem starts at 8PM. I could end up ~anywhere~ in this country this week. :))

July 5, 2014 – Butt Lite 7 Time!
I’ve missed some rides this season. Some parties. Ran some test rallies. Taken the bike apart a few times this Spring. Added farkle-after-farkle (gadgets). Even added a Fuel Cell (aux gas tank) to the back of the bike (Thanks Frank & Angelo!). 4.2 gallons; in addition to the Wing’s stock 6.6G. For a total of 10.8G and 360-miles between gas stops. I’ve already put 12,000 miles on the new bike since March, and had to put a new set of tires on already. Why? all for this…
I’m in Minnetonka, MN with 62 other crazy Long Distance riders to take part in the biennial Butt Lite Rally. Starting tomorrow (Sunday) at 8AM CDT I’ll be riding the Wing 6,000 miles give-or-take in the next 6-days-straight. 144-hours of Riding, Eating, Resting and Bonus Hunting on the motorcycle ..as much as I can. Though, none of us will know to where until 8PM tonight when they hand out the rally packs. Then, it’s 12-hours of rally routine, sleeping, and all out mayhem! 🙂
Rally Rules prohibit us from any social networking during the rally; No Facebook (not such a bad thing!); No Delphi Forums; No nothing. Private messages, texts, and phone calls are all good. They’ve set up a couple links to follow along, if you’d like:
Butt Lite 7 – Blog: http://buttlite7.blogspot.com
Butt Lite 7 – Public Tracking Page: https://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=245
Butt Lite 7 – General Website: http://www.teamstrange.com/2014/butt_lite/
Number One Goal? Get home safe. Number Two Goal? Finish in the Top Ten. That’ll get me entry into the 11-Day Iron Butt Rally for next year. 😉
Cheers,
Steve2

July 12, 2014 – The Butt Lite Rally… Been there. Done that. 5,500+ miles in 6-days. GOODNIGHT!

July 14, 2014 – Butt Lite 7 is over, I’m home, and in one piece – I achieved Goal #1. The bike is in one piece, too. Though, one big problem: I blew the rear tire. My four-month old bike is now on its third rear tire. lol

Welp, after sitting on the side of the New Mexico Interstate, in the dark, in the desert, for four-and-a-half-hours with a blown tire, I was finally rescued. Got the tire fixed in the morning, and lost 12-hours of rally time. But, I Finished! And, not too shabby.

Out of 60 bikes that started the rally, only 49 finished. I placed 17th. Very happy with that. I rode roughly 1,100 miles there, and then back. Rode 5,600 miles in the six-day rally; For a total of somewhere over 7,800 miles with my ass on that bike for 11-days. I have new aches & pains. New muscles. New calluses. New friends. New memories. And, a Big smile on my face. Hmmm…what next?

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