Leg 1 Results

Audited official leg 1 standings

Position Rider # Rider name L1 score L1 miles L1 bonuses
1 98 Jim Owen 14497 3207 43
2 50 Eric Bray 14017 2912 45
3 10 Billy Connacher 13988 2943 43
4 29-30 Peter Green & Rex LeGalley 13952 3369 46
5 33 Brian Nuehring 12975 2969 43
6 91 Corey Nuehring 12975 2967 43
7 8 Jeffrey Konicek 12971 2871 47
8 89 Rick Armour 12731 2827 37
9 32 Steve Gallant 12538 3034 38
10 56-57 Tad & Karen Scott 12437 2656 32
11 104 Scott Thornton 12435 2790 35
12 62 Ian McPhee 12379 2882 38
13 101 Kevin Gardner 12308 3187 32
14 46-47 John & Nadine Huval 12128 2832 39
15 76 Dylan Spink 11926 3046 32
16 15 Jay Bolinger 11902 2749 34
17 81 Gregg Lenentine 11854 2888 36
18 4 Ron Messick 11826 2783 32
19 64 Greg Farmer 11783 2643 31
20 105 Beth Madson 11344 2626 31
21 79 Barry Myers 10805 2154 38
22 3 Gary Huff 10761 2500 34
23 45 Mike Hutsal 10733 4231 28
24 35 Cary Pettinger 10728 2745 29
25 106 Don Duck 10601 2342 27
26 14 Paul Meyer 10467 3383 34
27 34 Ryan Rahjes 10366 2563 37
28 111 Kurt Worden 10311 2191 35
29 2 Eric Edelman 10245 2038 37
30 39 Rick Snyder 10178 2657 26
31 31 Roy Kjendal 10077 2230 25
32 42 Angelo Patacca 10022 2201 30
33 54 Freddie Edelman 9935 2089 35
34 92 Mike Hall 9931 2353 29
35 13 John Frick 9847 2459 25
36 69 Mike Nolan 9846 2270 34
37 84-85 Eric Chernin & Shirley Davis 9786 2337 34
38 95-96 Karen McCauley & Mariah Thompson 9760 2128 32
39 37 Steve Snell 9749 2654 28
40 94 Yancey McCauley 9660 2152 32
41 11 Gerry Arel 9625 2436 30
42 55 Jim Winterer 9622 2672 26
43 12 Lynda Lahman 9537 2058 29
44 59 Terry Lahman 9537 2049 29
45 99 Sjef Vanderaa 9399 2496 25
46 24 Brian North 9378 2328 24
47 21 Martin Cover 9271 2125 33
48 53 Lyle Monroe 9266 2051 25
49 28 Maura Gatensby 9240 2286 21
50 67 Mike Riley 9225 2429 26
51 23 George Levar 9104 1878 30
52 82 Lisa Hecker 9071 2124 32
53 100 Steven Rufo 8994 2140 31
54 49 Bill Cumbie 8934 1797 31
55 22 Kith Burkingstock 8773 2188 32
56 5 Raven Park 8747 1898 29
57 1 Nathan Smurdon 8675 2424 24
58 26 Michael Baker 8596 1872 31
59 115 Jesse Lucas 8546 1907 26
60 58 Chuck Lackey 8546 1860 25
61 88 Daniel Eckert 8481 1956 33
62 74-75 Martin Little & Rebecca McCallum 8440 1728 30
63 61 Trey Nicoud 8427 2384 24
64 60 Jim Burriss 8171 1835 28
65 90 Bob Bowman 7988 2822 26
66 6 Nancy Lefcourt 7917 2520 29
67 97 Andy Regnier 7879 2434 32
68 18-19 Doug & Liz Jacobs 7536 1977 19
69 7 James Epley 7528 2672 29
70 63 Adrian Scudella 7520 1813 19
71 113 Todd Lipps 7330 2123 20
72 43 Brent Cornell 7324 2357 19
73 68 Paul Partin 7321 1745 24
74 52 Darryl Doughty 6973 2633 22
75 80 Jon Good 6927 1934 21
76 86 Ken Cook 6433 2229 25
77 114 Rob Carlo 6007 2687 22
78 65-66 Ken & Linda Schleman 5686 1808 12
79 93 Lynne Carey 5665 1176 19
80 108 Lee Miller 5156 2457 23
81 70 Bruce Scudella 4830 1833 19
82 36 JD Smith 4657 2311 16
25 Troy Martin DNF
20 Michael Best DNF
51 Thomas Spearman DNF
83 Daniel Roth DNF
Frans & Bettie de Wet DNS
Steve Bennett DNS
Steve Boone DNS
Brett Morehead DNS
Phil Becker DNS
Thomas Southwood DNS
Josh Mountain DNS
Jeff  Johnson DNS
Jon & Graeson Kerr DNS
Wolfe Bonham DNS
Chad Churchill DNS
Zac Rhoades DNS
Rob  Lightner DNS
Jim Alton DNS
David Arkle DNS
Michael Kalinosky DNS
Robyn Pitts DNS
Bruce Edwards DNS


