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It's hard for me to believe but the 2021 Iron Butt Rally is almost here! Start for the IBR is Monday June 21st, but tech inspection and paperwork is planned for Saturday June 19th.

Bike is prepped, fresh rubber all around, important parts looked at, spare rear wheel shipped to a friend's house in Indy so I can do a wheel swap.

Next step, Leave!!!

I depart tonight, Friday June 11. Since the start is in Utah I am leaving early and pushing hard to get there Sunday night. I will spend 3 days working from a hotel room in Salt Lake City and once done Weds I will pack up and relocate to Provo UT where I will have 2 days to relax before I start the switch to rally mode.

I will also share some of what is going on up and to the start, however the rally rules prevent me from sharing the link to my route to let those interested follow along. I will see what I can do to get some updates posted while I ride for those interested. Lastly, I will post a link to the daily updates for anyone interested. They are always a good read.

My philosophy for this rally? Well it's the same as it was for 2019, Fortune Favors the Bold! I plan on pushing myself to my limit and where I'd normally shy away from a difficult bonus (say a lighthouse on Long Island) I will go for it and hope for the best.

My goal for the rally? First and foremost come home in one piece. Ideally, I am shooting for a top 20 finish which is what I estimate I can do if all goes well and I don't make any stupid mistakes.

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination, however I am no fool and will gladly accept any well wishes, positive thoughts, prayers, etc. I routinely ask that two departed friends look after me as I ride. One is the forum's own Beebe and the other is Panther's son Eli. I like to think they are keeping me out of trouble.

Anyway, enough of my babbling. I will strive to make as many updates to this thread as I can.

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Have a wonderful rally Parrothead! Enjoy it and keep the rubber side down. Godspeed!
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Best wishes Chris, you know there are spare parts and a helping hand if needed. A place to catch a few zzzz’s if necessary.
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Chris, just a heads up. The west has seen a record number of travelers this year.
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Good Luck, Chris....

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I suspect you have thought of this but, check wildfire updates for road closures in areas you will be traveling.
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