I have been contemplating doing Saddlesore 1000 and finally pulled trigger. I had read all the rules, advice, watched YouTube of people doing ride. I looked at riding to specific point, circular routes and out/back routes. I felt a circular path would be tempting to stop and come home if your mind doubted your abilities. Riding to specific point 1000+ miles away takes more time away ( and its 1000 mi back😎
. I wanted to do it around summer start for longer days and choose maybe full moon if one had to do night riding.
I chose out and back. I looked a route down I 65 south out of Nashville. There is fair amount of traffic Nashville-Birmingham-Montgomery corridor but to me there is less traffic Montgomery-Mobile. You need to go a little west on I 10 to get over 500 miles.
I looked at northern route up I 24 W to Paducah-I 57N to Champaign, IL-I 74 to Galesburg, IL. I chose this route because temperature was high 82 in northern Illinois vs 95 on Gulf coast. Also the the interstate is straight and corn fields as far as can see. There are sections that did not have much traffic on especially early in the morning. There was noticeably more commercial traffic on interstate east of St. Louis area and there was 11 miles of single lane west of Champaign, IL.
First starting receipt was @ 4:01 am in Nashville, TN
Second receipt was @ 6:42 am in Vienna, IL (177 mi)
Third receipt was @ 9:18 am in Mattoon, IL (164 mi)
Fourth receipt @ 12:16 pm in Galesburg, IL (194 mi) turn around point
Fifth receipt @ 3:10 pm in Tuscola, IL ( 162 mi)
Sixth receipt @ 6:03 pm in Vienna, IL (190 mi)
Final receipt @ 8:55 pm in Nashville, TN (175 mi)
Total odometer miles 1,062 ( Google maps 1024 mi)
16 hrs 54 mins.
I packed a soft sided cooler with snacks, water, lunch as I did not want to take lot of time eating meals. At turn around point just found shade tree next to gas station and took 15-20 min rest.
The only pictures I took were receipts with odometer reading
Take aways from the experience. I would not want to do 1000 mi ride on anything but big tourer ( Wing Class). The last 200 miles butt and shoulder blades were uncomfortable. I pre-dosed with Motrin, I guess that helped? Cruise control was huge help but still noticed throttle hand/wrist uncomfortable. I could have stopped as I had few hours to spare but I wanted less riding time after sunset (the first 90 min dark..not much traffic...the last 60 mins were dark and lots traffic going into Nashville.
Keep your fingers crossed IBA approves!!