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I spoke with Ken this afternoon, he is on the road for the IBR. Seems they have done something totally different this year, and made the rally somewhat simpler, but not easier! For the first leg, there are no really strange bonuses, mostly just hitting the states, and state capitols. He is trying to decide on Hyder, AK, as that is an extra bonus. Right now he is heading East just across the line in Canada, don;e know if he is heading for a main road to head to Hyder, or just heading east to grab the northern states on the way to Buffalo, the next checkpoint.

He said this year's Rally looks a lot like a "48 Plus"(All 48 States and Alaska), and a "4 Corners" completion will be extra points. He has already done Blaine, WA, one of the 4 corners points, just in case. He will have to see what the second leg out of Buffalo looks like to decide if Madawaska ME looks feasible, for the second of the four corners.

Of course the Rally Masters are known for throwing some surprises in in the next legs, so no bets on what the rest of the Rally will look like. They may be lulling the riders into a sense of complacency so the surprises will be more "exciting".

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A four corners is definitely a bonus worth 4,800 points, Hyder and Juneau are also in there for big points. Must go to all 48 to be a finisher. All state capitals are boni. Very interesting year, designed by Tom Austin.

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I spoke with Ken this afternoon, he is on the road for the IBR. Seems they have done something totally different this year, and made the rally somewhat simpler, but not easier! For the first leg, there are no really strange bonuses, mostly just hitting the states, and state capitols. He is trying to decide on Hyder, AK, as that is an extra bonus. Right now he is heading East just across the line in Canada, don;e know if he is heading for a main road to head to Hyder, or just heading east to grab the northern states on the way to Buffalo, the next checkpoint.

He said this year's Rally looks a lot like a "48 Plus"(All 48 States and Alaska), and a "4 Corners" completion will be extra points. He has already done Blaine, WA, one of the 4 corners points, just in case. He will have to see what the second leg out of Buffalo looks like to decide if Madawaska ME looks feasible, for the second of the four corners.

Of course the Rally Masters are known for throwing some surprises in in the next legs, so no bets on what the rest of the Rally will look like. They may be lulling the riders into a sense of complacency so the surprises will be more "exciting".
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The latest report by Tom Austin states, "(t)he Alaska-bound trio is Ken Meese, Roger Sinclair, and Dick Peek. Based on my brief conversations with them this morning, they all say that they realize they will be cutting it close."

It is going to be a very interesting 11 days.
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Looks like Ken is a couple hundred miles from Hyder, 8:45 AM Eastern, so he probably has not seen sunrise yet. That was a gutsy choice, a LOT of additional miles, with all 48 states to yet touch.

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If I knew when and where in Oklahoma, I'd be there with a big sign cheering you on Ken

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Dave how are you tracking Ken's route?

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Any idea what Ken's transponder ID is ? for the spot page ?

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Dave how are you tracking Ken's route?
I could tell you, but you live too far away for me to shoot you!

There is a page where you can see all the riders locations, but they are not identified except for a code. Once you know the code for the rider, you can track them.

http://spotwalla.com/locationViewer.php?id=67

I am at work, and the spot pages do not work here, so I will try to figure out his code on the overall page when I get home tonight.

I just looked on my phone, which works VERY SLOWLY, and see he is on the way back from Hyder to the US. Last position was Kitwancool Lake, on the Stewart-Casier Highway.

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Amazing !!!!
Ken must be flying low...........................

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If anyone can make it to the checkpoints, wherever they are, I highly recommend doing so......it is cool to look at the bikes with all of their farkles and fuel systems. It is a different aspect of motorcycling than many see.

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2009 Karen and I rode up to Spokane to see the riders in...................
A major event while the rest of the Country slept..............................
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His last position was just east of Prince George, Canada, now heading toward Calgary, assuming he will head south from there, since he has to pick up the northern states. Looks like he will have to backtrack a little to get the tip of Idaho.

