Iron Butt Ride - Finished

This morning I returned back home from my first Iron Butt ride. It was the Saddle Sore 1,000. See my original article announcing the ride...

This morning I returned back home from my first Iron Butt ride. It was the Saddle Sore 1,000. See my original article announcing the ride and route.

We completed the ride in 20 hours, which is probably too much time considering the route was all slab. We left at 6:00am Saturday morning, and hoped to return home around 11:00pm that night. But we got back home 2:00am instead.

There were four of us in all that rode together. We started out with a modest speed, between 70-75mph. But as the day went on, our speed increased. In the last 50 miles we were going 100mph steady.

Our problem was spending too much time not riding. We spent about an hour for breakfast at IHOP in Victorville, and about 45 minutes for lunch at Quizno's in Flagstaff. Most of the gas stops went about 20 minutes, while another went about 30 minutes. If anything, we didn't have any problems staying awake, perhaps due to spending plenty of time resting.

But we got lucky! Everything I read on the weather forecast said we would encounter thunder storms and heavy downpours along I-40 through California and Arizona. But we didn't hit any rain. There was certainly rain all around us, just not on the Interstate, while we were on it. The traffic in Phoenix wasn't that bad at all.

One weird thing though. Somewhere after the half-way point of the ride, my arms felt like they were on backwards, as if my hands and arms were reversed. I think it was having them anchored to the handle bars for so long, not moving them around, that caused my brain to lose its bearings on where my arms were. I kept wiggling my fingers to reorient myself.

Still tired right now, even after sleeping until 11:00am.

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