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Art Garvin

Adventurer and Endurance Rider

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2009 Iron Butt Rally
The Iron Butt Rally, sponsored by the Iron Butt Association, is considered the ultimate competitive motorcycle endurance ride. Held in August/September every other year in odd-numbered years, it covers a minimum of approximately 9,000 miles in North America over an eleven-day period. Points are accumulated by arriving at checkpoints within the allotted time and by visiting optional bonus locations between the checkpoints. It is not a race, but rather a test of planning, preparation, strategy and tactics, riding skill, and endurance.


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Epilogue with Official Final Results

 

Art's Official Rally Data

 
Tracking Map

Google Map View with Bonus Information*

*Google Map View courtesy of Brian Casey
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2009 Iron Butt Rally Daily Reports
Friday, August 21, 2009
Art arrives in Spartanburg just before 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tech Inspection and odometer check completed. All pre-rally requirements completed.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
Attended riders meeting & pre-rally banquet.  He received his rally packet and rally towel, which is #42.
This year with the new electronic bonus locations, it took much less time to prepare his route and he was
able to get to bed at a reasonable time & get plenty of rest.

Day 1: Monday, August 24, 2009    Map
Finally, all the months of preparation and this is it.  The riders are scheduled to begin their 11 day adventure at 10AM.  As I walk around watching the final preparation, I can feel the excitement, anticipation and just a little bit of nervousness, wondering if they forgot anything or if the route they have planned will get them to the first checkpoint on time.  Even as a spectator, I had butterflies in my stomach as I watched them leave one by one with the crowd cheering and clapping and wishing them all a good and safe ride.

1st stop was the BMW museum about 20 miles away and then it was on to South Florida.  Art said that the weather & traffic was good, just a little rain by the coast.  He stopped in Miami area and got 3hrs sleep.

Day 2: Tuesday, August 25, 2009    Map
On the road by 4AM feeling rested and having a great time.  He headed south to Key West and back to Miami, then made his way to Georgia and Tennessee only stopping for short rests.  At the 24 hr mark he was just shy of 1100 miles.

Day 3: Wednesday, August 26, 2009    Map
Art rode through the night and most of the day collecting bonuses on his way to the St. Charles checkpoint.  Arrived at checkpoint with over 2 hrs to spare before the penalty window started.  After completing the first leg, he has ridden over 2700 miles and is tied for 36th place.

Day 4: Thursday, August 27, 2009    Map
After leaving St. Charles, he headed for bonus locations in Minnesota and Iowa, spending the night in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Unfortunately he was riding in hard rain the majority of the day and it was beginning to take its toll on him.

Day 5: Friday, August 28, 2009    Map
Left Iowa heading for a big bonus in Mississippi, collecting other bonuses along the way.  While talking to him on the phone in the afternoon, he realized that he forgot to make his call-in bonus, but by reading the IBR report, he wasn't the only one.  When leaving Iowa this morning, he was in fog, and by the time he got in the South it was very warm and muggy.  After collecting the big bonus late Friday night, he spent the rest of the night heading for Santa Ana and stopping for a few more bonuses.

Day 6: Saturday, August 29, 2009    Map
Most of the day will be spent riding across the big state of Texas (880 miles) on his way to Santa Ana.  When I last spoke to him, he was in San Antonio and it was 95 degrees.  He is a little disappointed with his choice of routing on this leg, but overall he is having a great time and is just enjoying being on his bike.

Day 7: Sunday, August 30, 2009    Map
Headed to 2nd checkpoint in Santa Ana picking up some needed bonuses along the way.  Rode most of the day in triple digit heat, the highest temp being 116 in the California desert.  This is what they mean by the toughest endurance riders.  He is staying well hydrated and although the temps are high it is not muggy.  Arrived at the checkpoint at 8:02 and after being scored, he had a combined total for both legs of 38,823.  Even though he dropped in the standing, he is totally enjoying himself and is looking forward to riding in his favorite part of country on the next leg and hopefully make up some points.

