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BBG Ride Report (23hr 57m)


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Rocket_Cowboy

Congrats on the ride! Without a doubt the BBG is the toughest IBA ride I've done to date. That single 24 hour period was harder than any day in the 100CCC or the combined SS5K.

 

I did my BBG back in February 2005, in preparation for my first 50CC (April 2005). I ended up finishing short of my planned finish, but managed to get 1515 miles in 23 hours 35 minutes ... and that was without stopping for a park stamp. Whether it took you 22 hours or 23 hours and 59 minutes ... it's still quite an accomplishment.

 

So ... when's your BBG3K attempt? grin.gif

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To tell the truth, Charlie, I've been kicking around a plan to ride the Boston to San Diego 50cc, and maybe doing it then. Only problem right now is the icy weather, so it might wait a little while longer.

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That is one heck of a way to earn the BBG. When I did my ride with Uli back in 03, we pretty much rode without any out of the way stop and ended up at 23:15. You accomplished a great feat, probably one of the toughest I think, but I have not done the big IB Rally yet.

 

On another note, you will laugh at the 50CC compared to what you just went through. It is a long ride, but the gotta-git-it-done factor is much lighter. We did the 100CC shortly after and thought it to be very doable.

 

Great job,

 

Steve

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I've heard people describe the despair that sets in when riding a BBG3k attempt, when the realization that "holy smokes, I've got to do all this... AGAIN !"

Riding the Jax-SDO 50cc doesn't sound too bad, but the Boston-SDO, well, that might be a different animal altogether....

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Rocket_Cowboy

Yeah ... having done Jax-> SDO in 2005 and then SDO->Jax->SDO in 2006 ... those aren't too bad after doing the BBG ... each day is only ~1200 miles.

 

Boston to SDO ... quick look in S&T and it's telling me that's about 3049 miles. That'd me a monster alright! I might get another BBG this year either on the way out to ... or the way back from the Cal 24 in June ... but I think I'm a LONG way off from being in shape enough to do the BBG3K. If you decide to go for it with this extreme 50CC ... let me know what I can do to help.

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Yer ALL nuts! lmao.gif

 

I have to echo the previous statements: the 50CC is no walk in the park, but the BBG1500 was a mugging in the park by comparison. I did one with "Steves1150" and Norman "ccmyy" a few years ago and they carried my sorry butt the whole way home. eek.gif

 

If any of you are considering a start/end/layover point in San Diego, be sure to ping me. Leslie and I are both on the IBA's "certifiably witless" list and we've got guest rooms, garage/wrenching space and can escort you to/from the beach, whatever you need! thumbsup.gif

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Jamie, you know that I sure do appreciate it.

You probably don't recall, but I was set up to ride a 50cc Jax-SDO in Nov of 2005, but smashed my bike in the downtown Birmingham rush hour. I had contacted you briefly before the ride, and you graciously offered to witness my end papers. Sure broke my heart to have to call you from the hospital to tell you never mind. That took me off a bike for almost four months recovering from shattered fingers.

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That was great. I'd need a cheek, knee, and back transplant if I tried it on the GS.

Were you ever concerned about drifting off? I've had nutso jobs requiring beacoup driving and felt myself drifting off. It's one thing in a car, a COMPLETELY different thing on a bike!

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Were you ever concerned about drifting off?

 

That's why I (now) pack a sleeping bag, air mattress and solo tent on my LD rides. On the ride I did in October, I was riding through the park in Humboldt county and started to feel tired; so much so I was certain I couldn't make it back to Watsonville w/o some sleep. I pulled into a campground, but only had my bike cover to roll up in. I woke up two hours later and finished in time. Someone asked how I woke up in two hours. I said it was easy when my thighs started to go numb.

 

Now I'm prepared much better.

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Yeah, I get really concerned about getting mush-mind. Standing on the pegs, doing knee bends, etc, get the blood circulating, but in the past I've also stopped for gas and rested face down on my tank bag for 30 minutes or so.

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daveinatlanta

Very nice report and an amazing accomplishment. As a new (to me) BMW owner, and one who still is not comfortable on the Interstate above 65 mph, I am simply not worthy...

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Yeah, I get really concerned about getting mush-mind. Standing on the pegs, doing knee bends, etc, get the blood circulating, but in the past I've also stopped for gas and rested face down on my tank bag for 30 minutes or so.

 

LOL, when I did my BBG, I fell asleep fueling my bike. I put my head against the pump and fell asleep standing up.

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LOL, when I did my BBG, I fell asleep fueling my bike. I put my head against the pump and fell asleep standing up.

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Good thing you didn't fall over. The 1st 6 feet woulda been fine. It's that sudden stop on concrete that sucks. eek.gif

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Jamie, you know that I sure do appreciate it.

You probably don't recall, but I was set up to ride a 50cc Jax-SDO in Nov of 2005, but smashed my bike in the downtown Birmingham rush hour. I had contacted you briefly before the ride, and you graciously offered to witness my end papers. Sure broke my heart to have to call you from the hospital to tell you never mind. That took me off a bike for almost four months recovering from shattered fingers.

Oh no I DO recall! Your avatar clued me in and I remember talking to you about your MOST unfortunate crash and I'm SO glad to hear that you are back in the saddle again! clap.gif

 

I have to admit, I laughed out loud at more than a few spots in your write up! MOST excellent Ride Tale and what a wonderful experience! It would be a honor to witless for you out here in San Diego! Have a great ride! clap.gif

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