I just looked at the IBR Spotwalla link, and it does not show anything in Canada for some reason. Looks like most of the riders are pretty bunched up around the north central USA. Ken will have some real riding to do to get back to the pack to get the states needed and show up in Buffalo on time. If anyone can do it, Ken can. But I am sure glad I am not sitting on that bike right about now! Whew!

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Nice picture of Ken in the daily report here.

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Yes Ken went to Oregon from the launch point here in Seattle, and then headed for Alaska.

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Thanx Clayton....................
I started out routing for Nancy Oswald...Now I have to add Ken just based on his moxie.

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Ken came down through Jasper, Banff, and Kootenai National Parks in Canada, hope much of that was in daylight. If nothing else, he saw some fantastic scenery, albeit briefly.

He got Idaho, last position was entering Montana. I sure hope he can make up some time on the rest of the pack and get the states he needs before Buffalo.

Since the rules state that if you do not get all 48 states you will not be a "finisher", he really has his work cut out for him. Those who went to Hyder really made a difficult job far harder.

I do not see any evidence that he stopped last night, so he will likely have to make a rest stop somewhere today.

Strange, his position still does not show on the IBR Spotwalla page. None of the ones who took on Hyder show up. It would be nice to know where Ken is positioned relative to the other Hyder riders.

EDIT: Just saw on the ibr list that not all riders chose to join the public Spot page, especially the "Heavy Hitters", of which Ken is one. Joining the public page was voluntary.

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Ken is going strong! He is now in Bearmouth, Montana, headed east. Wonder when he will rest? He has to stop sometime, doesn't he?

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OK, so David, I'm curious, How is it that you know his position when none of the rest of us do ?

I will definately station myself and one of the Beemers on I-40 when they are coming thru...

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Is there a general expectation of arrival in New England yet? I am in Western NH and it looks like he (and others) are passing my front door.

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Must be in Buffalo, NY @ 8:00 PM Friday....................
Will be leaving Saturday AM and heading North East (ish)

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I just talked to Ken, he is in Montana, going to drop down to Wyoming, and possibly get the capitol, Cheyenne, for some extra points, then start picking up states eastward. He is trying to get only the state capitols that are worth the points for the extra miles to get them. Only a few that are high enough points to bother with, many just plain too far off any reasonable route. He is thinking of how to best get the states needed before Buffalo. A couple options, depending on whether he goes for Cheyenne or not. Not sure I got all that right, but you get the idea.

He stopped for the night in Prince George on the way up to Hyder, has only had a couple "Iron Butt Motel" stops for an hour or so each since.

He said he has had a really good ride so far, trying to time it so he does not get burned on sleep loss, too hard to make up if you "cross the line". I know that from experience, I learned the hard way!

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Here is a list I found on ADVrider for Spot tracker IDs.

Still best guesses (except for those supplied by others)...

*bbn BB (Buford) Neely
BOB Bobby Fox
BR Bob Rippy
CAW Cletha Walstrand or Cliff Wall
cdg Colin Goodall
DAR Daniel Roth
DF David Fick
DGH Dave Hembroff or Darrin Hicks
DP Dennis Powell or Dick Peek
GEB George Barker
GER Gerhard Memmem-Kreuger
GnP Greg and Pat Blewett
HE Howard Entman
JCF Jeff and Carol Fremder
JEF John Frick
JJ Jacques & Jennyfer? (Titolo & Audet)
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L13 Jeremy Loveall
MB Michael Boge
MEJ Mike Jackman
mtm Michael Mehaffy
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PAC Patrick Clark
PJK Perry Karsten
PJW Philip Weston
2RE
RFA Roger Allen
RJ Rob Jaime or Robert Joers
RW Rob Wilensky
SHD Stan Dulemba
SLA Steve Aikens
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T_H Tony Hudson
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tel Tom Loftus
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Looks like he is going for Cheyenne. He is north of Casper now, headed south.

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Well, he is out of Cheyenne, and headed East on I-80. Ken is a BEAST on that bike! Surprisingly, after taking on that extra 2,000 miles to go to Hyder, he is only a state or so away from the majority of the pack showing on the public Spotwalla page!

