For my third Ironbutt Ride I decided to go to Key West, FL and back in under 48 hours. The ride should have been a little over 2000 miles but turned out to be longer as you will see as you read.
I did this ride in April of 06 and I left out at about 4:00am in the morning and went east on hwy 82. I went through Montgomery , AL and got on hwy 231 south and went through Dothan, AL. and into Florida where I got on I10 east towards Jacksonville, FL. I went through Jacksonville, FL because I want to go down the east coast of Florida and come back up the west coast. In Jacksonville, FL i took I95 south and went all the way to Miami, FL. I went through Miami and got on hwy 1 and went south to Key West, FL. I took a few photos of my bike in Key West and go on and started heading north. It was appox 11:00pm when I started home.
My plan was to go back to Miami and take hwy 41 west and go through the Everglades. I made it approx 50 miles on hwy 41 when i saw blue lights blocking the road. When I got up on the light I went over and talked to the cop and he told me that the road was blocked because of a accident and it would be a couple of hours before it was open. He told me to go around I would have to go back about 30 miles and head north for about 20 miles and I would run into I75. I thought oh crap here it is almost 1:00am in the morning and I was in the middle of nowhere and had to back track. I chose to go all the Way back to Miami and get back on I95 and head north and get on the Florida turnpike in Ft. Pierce. I started looking for a hotel just north of Ft. Lauderdale, FL but could not find one that had any vacancies. I did not remember that a hurricane had come through a couple of weeks ago and all the hotels were full of workers helping with the clean up. I kept riding north until I got north of Orlando, FL when I finally found a hotel that had a room. I checked in at around 10:00a. I had been up for 30 hours and was dead. I asked the clerk what time checkout was and she said 12:00. I told her what was going on and she said she would let me stay until 2:00pm before she charged me for another night. I went and got to sleep fast.
I got up at 1:30 and got a shower and checked out. I stayed north on the turnpike until I reached I75 where I went north. I stayed on I75 until I got to I10 where I headed west. Stayed on I10 until I got to hwy 55 in De Funiak Springs, FL where I went north. I Stayed on hwy 55 and went into Alabama where it changed into hwy 31. I went north on hwy 31 to Greenville, AL where i went west on hwy 10 and got on I65 north. I noticed when I got on I65 that it was lighting off to the north west. Within about 15 miles it started raining and got worse. It was about 10:00pm and I was now in a severe thunderstorm. The wind was blowing so hard it blew my visor off my helmet. I had to go about 30 mph for about 30 miles when it stopped raining. I was north of Montgomery now and got on 82 west and I was almost home. I got home about 12:00 midnight and went straight to bed. This was one trip I was glad to be over with. Between the accident and not being able to find a hotel and then the rain, this was a weird trip. I had gone over 2100 miles in 42 hours.
I did not know at the time but this would be my last ironbutt ride for awhile. I had to put the wing up for sale because we needed the money. A guy from Sweden purchased the bike. He came over and got it on Sept 26, 2006. I remember the day because I had a wreck on my police motor that morning and my dad had to meet him while I was in surgery. I spent a month and a half in the hospital and could not walk for over 3 months with out a walker. It took me almost over 3 years to talk my wife into letting me get another bike and I now have it. I just purchased a new 07 wing dark red metallic with a gps on it last Thursday, 06/03/06. I loved the ride home and will from now on be posting rides as I go. Not all will be ironbutt rides but some will. I will also be posting photos taken while on the rides.
Hope you enjoy.