Iron Butt 50 CC
I just finished the Iron Butt 50 CC ride. The ride consists of riding from coast to coast in 50 hours or less. I left my house in Tampa at 7:30 AM and rode to Jacksonville Beach. I found the police station that was located closest to the ocean in my BMW Motorad III GPS and got an officer to annotate the time and date, along with his badge number. (A requirement of the ride.) Then I went to the ocean and dipped my toes. Then I went to the closest gas station and filled up, saving my receipt (also a requirement of the ride) I eft and got on the road a 11:47 AM. I made it to Sulphur, LA by midnight and I could go no further. I got a hotel room and slept until 5 AM. I was back on the road by 6 AM. I continued the next 880 miles across Texas only stopping for fuel approximately every 250 miles. I made it to Gila Bend, AZ and I drank one of those 5 hour energy drinks. Wow! I'm glad I did the next part of the ride proved to be the most challenging. The temps dropped into the 30's and the winds were unlike anything I've ever experienced!! I was nearly dragging knees and could barely stay on the road from the force of the winds!! I was beginning to think that I was never going to make it out of the mountains! The GPS said that I only had 30 miles to go but it was no where in sight and the fuel gauge said that I had less than 10 miles of fuel left!! I was happy to stop in Alpine, CA. My last stop before the Pacific Ocean. I made to the Ocean around 5:30 AM Dipped my toes in the Ocean and found the closest police station where I again got a police officer to annotate the time and date along with his information. Finally I found the closest gas station to get my final receipt which concluded my ride. All told it took me about 46 hours to make it across the country. A lot of people have asked me why I did it and the simple answer is that it has given me a sense of accomplishment and will be an experience that I will remember the rest of my life.
Rick, MSgt USAF Ret. 1981 - 2001
2014 K1600 GTL