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    Rob,

    I am glad you are OK. Thanks for taking the time to post. It calms nerves and dispells mistruths (rumours). Have a great Ride to Florida. Ride Safe, at the rate the riders are falling out, just finishing could get you a decent place.

    Best

    Craig Cleasby
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    HI Folks, I am hanging on all the websites to hear about the IBR. I finished in 2001 with my own difficulties. I can relate to several stories making me hold my breath as I recall being stranded on the side of I-10 in the dark. I know what it feels like to just want to finish and how helpless one feels while counting the minutes to check point closing while the bike is on a lift. I am talking to Rob and Paul in my mind, encouraging you mentally to ride your own ride as safely and prudently as you can and may the deer never cross your path. Good luck to all

    Russell Stephens is out but alive.
    Paul Taylors riding partner Dennis is out.
    Jack Tollet is out but alive

    The bottom line is alive here. Ride the wind to hug your loved ones.

    SKERT
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    Picks up her own bike

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    Th' IBR is all about right mental attitude, and that 's especially true when the bike's attitude is horizontal rather than vertical. Good adjusting, Robstah!

    Here's El Jefe's 3 rules:
    1. Anybody can ride 1,000 miles a day, when the roads are smooth, traffic light, and the bike is in perfect order. Even I've done this, which sorta proves the point...
    2. Only a few will do such a thing after a crash like this one. THIS is the sort of action of which IBR legends are made. Plus, why waste the entry fee, eh?
    and
    3. The IBR IS a mind game, and Kneebone is a Master Gamesman. The red and Blue Pill routes may be A)just a ploy to throw you off your game; B) NOT true at all; Duh! and C) likely to be a trick that will get repeated on the 4th leg.

    Anything can happen, but only if you're riding the bike. Good on ya, Mr. Nye. Be seein' ya!

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    From Bob..

    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    August 13, 2003
    Day 2

