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On July 5th I will attempt an Iron Butt 1500 (1500 miles < 24 hrs, 2400 km < 24 hrs) I expect to leave Toronto around 4:00pm and get around Chicago by midnight. My route will be Toronto to Sarnia, then I69/US27 to exit 97, I94 to Chicago, I294N towards Wisconson, I90 around Chicago, back on I94 towards St Paul, I694 back to I94W, I29N towards Grand Forks. Hwy100 to Winnipeg, Trans Canada to Brandon Manitoba. 1507 miles 240? km. If anyone would know if there are construction along these roads please let me know. If I do 110 k/h It should take me 22 hours riding, 400 km between gas stops is 6 stops at 15 min/stop that brings me to 23-1/2 hours. I still have 2 borders to cross. I hope I can make it. from Brandon, I'll travel to see my daughter in Edmonton for a day or so then back to Toronto.

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post #2 of 16 Old Jun 25th, 2006, 9:47 am
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There is a contruction project just north of the junction of I94 and I694 on the NW side of the Twin Cities. It is a short section but really jams in the afternoon rush.

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Since you will be arriving in Chicago so late you should be fine. I'm not sure how long you'll be on 94 before hitting 294, but there is a major construction project going on. A portion of 94 (the Dan Ryan Expressway) is undergoing a major renovation. The project actually has a website:

http://www.danryanexpressway.com/

I have driven/ridden through this section of 94 and didn't find it too bad, I was also doing it during the non-rush hours as you will. The only issue is that the road surface is a bit rough in places, lanes are narrow in spots, and there might be people working at night.

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The expressway system in Chicago is in a state of perpetual construction.

Riding within a 150 miles radius of Chicago between 9PM and 5AM should eliminate any delays.

I used to live in the Chicago area, but now I live in Iowa but my parents live in Michigan, so I have no choice but to "run the gauntlet" every time i visit them. Although I've had pretty good luck the last few times I've driven through there.
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On July 5th I will attempt an Iron Butt 1500 (1500 miles < 24 hrs, 2400 km < 24 hrs) I expect to leave Toronto around 4:00pm and get around Chicago by midnight. My route will be Toronto to Sarnia, then I69/US27 to exit 97, I94 to Chicago, I294N towards Wisconson, I90 around Chicago, back on I94 towards St Paul, I694 back to I94W, I29N towards Grand Forks. Hwy100 to Winnipeg, Trans Canada to Brandon Manitoba. 1507 miles 240? km. If anyone would know if there are construction along these roads please let me know. If I do 110 k/h It should take me 22 hours riding, 400 km between gas stops is 6 stops at 15 min/stop that brings me to 23-1/2 hours. I still have 2 borders to cross. I hope I can make it. from Brandon, I'll travel to see my daughter in Edmonton for a day or so then back to Toronto.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi Garry
Having successfully completed both the Saddle Sore and Bun Burner challenges, your itinery for your ride seems ambitious to average 110km/hr over 22 hours. I'm not saying that it can't be done, but in my experience, you would need to ride your LT at over 200km/h for long periods. I did the ride with a buddy, both of us on K1200GT's. A much faster bike than the LT. We rode through the dessert on a Sunday - no traffic (no nothing)! at over 200km/h for long periods (this is where you find out just how good a BMW machine really is)! We managed to do 1736 kays in 13,5 hours (128kays per hour average) Don't forget that everytime you stop, your average time diminishes drastically.

Your fuel stops are too far apart. Your concentration level will be put to the test, and after 400kays - that's a lot. Break your trip into smaller bite size stops of 220 - 250kays. Take 5 minutes maximum for your stops, get your cash slips and get going. That small break does wonders and keeps your concentration at a high level. You will also find that this is not an economy run. Because of your higher speed, fuel useage is more than usual, so don't rely on "what you normally get per tank full". Are you sure that the ride that you are undertaking is not meant to be done in 36 hours? Check this out!

