Departures

Departures

Unfortunately, the end of Leg 1 saw one rider and one two-up team withdraw from the Rally. Pat Ford, an IBR Vet, decided that this was not his time and headed home. Knowing when you are not on your usual game is an important skill and Pat recognized he was not where he wanted to be. He broke the news to the RallyMom at Checkpoint 1. We wish him well…

DAY 02 Over Cooked?

There are days when the scribe must sigh deeply and report on things which are unfortunate. It is particularly unfortunate to have to post such things when bringing you news of Day 02. But this is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last time the scribe is faced with such a task. Lisa Rufo and Molly are recovering after a deer strike totaled their motorcycle,…

Venison is not what we want on the menu

Just after 5:00am, Bambi threw herself in front of Lisa Rufo/Molly Hecker, riding two up. They were traveling westbound on I88, just west of Delkalb, IL. Lisa and the bike took quite a tumble; Molly was more fortunate. Steve told The RallyMom that Lisa says she’s fine and wants to continue on. Of course she does, she doesn’t give up easily. However, first she’ll have an ambulance ride to check…

Rally 101?

At 1:07am, Landry received a photo text, showing flag 88, hanging on a pole in Bar Harbor, looking so sad and abandoned by its hapless rider. Oh well.  Then, at 3:01am, another rider came upon the lonely flag and texted the RallyMom, asking should they bring it back. Really?! When no text response came from a sleeping Landry, and no phone call to verify the basic rules of rallying, at…

Day 01  Balance

Day 01 Balance

A warm, sunny morning in Pittsburgh, not at all like the rain during the 2013 rally, which was the last time the IBR started in this city. Beautiful weather and no rain in sight. Such a great day to start an epic 11 day motorcycle adventure. Riders will need to not only balance their rest and riding time, but their motorcycles too. The riders all were required to be at…

Day -1  Indigestion?

Day -1 Indigestion?

The Sunday night Start Banquet featured chicken or pork, with sides and salad, plus great dessert choices. It was all very tasty and no one should have indigestion as a result of the food. However, some riders may be ralphing, instead of routing, as they try to digest the contents of the rally packets which were handed out at the end of the meal. This rally is shaping up to…

Day -2  Smooth Operation

Day -2 Smooth Operation

The 2023 IBR poster was revealed this morning in the lobby of the host hotel. It immediately went viral on the internet and the speculation started in earnest. Riders are always looking for clues to the rally bonuses, some of which tend to be “Easter eggs” in the poster design. This activity is not helpful for planning the rally, but it never fails to create much speculation … and a…

Day -3   Gathering Ingredients

Day -3 Gathering Ingredients

Well … here we go again. The 2023 Iron Butt Rally (IBR) is about to get under way. The IBR is known as the “11 days, 11,000 miles” motorcycle rally where riders are challenged to route to bonus locations which will allow them to collect the most points possible during each of the three legs of the event. There are no allowances for weather, traffic conditions, mechanical failures, mishaps, performance…