Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Peloquin Brief



I’ve written about the Iron Butt Rally several times in this blog, and every time I do it strikes me how hard it is to put this unique event into words. That’s not something a guy who makes his living putting things into words should admit, I suppose, but at least I’m honest about it.

There is, however, someone who was able to put the 2007 Iron Butt Rally into words, and that’s my good friend Paul Peloquin, who not only rode in it, finishing 18th, but also posted audioblogs throughout the 11-day ordeal.

Paul’s FJR1300 was equipped with a dizzying array of electronic gadgets, among them a cell phone hooked up to a helmet headset, which allowed him to call in his reports while on the road—while actually riding, in fact, which is why the audio quality of some of the reports is less than wonderful.

But the story comes across with crystal clarity. The anticipation, the elation, the fatigue, the disappointment, the determination, the relief—it’s all there in Paul’s voice as he racks up 10,001 miles in 11 days, visiting bonus locations from Perce Rock, Quebec, to Las Vegas, Nevada, from Lombard Street in San Francisco to Campbellton, New Brunswick, in what is rightly billed as the World’s Toughest Motorcycle Rally.

Paul’s blog is here. Go to the archive and click 2007, then listen to the posts from Friday, August 17 through Friday, August 31.

The man has a way with words. He's a damn fine rider, too.
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