Many people have commented on the number of miles ridden in a IBR - 11 days, 11,000 miles as advertised. If you read yesterday's official post by the IBR staff, you'll note that they believe that competitive riders in THIS rally will cover something like double the miles that finishers of previous rallies completed. You do the math.
But blog followers should also know that rally masters insist on a safe rally and give bonus points for sleeping- usually a fair number of them. Think of it! Sorry boss, I'll be late to work today, I need a few more bonus points.... In the IBR 2011, a rest bonus must be 4 hours minimum and riders get an extra bonus point for every minute over 4 hours. Nice.
So - with the smiley face text I got at 1:30 a.m. this morning, Kirsten started grabbing more points! Three states down and she got off the bike for awhile - always a good thing. She's collected more states today and is progressing across those big western spaces.
Here's the starting line smile - somewhat rested and excited - in Seattle yesterday.