Fast facts on Walt Ride 2012: (sorry for the delay in getting this and some photos posted; part of a neighbor's tree took out my cable service.)
Miles covered: 1828:
Day 1: Red Wing to Gettysburg, SD - 421 miles
Day 2: Gettysburg, SD to Custer, SD - 287 miles
Day 3: Custer, SD to Devils Tower, Wyo. - 275 miles
Day 4: Custer, SD to Needles Highway; Iron Mountain Road, Custer State Park, Nemo, SD - 190
Day 5: Custer SD to Souix Falls, SD - 394
Day 6: Souix Falls, SD to Red Wing, MN - 261
The bikes: (includes two bikes that covered part of the trip)
BMW GS1200 - Sir Robert
BMW 1150R - Little Timmy; aka Race Bannon
Honda VFR 800 - Thor
Honda VFR 800 - Paul & Amanda
Honda VTX 1300 - Brett
Triumph Sprint 955 - Bill
BMW K1200 GT - Mark
Yamaha FZ1 - Scot
Yamaha FJR1300 - Christian
BMW GS1150 - Ron
Ducati 750 - Neal
Parks visited: Devils Tower, Custer State Park, Minuteman Missile Historic Site, Badla…
I blame Evel Knievel, doughnuts and adventure for my love of motorcycles. I grew up in the 60s and early 70s when Evel was the god of all that was cool and dangerous. When I’d see his red white and blue bike and red cape flying over a row of cars I became enchanted with anything on two wheels. First my brother and I tried clipping playing cards to our bicycle spokes and jumping curbs and dirt mounds. Sure, we got air, but not “Evel” air- and there was no growling sound. Then, we began to conspire a way to raise money to get our own motorcycle and discovered Spudnuts! Yes, little delicious doughnuts we could sell for a $1 a bag door to door and get .50 profits. Soon the 50cc Broncco mini-bike was ordered and we began riding over and thru everything imaginable. At 9 or 10 years old we didn’t weigh much so we did get air… and lots of road rash from crashing. In a couple years we outgrew the Broncco and moved on to a Yamaha Enduro 125. It was yellow with high white fenders and knobby…
Catch all the Isle of Man action at the official website. Racing is currently underway across the pond. Will Guy Martin beat John McGuinness? Will Kawasaki beat Honda? Will Barbie ever love Ken after that cocaine fueled weekend in the Poconos? Stay tuned here for all the race action and drama: http://www.iomtt.com/TT-2012/2012-TT-Results.aspx
Leave Caribou in Red Wing at 7:00am.
- Have enough fuel for 100 miles.
- Show up earlier if you want to BS and drink coffee.
Meet at Emma Krumbee's in Bell Plaine at 9:00am.
- Have breakfast.
- Emma Krumbee's about 40 miles north of Mankato on Hwy 169, at the intersection with Hwy 3.
- There will be signs. If you found your way out of your mother's womb, you can find Emma Krumbee's.
Leave Emma Krumbees at 10:00am.
- Then we fuel up and RIDE!
It is 322 miles from Henderson to Gettysburg, SD. With a large group like we have, that will take all day. Figure 50 mph average speed, we'll need 6.5 hours to get to Gettysburg, should be there around 5pm. Gettysburg is still in CST, so no timezone freebies until the next day. Sunset is at 21:28 that day, If things get really screwed up that gives us 4.5 hours leeway until it is dark. Around 8pm we'll be riding into a sun low on the horizon and that sucks ass, thus th…