Tomorrow I get back on the road, riding to Jacksonville for the annual IBA "Pizza Party," always held around the same time as Daytona Bike Week and timed this way just in case some of the LD rider types want to head down I-95, strafe a few trailer-queen Harleys along the way.
In anticipation of being on the road for a few days, I needed to clear out some contents of the fridge that are getting a little long in the tooth. Yesterday, however, as I was rummaging through my cupboards and fridge on a "search and destroy mission," I chanced upon a box of yellow cake mix and an accompanying can of chocolate frosting. Oh, no!! There are enough foods and leftovers teetering on the brink of spoilage, without adding 2 dozen cupcakes. An hour later the house smelled of freshly baked cake [guilty grin]. To assuage that guilt, I wrapped a dozen cupcakes tightly and put them in the freezer. The rest, however, are being systematically consumed in hopes there will be none left before I leave the house tomorrow morning. Arggghhh!
I-10 here I come! Yet another trip across half the continent to Jacksonville FL and I should be at the hotel by early afternoon. These last few years there's been some form of "ride-in" to this event, a way to earn an IBA LD Ride certificate of some form or another - SS1000 or longer, 50CC, 100CCC or similar - and this year will be the same. The "twist" on this year's ride is that it will begin and end in Jacksonville.
IBA has pulled a soon-to-be memorable ride out of their bag of tricks, putting together what they're calling the Legends SS1000. The route will be a Florida in-state Saddle Sore 1000 with checkpoints along the way. Not just an ordinary "get a gas receipt" stop, but stops that will be "manned" by riders who have become legends among the LD riding community. Their identities are being kept a secret to us at this point, but will be revealed when we're given our checkpoint sign-in sheets. The "deal" is this: Ride to each of the seven checkpoints and have the legendary IBA rider sign our checkpoint sheets. This sheet will not only prove that we've ridden the prescribed route, but will become a keepsake along the traditional IBA SS1000 Certificate, suitable for framing (or so we're told; assuming I'm able to keep mine reasonably pristine and uncrumpled).
Tomorrow morning I'll get up and hopefully get the wheels turning by 6:30 or 7:00 AM, make it to Marianna FL for the night, get a run in, in the morning, then get back on the road and arrive in Jacksonville by early afternoon in plenty of time to socialize with the other IBA members who will also be participating in this Legends SS1000.
Weather is forecasted to be absolutely perfect for Thursday, so wish us all safe riding.