"11 Thousand Miles in 11 Days - The World's Toughest Motorcycle Rally"

Voni and Paul
Voni and Paul both completed the 2003 IRON BUTT RALLY sponsored by the Iron Butt Association.  Paul rode "Old Smokey", his 1986 BMW K75T, which he rode over 369,000 miles, and Voni rode "Big Red", her original 1994 BMW R1100RS. which turned the odometer past 300,000 miles during the Iron Butt Rally.  Paul previously finished the rally in 1999.

Voni on the way to Missoula Paul Wrenching in Missoula
Voni with her R1100RS on the way to Missoula.
Paul puts the finishing touches on the K75 at Missoula.

A Few Rally Highlights

Rally Flags Voni in Missoula
We got our rally flags at the opening banquet on Sunday night.  We were not in the "hopeless" class.  We were placed in the "married couples riding together and maybe about to get divorced" class.
Voni at the hotel in Missoula - ready and eager to start.
The Black Rock Desert near Gerlach, Nevada was Voni's favorite bonus.  A few riders got stuck in the mud at the edge of the playa.  With luck, we didn't.

Paul in Arizona
Third of a Million
Paul's odometer turned over one-third million miles in Arizona on Leg 2
of the rally.
So we stopped and took a picture.

View from Mt. Evans
Wheels of Time Museum
The view from the top of Mt. Evans in Colorado.  The highest paved road in the United States.
The Wheels of Time museum in Maggie Valley, North Carolina was where we went right after riding through Deals Gap at sunrise - 318 curves in 11 miles of a silver ribbon of asphalt.

Changing Oil
Big Red in Maine Broken Throttle Cable
Paul changed oil at the Maine checkpoint.  Harry Pendexter brought the oil and drain pan for us and then made it all magically disappear..
Big Red parked at the checkpoint in Maine.
Paul pitched in to help replace a broken throttle cable on fellow rally rider Joe DeRyke's BMW RT.

Flight 93 Memorial
Voni at the Finish
The temporary memorial at the site of the crash of United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11 was a moving and somber bonus location.
Voni rides in to the finish!

Paul Sunset
Big Sky
Voni Sunset
The sky really is bigger, after you've finished the Iron Butt Rally!

Paul's Bike:

Paul's K75

"Old Smokey"

K75 at Kennewick
Photo by Phil Kopp
at the Kennewick,
Washington checkpoint in 1999.

1986 K75T

1986 BMW K75T purchased new February, 1986
750 cc fuel injected 3 cylinder motorcycle, retired (by an accident) with 369,647 miles on the odometer.

Voni's Bike:

Big Red
Big Red Fuel Cell
Big Red Back
"Big Red"
Fuel Cell and Water Cooler on Rear Seat Pan
Parked in Missoula

1994 BMW R1100RS purchased new in May (Mother's Day) 1993.
1100 cc fuel injected, air/oil cooled "Boxer" 2 cylinder motorcycle - still in use with 345,000 miles on the odometer.


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