I enjoy long-distance motorcycling. For me, that mostly means twelve-hour
days on a variety of highways and back roads with lots of curves and few
stops. For others, it means going (at least) 1,000 miles in 24 hours, or
doing other, more intensive endurance riding.
There is a mailing list for people who enjoy this kind of riding:
insert ldriders mailing list link here. The Iron Butt Association
(link here), run by Mike Kneebone, recognizes and organizes a variety of
challenging rides, from the 1,000-in-24 "SaddleSore" to the ten-day,
ten-thousand-mile Iron Butt Rally held every two years.
There are several LDRiding events or "rallies" throughout the year. Some
are "ride-to-eat" events where people go just to have lunch and see each
other face-to-face. Others are competitive "scavenger hunt" events where you
ride a lot of miles and try to collect more bonus points than the other
riders. (These are not races - riding the fastest or the farthest does not
lead to victory. Also, there are no cash prizes, only plaques for the
For four years now, I have been a volunteer at the Cal24 event organized
by Tom Melchild and Mike Heran. You can read about my experiences and
thoughts on rallying in general in these pages:
Iron Butt Rally 2007 Satellite Tracking Movies
A Rally Is Not A Race
Digital Cameras For Rallies
This page was last edited
April 26, 2008.