First World Problems

Most of us walk around with a very powerful device in the palm of our hand.  We can reach all around the world, find the answer to any question, talk to all, comment on anything.  And then you get to Maggie Valley, North Carolina.

Maggie Valley is a lovely, little town nestled in a valley of the Great Smoky Mountains in western North Carolina.  It is surrounded by those beautiful, green mountains and apparently, cell service is sketchy – at best.


When scouting locations for our checkpoint we had a list of requirements that the facility had to meet.  Hotel rooms, catering or on-site food and beverage, and wifi.  It has all of those things plus motorcycle-friendly owners.  This place seems to be perfect except for that sketchy cell service.

Moto pkg

We no sooner pulled in the parking lot when we discovered we had zero coverage with the most important piece of our rally equipment – the Rally Phone.  It had been ringing off the hook all day long mostly thanks to two bonus locations that were causing stress for the riders.

WSP – Broken Bow, OK – The rally book states that this is a Whispering Giant statue in Beavers Bend State Park.  Only when the riders began arriving they were finding they were actually in Ouachita National Forest looking up at the Three Sticks Monument.  How could this happen you ask?

Well, a simple error, actually.  The three of us are equally OCD about bonus scouting, getting every word and comma correct and checking, re-checking, and checking again.  RM 1 (as he will be known in this writing) scouted both of these locations, which are on the same highway about 50 miles apart.  The plan was to use the Whispering Giant because it was a little more difficult to reach. (Of course.)  Unfortunately, in the data entry phase the coordinates for the Three Sticks were entered in error.  Our final check should have caught this when RM 3 (as he will be known in this writing) goes through the tedious process of looking at every single bonus location on Google to make sure what we think is there is there.  That version of the site was fuzzy at best and frankly, hard to discern if it was a giant Indian head or not.

As the calls kept coming in the solution was simple – take a photo of the monument that is there, we will accept it and the rider will get the points.  So, throughout the day the calls kept coming.

Meanwhile, in Athens, Georgia, the bridge right in front of Sanford Stadium was closed for construction.  We aren’t sure how RM 2 (as she will be known in this writing) could not have been aware of this issue given all her other super powers but, alas, we were ignorant to the plans of the University of Georgia maintenance crews.  The bridge isn’t critical to claiming this location but it made for the best spot to get a good photo of the stadium (part of the SEC Combo Bonus).  And the calls came.

And the rally phone was useless.  A trip was made to Walmart to get a phone on a different carrier (seriously y’all – Verizon has the BEST coverage).  After many, many, many technical issues RM 3 was finally able to get the new phone to work & it had decent coverage.  But not before RM 2 had sent out text messages to every rider telling them to contact RM 1 directly on his cell phone which had ok coverage.

All is now well. The phone debacle has been handled.  And I think most of us would be perfectly happy to stay in this lovely oasis of minimal outside interference for many more days.  But, the rally continues.  Tonight is the check point and it will be very, very busy.


The riders have the opportunity to go through early scoring beginning at 9:00pm tonight.  A benefit to this will be getting the Leg 2 rally pack at 6:00am tomorrow morning.  Anyone who gets in after midnight will go through scoring beginning at 4:00am and will get their next rally pack at 8:00am.

So rally staff has a very busy time ahead.

It is unfortunate that we have had some riders who have had to withdraw from the rally.  Troy Martin and the team of  Ken & Linda Schleman had mechanical issues.  Daniel Roth got word that his grandfather has passed away.  Thomas Spearman had a family issue to deal with.  Our thoughts are with Daniel & his family.

A couple of riders are having mechanical issues but will hopefully be able to make it to Maggie Valley to get scored.  Fingers crossed.

Lynne Carey had a very exciting visit to the highest point in Mississippi.  Lynne had been practicing her mountain road riding skills prior to Butt Lite.  She dropped her bike on the way up to Woodall Mountain.  And while she was shaken, she was determined to claim the bonus.  She walked up the last half mile or so, got the photo and walked back to her bike.  Then she had a get off on her way down the mountain.  Thankfully, after a trip to the ER, she was released with a torn meniscus and no other issues.  Her bike took the adventure in stride and so she got back on & continued her rally.  Hats off to her.  We’ll welcome her with a hug at the checkpoint.

