100,000 miles that is.
Michael and I know Sheila through the Iron Butt Association. Sheila - a sweet woman in her 40's was the first woman to ride over 100,000 Documented miles
in a 12 month period.
Here is her post
Hi Everyone, Sheila Winnie here. I have been reading the list for about 2
1/2 years now and have made 2 or 3 posts but never really introduced myself.
A few here on the list know me but for the most part I would be considered a
I grew up riding behind my dad and putzing around on a dirt bike since
about the age of 10 or so. I have been riding street bikes for 27 years and
I am on my Third Goldwing after buying my first one at 29. I have always
done long distance touring either by myself or with my daughter behind me so
the LD riding fit me real well. I have health issues that within the next
few years I will probably have to stop riding so I wanted to do as much as
possible now. I took to the Iron butt rides like a duck takes to water.
I have a couple of rides certified and a few more that I haven't turned in
yet but I wanted to share with you today the one I just finished. On March
11th of last year Ardys Kellerman and Fletcher Clark signed witness papers
for what they thought was an ordinary ss1000. Little did they know they
were signing papers that were going to have a major effect on the rest of my
life. March 11th, 2006 was the day I started my quest to do 100,000 miles
in one year. At 1pm today the odometer on my 04 wing read 153,967 miles,
100,000 more than it did at 7:30 am last March. I have meet many friendly
folks this year on the bike both from inside the riding community and out,
and made many life long friends.
I had a few goals for myself this year besides hitting the magic number
and I feel that I made these also. The first goal was to have as much fun
as possible and to ride safe doing so. Other than a couple of little
mishaps that caused some minor property damage that was accomplished.
My second goal was to try to behave in such a way that I would reflect the
motorcycling community in a positive light to non riders. I really hate the
term biker and I consider myself either a rider or a motorcyclist. For the
most part in my day to day travels I had more contact with the non riding
public than I did with folks that ride. It is really great when you have
non riders talk to you about what you are doing and wishing you safe
travels. I am not perfect and I am sure I did some things along the way
that pissed someone off but I do think I accomplished this goal also.
It still hasn't sunk in yet that I have hit that magic number, but it
already feels a little sad. I will be doing more miles between now and the
Jacksonville dinner to have some extra miles, but I know it will be
impossible for me to ever top this year.
NOTE to Post, Her little mishap was getting broadsided by a pickup truck