Once I finished in this area I made my way through Arizona to get to that southern tip of Nevada to get a receipt. It was about 10:00 at night on day 10 when I got to Nevada. As soon as I crossed into Nevada it was party party party. Casinos and people all over the place. I pulled up to a gas station and got the strangest looks from people. I guess I can’t blame them for staring. I looked like I got run over by an oil tanker. I had dirt and grease all over my Aerostich and my face was looking pretty grimey too. From there it was back on I40 and the ride west to Ontario. Around 1:00 am and 100 miles east of Ontario I started to feel the need to rest so I pulled into the Iron Butt Motel for a couple hours. It was a popular spot because there were two other IBR riders there already and when I woke up at 3:00 there were two more bikes. The rest of the ride was simple. I took it easy because I knew I had plenty of time and pulled into the hotel around 5:00 am. Voni Glaves was the first to congratulate me and gave me a hug. A few others were standing around. I parked, got into my room and slept for a few hours before scoring.
I was happy with the ride, but really bummed about everything falling apart on me in Vega. The penalty for changing bikes in the rally is half your points. I knew I wasn’t going to be competitive, but at least I was allowed to be a finisher. I finished in 72nd place out of 76 finishers and rode 10,044 miles. If I had been able to complete my route on my own bike, I would have placed 11th. My friend Dan Roth finished 11th and I would have bumped him down to 12th had I finished on my own bike. I think I did alright. In hindsight, I would have hit it harder on leg one. That’s about the only thing I would have done differently. I have so many people to thank for helping with this adventure. I have thanked them all individually so will not list them here, but if you are reading this…Thank you all for the help and support during this adventure. I couldn’t have done it without you.