As with most of our rides, the original plan went for a toss! I couldnt leave 5/23 due to my dog Zeus being unwell. My wife is a sweetheart and she said not to worry about Zeus and to go for the ride. She would take care of him as well as make sure he gets in the car fine for our follow up vacation.
For all those that are not aware, Iron Butt Bun Burner is a 1500 mile ride in 36 hours ride. If you need to know more about this ride or Iron Butt, you can refer to the following url :
So the night of 5/23, I look at weather forecast (its critical for Iron Butt), and see that its rain all over south. Actually every destination I had in my original plan, had rain both days. So last minute I change itenary to head north instead of south of Raleigh. I can tell you that the gamble worked out pretty well. Other than 30 mins of crazy rain, it was perfect weather anyone can wish for during Iron Butt.
I wont go into every tiny detail of my ride but I can tell you that Hwy 68 from Hagerstown PA to Mt Morris PA, was one of the prettiest interstate I have been. I had the luxury to try internal roads on the second day and the internal road from Glasgow TN to Dunlap TN (passing Hull Lake) did not disappoint a bit.
Few things I want to share, that I couldnt find documented on IBA, that you should know before you head out :
1. If you leave in the morning, try to travel from East to West. Make sure somewhere during end of the day, you end up in a new TZ. That extra hour at a time when you are extremely tired, help psychologically to go a little further
2. You will need to sacrifice a little sleep. There is no exception to it. Cannot expect to get a standard 8 hour sleep
3. Avoid extreme weather It is a major deterrent. Avoid mountain roads.
4. Make sure you to move your head, arms and legs while riding, at regular intervals. You do not want them to get stiff the next day
Total of four days. Leaving From Cary NC and ending in Boone NC. I will start with Iron Butt Bun Burner ride. This is a 1500 mile in 36 hours ride. If you need to know more about this ride or Iron Butt, you can refer to the following url :
5/23-5/24 - Plan on starting IBA from Cary NC and ending ride at Cheaha Mountain Park. Retire somewhere around
5/25 - This day will cover the following :
# Hwy 281/Cheaha Road 'Talladega Hwy', Cheaha State Park
# Hwy 117 (Valleyhead to Summersville, GA), Johns Mountain Wildlife
# Hwy 136 & Lake Marvin Road
# Hwy 180 'Wolf Pen Gap' - Suches
# Hwy 19/11/129 'Gainsville Hwy'
# Hwy 60 (Blue Ridge To US Hwy 19)
Retire at Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge
5/26 - Need to reach Boone NC by evening. Will try and cover the following on my way:
# Moonshiner 28 & Indian Lakes Scenic Byway
# Take BRP to Devils Whip - Hwy 9 'Black Mountain'
# Hwy 80 'Buck Creek Road' & Hwy 226A
# Hwy 261/80 'Old Roan Mountain Road'
# Hwy 181 'Sparta Road'
Charity - For every 25 miles travelled, I pledge to donate $1 to any pet charity