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Hey Oregon riders. August 11th & 12th (if my schedule sticks), I plan to complete a 1000 and 1500 mile iron butt run. Attached is my route and was hoping for some advice. I have not driven up that way in 20+ years. I have also attached my Mapsource route. I assume the weather is cooler than heading east into the desert.

I am trying to ballance the ability to run at a quick pace, but not be a total boring ride.

My plan is:
Do a 1000 miles the first day (get the hard day done first)
Stay the night at Burns (Burns is at 1002 miles)
Do the last 500 miles on a good nights rest

Thanks so much for the advice
Mark
 

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The overall route looks fine. 1002 miles is cutting it a bit close, but as long as it measures out using mapping software you should be OK. None of us trust the BMW odometers, and neither does the IBA (though you still need to supply that documentation).

Be prepared for any kind of weather. You'll probably see 100+ heading through Redding, and closer to 50 after the sun drops through Oregon. And rain is always a possibility. Just try and plan things so that you don't catch Portland during it's "rush" hour. It's not nearly as bad as what you're used to, but then again you can't split lanes either. You'll also be riding a bit slower through Oregon, even on I-5, so plan for that.

My BunBurner was 750 miles, a 10-hour break (8 of which was sleeping), then another 750 miles back. That averaged just under 60 mph including fuel stops. You can do 1000 miles in 14-15 hours pretty easily on the Interstates, if you keep you gas stops short.

Keep your CamelBak full and easily accessible, and it also helps if you have energy bars that you can grab quickly at a gas stop or even while riding.

Good luck, and most importantly have fun.
 

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I would advise you to get atleast 1025 miles on the first day, just to be sure. When I did my SS1K, I finished at 1080, just because of the route I chose. For the BB, I did 1600, again, because of the route I chose and I wanted to reach a certain location by a certain time :)
 

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Hi Mark,

Ditto a lot of Ken's advice. You will love the ride. You can pad your SS a little with your first night in John Day instead. The extra 60 miles goes real fast out there and John Day has a few places to stay.

Watch carefully for deer. The state must have had a couple good years for the critters, 'cause they are everywhere! :( Watch also for rolling radar as well as troopers just sitting in the tumble weeds looking for a stray fast-one to tag. The posted speed is "55" on all rural highways in Oregon, so be careful.

Good Luck. If you need any help I've PM'd you my phone number
 

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Just a couple of things to factor in -

August 11th is a Friday, try and plan your timing so you do not hit Portland durning the Friday afternoon/evening rush hour.

I agree with Ken 1002 miles might be cutting it to close. With two 90 degree directional changes in your route you would need gas stops at those corners. When the IBA checks your route they may find short cuts around those corners and reduce the milage. I would plot a route with at least 1050 miles.

If you need a starting witness, let me know your starting time.

good Luck
 

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Thanks to everyone for all the advice (including all the PMs). I plan to leave at ~5:30am (the am is the best time to ride :) ) to miss the Redding heat and Portland commute. (dont want to get in too late, since I want to leave early the next am again).

I have been thinking about the 1002 miles (being so close to the limit), so I will review/update my route based on feedback from the group.

I have also heard from many others about the 55 limit to the point that I believe I will adjust my time projections. Not worth getting a ticket and killing a good ride.

Ernie: I received your PM and put a copy in my bag already; thanks so much.
John; Thank you for the offer to witness. I have my neighbor primed up, but I will let you know if something happens.

Thanks again for everyone’s advice.
Mark
 

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MarkEngland said:
Thanks to everyone for all the advice (including all the PMs). I plan to leave at ~5:30am (the am is the best time to ride :) ) to miss the Redding heat and Portland commute. (dont want to get in too late, since I want to leave early the next am again).


Thanks again for everyone’s advice.
Mark
Have fun and ride safe.:D
 
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