Of course most of them are not the "Big Dogs", and probably slept sometime in the last couple days.

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Just read the update on the IBA page, Ken is a BEAST!!!

He just completed a BBG 3000 in leg one!!

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Just read the update on the IBA page, Ken is a BEAST!!!

He just completed a BBG 3000 in leg one!!

The latest report from Tom Austin states ,"Itís looking to me like Meese is going to log more
than 6,000 miles during the first 4.3 days of this rally if he makes it to the checkpoint on
time. If he makes it, it may be the biggest leg 1 ride of all time."

This is incredible Meese is eating miles like nobody before.
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He is in Nebraska now, heading East. He will probably keep going east until I-29. I know he planed to go north and get the Dakotas, but he will be pretty close to Kansas/Missouri, so he will likely dip down and catch the corners of those two, then north to get Iowa, the Dakotas, Minnesota, then across to get Wisconsin, down into Illinois and across toward Buffalo.

I hope he stops soon for some good rest, then he can Banzai the rest of Leg 1. I know he is thinking about the traffic around The bottom of the lakes, so timing will be key. He needs to get by all that Chicago area traffic off hours.

Will be neat if he does finish leg one on time, then even if he does not finish the rally overall he will likely have a leg record!

No matter what, I am in awe at this point. I did a 10/10ths, so I have just an inkling of what he is going through, much harder than what I did.

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Ken surprised me last night, I guessed wrong. I was thinking he would use I-29 to catch theDakotas, WI, IA, and MN. Looks like he had the capitols of the Dakotas in his sights. He is now going north on 83, has gotton Pierre, capitol of SD, now seems to be aiming for Bismark. He can go east from there and catch MN, WI, and on around the Great lakes. He is spending considerable time on secondary 83 instead of using Interstates as much as possible.

I sure hope he did not understimate the traffic for the last part of his Leg 1! He will likely see more traffic congestion the last 1500 miles than in the first 4500!

If he pulls off this first leg he will make it an historic one.

I am really curious to see how he works Iowa into the route, the chase for the capitols has him circling that state to get MN and WI. Will have to do a little jogging of the route somewhere, with time becoming a driving factor as he gets closer to Buffalo.

Got my fingers crossed, how about you?

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He is in Wisconsin heading south. I too have my fingers crossed. He does know the traffic patterns for the whole country by now, so I am not to worried. Yet.... Lack of sleep does worry me though. Tuff SOB.

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He is in Wisconsin heading south. I too have my fingers crossed. He does know the traffic patterns for the whole country by now, so I am not to worried. Yet.... Lack of sleep does worry me though. Tuff SOB.
Last position I see is still on I-94 northwest of Minneapolis. If that is correct, he is still quite a way from reaching WI. And he has to dip down to catch Iowa before heading toward Buffalo, unless he plans to get that on another leg.

He may have wasted some time heading toward Bismark, and changed his mind, heading back east toward I-29 on secondary roads. Of course that is arm chair quarterbacking. There is certainly a lot more to his plans than I can decipher just looking at his past track.

Gonna be real interesting to hear his story after this ride!

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Your right David. I had not had my wake up coffee yet. Ken is in Minneapolis right now and as David knows, That is still in Minnesota.

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He is south of Minneapolis now, headed for the corner of Iowa, and will clip the corner of Wisconsin. Overall nice planning. I am not sure he wouldn't possibly handle the Dakotas a little differently if given the chance though. Looks to me like he spent some added miles for the gains. Don't know what extra bonus points may have been in that area though. Just looking at his track without knowing the details, it looks like he was going to bag both Dakota capitols, but bailed halfway between them. I will love to find out what the planning was in that area. So far, that is the only area that looks a little strange.

He may hit the area south of Chicago at a bad time, unless he has a rest stop planned west of it.

From vicinity of Chicago to Buffalo is going to be very interesting, but so far he has been absolutely amazing! I get tired just looking at the track!

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I get tired just looking at the track!
Heh David! Thanks for taking the time to keep us all up-to-date on Ken..! You are giving better intel than Warchild or Austin!

