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Ronniedog and I have this morning completed an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000. As far as we're aware we're the first TW's to do a certified ride.



I'd like to dedicate my ride to my sister, Phyllis, who recently lost her battle with cancer, but left this world far better than she found it. Thank you, sis.







If I ever wake up I'll fill in my end of the pics and details. Even my camera is blurry-eyed this morning, as you can see.



Ronnydog should just be arriving home near San Diego.
 

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Ronniedog and I have this morning completed an Iron Butt Saddlesore 1000. As far as we're aware we're the first TW's to do a registered ride.



I'd like to dedicate my ride to my sister, Phyllis, who recently lost her battle with cancer, but left this world far better than she found it. Thank you, sis.







If I ever wake up I'll fill in my end of the pics and details. Even my camera is blurry-eyed this morning, as you can see.



Ronnydog should just be arriving home near San Diego.




I'm home I think???????? Lets not do this again.




 

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I think we should do it again in the next month or so before the feeling returns to our buttcheeks.



Warren The Instigator (who started this in the first place) has emailed me while we were gone and is out doing a Saddlesore on his flying couch. Even he was smart enough not to take a TW. Remind me to swipe one of his spark plug wires.



You should rent him your air conditioner now that you've retired..
 

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I am very impressed. Its almost been long enough now that I would consider doing another one. Almost. Cheers guys, really. And on a TW is really something. You guys got some grit.
 

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Nice going guys. My butt started aching just reading your post. I can only imagine how yours are doing. Was wondering what/where your 1000 miles course was.
 

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Congratulations and well done.



Looking forward to seeing you and the venerable TW200

included in the Certified IBA Rides.
 

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Nice going guys. My butt started aching just reading your post. I can only imagine how yours are doing. Was wondering what/where your 1000 miles course was.


You could pick it up from your area possibly via 91 to Corona and bypassing the Tucson leg. I think your mileage would be close.



The route is brutally hot. Probably well over 100 from just east of Alpine clear back to Parker. Leaving at night doesn't change this greatly. Mostly it gets you around the really big climbs out of most areas in SoCal.



Timing out is a very real possibility if you route it without taking everything into account.



I started my ride from home yesterday morning and the trip to Ronnydog's was my first leg and his start point. We split in Joshua Tree early this morning.





Here's mine:







Ronniedog's:



 

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Wham bam thank you ma'am....thanks for stopping by my place.
 

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Ya done good! I did the saddlesore 1000 back in '98, rough on the rear end ain't it
 

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Wham bam thank you ma'am....thanks for stopping by my place.


Wish we'd had time. I'd have hauled those stock tires home. I'd almost forgotten what a vacation it is to ride on the skinny tires after running the ATV tires for so long.
 

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I most humbly admit that your ass is tougher than mine!



You guys rock.



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Turns out most of the pics I took were gas station shots for documentation.



Ronnydog waiting for me to get my act together so he can get started:







See if you can spot the latest top secret TW fashion accessory on his bike:







I sat down momentarily on the asphalt to oil my chain. Jumped back up like a scalded cat because the ground was blistering hot. So I rolled it over into the shade. These guys were keeping the buzzards away, but I overheard them gambling for our clothes. Gila Bend, Az.



 

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Typically, my butt tolerance is measured in hours of a ride, not so much the miles. Looks like you two got it covered both ways. Good job, I tip my hat off for your efforts. Endurance ride for sure!
 

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These guys were keeping the buzzards away, but I overheard them gambling for our clothes. Gila Bend, Az.




I don't think they would fit . . . .



Not sure your butt's would feel any worse after being chewed on by those two than after the ride!



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Wow, Longest Ive done is 200 and I thought that was wayyyyy to long.... Is his latest TW fashion the light under the headlight?
 

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No. But those LED's are retina burners. They really work well. At the times when I rode behind Ronny there was enough light for both of us. Great output and fan pattern, and the light temperature on the road and the landscape seems easy on the eyes from BEHIND the lights. They really cut down on eye fatigue, but as we learned you definite don't want them in your rear view mirror or to face them oncoming.



Doing this with someone whose riding you trust is a distinct advantage over solo. You can switch off lead positions and to a degree you can kick back and follow his tail lights for awhile.



Sub-300cc Iron Butting should probably have its own class as the variables have more direct effect on outcome than with large displacement bikes. But the IBRA already does a good job of addressing so many factions I wouldn't want to pile that on their plate.
 

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This is where the oven door really opened. Downgrade toward Yuma, eastbound on Interstate 8:







Ronnydog had the ultimate climate control system. I'll let him elaborate on that, partly because I don't have a good picture of it and partly because I'm pretending that it's unmanly not to face the elements head on.
Danged smart setup.
 

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You and Ronny are...well...bad a$$e$. At least for the next day or two.
 

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Thanks for dat
. I think...



The term "BADASS" is fleeting. We're hoping others will come along and do it quicker, or with fewer stops, a more difficult route or in bad weather or crossing 6 international borders and blow our "BADASS-edness" right outta the water.



At least we got to be first at sumpin' in a big feesh, small pond sorta way. For now.



I got another similar trip in the works riding even more "unsuitable" vehicles. I'm hoping Ronnydog will lose enough brain cells between now and then that he'll acompany me on that adventure, as well.
 
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