|At the start, talking to Amy!|
|Just relaxing for a few minutes before the adventure begins|
|Pulling out, and so it begins...|
Picture from Claye Curtis "Fleeter"
|The first ever IB5K logo pin-striping by Steve Kafka!|
This was the only time during the IB5K Rally that I was first at anything! I was at Steve's business before everyone else so I was the first bike to get the official logo and Kool Tie. This was worth the most points on leg 2 of the rally and when I left the lot there were about a dozen riders waiting. It was such a cool bonus and a great way to get something to remember the rally by.
|My Route using my Blackberry as a Tracking Device|
I used my Blackberry as a tracking device with Jason Jones Spotwalla site. The limitation of my phone is that the location used cell phone tower triangulation, so the accuracy is not that great compared to a traditional Spot Device, which a lot of riders use instead. Still, I received several phone calls during the rally and it seemed that my friends and family had a good idea of where I was in general. I think when I get my next phone upgrade next year I'll try to get a phone that allows true GPS location accuracy and see how that works for future rides.
Links to the official daily reports:
My Photos from before the Rally, Including Rocky National Park Ride
My Photos from the Rally
I'll add more when I get my story together, thanks to everyone for the support and following me!
My friend Doug Barrett just finished his Ride Report on the IB5K, I went to several of the same locations he did on leg one, but only Live Oak on leg two, which we ran into each other at, I think I was in the first 5-6 to get there. Doug is a west coast rider that I met at the Jacksonville Pizza party a couple of years ago after he finished his 50CC, we have remained in contact and friends and it was great riding the rally with him.
I also wanted to provide a link to fellow IB5K rider, Jerome Byrd's excellent write up. He didn't officially finish, but the effort he put in and the obstacles he had to overcome were impressive and I was glad to see him at the finish!