Day 8: Monday, August 31, 2009    Map
After some much needed rest and receiving his bonus locations for leg 3, he prepared his route and headed first for Death Valley. I was breathing a sigh of relief when he made it past this point.  For some of you reading this, you might remember on a ride a number of years ago, this is where he broke down and was not able to finish the rally to Alaska.  He is riding in triple digits again today, but not as high, about 109.  Made his way through Vegas and up into Utah before spending the night in Page, Arizona. This was Art's shortest day, 660 miles.

Day 9: Tuesday, September 1, 2009    Map
Art was headed for Mount Rushmore area and Crazy Horse Mountain picking up bonuses along the way.
 
Day 10: Wednesday, September 2, 2009    Map
Heading for Devil's Tower and then on to Canada.  He is having a good ride on this leg, feeling pretty good and just enjoying being out west.  I arrived in Spokane today and will be anxiously awaiting his arrival on Friday.
 
Day 11: Thursday, September 3, 2009    Map
Long ride across the plains of Saskatchewan and Alberta stopping at bonus locations in Edmonton and Calgary. Arrived back in the US spending the night in Sandpoint, ID. Last bonus bagged in Sandpoint with a 5 - 7 am time window. Was on the road for the last 75 mile journey to Spokane by 5:10 am. Arrived at the finish with a street full of cheering spectators. 38th place bronze medal finish with 9,992 miles ridden in the 11 days

2009 Iron Butt Rally Results:
101 riders started the rally, including 5 with passengers; 70 finished; 31 DNFs
Notes: #1 - Penalty assessed for changing motorcycle; finisher status & medal level unaffected.
       #4 - (2009) Adjustment for wrong photo of bonus “BAG”; finisher status & medal level unaffected.
* indicates rally veteran

Medal     Place    Name                     Miles    Score       Home  Age  Motorcycle                

