Iron Butt Ride – May 2009, an association that promotes safe, long rides for the toughest riders in America, honors riders who complete a “SaddleSore 1,000 mile ride. To qualify, a rider must ride his motorcycle 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours.

On May 4, 2009 Mike Jarvis (Orem), Jared Gant (Orem) and myself, Brad Stone (Salt Lake City), set out at 4:00 AM that morning to accomplish this challenge. Our pre-determined route took us from Orem and Salt Lake City, to Wendover, Nevada via Interstate I-80. Then we followed Hwy 93 south, through Ely, NV, and Hwy 6 southwest to Tonopah. From Tonopah, on Hwy 95 southwest, passing on the northeast border of Death Valley, on into Las Vegas. From Las Vegas it was a straight shot home on north I-15. 1,083 miles in a little over 20 hours, arriving home just before 1:00 AM the next day.

Jared Gant of Orem, Utah, on his Kawasaki 1600 Nomad

Mike Jarvis of Orem, Utah on his Kawasaki Vulcan 2000

And me, Brad Stone, of Salt Lake City, Utah on his Honda VTX 1300

Our trip was completed at 12:30 that night