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...but after a couple months of planning & waiting for halfway decent weather, I took Tuesday off & rode an Iron Butt trip--the Lower Great Lakes 1000 (circling Lakes Erie & Ontario) in a little under 21 hours. My legs are still a little sore & my butt would be too, if it wasn't still numb. :lol: Just sent in the paperwork this morning, hope to hear from them by end of June.

I know from other posts that there's been some interest in these rides, so allow me to share some of my thoughts:

1. My physical preparation for this was basically nil. I'm not in the best of shape, but as someone posted in another thread there is some good to exercising beforehand, especially w/ the abs. If I was in better shape, I think I wouldn't have needed to rest as often in the later going, and I'd probably be less sore now.

2. Choosing a clockwise route, I left Cleveland area around 3AM to avoid Detroit rush hour, which I think paid off. Really not much traffic to speak of except for a little on the 401 outside Toronto. Lots of work areas, however, but no significant problems.

3. There were a few moments around the 400-mile mark that I didn't think I was going to make it. This is when my hands got sore (no throttle lock or cruise, and enough wind & traffic to deal with) and my butt explained why this is called the Iron Butt ride. Essentially it was a matter of counting down to the next fuel/rest stop. The range on my 99 Aero @ 75-80 mph is about 120 miles, but that worked as a good interval for stretching & resting.

4. My favorite parts of the ride were both the scenery and the people I met. Friendly people everywhere; even the guys @ Canada & US Customs had good words for the bike! 8) Also, the toll collectors were patient while I reached in my receipt/toll Ziploc "necklace" for what I needed; I still needed to take my gloves off, fish for the needed change, get & stow the receipt, put the gloves back on & take off (6 times on the trip).

5. My least favorite part? Not being able to spend more time in the areas I passed. Beautiful scenery in many places (especially 1000 Islands area) that I'll keep in mind for another (longer) trip next time. I was also reminded of the many members of this group who live in the areas I passed on the trip & whom I hope to meet in Niagara this August. :D

6. If I had to do over again (I could see doing another ride later this year or next), I'd (a) get in better shape beforehand & (b) look into a throttle lock & back rest for my Corbin seat. In fact, I think I'll start shopping now... :wink:

Sorry for the long post, but was excited @ finishing this thing & wanted to share.
 

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Your a better man than I am. Congratulations.
 

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Wow! Six toll booths as well as border crossings. That's doing it the hard way. If I were going to try an Ironbutt I'd probably choose a circle route in Wyoming and Montana to avoid such inconveniences and delays...or traffic, for that matter. Congratulations.
 

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I am thinking of the real easy way.....straight down highway 40 to amarillo texas
Yeah, but then you end up in Amarillo. :lol:
 

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Congratulations. You are a real iron Butt in every sense of the word. I was planning one for this summer, and may still do it. Your tips were great. I am unable to do much exercise because of severe back problems but I am trying a new drug my Dr gave me that replaces my current narcotic and should it work, I am all set. My plan is to drive to Denver. Some members there said they would meet and escort me the last hundred miles or so and that would be the absolute best. Then take a few days to get back, enjoying the scenery.

Cheers
 

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sdbrit68 said:
true, bur the next day is a jaunt north and I get to St louis to visit for a day or 3
give us an idea of when you'll be thru OKC, and you might find some food waiting for you.
 

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Dragoon said:
My plan is to drive to Denver. Some members there said they would meet and escort me the last hundred miles or so and that would be the absolute best. Then take a few days to get back, enjoying the scenery.
That's something else I would consider for next time, doing at least a part of the ride w/ others. There were several stretches of highway in NE Ontario & upstate NY where I practically had the freeway to myself. While there's something to be said for solitude, I appreciated the opportunities to stop & chat w/ people. I think at one stop I even started talking to the gas pump (but they didn't talk back 'til later in the ride). :shock:
 

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sdbrit68 said:
ground hogger......

what have you changed on the bike for the rider ( seats and stuff)
and what would you think is a necesssity ?
Well, I would've changed a lot more if I was on my '84 700; that had stock seats, grips & headlight. When I bought my '99, it came w/ a lot of customization, including the Corbin seats, custom grips w/ throttle rocker, parade lights, floorboards & hard saddle bags. I didn't have to add anything for the ride.

At the time I bought it I was considering doing a ride, but didn't realize how much the Corbin was worth until 300 miles into it. So, one necessity would be: find a seat you're comfortable with, whatever brand that might be. Granted, my butt was still sore/numb, but I think it would've been much worse on the other bike. I am likely going to invest in a backrest for it; although my lower back wasn't too sore, it would've made things more comfortable. I'd say that's a necessity for anyone w/ lower back troubles.

Also, having a throttle lock or cruise control would've probably cut down on the number of stops I needed to un-curl my hands, even w/ the rocker. But I think a lot of that had to do w/ my grip; I tend to hold on too tightly, especially in traffic.

I'd also suggest some sort of headlight enhancement, be it parade lights or even a modulator, just to increase both your & cagers' visibility. I found this especially helpful in the early morning & early evening hours.

The floorboards were a "nice to have," but I think highway pegs or even stock pegs would've worked as well for me personally.

Finally, for all trips crossing the border, sufficient saddlebag capacity is a MUST, between the Tim Hortons' & duty-free shops! :wink:
 
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