Monday, August 31, 2009

Iron Butt Saddle Sore 2K (2,000 Miles in 48 hrs)

Day One
Starting Date: Saturday 8/29/09
Starting Time: 7:35 AM (CDT)
Starting Location: Charleston, MO
Ending Location: Santa Rosa, NM
Ending Time: 9:29 PM Mountain Daylight Time (10:29 CDT)
Day One Riding Time - 14 Hours 54 Minutes
Day One Mileage - 1069

Rest Break - The Days Inn, Santa Rosa, NM (7hrs 24 mins)

Day Two
Starting Date: Sunday 8/30/09
Starting Time: 4:53 AM Mountain Daylight Time (5:53 am CDT)
Starting Location: Santa Rosa, NM
Ending Location: Charleston, MO
Ending Time: 9:21 PM (CDT)
Day Two Riding Time: 15 hours 28 Mins
Day Two Mileage - 1069

Two Day Recap:
Total 2 Day Riding Time: 30 hrs 18 mins.
Combined Riding and Rest Time: 37 hrs 42 mins
Total 2 Day Mileage: 2138

Mileage Calculation Methods:
Honda Gold Wing Odometer-2138
Garmin-Model 2730-2055
(Online) Google Maps-2060
(Online) MapQuest-2062
(Online) Bing Maps-2106

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Iron Butt SaddleSore 2K     (Click Map)
(ride documented 2,000 miles in 48 hours or less)

This ride was a straight forward one thousand miles out and back.

My route took me south from Charleston, MO via 1-57 to I-55 and on to West Memphis, where I turned west on I-40, through Little Rock and Ft Smith, Arkansas. I continued across Oklahoma, through Oklahoma City and across the Texas Panhandle to Amarillo. The first leg ended 95 miles west of the Texas-New Mexico border at Santa Rosa, New Mexico.

I was blessed with beautiful weather for most of the ride with two exceptions. I ran into moderate rain Saturday night near Santa Rosa, NM and again, about daylight, Sunday morning returning. Other than that, blue skies with mid 70's to low 80's temps.

The visual highlight of the ride came at daybreak Sunday morning as I re-crossed the New Mexico/Texas border (near Shamrock, NM) on the return (east) leg. The sun slowly rose behind high, thin, rain-streaked clouds.  It was siimply beautiful over the arid Texas Panhandle.

After a smooth, uneventful return, I arrived home from Charleston, MO around 10:30 pm (CDT), tired but very satisfied with the ride. It should also be noted, my Wing purred like a contented kitten the entire trip.

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." ~Helen Keller~
My life goes in only one direction ..... forward! ~HBO's Madmen~


  1. Congratulations, great ride Mike! Your averages are incredible! Wish I could have gone with you!


  2. I'm going on the record as saying that is absolutely nuts! And I'm guessing you have more than an Ironbutt.. probably a paralyzed back too! LOL

  3. When did you get the black wing?


  4. Joe,

    It's the same Dark Gray Metallic Wing you rode. It just looks black in certain lights.