It certainly looks like Ken is on a ROLL...hope he can keep the pace long enough to get to Buffalo. It's been one helluva' ride so far!

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I hope someone is keeping Ken advised of all of the closed roads in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, etc. due to flooding. That could mess him up some.
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He is south of Minneapolis now, headed for the corner of Iowa, and will clip the corner of Wisconsin. Overall nice planning. I am not sure he wouldn't possibly handle the Dakotas a little differently if given the chance though. Looks to me like he spent some added miles for the gains. Don't know what extra bonus points may have been in that area though. Just looking at his track without knowing the details, it looks like he was going to bag both Dakota capitols, but bailed halfway between them. I will love to find out what the planning was in that area. So far, that is the only area that looks a little strange.

He may hit the area south of Chicago at a bad time, unless he has a rest stop planned west of it.

From vicinity of Chicago to Buffalo is going to be very interesting, but so far he has been absolutely amazing! I get tired just looking at the track!
Dave,

Thanks for the update. The one thing that bothers (and impresses) me is Ken's ability to function effectively with minimal sleep. It appears that he has not had any substantial rest time since Prince George.

I agree, Chicago to Buffalo is a lot different traffic wise than what the past few days have been. I'm confident Ken has specific knowledge on how to navigate this area efficiently.
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He is south of Minneapolis now, headed for the corner of Iowa, and will clip the corner of Wisconsin. Overall nice planning. I am not sure he wouldn't possibly handle the Dakotas a little differently if given the chance though. Looks to me like he spent some added miles for the gains. Don't know what extra bonus points may have been in that area though. Just looking at his track without knowing the details, it looks like he was going to bag both Dakota capitols, but bailed halfway between them. I will love to find out what the planning was in that area. So far, that is the only area that looks a little strange.

He may hit the area south of Chicago at a bad time, unless he has a rest stop planned west of it.

From vicinity of Chicago to Buffalo is going to be very interesting, but so far he has been absolutely amazing! I get tired just looking at the track!
Thanks for all the updates! This should be fun to watch the next few days.

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He is in Iowa, almost to the Corner of WI. He should easily be south of Chicago this evening. He cannot go too far south to avoid the traffic, as he has to pick up Michigan.

He could get a pretty decent sleep this evening, and I am not a lot more confident he will make Buffalo by 8 pm tomorrow.

Don't know how many states he is going to try to get between Illinois and Buffalo though.

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I hope someone is keeping Ken advised of all of the closed roads in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, etc. due to flooding. That could mess him up some.
Outside routing help of this nature is Illegal. I am sure Ken would not allow someone to disclose such information.
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I calculated a route of 5767 miles including Hyder with 3 capitals , Blaine WA .22 states including KY, Bagging KY now will reduce stress on leg 2 & 3.
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He is just entering Illinois on I-90, at least he will be hitting the worst traffic area as it is letting up, assuming he does not stop soon for some sleep. If he can get a couple hours sleep, he can get through some of the worst area during night hours.

He still has a long way to go in the next 23 hours, with little sleep lately.

I do not know what states they need to complete on leg 1 to make the rest doable.

If Ken finishes leg 1 with really high points, he could cruise the next leg a little and save a little energy for attacking the last leg if needed.

Gonna be interesting to see where he is in the morning as rush hours start up.

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He is just entering Illinois on I-90, at least he will be hitting the worst traffic area as it is letting up, assuming he does not stop soon for some sleep. If he can get a couple hours sleep, he can get through some of the worst area during night hours.

He still has a long way to go in the next 23 hours, with little sleep lately.

I do not know what states they need to complete on leg 1 to make the rest doable.

If Ken finishes leg 1 with really high points, he could cruise the next leg a little and save a little energy for attacking the last leg if needed.

Gonna be interesting to see where he is in the morning as rush hours start up.
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I was expecting Ken to go around Chicago, but he timed it so that the traffic may not be bad. He is right in the belly of the beast as I type this. He made good time going into the middle of town, so the traffic must be light. Looks like he just reached the waterfront, and is starting down 94. Not timid, that Ken, not timid at all.

