Well the dates are in and time to start registering with Howard so we can cover all 50 states this year. I forgot to see how many Victory's made the ride last year but hoping by posting here the word will get out more and we can make a push at covering the lower 48 if not all 50.
This is a great time to show someone the ropes of IBA style riding and doing it nation wide memorializing someone you know and lost family or friend I think is a great way to break the new folks into it. Last year I took a friend who served in the Army and one of his tours was up in DC for burial. It was a moving trip as he told me about some of his memories of those who gave it all. We visiited 7 memorials in the state of VA under the Tour of Honor ride and it made for a challenging 1000+ miles stopping and some very moving memorials and paying our respects. I hope to see some folks around here get interested in commiting to this event this year. What better way to remember somone than on two wheels seeing the world from the saddle? If anyone has questions about his, hit me up or email Howard Directly!
Safe ridin all!!!
Iron Butt Association Third Annual Fall Memorial Ride
This year's memorial ride will be special!
Each year the lives of many of our fellow motorcycle riders and loved ones are cut short. In their memory, a select group of riders will participate in a Saddle Sore 1000 during the same time period--October 18-November 3, 2013. We hope to have riders participating in all 50 states, and in all of the Canadian provinces.
This 17 day period was selected because the weather across North America is generally good—not too hot and not too cold. This year's event will culminate in an IBA Party (and ride) in Dallas, Texas, on the last weekend of the ride, November 1-3, 2013.
Go to www.ironbutt.com/texas
for more details.
You have multiple opportunities this year to participate in the Memorial. You can ride your SS1K in your local area, you can do a ride-in SS1K to Dallas, or/and you can do the special ride at the Dallas Party. Or do all three!
And to make this extra special, Mike Kneebone will be in Dallas to present your certificate to you (if we get your documentation according to the rules we'll publish later).
The IBA will issue a special certificate for this event.
To specially honor our fallen brethren, we’re asking each you to convince one of your motorcycle friends who is not an IBA member to ride the Saddle Sore with you.
This will give you the opportunity to mentor the ‘newbie’ in the skill of route planning, navigation, hydration, and ATGATT before and during the ride.
The person for whom you’re riding does not have to be a former IBA member, or even a former motorcycle rider. It can be anybody that is special to you; somebody that has had an impact on your life.
What better way to honor our departed friends than to bring new members into the sport we all love. This will be a fun event! IBA will issue special certificates for the mentor and the mentee, and a special patch for the event. A special website will list all the participants and for whom they’re riding. We’re working on other ideas to make this event special.
So plan to ride the Memorial with us this year, and come to Dallas for the grand finale. Recruit a mentee.
If you're going to Dallas, then follow the instructions at www.ironbutt.com/texas
. If you're doing a ride in your local area, or planning to do a ride-in to DAllas, then send me an email.