Month: Jun 2017

Update …..

As Robert has got into the cooler air of Colorado, the bike is not misbehaving quite so much. I’ve spent most of this months profit for my firm in telephone conversations with him today ….. but I am now trying to get him some…

Day 4 – quick update ….

Robert is very tired after the first day of leg 2 His ride was good, but the bike continues to give problems.  The engine has now started cutting out in the cold as well as in the heat At one stage whilst crossing the…

I’ll be in trouble for this …..

….. but I’ve just realised that I haven’t given Pepa (Roberts better half) a name check yet in my reports ….. So Pepa – this one is just for you !!  

One last thing ….

I know that Robert reads this blog each night.  (He doesn’t want his mobile filling up with messages – that is for emergencies only) Give him all the encouragement that you can. It might not seem like it to you, but when you are on…

Leg 2 – a few thoughts from Robert and a few comments from John …..

So, lets just review where we are ….. Most of you will by now know that Robert is in 11th place after Leg 1 The moment I found this out, I was on the phone to him, stressing that under no circumstances must he…

Plenty of pictures here from the checkpoint …..

….. including pictures of Robert …… https://goo.gl/photos/zkZPy9xfMftpmRWu8      

Day 3 update – First leg success !!

Well, leg 1 is done and dusted. Robert arrived at the checkpoint well before the cut off point He lost no points at the scoring and got what he feel is a good score given that he had a relaxing ride – bike issues…

Very few comments or questions so far ….

Are you all shy ?

Mmmmm …..

The bike stalled and cut out again today …… thankfully it’s going again More to follow later …….  

Day 2 Update ……

Day 2 has gone well for Robert and he is now about an hour into an 8 hour rest break – he is ahead of schedule at the moment. He started the day after a long sleep in a library in Cincinnati (sorry I was 24…

Quick Update ….

I spoke with Robert, late on Monday evening (very early on Tuesday morning here in the UK – yes, it looks like I too am going to suffer during the IBR …. Lol !!). Day 1 objectives have been achieved and he is now…

He’s away ……

This might be of interest to you all

This has the “official” daily reports on there (not as good as mine obviously !!) It also has the public SpotWalla pages http://ironbutt.com/2017ibr.cfm  

And so it begins ……

Right, he’s finally away …… and so for the next 11 days you’re all mine !! Seriously though (and this will probably be the last time for a while) I feel very honoured that Robert has asked me to do this again.  It was…

Thank goodness it’s nearly here …..

Perhaps “he” will stop posting on my blog now for a while ….. Lol !!

Before the riders meeting

Soooo, in one hour from now, there will be the riders meeting, very early at 2:30 p.m. I had to attend the rookie meeting (haha), as I was considered “technically” a rookie (no previous finish). It was a very good presentation by route master…

Adapt – Improvise – Overcome (part 1)

Yesterday morning, I packed my stuff and moved 10 miles north to the rally hotel. I checked in and started to exchange all the broken spare part that still needed to be changed after the drop of the bike during the Brit Butt Rally….

Slowly but surely….

OK, I’m back in the hotel. As John has correctly put it, today’s objective was to get my bike through customs and out of the warehouse. I got up early and prepared again my papers. I had been instructed by the shipper that it…

Come fly with me …..

Well, he’s in the air somewhere over the Atlantic at the moment and should be landing in just over 3 hours. He’s got his riding gear, he’s got his route planning hard software, the sat navs are loaded with the latest USA maps, credit…

Ready to take off

So here I’m sitting at Brussels Airport, killing time before I take off for Minneapolis via Amsterdam. The first obstacle is past me: I arrived here without problems. After yesterday’s terror attack at Brussels Central Station, it was questionable if the trains would run…