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Old 03-01-2018, 06:33 PM   #1
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2018 Atomic 1000 reminder

(The IBA Forum and the IBMR Facebook page were the only places I originally posted this notice but now that it's down to about 30 days I'm spreading the word elsewhere (this is a copy of that post). You are welcome (and encouraged) to share it far and wide, but the IBA Forum will be the only location where updates (if any) are made. Keep in mind that this is not yet a "formal" IBA ride, but if you jump through the normal hoops and provide good documentation it should get certified like mine did.)

Hi everyone,

You may remember that last October my wife and I established the Atomic 1000 SaddleSore. This was an SS1K that we rode to the site of the very first nuclear detonation in New Mexico. This ride is unique in that it is only available to you twice a year; the first Saturday in April and the first Saturday in October, and you only have a SIX HOUR window in which to be there. In order to qualify for the certificate you must ride at least 1000 miles within 24 hours and your ride must include the Trinity Test Site parking lot as either the starting or ending point, or as a waypoint during your ride. If someone were to do this as a BBG that would be pretty darn cool considering the traffic situation.

The closest location to get a DBR (that I am aware of) is in San Antonio, NM, about 12 miles from the entrance to the Missle Range and then it's another 20+ miles to the actual site. Speed limits on the Range are slow and monitored. You will need to meet certain identification guidelines in order to get on the Range. The Range is only open limited hours on the days in question. Radar detectors are not allowed because you're on a military reservation. Traffic lines can be long and slow to get onto the Range because the Military Police will be questioning occupants of every vehicle as it comes through the gate. Plan ahead!

Motorcycles are sometimes given priority parking near the actual Trinity sign, but that is not a guarantee that you'll be allowed to park there when you arrive. There were some water jugs and some Porta-Pottys on site, but shade is scarce. Plan ahead!

If you have a SPOT or similar device you are advised to show an OK marker (or whatever your device allows) when you are parked at the Test Site. There are also several signs and objects that will show that you are at that site if you take a photo with your bike (and preferably you) in the shot. Last year there was a vender on site near the blast ring but I do NOT know if they are able to provide a computer generated DBR, nor do I know if they will be there this year. As with any ride, the more documentation and photos you can provide, the more likely you are to get the ride approved.

Mike and his team are working to develop more specific guidelines and actually work with the Military on this, but so far they haven't had much luck. As with any other ride that may be questionable, the more documentation you can provide to prove that you rode the ride and you were actually there, the better chance you have of getting this approved.

If you Google "Trinity site 2018" one of the first responses should be the US Army's information page about Trinity and it will give you much of what you'll need to know about getting to the location.

If you're interested in doing this, keep in mind that the first opportunity is less than 40 days away. Start doing your research.

I've got the Tour Of Honor kicking off on April 1, and a rally on April 13th so I don't know if I can be there this year to serve as a witness for those that do show up. *IF* I do show up (big if) I will be on a silver Goldwing and I'll have a large Two Wheeled Texans banner on the side of my bike. I myself will probably be in a chair somewhere under a shade umbrella, but I'll try to keep a watch out for any riders. *IF* I do show up, I will do my best to be there when the gate opens and stay there until the last vehicle has been admitted through the front gate and makes it way to the parking lot. That typically means that if you're not through the front gate by 2 pm, you ain't gonna make it. I will be packed up and leaving the parking lot by 2:30 pm local time.

If you hope or plan to make this ride, please comment in the IBA Forum thread and not on the FB page as I can't always see certain postings on FB.. If there appears to be little or no interest I'm not going to make the 1000+ mile ride to cool my heels for 6 hours, but if there is a lot of interest I'll do my best to be there for you.

Plan your ride, have fun, and let me know what questions you might have.

Brian 50053

TWT crew... if you're not a LD / IBA rider this may not make any sense to you, but if you're just a regular Joe and want to ride to see something unique, this is one of two opportunities you will have this year to do so. Have fun and be safe.
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Old 03-02-2018, 07:28 AM   #2
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Re: 2018 Atomic 1000 reminder

Hmmm, not interested in the cert but maybe I could go back again. It was a good time for sure. I'd also like to hit up the Spaceport America this time.
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Old 03-04-2018, 05:48 PM   #3
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Re: 2018 Atomic 1000 reminder

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Hmmm, not interested in the cert but maybe I could go back again. It was a good time for sure. I'd also like to hit up the Spaceport America this time.
My curiosity was triggered when I rode past the exit signs for the Spaceport but I didn't have the spare time.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:40 PM   #4
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Re: 2018 Atomic 1000 reminder

It's that time again. It's 3 weeks until the next available opportunity to score this rare certificate. Only two riders aside from my wife and I have attained this so far although I know that others are planning for the October ride at this moment, and one is planning to be the first to ride it twice.
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:12 AM   #5
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I know two of the riders that did it this week and supposedly there was someone on a Beemer that did it as well. That means there is still an opportunity for three more folks in April to be among the first ten riders to obtain this cert.
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