Tuesday, May 30, 2017

An Interesting Memorial Day Ride

An interesting Memorial Day ride.
With my daughter Linda Darelius, I headed for the Wheat Montana Deli in Three Forks for a Meet Up with a trio of riders from Atlanta and San Diego who were attempting an Iron Butt Association ride through 49 states in 10 days.
Montana was state #46 on their quest.
The ride was great, weather perfect and light traffic.
Arriving at the famous Deli we sat down with a cup of coffee to await the arrival of the intrepid Long Distance Riders.
My Cell phone rang and it was a call from the lead rider, Shareef AsSadiq informing us that they had gone to Plan B and instead of entering Montana from Wyoming at Billings, they were coming up through Monida Pass on I-15 and would be in Butte within a couple of hours.
It was a beautiful ride to Butte over Homstake Pass on !-90, with light traffic and a near cloudless sky.
Bill Ryder had the rig tuned up for our Alaska ride and it was a smooth run.
Arriving at the Rocker Truck stop west of Butte we once again settled in to await the arrival of the Ground Pounders.
Two of the three, "Reef", and Jim Saul showed up within the hour, the third rider Ksolo Harris missed a turn and said he would meet them in Spokane.
After a short gas stop, quick visit and pictures the riders resumed their quest and headed for state #47, Washington and then after a quick run up to Hyder, Alaska they were going to do the Iron Butt Border to Border run to Mexico.
As if the 49x10 and Border to Border rides weren't enough the riders had included the 4 Corner ride and had left Key West, Florida 8 days earlier, picked up the Northeast corner in Maine and would do the Northwest corner in Washington before heading for San Diego for corner #4.
These are tough riders who approach their rides with great passion and exult in the endurance rides they take part in.
All in all, a great Memorial Day ride and Meet Up with old Long Rider friends.
Watch for me, I'll be in the Right Lane America.

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