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No harm in trying, there is a 1500 mile in 36 hours, If I don't get the 24 hour, I'll try for the 36 hour. I know it will be a challenge, that's what I am up for. Anyways, it's the ride that counts. I am going to see my daughter in Edmonton so I thought I'd try it. Most (I believe) Interstates in the US are 75 mph limit (120 kph). Oh well, it's a ride anyways.

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Posted freeway speeds

Illinois and Wisconsin are both 65 MPH posted. Traffic flows at 70 - 75 but don't be surprised if a state trooper gives you a coupon for traveling at this speed.

Note: There is construction on the I90 tollbooths from Chicago to the Wisconsin border. Depending on the time of day they can really slow traffic down.

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Gary, I did a 1500/24 a few years ago in 22 hours just as you plan. It was not that hard. My plan was to run the first 3 legs tank to tank, which ended up being in the 200 mile range to each stop. And then I cut that back to 125 to 150 miles as the day grew on. As stated above the stops are what kills you. Many veteran LD riders have a stop watch the use and start it when they get to a stop. If the elapsed time gets much over 5 minutes you're taking too long. You'll be surprised how fast you can fill the bike with gas, drink water, eat a granola bar, pee, and stretch and get back on the road. Don't forget to stay hydrated. (I highly recommend a Camelbak hydration unit). And at the first sign of dozing, stop and rest (I learned the hard way).

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I did an Iron Butt 1000 and LGL 1000 a few weeks ago. Did an overall average of 107 kpm with MANY stops (the person I was with needed to stop every 200 km for gas) I have a 5 gal gas can that I put in place of my trailer hitch just in case I run out. The only real unknown is the Border crossing in Sarnia and Manitoba. Speed limit here in Ontario is 100 kph (62 mph), but you can safely ride at 14 kph over, 15 over your toast. I plan to be gas east of Lansing about 8:00 pm and be west of Chicago about 12:30 am then Eau Clare at 4:00 am, just south of Fargo by 8:00am, Winnipeg by 12 noon, then Brandon at 2:45 pm leaving me about 1-1/4 hours spare. Close I know, but what the heck....... no-one said it would be easy or everyone would do it.....

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Garry, check your drive times. They might be a little optomistic. Three and a half hours from west of Chicago to Eau Claire is quite rapid and the Wisconsin Highway Patrol will not take kindly to you, even at 2am. I travel this route a lot and 5 hours at 10mph over is realistic with 1 gas stop. Also watch out for lots and lots of deer.

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Yes, still coming, this is a last minute ride, plant is shut down for 2 weeks so I thought I would go see my daughter in Edmonton and do the Iron Butt at the same time. Es would not do any Iron Butt's with me, she needs to stop every 200 km or so. We ae still looking to ride those jet skis of yours....

This will be my 2nd Iron Butt did a 1000 miler a few weeks ago.

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Just going from what GARMIN says about the route. I may have upped my speed in the config a bit though....

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Gary,

I travel around Chicago all the time and it can be disastrous to your plan if anything happens. I can tell you that the express lanes south of the city are torn up and this causes other traffic to detour making any real planning on most of the highways guess work. Taking Hwy 39 to the west (55 miles) around Chicago is smooth sailing lets you build up your mileage and the traffic really flows - nothing can be more fatiguing than sitting in traffic when attempting a long distance run . . .

If you wouldn't mind post your route using Garmin Mapsource so we can see the details . . .

Oh yea good luck and drive safe!!

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No problem, here is my Garmin file. Any advice getting around Chicago would help.

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Gary,

I travel around Chicago all the time and it can be disastrous to your plan if anything happens. I can tell you that the express lanes south of the city are torn up and this causes other traffic to detour making any real planning on most of the highways guess work. Taking Hwy 39 to the west (55 miles) around Chicago is smooth sailing lets you build up your mileage and the traffic really flows - nothing can be more fatiguing than sitting in traffic when attempting a long distance run . . .

If you wouldn't mind post your route using Garmin Mapsource so we can see the details . . .

Oh yea good luck and drive safe!!
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I have found that best time to travel Chicago roads is(as Billy Joel would say in the middle of the night...when everyone is sleeping.
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