Rally staff continues to bag bonuses.  Jonathan celebrated the bucket list item of visiting the original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Corbin, KY with a huge breakfast at Joey’s Pancakes here in Maggie Valley.

Col Sanders



The Rally Red Wagon

Not to be out done by the Rally Van the BL IX photog in the RRW has been out collecting bonuses too.

Not Mayberry, but it could be. BTW, none of these are real bonuses but they’re worth HUGE points.

I generally loath the east for travel but sometimes there are roads!

Need A SPOT Gen II

Mike Nolan’s SPOT has died. If anyone who will be at the Check point in Maggie Valley or is in the area has one he can borrow for leg 2 we would all appreciate it. Otherwise he’ll be lost for the duration of the rally. You can comment here or ping me (Lisa) directly. Thanks.

Just Me & The Rally Phone

The first 24 hours is now over.  All in all, it was a quiet day.  Spending the night with the rally phone can be a surreal experience.  Getting woken up at 3:30 in the morning from a very deep sleep and attempting to sound coherent when a bonus isn’t where it’s supposed to be can be challenging.  Kind of like when you’ve had a few too many adult beverages and you are attempting to act completely sober.  Not that any of the rally masters would know anything about that.

Quite a few riders have made the trek out to Broken Bow, Oklahoma to take a photo of the Whispering Giant only to find that the giant isn’t there.  Luckily there is a nice monument of three broken arrows that will surely make a lovely photo.  Yes, the rally masters are capable of making a mistake.  Even after untold reviews and edits of the rally book by three sets of eyes, stuff can happen.

We’ve had a couple of camera issues – like Rider #1 has lost his already.  With all of his Day One bonus photos on it.  He is sad.  Nothing like finding a Wal Mart during a rally to replace an important tool (not that I would know anything about that either).  He plans on buying all of them (see below) but quickly noted they don’t take AA batteries so now charging the new camera has been added to his “to do” list.


Another rider is sad today because he forgot to change the time zone on his camera to Eastern time.

And there is the No Social Media Rule.  They can give up caffeine and alcohol before a rally but asking them to give up Facebook is just way too difficult.  Someone is going to be sad about that too.

The rally van continues to rack up the points with a stop at the happiest place on earth.  We don’t think this Kentucky branch of Casa Bonita has cliff divers though.


Data analysis from the start

86 motorcycles and 94 riders started Butt Lite IX.

The lineup of brands is:

BMW 34
Honda 22
Yamaha 12
Triumph 7
Harley-Davidson 3
Kawasaki 3
Aprilia 1
Can-Am 1
Ducati 1
Indian 1
Victory 1

The high-mileage and oldest bike is Rick Snyder’s 1995 BMW R1100GS at 286,585 miles, followed by Rob Carlo’s 2011 Harley-Davidson Road Glide with 212,431 miles that somehow managed to pass the sound check.

The low-mileage and newest bike is Dylan Spink’s 2018 Honda Gold Wing with 810 (!) miles, followed by Ryan Rahjes’ 2016 Honda Goldwing  with 1398 miles (at least that’s what the odo says).

The average starting mileage is 59,328 miles. The motorcycles in the rally taken together have already gone over 5 million miles (5,102,265 to be exact).

The single most common model in the rally is the BMW R1200GS, 13 of them.

This year’s exotic bikes are Karen McCauley’s Can-Am Spyder (with 108,293 miles and two-up with Mariah), Yancey McCauley’s Indian Roadmaster (a late replacement for a V-Strom), and Kurt Worden’s Versys 300. There’s also Raven’s Aprilia Caponord, Jim Burriss’ Victory Cross Country, and Adrian Scudella’s Honda Gold Wing trike, which might be exotic to some, but they’re veterans and old friends to Butt Lite.

Then there’s Corey and Brian Nuehring who look identical and ride Yamaha FJRs that look identical and have the same license plate numbers from different states. That defies analysis.


10 Hours In

We’re not even 10 hours into the rally and we’ve had the first report of gear left behind at a bonus (a clear face shield in a bag, which someone will be wanting when the sun goes down shortly), the first flat tire (repaired and back on the road), and the first road closure that blocks access to a bonus location. And already Bart is yelling at the Spot tracking page “What are they thinking? Where are they going?”

It looks like Missouri is a popular destination today.