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Go Ken! I know one thing about his plans....they don't involve Avon Storms

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Well, the Energizer Bunny Ken is still on a roll! The track length suggests that he stopped for a little sleep somewhere last night, but not all that long. The Spot tracks do not show times unfortunately. He has gone up to Lansing to get that capitol, and is now entering Toledo.

I assume he will head south to get Kentucky and Pennsylvania, but do not know what states he intends to get before Buffalo. I see from the IBR 'public' page that one rider is all the way over in New Hampshire! Most of the pack is in Ohio, Kentucky, and Pennsylvania. Two are already in Buffalo. Of course we know that none of those shown went to ALASKA!

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The poor guy/gal that went to New Hampshire to get Concord (the capital) doesn't know it's not available as a bonus in this leg !!!!

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He has not moved since I got up this morning, still in Toledo. I hope he either made it there last night and stopped for some rest, or is taking a short rest now. I would try to call him, but in case he is resting will not do so. Will keep checking to see when he starts moving again.

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I just checked again, and he is now nearing Columbus, OH. Guessing here, but he may have stopped in Toledo, and forgot to turn his Spot tracker back on when he started out again. First spot since Toledo is his present position.

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Ken's Spot tracker has been stuck just above Columbus for some time now. Sure hope it is a tracker issue, not something stopping Ken.

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O.K, got a phone update now. Ken is running well, feeling pretty good. He had a couple issues along the way, and just gave up hitting Kentucky this leg because he has not had enough sleep.

He had an issue with his rear ME-880, wore way faster than he hoped, had to find a shop that had a replacement, finally found a PR2. He already has a PR2 on front.

He was riding in water up to his footpegs in South Dakota, at one time water flowed up over his windshield and soaked him. Then mud where tractors and Bobcats were clearing it from the roadways. He had toyed with the idea of getting Bismark, ND, but after crossing into ND decided the 23 points were not worth it, so headed east to get back to Interstates.

His Contacts were bothering him at one point, so he switched to his glasses. I think it was Wisconsin where one of his lenses fell out. He went back, found the lens unbroken, snapped it back in and continued on. Later at a rest stop, the lens fell out again, so he was looking for it, put out his sidestand, leaned it over, and "crunch" , put the sidestand right on top of the lens! He then looked in his computer bag to get the contacts, and only had ONE. So for a while he was riding with one contact and one eyeglass lens! Said it was a little spooky looking, but he made it for a while. Finally this morning he found a Wal-Mart open and sat there for a couple hours while getting some new contacts.

He made Columbus, and was originally going down to get Kentucky, but decided that he needed sleep more, so is now on the way to the checkpoint in Buffalo. No more heroics on this leg. He was trying for a 6000 plus mile, 9000 point leg, but is settling for a little less due to the issues that cost him a few hours sleep. He plans on a full 8 hours sleep in Buffalo to be ready for leg two.

He is currently planning to go to Madawaska on Leg two to get the second of the four corners, and will not know how to try for Key West until Leg two is under way. Of course anything could change when they get their bonus package 4:00 AM Saturday! To do Key West on leg two would require doing it in daytime, so traffic would be a big factor. If he does it on leg three, he would be doing it at nightm much easier. He is currently planning to complete a Four Corners to be a 'Gold" Finisher if the stars keep lining up correctly. One issue is that he does still have to get Kentucky, doing it on leg two will take quite a dogleg on his route, but the option still exists to get it on leg three, since he still has to get Kansas and Missouri anyway.

Right now he is running on two PR2 tires, has a fresh set of tires waiting on him in Buffalo, a front PR2 and a car tire (which he has a lot of experience with) for the rear. He is thinking the rear car tire will last him through both remaining legs unless he gets a puncture as he has good experience with them.

He is headed for the barn, should be there around 5:00. Gives him some padding in case of traffic issues.

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Thanks Dave...your reporting of Meese's incredible ride is greatly appreciated.
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