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    Greeting GL forum members. At 1:30PM EST I finished by Iron butt challenge. There were some obstacles that followed me much of the ride. before I begin with some of the events that occurred, a quick thanks for the tips, love and support. I will say for ME, it should be called the iron trapezius and shoulder. My butt is actually fine. my mental awareness is a strong 7.5 right now. I expected things to maybe to creep in, such as fatigue but that wasn't the case. Main culprit? THE WEATHER. mainly the cold and these incredible cross winds, VERY strong and never let up. I have some wind burn even with my full face helmet down 98% of the time. it was brutally foggy and rainy and was cold. yes, not like up north we get that, but it stayed relatively in the low 30's and 40's much of my ride. I was stopped to get a sweatshirt, was my hands and face with hot water, and was just chilled the entire time yesterday. today it started warmer( 54*) and I was sweating at completion. These are the numbers that are not yet verified or accepted by the IBA. SS1000 = 1050 miles in 19 hrs and bun burner1500= 1565 in 36 hrs. My initial route has me going west to Scott or near Scott, Louisiana, then making the turn around and stopping at some point after completing the 1000miles/24hr. then resume home for the BB1500. The weather had me abandon that and make alternate plans. I'll explain below

    ( for those who wondered why I didn't call it off is because as long as it was safe, I was going. Between daylight savings ( tonight BTW), my so few days off, my birthday present to me and college spring break, this was the best time to do it from my standpoint. I was not being unsafe, to best of my knowledge with my decisions)

    official time stamp 3/6/15 was at 1;50 AM. headed down 75 and I felt it just get colder and colder. I stopped at a rest area to add a layer and switch to winter gloves. Was Ok for a bit. Then I was getting colder. My fingers and feet were frozen and I was already a good 100-150 miles in. At around 200 miles, I realized, DUH.... I have heated grips and seat. I never used them, but they were on MAX from that point until this morning. along the way it was foggy and drizzling. and deer were out because of the weather. Top speed on I 75 at that time was 60. Was cautious. Once daylight broke I was already on I 10 West. The deer were more visible and the fog lifted but the cold was still biting. the temp air display on my GW read 34*!!! About this time I discovered something new on the GW: dealing with strong, vicious and consistent crosswinds. I'm talking WOW!!! But at that time, there were no other vehicle on the road, so I continued, as did the cold and my teeth chattering. I finally stopped at a truck stop in Defuniak Springs, FL to get another sweatshirt, which helped about 10%. The roads were filling up and the winds continued. By the time I hit Alabama, the winds and cold were telling me we are not letting up. It's amazing how LONG and BORING Florida is in terms of miles. Approx. 450 of my 1050 miles were getting out of and back into Florida. In Alabama, things were causing be to doubt my destination. #1- cars and bikes coming from Louisiana were frozen to the bone. They were telling me the winds and cold are very bad. one place told me they woke up to 28* and that was a bout 2 hours before I came through. #2- I was still not warm and toasty. Quite the opposite, but I was still SAFE at that point. #3- Ice and snow debris from the roof of a tractor trailer came off in sheets and were raining down upon me actually hitting me and the bike!! I was very lucky it didn't knock me over. The bridge crossing Mobile bay was so windy the traffic was doing 40 MPH. I did not know how cars weren't slamming into each other. thankfully traffic was still sort of light. #4- The winds and cold were not letting up. I already was fighting at times to keep the GW upright and I would have aborted all together if this was the RSV. It too top heavy to fight 1000+ miles of wind and fog. the light traffic and much space was my deciding factor. Once in Mississippi, traffic was getting a bit much and I decided I was already at 500 miles. If I turned back, I can still get the SS1000. So, Mother nature, made me switch plans. I was cursing bc I had to go back over that bridge, and that LOOONG journey across the Florida Panhandle. I did not take any extended breaks, because I was losing so much time with the slower speeds. I finally returned to the place I started at 850PM for my 1000 miles. I ate what I packed while fueling and using the restroom. no coffee until Tallahassee to give me the extra jolt to get home
    Day 2- after soup, Tea and a shower, I went to bed at 10, but woke up at 4:30 to some upper body soreness from fighting the elements. deciding I wanted to finish this, I left my gas station and time stamped at 510AM and needed to get 500 more miles by 1:50PM ( 36 total hours). Started off well enough. I headed south on I75 to Naples and half way through alligator alley. I stopped at that gas station and had about 3 hours to get what was about 125 miles. No problem. EXCEPT... there were massive delays, stand still in Sarasota and again In Tampa because of who knows what. Tampa had 5 billion people trying to merge onto I4 for Disney and Bike week. I had no expected this and I was forced to hustle a bit more than I wanted due to this. I wanted to get more miles and max the miles against the time in case the IBA were going to subtract odometer reading from Japanese MC. that was not meant to be. I wasted 60-90 in I75 AKA parking lot. Overall, I am quite pleased. I believe the crazy weather took away some extra time and miles on the road. I easily could have made it to Louisiana or even Texas, without fatiguing. My mental makeup is strong this trip.
    Bottom line: I am home safe ( main goal) I accomplished both the SS and BB like I wanted. I challenged myself and my mental mettle. The GW ran flawless but the winds drastically reduced my miles between fill ups ( and I was nervous to let it get below 1/8 tank) I am proud of myself for taking and completing the challenge despite the things trying to make me quit. I learned that with better planning I can do better. I'm even showered and taking the wife to dinner for putting up w me. Things that helped: heated grips, full face helmet, GPS ( for speed and time) MP3 player, LD comfort sorts and socks, proper eating and stretching the week leading up to and on day of, being cautious and not getting to ahead of myself, ear plugs, winter gloves, coffee( only in home stretch) I did not do more than 78MPH the entire trip ( to my knowledge anyway). I think that is all. I cant remember. I hope you enjoyed this LONG tale, but I like to give details so people can visualize. people snicker when they hear its a GW so it is cheating. IDK, you still have to do certain things. I used stock seat. My new goals, not anytime soon are: same SS1000 this time on my Kawasaki Vulcan, which is not the GW. the BB2000 ( 2000 miles in 24hours) and the Florida lap of Insanity ( look that up). First things first: gather my receipts and submit to IBA and await the decision.
    Thanks everyone and ride safe !!!

