Tuesday, August 23, 2016

48x10 - The Ten Thousand Mile Ride

On August 7, 2016, 81 year old Del Lonnquist and his 60 year old daughter, Linda Darelius of Helena, Montana (in the sidecar) attempted the Iron Butt Association 48x10 ride.
The 10 day, 8,000 mile ride touched all of the Lower 48 states.
We began the ride with an Iron Butt Association Saddlesore 1000-1 ride from Helena, Montana to Needles, CA.
The thousand mile ride was completed in 21 hours.
We began the 48x10 ride from Needles and ended in Umatilla, Oregon 10 days and 16 hours later, missing the ten day IBA limit by 16 hours.
The two rides combined with the ride from Oregon back to Montana totaled 10,116 miles on the Odometer.
If you followed our adventure on the Spotwalla map, it shows we missed Maine but that was because the battery on my cell phone died and we lost our Spotwalla mapping function.
It was an epic adventure and one we will always remember. 
Thanks to the hundreds of people who followed us on Facebook through our adventure and the to the many we met along the way who gave their best wishes and support.
Thanks to Bill Ryder whose maintenance skills made the 09 Honda VTX 1300 purr like a kitten all the way, to Barry Reddick and Stanton Howe for the good start. 
Special thanks to Reef for the map we followed and for the prayers and support of many.
We will have a new BLOG post, complete with pictures going up on Right Lane America in the near future and are planning a book to chronicle the ride.

In the meantime I will be leaving in the morning on a ride through Montana, the Dakotas and Minnesota to attend a Grandsons wedding.
Thanks again everyone for your help and support.
Del & Linda
Watch for us, we'll be in the Right Lane America.

Del "Lonnie" Lonnquist

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