    Go West, Young Man, Or Maybe East

    The first leg of the 2003 edition of the Iron Butt Rally followed
    a typical format with its route instructions. Thirty-three bonus listings
    spread over nine pages invited the riders to figure out the most efficient
    and effective way to pile up points between Missoula, Montana and Primm,
    Nevada.
    You might think that there is a fairly good correlation between
    efficient riding and a high finishing position. There isn't. More than
    any other factor, a winning ride almost invariably correlates with total
    miles ridden. There's no getting around it: Efficiency looks great, but
    sloppy most often takes home the bacon. Never forget, however, that
    fatigue can easily give it all back. The dynamics are complex.
    After the first leg the points-per-mile efficiency of Eric Jewell
    and Bob Cox was almost the same (2.12 v. 2.11), but Jewell stood in first
    place while Cox was 60th. The difference was that Cox had ridden a very
    short, controlled route while Jewell was all over the map, racking up 621
    more miles than Cox. A rider with an excellent efficiency is smart; a
    rider with big points is an animal; a rider with both is the guy to beat in
    the Iron Butt.
    But the bonus instructions are not always so straightforward. In
    1993 Mike Kneebone handed out not one but two sets of instructions for a
    single leg. He called it "Pick Your Poison." Both sets of route
    instructions went from Point A to Point B, but one set was dramatically
    more difficult than the other. You didn't have to decide which route to
    follow, but if you began picking up bonuses from Poisoned Route #1, you
    couldn't grab any from the other route.
    It sounds somewhat worse than it was. The tough route was clearly
    for those who had aspirations of winning the event; the simpler set of
    instructions was for everybody else. Most entrants realize that they have
    no realistic chance to win this rally. Being selected in the drawing for a
    starting number was more luck than they ever should have had. They had
    jumped to the head of a line of more than 2,100 hopefuls. For almost
    everyone the mere fact of being able to participate in such an amazing
    circus is sufficient. There are rides with some friends in the country;
    there are cross-country rides that can last weeks; you may take rides to
    foreign lands. And then there is the Iron Butt, the big one. Winning it,
    except for a couple of dozen heavies with the thousand-yard stares, isn't
    why they're there. Finishing it is.
    For the second leg on this year's IBR from Nevada to Florida,
    Kneebone turned up the heat to a degree that was clearly uncomfortable for
    more than a few of the riders. Instead of having the opportunity to check
    out bonuses in a single set of route instructions or having the chance to
    compare two sets of route instructions and decide which might be more
    suitable, at 11:00 p.m. PDT last night The Evil Lord Kneebone forced the
    lambs to select one of two possible routes out of Nevada without first
    being able to look at either of them.
    It was a variant on a theme from the original "Matrix" film. The
    rider would pick a colored pill, red or blue, and once having done so, his
    future would be fixed for the next several days. The riders had been
    gathered together in a huge showroom. Kneebone walked up to the
    stage. They stared at him uneasily.
    "In that movie," he began, "the blue pill made your life fairly
    easy and safe, but it wasn't reality. If you needed reality, with all its
    sordid, downside risks, you'd take the red pill. Your life would
    immediately become hard, dirty, tiring, nasty, brutish, and short. But it
    was in the tradition of True Iron Butt. And it will be the route that the
    winner of this rally will take. Any questions?"
    A hand was raised. "Is there any way the blue pill route can win?"
    "Yes," Mike said. "If every single rider on the red pill route
    crashes, breaks down, goes home, is time-barred at the next checkpoint,
    develops tertiary syphilis, or is abducted by aliens, it is theoretically
    possible that a rider on the blue pill route could win. Still, I view it
    as unlikely."
    There it was. You want to win? Pick that red pill. You say you
    don't have a clue where it could take you? Well, Kneebone spent the next
    twenty minutes trying to assure the quaking riders that most of the rumors
    they'd heard during the months leading up to the event were
    baseless. Yeah, one option was the road to Goose Bay, Labrador, but it
    wasn't worth taking. No, the winning route wouldn't require slogging
    through 15,000 miles of corrugated dirt roads. Yes, rallymaster Lisa
    Landry had gone to every major bonus aboard her massive Gold Wing, and if
    she can do it, stop telling me that you can't.
    The long and short of it was that taking the blue pill would
    guarantee a nice, easy ride from Las Vegas to Florida via the top of Mt.
    Evans in Colorado (the highest paved road in the U.S.) or via the bowels of
    Carlsbad Caverns. The average motorcyclist would view either of such trips
    as the mother of all rides; for the Butt entrant, it was not much better
    than an also-ran. Me? I'd have kicked my own mother down the stairs for
    one of those blue pills. Let's be realistic, OK?
    Lisa and Mike arranged to have the riders approach the stage
    single-file, declare their preference of pill color, and accept
    one. Having done so, they were directed to return to the chairs in the
    audience. The chairs to the left of the stage were for red pill holders;
    those to the right for blue. I later asked Mike how he and Lisa had
    arrived at this structured kind of dance.
    "People are constantly telling me that they're ready to go to
    Prudhoe Bay or Cabo San Lucas or the Isles Beneath the Wind. Talk is
    cheap. Half the people who declared they were going to Alaska in 2001
    never went near the place. I thought it was time for them to decide in
    advance whether they were big dogs or not. The red pill will win. I told
    them that. The blue one won't. You want that red sucker, not knowing
    where it will take you? Here it is, Jack, and good luck."
    All in all, they had about two hours to consider the odds. Then
    they were lined up and fed up to the stage one by one where Lisa waited
    with the two bowls of pills.
    "Red or blue?" she asked repeatedly.
    Kneebone dotes on this sort of drama. It's the most obvious kind
    of cheap, staged effect, from the Greeks to Jolson. I tell him that these
    poor bastards are tired, frazzled, and crazier than rats in a coffee
    can. They don't need to stand in a line like this, I plead. They need to
    be lying down in a manger somewhere, loaded up with 200mg of Ambien and
    Prozac, dreaming of bunnies hopping through a green meadow. You're
    prolonging their nightmares, I say. Have you no sense of shame, sir? He
    chuckles sadistically.
    When the ceremonies were concluded, just 33 of the still-standing
    110 riders held red pills in their sweaty fists. Thirty-four had initially
    picked red, but Rob Nye, a BMW MOA club director, chugged back to the stage
    just before bonus packages were handed out and begged for the chance to
    exchange his red pill for something milder. Landry granted his wish.
    Today 77 riders are on their way to Florida, while 33 of their
    friends have gone in the opposite direction to the western slopes of the
    Sierra Nevada mountains in California. There they will receive further
    instructions. Pain is on the horizon, I fear. Stay tuned.

    Bob Higdon
    www.ironbutt.com
    Dave Swider
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    Questions

    Is Rob Nye the one with the IBER dog on his bike?

    Thanks,
    Lisa

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    Re: Questions

    Originally posted by Tieton
    Is Rob Nye the one with the IBER dog on his bike?