Gold          1  * Jim Owen                12,706  139,833       PA     53  BMW R1200RT ('07)         
Gold          2  * Jeff Earls              12,153  136,090       OR     42  BMW K1200GT ('07)         
Gold          3  * Eric Jewell             12,090  130,338       CA     45  Honda ST1300 ('07)        
Gold          4  * Chris Sakala            12,238  126,481       MD     49  BMW R1200RT ('08)         
Gold          5  * Greg Marbach            11,931  122,021       AZ     43  Yamaha FJR1300 ('04)      
Gold          6  * Mike Hutsal             11,321  117,843       MB     57  Honda ST1300 ('03)        
Gold          7  * Rick Miller             11,388  114,326       MD     50  Honda Gold Wing ('03)     
Gold          8    Bob Lilley              12,268  111,836       PA     46  BMW K1200LT ('03)         
Gold          9    Ken Meese               11,047  111,129       CA     43  BMW K1200GT ('07)         
Gold         10    Peter Behm              11,891  109,350       MN     43  Yamaha FJR1300 ('04)      
Gold         11  * Michael Evans           11,535  109,020       NY     36  Yamaha FJR1300 ('06)      
Gold         12    Roger Sinclair          12,365  108,903       VA     41  Kawasaki Concours 14 ('08)
Gold         13  * Matt Watkins            12,502  108,653       WA     41  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
Gold         14  * Andy Mills              11,410  108,314       MN     30  Victory Vision ('10)      
Gold         15  * Dick Peek               11,401  107,138       UT     52  Yamaha FJR1300 ('06)      
Gold         16  * Rick Sauter             10,282  106,003       BC     60  Honda Gold Wing ('04)     
Gold         17    John Jordan             10,302  105,321       WA     56  BMW R1150GS ('04)         
Gold         18    Brian Jack              12,629  105,231       WA     41  BMW R1150GS ('05)         
Gold         19    Mark Crane              11,378  104,405       CA     52  BMW R1200GS ('05)         
Gold         20    Nancy Oswald            11,005  103,800       MD     40  BMW R1200GS ('06)         
Gold         21    Andy Kirby              12,135  103,343       MA     47  Honda ST1300 ('04)        
Gold         22  * John Langan             10,858   99,120       CA     69  Honda Gold Wing ('03)     
Silver       23  * Gerhard Memmen-Krueger   9,968   98,643       DEU    52  Honda Gold Wing ('08)     
Silver       24    Joseph Leggett          10,361   96,993       WI     48  BMW R1200GSA ('07)        
Gold         25    Chuck Gittner           12,669   96,818 #4    FL     55  BMW K1200LT ('05)         
Silver       26    Wendy Crockett          10,500   96,033       CA     32  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
Silver       27  * Bill Thweatt            10,724   95,251       NC     62  Honda ST1300 ('04)        
Silver       28    Buford Neely             9,939   95,073       MS     45  Yamaha FJR1300 ('06)      
Silver       29  * Paul Allison             9,642   94,515       GBR    43  Honda Gold Wing ('08)     
Silver       30  * Tom / Rosie Sperry      10,233   94,304       CA     62  Honda Gold Wing ('08)     
Silver       31  * Robert StGeorge          9,613   94,266       MA     50  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
Silver       32    Kevin Lechner           12,001   93,405 #4    GA     45  Honda ST1300 ('07)        
Silver       33    Chris McGaffin          10,088   93,007       IRL    39  Yamaha FJR1300 ('03)      
Silver       34    Jeff / Melinda Bakker   10,110   92,888       CO     37  Honda Gold Wing ('01)     
Silver       35    Greg Rice               10,962   92,614       FL     52  Honda Gold Wing ('09)     
Silver       36  * George Barnes           11,146   91,234       WA     55  BMW K1200LT ('06)         
Silver       37  * Dennis Powell           10,342   91,071       IA     61  Honda Gold Wing ('08)     
Bronze       38  * Art Garvin               9,992   90,992       OH     51  Honda Gold Wing ('07)     
Silver       39    Bill Wade                9,864   90,720 #4    NJ     60  BMW R1200GS ('09)         
Silver       40  * Kevin Healey             9,569   90,348 #4    IL     53  Triumph Trophy ('02)      
Bronze       41    Bo Griffin               9,829   89,967       TX     51  BMW R1200GSA ('06)        
Bronze       42  * Dave Biasotti           10,322   89,814       CA     58  BMW R1150RT ('04)         
Bronze       43  * Jim Frens               11,514   89,199       NH     55  Honda Gold Wing ('04)     
Bronze       44  * Vance Keeney             9,440   89,155       NV     61  BMW K1200GT ('04)         
Bronze       45    Terry Neale              9,861   88,412       CA     54  Yamaha FJR1300 ('08)      
Bronze       46  * Brian Roberts            9,756   88,172       NV     51  Honda ST1300 ('06)        
Bronze       47    Jerry White              8,836   87,978       CA     47  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
Bronze       48  * Terry / Lynda Lahman     9,474   87,341       WA     55  Honda Gold Wing ('05)     
Bronze       49    Steve Short             10,981   86,695       MO     60  Honda Gold Wing ('05)     
Bronze       50    Bob Elliot               8,645   85,813       GA     58  BMW R1200GS ('08)         
