Day 06 Indigestion?

Checkpoint 2 is at the Sheraton Tech Center in Denver. The weather is awesome! However, not all of our riders have been enjoying their local weather conditions. Riding for days in the rain is a challenge. Everything eventually gets soaked, even with the best gear. As long as a rider is moving, they can stay pretty dry with proper gear. But stopping, opening bags or panniers, collecting bonuses, taking photos,…

Day 05 Marinating

Friday was a travel day for the rally staff. We transferred our work room from Checkpoint 1 at the Warren Place DoubleTree in Tulsa to Checkpoint 2 at the Sheraton Tech Center in Denver. After going far too long without sleep, a couple of us utilized the travel time for a brief, but needed nap along the way. Lisa Stevens seems quite pleased with herself for getting her man Tobie…

Big Dogs

During the lead up to the rally, riders have an opportunity to participate in a private IBR forum, located within the IBA Forum, and for registered riders and senior staff only. This is a place to discuss rally topics, ask questions of staff and veteran riders, speculate on the rally, share farkle ideas, discuss routing methods, and generally get to know those who will be sharing the upcoming 11 days…

Day 04  Over Easy or Scrambled?

Rider meetings at 4:00am are always interesting. Sometimes they are rote, with the handing out of the next leg bonus list and coordinates being the main focus, along with posting the standings from the just-completed leg. Sometimes, riders are reminded in no uncertain terms that what the staff has been seeing or what has been reported is unacceptable behavior on this rally. The rider meeting at Checkpoint 1 was one…

Day 03 Scoring Leg 1

Your scribe got behind on writing, partially due to being summoned to help with scoring to alleviate the backlog of riders arriving near the start of the penalty point window. Only one rider was in the penalty window, which was a minor miracle, given how far out some of the riders on the east side of the country were just a few hours earlier. The scores and bonuses each rider…

Hard to eat with missing teeth!

Hard to eat with missing teeth!

Chris Comly is well known for successfully riding his FrankenSporster in the IBR, against all odds. He is back for 2023 and his prep for this rally was reportedly similar to his prior adventures. The bike was apart, scattered all over the garage, just before the start of the rally. Of course, Chris got it all back together and ready to ride on time. However, he sent the pictures you…

Cracking Eggs

Herakles Boardman is the youngest rider in the rally. He has an aux fuel tank on his Yamaha 9 triple and somewhere along Leg 1, the too-thin aluminum plate it was mounted on cracked at all four mounting points. He applied JB Weld epoxy to hold it until the checkpoint. When he showed the condition of the mount to your scribe, Herakles said he was already lining up a welder…

Sliced and Diced Victory

Robert Long won a no-draw entry into the IBR by winning the Senior Butt Rally, paired with Lionel Ramos. Robert had a rough Leg 1. He was the rider we reported on earlier who went down on wet trolley tracks in Cincinnati. He told me the massive white Victory bounced back up after going down and spitting him off and it continued rolling down the street on its own. Note…

Leg 1 Photo Bonus

Leg 1 Photo Bonus

Dennis Bitner and John Ferber rode from Pittsburgh to the photo bonus at a mural in Coffeyville, KS. They were waiting on the riders to arrive and sign in by 15:00. However, riders who arrived later would not be allowed in the photo and would not collect the photo bonus. There were 68 flags in the photo bonus. It was not far from Checkpoint 1 in Tulsa, so it made…

Tulsa Time

As the rally staff was preparing to transfer Rally Central from the Start hotel in Pittsburgh to the Checkpoint 1 hotel in Tulsa, we received news that the power was out for over 200,000 people in the Tulsa area. A couple of days prior, a storm front packing 100 mph winds blew through Tulsa, resulting in widespread devastation. The outage area included the Checkpoint 1 hotel and without electricity, they…