Iron Butt Rally 2017: Page 2

Iron Butt Rally 2017


It’s early Sunday afternoon and we’re waiting for the Riders’ Meeting at 14.30. This year we don’t have to attend the Rookies’ meeting as we are already Iron Butt Rally finishers. 

The last couple of days have been rather relaxed. Friday was spent mostly catching up with old friends and sleeping. We  had to fit a new switch to our auxiliary lights as the old one had got water inside and was unreliable. Luckily Clearwater were able to send the part to the hotel.

Easy job, just fiddly taking off the side panel. At least it wasn’t raining!

Jet lag and a desire to ‘bank’ some sleep (although it’s not proven to be any benefit) meant we could sleep without any excuses. Early night? It’s 19:30 is that too late? 

Saturday is the day when all the paperwork and tech inspections take place. Old timer Gerhard (I think it’s his 9th IBR) said at dinner that it’s not worth queuing up when the doors open, better to have a relaxed breakfast first, so that’s what we did.

Robert was at the table looking very glum. He’d lost his only copy of the required medevac insurance. He wasn’t going to be able to get a replacement until Monday morning which was too late to start. We suggested he could buy insurance like ours on-line and get a copy emailed to him. His face lit up! We saw him later, he’d got it all sorted and was good to go.

There were, as predicted, huge queues at the video, camera and pack slots, so we wandered out into the car park to see what it was like there. Only a few people waiting for the bike tech inspection. When it was our turn we answered all the questions and showed all the paperwork. “Is that a standard exhaust?” – No. Oh dear. And “That tank isn’t standard is it?” Better call Warchild over to examine. “Did you write to me about the tank?” No….Raised eyebrows (his usual look!) – OK, start her up. Brrrmmmm. Now rev it VRRRM VRRRM. Warchild did a ‘cut’ gesture. Then just nodded. It was OK. 

A small part of the car park

One of our fellow rally riders had an auxiliary tank that was leaking all over his exhaust. If he couldn’t get it fixed his rally was over before it started. Some of the local competitors helped him sort it out. There is a real spirit of camaraderie.

Next was the odo check. This is where a standard local route is ridden to check how accurate the odometers are. We were given instructions. One of them was ‘Plymouth Metro Link parking is kitty corner from your location’. Kitty Corner?? Apparently that means ‘at the opposite corner’. Nevertheless, we managed to miss it and had to do the check again. We weren’t alone, the daily report said about 25 other people had to repeat it.

Robert looking happier now he’s all set to go (thanks for the cover Dave)

Having completed the outdoor items we wandered in and were pleased to see no queues and breezed through the video (answering all the ‘you do understand motorcycling is dangerous’ type questions on video), camera check – ensuring that the camera will produce photos with the correct details, and collection of our rally t-shirts. The theme seems to be related to the natural world so we’re looking forward to that.

We had a good meal with Tom Loftus, Mark Crane, Robert Bolger and Jerry White. Jerry is not participating this year and is interviewing IBR riders then putting the results on YouTube which is an interesting idea.

Another early night and lots of sleep followed by a leisurely breakfast. We bumped into Jerry again and he asked me to be interviewed. Kevin doesn’t like being in front of a camera but was coerced into ‘appearing’ in sound only. We’ve embedded a copy of the video Jerry did with me below (thanks for allowing us to do so Jerry) and you can see more of Jerry’s videos on his YouTube channel.

We’re as ready as we’re going to be and this is the last update here until our rally is finished.

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    • David J White on June 25, 2017 at 19:32

    Go guys!!!
    Waiting to hear from you at the finish line

    • Anonymous on June 25, 2017 at 20:30

    Thank you for the update Lyn. Very enjoyable reading. Best to you both for a safe and memorable IBR 2017.

    • Dave on June 25, 2017 at 23:50

    Thanks for the reports. Looks like you’re good to go. have lots of fun. And at least my bike cover made it to the start!!!

  1. Glad to see you passed all the inspections. Have a great ride!

    • Patricia Hewitson on June 26, 2017 at 10:16

    Thinking of you both. Have fun, & hope to hear you made it to the end.

    • Jacky Edwards on June 27, 2017 at 19:53

    Have a safe and great ride …… don’t we get updates on the way and photos, enjoyed them last time.

    • MARC CBR600 on July 4, 2017 at 09:23

    Yery good to see you back on track. even if the the “health” part is a gravel road. who cares if riding a Tenere.
    good look for a safe and healthy finish

  2. We have combined a post made the day before leg one of the Iron Butt rally (page one) with our IBR write-up as it makes sense contextually. Comments above this were made on that post. Comments below were made after the full write-up was posted.

    We really appreciate all the kind comments you have left, thank you.

    Kevin and Lyn

    • Paul Laskin on July 16, 2017 at 03:13

    Glad to see you two made it through again. Excellent write up as usual. Mary and enjoyed it immensely. A week before you were riding the Northern side of Lake Superior, we were driving the opposite shore. It is an amazing lake. More like a sea then any lake I’ve seen.

    • P E Hewitson on July 16, 2017 at 11:29

    Excellent write up as always Lyn. Had to get the tissues out of course! Congrats & love to both of you. Mum xxx

    • Scraggy UKRM on July 16, 2017 at 13:54

    Glad to see you guys out and about again.

    • Joe Fisher on July 16, 2017 at 14:16

    Great ride, well done.

    • William Burke on July 16, 2017 at 20:35

    Easy to quit. Hard to finish. Well done and congratulations!

    • Mark Olson on July 16, 2017 at 23:49

    Thanks for the detailed and interesting writeup. It’s interesting to get the perspective of someone from the UK on our beautiful country, including some good and bad points.

    By some coincidence, on Friday I found myself at one of the rally bonus locations. I was later informed by the fellow who added it to the rally book that it was part of the 2017 IBR, only after I had my picture taken there.

    • Colin Irvine on July 17, 2017 at 18:06

    The last time we rode in that sort of rain our satnav got so wet I couldn’t read it. I’m amazed yours didn’t! Well done, anyway.

    • Eric Vaillancourt on July 19, 2017 at 02:02

    Glad you still felt it was fun after all the ups and downs. You’re a fine example to other couples, both in your love for each other and your support and good spirits to the end. Congrats again an a fine finish. This was a tough rally with fierce competition. Cheers to you both.

    • Anonymous on July 30, 2017 at 23:21

    Followed your link fromUKB. Well done both of you .

  3. Really enjoyed reading your report! What a great story and so fun seeing the US through the eyes of visitors.

  4. Great report! I always enjoy reading the perspective of other riders, especially those not from the US.


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