Bronze       51    David Porter             9,400   84,429       NM     51  Yamaha FJR1300 ('07)      
Bronze       52    Jeff / Carol Fremder     9,282   84,351 #4    WI     49  BMW R1150RT ('04)         
Finisher     53    Jim Mulcahy              9,546   83,969       OK     63  Yamaha FJR1300 ('08)      
Finisher     54    Chris Whitmore           9,228   83,633       ME     37  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
Finisher     55  * Rick Neeley              9,533   83,481       CO     53  Honda Gold Wing ('04)     
Finisher     56    Winston Oxley           10,700   82,957       TX     54  BMW R1100RS ('94)         
Finisher     57    Maura Gatensby           9,436   82,629       BC     53  Honda ST1300 ('06)        
Finisher     58    Bob Collin               9,440   81,197       ME     65  BMW R1200RT ('06)         
Finisher     59    Joel Rappoport          10,554   81,106       NC     56  BMW R60/6 ('76)           
Finisher     60    David Bourdeaux          9,244   81,090       IN     61  Honda Gold Wing ('02)     
Finisher     61    Jennyfer Audet           9,525   80,680       QC     33  Honda CBR1100XX ('99)     
Finisher     61    Jacques Titolo           9,527   80,680       QC     43  Kawasaki ZX12R ('04)      
Finisher     63    Doug Webb                8,343   80,131       CA     50  BMW R1200GSA ('09)        
Finisher     64  * Richard Buber           11,401   79,721       FL     63  BMW R1150RT ('02)         
Finisher     65  * Bob / Sylvie Torter      9,456   79,144       MT     64  BMW K1200GT ('07)         
Finisher     66  * Thane Silliker          10,159   78,967       ON     42  Honda ST1100 ('98)        
Finisher     67  * Glenn Pancoast           9,237   78,945       MI     64  BMW R1200RT ('08)         
Finisher     68    Margaret Peart           9,502   77,272       AUS    60  BMW R1200GS ('04)         
Finisher     69  * Tom Loftus               9,718   74,215 #4    VA     54  Honda ST1300 ('07)        
Finisher     70    Barry Bertram            9,948   40,860 #1    AL     32  Kawasaki EX250 ('76)      
DNF         DNF    David Legnosky           8,289   74,827       CA     45  Honda Gold Wing ('08)     
DNF         DNF    David Nelson            10,418   74,073       MN     68  Honda Gold Wing ('05)     
DNF         DNF  * Alan Barbic             10,702   73,369       CA     58  Yamaha FJR1300 ('06)      
DNF         DNF    Charlie Clemmer         10,612   72,432       TX     37  BMW R1200RT ('06)         
DNF         DNF    Tom Bisagni              8,278   71,303       NY     38  Yamaha FJR1300 ('07)      
DNF         DNF    Don Fitzgerald           7,936   70,839       CA     57  Honda ST1300 ('08)        
DNF         DNF    Larry Scalzitti          8,432   65,281 #4    IL     56  BMW R1150GS ('02)         
DNF         DNF    Gary Jarl                7,933   67,066       BC     53  BMW R1200RT ('07)         
DNF         DNF    Sal Terranova            9,141   61,067 #4    NY     48  Honda ST1100 ('02)        
DNF         DNF  * Mike Langford            8,326   64,168       NC     60  BMW K1200LT ('00)         
DNF         DNF  * Bob Mutchler             9,308   60,124 #4    CA     62  BMW R1150RT ('04)         
DNF         DNF    Alex Harper              9,748   27,874 #1,4  CA     38  Suzuki RE5 ('93)          
DNF         DNF    Kevin Smart              7,003   54,442       MI     62  Honda GL1100 ('82)        
DNF         DNF    Derek Dickson            7,836   49,634       MN     49  Yamaha FJR1300 ('05)      
DNF         DNF    David Hicks              7,980   48,930       CA     68  Yamaha FJR1300 ('06)      
DNF         DNF  * Bob Lyskowski            6,045   45,996       NH     47  Harley-Davidson FLHT ('04)
DNF         DNF    Davo Jones               7,323   43,730       AUS    53  Kawasaki Concours14 ('08) 
DNF         DNF    Kurt Dix                 6,598   39,795       FL     47  Kawasaki Concours ('98)   
DNF         DNF    Tony Hudson              6,183   37,465       NC     54  Honda ST1300 ('06)        
DNF         DNF    Mark Dieck               6,610   36,883       CA     53  Yamaha FJR1300 ('07)      
DNF         DNF    John Stanforth           5,842   34,760       OH     64  Honda Gold Wing ('05)     
DNF         DNF    Bob Collins              6,853   34,055       TX     65  Honda Gold Wing ('06)     
DNF         DNF    Kent Kidwell             4,664   32,204       VA     60  BMW R1200RT ('09)         
DNF         DNF    Neil Ward                6,395   28,207       ON     59  Kawasaki KLR650 ('08)     
DNF         DNF    Scott LaShier            2,750   12,103       VA     48  Honda ST1300 ('06)        
DNF         DNF    Phil Becker              2,853   12,030       MN     47  Honda ST1100 ('99)        
DNF         DNF    Bill Rauschenberg        2,777    9,421       NY     61  BMW R1200GSA ('07)        
DNF         DNF  * Kendall Anderson         2,552    9,097       SC     56  Moto Guzzi Norge ('07)    
DNF         DNF  * John Ferber              2,649    8,586       ON     56  BMW R1200GSA ('07)        
DNF         DNF    David Riley              2,425    7,604       NH     48  Honda Gold Wing ('05)     
DNF         DNF  * Jim Bain                                      SC     54  BMW K1200LT ('03)         






*Photo courtesy of Steve Hobart