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HOUSTON: NE Houston - Atascocita/Humble area riders!

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That looks like a fun little route. An hour and change of wiggle room is nice, too. How is it calculating the 45 average mph? Just based on speed limits + stops? Oh, and which direction are we running it? Clockwise so we're headed west in the morning, and east in the evening?

Picking a particular day might be tough. If we're looking at ~23 hours, starting at midnight Friday will make it tough to get any sleep beforehand for those working, but starting midnight Saturday will make it tough for those working to get enough sleep afterwards. I could do either.
I calculated the overall times and moving times noted above, but forgot to mention I set it up to run clockwise. Leaving at midnight, we should be seeing light around Lampasas, and continuing west and north to Brownwood. That should keep the sunrise sun out of our eyes.

Even though the wildlife data I looked at seems to show that the hazard isn't actually as high as I originally thought, I figured it would be better to run this area in daylight. Then we'll run east with the sun behind us, and down to Lumberton around sunset.

Timewise, we need to check our time and overall average at every stop and keep on it. With the long stretches between towns, we should be able to keep a good average pace.
 
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I always feel like I'm just being critical, but I do have one worry. I believe it's been stated a few times on the ironbutt forums that the reviewers of the ride use spotwalla to support the Dated Business Receipts, but they use booble maps or similar and select the 'shortest route' option to track between fuel stops as the primary means of verifying the distance.

It's an issue I've run into with my ride through San Antonio... Taking I-10 through town is, like, two miles longer than skirting around on 1604, but over multiple stops those sorts of things add up. Guess which way I took :/

The reason I bring it up is because it looks like there's several points where a shorter route exists that we are skirting around. Maybe we could seek pre-approval on the route? I don't think they do it much except for certain rides, and those are more because there are additional requirements like a flag being sent.
 

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I always feel like I'm just being critical, but I do have one worry. I believe it's been stated a few times on the ironbutt forums that the reviewers of the ride use spotwalla to support the Dated Business Receipts, but they use booble maps or similar and select the 'shortest route' option to track between fuel stops as the primary means of verifying the distance.

It's an issue I've run into with my ride through San Antonio... Taking I-10 through town is, like, two miles longer than skirting around on 1604, but over multiple stops those sorts of things add up. Guess which way I took :/

The reason I bring it up is because it looks like there's several points where a shorter route exists that we are skirting around. Maybe we could seek pre-approval on the route? I don't think they do it much except for certain rides, and those are more because there are additional requirements like a flag being sent.
The rules are here: https://www.ironbutt.com/themerides/ssseries/index.html

There are a LOT of ways to short circuit this route. However, the key is to document the route well... you do not have to go the most direct route between two points. We will need receipts at the 3 "corners" of the route, since it's kind of a triangle. With the way things lay out, Brownwood isn't a great stop from the fuel range standpoint, but we might decide we have to. I was thinking we could likely do De Leon, San Augustine, and Silsbee for the 3 corners. Should be reliable places to hopefully get a receipt, and close to the furthest extents of the "corners" of the route.

They recommend providing a Google Maps route to outline the route, and I have also used the "tracks" on my GPS to show where we actually went for further verification. The fuel receipts will correspond to those points on the route. In fact, they explicitly state that alternate routes are ok:

"IN ALL CASES, mileage will be verified with either Microsoft Streets and Trips, Google Maps, or in some cases, paper maps or other sources as required.

We recommend you put your route in to Google Maps, it works in most parts of the world and allows you to easily change your route by dragging it on alternate roads. Additionally, it allows you to save your route and send it to us."

This is really simple if you have a painfully simple route. Doesn't work for this one. I'll have to try and re-create it from scratch from within Google Maps. For some reason, you apparently can't get miles out "My Google Maps" and you can't pull a route in from My Google Maps to Google Maps...

If we document it properly and give them more than one way to verify, then we should be fine. I did this once in Alabama, and I didn't submit for the certificate. I had one for a prior ride. My compadre did submit, and he got his certificate. A couple of years later, he did another one... and got another certificate. I printed my tracks map out and marked up the stops for fuel, kept the logs, and it was no issue. I know that a lot of people get complacent and don't want to document their ride to the level they expect, and if IBA can't be presented with the information they need to confirm an alternate route, then they will likely have to assume the shortest route. Those people are probably the ones most likely to complain... on an uncontrolled forum on the internet. :-)
 
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LET'S RIDE!

Saturday, 10/16/2021. Meet at 0800, KSU at 0830, Texan Mart, West Lake Houston Pkwy & Aerobic in Atascocita.

The bike is back! Valves adjusted, throttle bodies in sync, and almost ready for a ride. I should be able to find the basecamp route tonight, and I need to go ahead and do a bit of minor maintenance and checking details... but a ride finally looks like a reality for Saturday! High 50s in the morning and low 70s for a high. Sounds like a nice cool ride!

About 290 miles, and a loop up to 1484 near Conroe, back up to 224, and the two little loops just north of Corrigan. Since 59 is no fun, we'll run up to 49 on 1987, then turn around and do 1987 again, and back to fuel at the Exxon in Corrigan, then turn around again to catch the 352 loop, so if Cello can make it... there at two intentional U-turns 😎 . The Corrigan Exxon is at about 157 miles, so if we need to stop earlier, I'm flexible... Ok... then back down to 942, Votaw, and back via the prison road near Dayton. Should be back to Atascocita around 330.

Here is a link to a map I posted up around the end of March (Post 1628, page 66 of this thread). Highlight, right-click, "go to https..... " to see the map.
 

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I need a ride this weekend, and it looks like it has to be Saturday. Sunday looks a bit warmer, but it looks like Saturday is the only time I'm not committed to other tasks. The temps look like mid to high 40s around 9 am, and into the 50s by 10... with afternoon highs in the mid 60s. I'll pull out the cold weather gear and give it a go. I'm thinking a repeat of the 10/16 ride. (see previous Post 1804, just above this one.

Saturday, 11/6, Meet 0830, KSU 0900, Texan Mart, Atascocita.

About 290 miles, and a loop up to 1484 near Conroe, back up to 224, and the two little loops just north of Corrigan. Since 59 is no fun, we'll run up to 49 on 1987, then turn around and do 1987 again, and back to fuel in Corrigan, then turn around again to catch the 352 loop, so if Cello can make it... there at two intentional U-turns 😎 . The Corrigan stop is at about 157 miles, so if we need to stop earlier, I'm flexible... Ok... then back down to 942, Votaw, and back via the prison road near Dayton. Should be back to Atascocita around 330.

Here is a link to a map I posted up around the end of March (Post 1628, page 66 of this thread). Highlight, right-click, "go to https..... " to see the map.
https://www.twtex.com/forums/attachments/capture-jpg.289352/
 
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Lol, I can't make it. I'm working this weekend. My ride is ready to be picked up from the shop though, so this should be a good month to ride!
 

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OK... after 2 months of a messed up bike, I think I have all the bad workmanship from the shop corrected. A short test ride, and no codes popping up, but I need a GOOD ride to truly test it out.

Tomorrow, Friday, November 26: KSU 0900 from the Texan Mart in Atascocita.

It will be chilly... maybe near 50, so winter gear is the key. High temps in the mid 60s. About 290 miles, Basecamp says 7 hours or so.

Map attached. I'm thinking the new problems created by the shop are gone now, so I'm not thinking this one will be aborted like the last two. I have literally redone ALL of the work they charged me for, and I have done all the work that they promised and claimed to have done, but didn't. Corrected the grade-schooler issues that I found along the way. The bike was running great on the short test ride yesterday.
 

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