    Thanks,
    Lisa
    No, he's the guy with all the antennas and lights on his K11LT. I think a couple of those lights are gone and the antennas are all pointing in different directions now.
    Dave Swider
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    For Skert

    Skert, our mutal friend, Kerry Willey, has his own ride
    comments - via a ladyfriend - on www.carssuck.com. He's on the Yammahammer again this year...but because of Mike Kneebone's
    "no sponsors" rule...had to get ride of the dealer plate and buy one himself.

    Mac
    Mac
    1986 R80RT, 2005 R1200GS
    Livin' Large On The Lake

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    Thanks! Kerry is one of my mentors and a dear friend. I certainly want to keep up with him. He an Rick are IB ridders that made me feel like one of the group. I try to make others feel the same way.
    SKERT
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    Bill Shaw

    From the IBMWR list:

    Bill Shaw is running the Iron Butt and had an accident yesterday afternoon.

    Here are the details:

    Bill's in a Red Roof Inn in Phoenix - - he's
    working with his insurance company on the bike now.

    He was 3rd day in the IronButt - on I17 South in Phoenix. Car in his lane
    2 up had a blow out - Toyota Pick up - the car in front of him slammed on
    the brakes and Bill swerved left to avoid the
    Honda Civic in front of him and contacted the left rear quarter panel. He
    went down then and slid about 8 to 10 feet - the bike traveled further and
    hit the Jersey wall before going off the road. Lots of damage to the bike
    - impacted the front wheel - probably totaled.

    It was towed to the BMW dealer - he's unhurt - thanks to his Rukka suit -
    which has abrasions on it - he does not think he hit his helmet.

    Police showed up termed it a no fault accident - no tickets
    issued. Basically sucks for Bill.

    He's trying to get back in the IronButt - he's working on a plan to fly
    back to Washington Dulles tonight (red - eye) and get back in the Ironbutt
    on another bike.

    Don Graling
    Centreville, Virginia
    BMW 2001 R1150GS
    Dave Swider
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    Today's Rob Report, as of 5pm PDT:

    I talked with Rob, who was just south of Denver on 470. He's on his way to Florida and trying to get south and east across OK and TX. He hooked up with Norm Babcock and they rode to the top of Mt. Evans together, a 1500 point bonus. He's now got 36 hours or so to get to Florida.

    This morning, he went and visited the Quick Lube folks. I'll say it was an interesting discussion and leave it at that. Nonetheless, he managed to nab the bonus points for the bridge near Moab and then beat it to Colorado where he met Norm. They've now split up, Rob being a Yankee in traffic and Norm being somewhat more polite.

    Rob's looking for a truck stop that can sell him a giant cell phone antenna so he can get better range on the phone. I've been talking with him while he's usually riding down the road.

    His quote:"I'm at about 90% of full operational capabilitiy."

    This is good. More later.
    Dave Swider
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    Rob's Status

    Did Rob say that he had installed a new set of "Energizer" batteries???

    Go Rob, Go Rob, Go:
    bliss
    Jim Bud...

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    7:30 PM PDT

    Rob's fixed the cell phone antenna and now has some decent communications ability. He's heading off of I-25 and going to take 50 and try to head southeast.

    He's going to ride another few hours and then stop and sleep for a few. Tomorrow will be a big push south toward Florida.
    Dave Swider
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    You reported that Rob hooked up with Norm Babcock. Any word on where Linda is? Has anyone heard anything about Vicki Johnston (R1100RT), Marsha Hall (R1100S) or Paul and Voni?

    Say Hi to Rob!!
    Ride Hard, go far, and keep smilin...

    Karol Patzer, Ambassador, Director MOA Foundation
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    Originally posted by Karol Patzer
    You reported that Rob hooked up with Norm Babcock. Any word on where Linda is? Has anyone heard anything about Vicki Johnston (R1100RT), Marsha Hall (R1100S) or Paul and Voni?

    Say Hi to Rob!!
    Sure will. I'll see who else he's run into. I'll probably talk with him tomorrow at some point. He says when he runs into other riders on the road it helps him feel like he's doing something right, especially if he runs into other folks that have done this before.
    Dave Swider
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    Hi Karol, yes we've heard about Vicki, she's doing fine and headed to florida, I talked to her other half last night and KNee Bone had said he saw her as well, I saw a couple pics with her in it. Heck that rally is looking like alot of fun!

    Tom

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