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After postponing for a day due to the tropical storm on the East Coast, I started my ride at 0300 Saturday morning and rode a total of 1,079 miles in 21.5 hours.
After starting out in Southern Maryland, I took the beltway up around D.C. and then 270, through the Cumberland area, up to 70 and across to *almost* Dayton OH before heading south to pick up 35 to 50 for a great twisty ride through OH, WV, VA and MD before catching the beltway again and heading back home.
Weather, for the most part was great riding weather. I hit a heavy bank of fog in the Cumberland area and a few very small patches of rain about 1.5 hours from home. Other than that, mix of sun and clouds which made it easy to stay comfortable.
What I learned:
- My bike is awesome and she never missed a beat.
- Cruise control is a fantastic feature.
- 1079 miles is a long way and they call it saddle sore for a reason.
- If you do this, find someone to go with you. I was alone.
- GPS, while not necessary, is a very useful tool
- Fully charged, my Sena Bluetooth will last 15 hours. Music is a good thing.
Led Zeppelin, Hootie and the Blowfish, Queen, Rod Stewart, Steve Miller, Marvin Gaye, Gordon Lightfoot and others make good riding companions.
- There's more, but I'm tired so I'm going to take my dog for a walk and eat some ice cream.
And for all you OCD'ers out there, yes, the bike has been washed and waxed.

P.S. There are no more bugs in MD, VA, WV or OH. They were all on my windshield. I don't remember who it was, but someone posted a tip about soaking a towel and putting it on your shield for a couple of hours to loosen up the bugs. Damn fine tip.

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Congratulations!! Nice ride!
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Nice! I wanna do one soon.

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My butt's sore just from reading that.

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VERY nice ride and welcome to the club.....

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After postponing for a day due to the tropical storm on the East Coast, I started my ride at 0300 Saturday morning and rode a total of 1,079 miles in 21.5 hours.
After starting out in Southern Maryland, I took the beltway up around D.C. and then 270, through the Cumberland area, up to 70 and across to *almost* Dayton OH before heading south to pick up 35 to 50 for a great twisty ride through OH, WV, VA and MD before catching the beltway again and heading back home.
Weather, for the most part was great riding weather. I hit a heavy bank of fog in the Cumberland area and a few very small patches of rain about 1.5 hours from home. Other than that, mix of sun and clouds which made it easy to stay comfortable.
What I learned:
- My bike is awesome and she never missed a beat.
- Cruise control is a fantastic feature.
- 1079 miles is a long way and they call it saddle sore for a reason.
- If you do this, find someone to go with you. I was alone.
- GPS, while not necessary, is a very useful tool
- Fully charged, my Sena Bluetooth will last 15 hours. Music is a good thing.
Led Zeppelin, Hootie and the Blowfish, Queen, Rod Stewart, Steve Miller, Marvin Gaye, Gordon Lightfoot and others make good riding companions.
- There's more, but I'm tired so I'm going to take my dog for a walk and eat some ice cream.
And for all you OCD'ers out there, yes, the bike has been washed and waxed.

P.S. There are no more bugs in MD, VA, WV or OH. They were all on my windshield. I don't remember who it was, but someone posted a tip about soaking a towel and putting it on your shield for a couple of hours to loosen up the bugs. Damn fine tip.
You brought along the Gordon Lightfoot just to keep you awake eh, it's hard to fall asleep while grimacing and gritting your teeth.

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May I ask what was the rush? Seems like a long way to not "smell the roses".

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May I ask what was the rush? Seems like a long way to not "smell the roses".
The rush was that this trip had to be completed within 24 hours to qualify for the Ironbutt.
You're right, not a lot of time and the only sitting I did was in the saddle. My "roses" were the twisties that I got to experience while riding US-50 through WV and MD. Fun stuff.
Oh, and one elderly lady coming up to me at a gas stop and saying "that sure is a pretty motorcycle". Sorta made my day.

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You brought along the Gordon Lightfoot just to keep you awake eh, it's hard to fall asleep while grimacing and gritting your teeth.
Hey, The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald" is a Sailor's song. Provokes a lot of thought to stimulate the mind of this retired Sailor.

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