    PS: I am FAR from an authority on iron butt runs, I was just sharing MY experience as this was my first attempt.

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    Congrats on surviving!
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    • #3
      Great report, kudos.....

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      • #4
        Congratulations!! NO challenge is more satisfying than the ones we place on ourselves.
        2008 Red GW1800 -- NRA Life Member - American Legion PUFL, American Legion Riders
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        • #5
          Originally posted by bikerbillone View Post
          Great report, kudos.....
          Thank you. And to cruiserman and clayusmcret. You are right about challenging yourself being the ultimate reward!!

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          • #6
            good story and congrats are in order!!!!!
            thanks to the following folks
            1-traxxion//2-heli bars//3-sierra electronics//4-alley kat exhaust//5-schroaders Honda//6-129 slayer.com//7-killboy.com//8-windbender shields//9-dealsgap.com//10-wingstuff//11-mojo tools


            the 24 hrs of deals gap//1001.7 miles//23 hrs and 52 min//29,786 turns
            avg. 19 mpg

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            • #7
              Originally posted by yellow wolf View Post
              good story and congrats are in order!!!!!
              I am honored to learn and be part of this forum. It's a nice day when you complete and IB and get well wishes from the famed yellow wolf!!! Thanks mate!
              PS: I did tail of dragon last year with a 2003 yamaha venture.

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              • #8
                Congratulations. That ride took a lot of determination and inner toughness to complete under such miserable conditions.
                Harvey Barlow
                Crosby County, TX
                2010 Goldwing Level II Pearl Yellow (sold at 93,000 miles)
                2014 Goldwing Level II Pearl Blue (sold at 27,000 miles to forum member)

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HBarlow View Post
                  Congratulations. That ride took a lot of determination and inner toughness to complete under such miserable conditions.
                  Thank you. I like working on my determination and inner toughness. I let those things slide recently. This was a way to get some of it back.

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                  • #10
                    Congrats Barrycuda. Great write-up of the ride. Some lessons are hard learned, but those are the ones that stick with you.

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                    • #11
                      Thank you sir...

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                      • #12
                        WOW...that was a great write up...congratulations on your achievement

                        John
                        John - Richmond 2013 GL1800, Level 3

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                        • #13
                          Sounds like a fun ride. My hat is off to you sir for undertaking this adventure, I am a big puss when it comes to these types of rides.
                          Dave - Arizona - 2012/GL1800

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                          • #14
                            Congrats!! I know deep down, you're already thinking about the next one......LOL
                            DS#1146 IBA#55800 50CC,BBG, BB1500 x2, SS2K, SS1Kx3 CERTIFIED ALL DS, PGR RC
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Pooch View Post
                              Congrats!! I know deep down, you're already thinking about the next one......LOL
                              funny you say that Pooch, I'm already trying to plot, scheme and consider the next one. I didn't think I would, but I can't lie, I sort of like it.

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                              • #16
                                Great job on your ride that took guts and courage to complete. I to will be going for my saddle sore 1000 when the weather gets better i don't like to ride in cold weather. Good luck on your next ride.
                                2010 Pearl Yellow L3, Double Darksider #856, Ultimate Midrider Seat w Yellow inlays, F4+4 Tinted, Live To Ride, Love my Wing

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                                • #17
                                  It's always nice to finish some thing that you want to do. It was a great accomplishment. Congrats. I've done 2 certified rides, and will probably do another. Be safe and enjoy the ride. Larry

                                  IBA #57814
                                  SaddleSore 1075 Miles in 24 hours (certified)
                                  BunBurner 1632 Miles in 36 hours (certified)
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                                  Double Darksider # 792
                                  Alaska 2012 / 2014

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                                  • #18
                                    Congrats. You're tougher than I am. Ice on the road means my bike isn't.
                                    2012 Honda Goldwing | 2009 Timeout Camper



                                    Patriot Guard Rider since 2007 | IBA member #59823

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                                    • #19
                                      there wasn't ice on the roads when i was riding. That's freaking crazy!! I won't do that

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                                      • #20
                                        Great write up and congrats. The first mile in I would have been turning on my electric liner and pants LOL. I am heading to Sturgis SD on an undocumented Iron Butt ride in a couple of weeks, I will remember your write up as encouragement when the cold sits in!

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