15 Riders and 1 Pillion started and finished this ride within 24 hours !!
7 Riders and 1 Pillion earned their IBA number by completing this ride.
Lower Great Lakes SS1K
Friday August 8, 2014
An IBA Pre-Approved Ride. We do the paperwork, and you concentrate on the ride.
All makes of bikes and passengers are welcome.
This is not a mandatory big group ride. Ride
in your own small
group or do your own thing individually, or ride with the balance of the
Start & End at the Monroe, Michigan Pilot
( Between Toledo & Detroit ) , I-75 exit 15 .
Pick a detailed route to ride. The above map shows a general route. As long as your route starts & ends at the same location and Lake Erie & Lake Ontario are inside your route, and the distance is at least 1,000 miles, the route is acceptable. Crossing into Canada at Port Huron / Sarnia will work too, but is about 40 miles longer.
OR : If you live closer to the route than Monroe, MI , you may Start and End at any location besides Monroe along the above route. If you pick an alternative Start & End location, you must pre-register.
Note : All IBA Great Lakes Rides require the same Start & End locations.
Have your Passport, Passport Card, Michigan Enhanced Driver's License, or Nexus Card, for crossing into Canada and returning to the US as well as Canadian proof of insurance
( Obtain directly from your insurance company or agent )
Meet & Greet at the Monroe Pilot between 5:15 am and 5:45 am
and form small groups if desired.
If not pre-registered, submit signed Application & Release Form the morning of the ride and pay registration fee ( cash, check or money order , see below ) before the ride.
Download form here . Please have form completed and signed before arriving at the Monroe Pilot.
Have your odometer reading recorded before departure.
Note : A full refund will be given if you cancel ( if pre-registered ) or do not successfully complete the ride.
Bikes and Riders will depart at 6:00 am and do a CCW route. This will result in a decent time of day to travel through the Cleveland area and more importantly, the Toronto area.
When returning to the USA, the Ambassador Bridge must be used at Windsor/Detroit since MC's are not allowed in the Detroit - Windsor Tunnel.
Ambassador Bridge toll is $5 for MC's.
Thousand Island Bridge ( north of Watertown, NY ) toll is $2.75 .
To save time & money on this ride, Using an EZ-Pass or I-Pass transponder during the ride at toll booths will save you both time and money ( reduced toll rates ). If you don't already have a transponder, I recommend the I-Pass from Illinois since there is no monthly service charge.
Goto : I-Pass
Obtain FOUR ( if you start / end at the Monroe Pilot ) or SIX Mandatory gas receipts ( if you do not start & end at the Monroe Pilot ).
The Receipts you need to turn in at the end of the ride :
Your alternative Start location , if you don't Start & Stop at the Monroe Pilot. Also an Ending gas receipt at your alternative start/end location.
Pembroke Service Plaza, on the New York State Thruway ( I-90 ) , at Milepost 397
Watertown, NY , Off I-81
Woodstock, ON , 401 McDonald-Cartier Fwy , exit 232
Monroe, MI , if you choose an alternative Start & Stop location.
An Ending gas receipt back at the Monroe Pilot OR your alternate start/end location, NLT 24 hours after your departure time .
NOTE : All Mandatory gas receipts MUST have a legible and accurate date & time and location.
Then proceed to the Denny's Restaurant ( open 24/7 ) between the Monroe Pilot and I-75 and have your odometer reading recorded, and hand in your Four Mandatory gas receipts , between 1:00 am ( or after I return ) and 6:00 am , if you started at the Monroe Pilot.
If you started at an alternative location along your route, mail legible copies ( especially the date, time , and location ) of the SIX Mandatory Gas Receipts to me ASAP after the ride :
Newaygo, MI 49337
NOTE : All Mandatory gas receipts MUST have a legible and accurate date, time, and location.
Cost for a full package is $45 ( Full Package that includes an IBA Certificate, SS1K license plate backer, and Lower Great Lakes pin ), otherwise $40 ( Certificate and Pin only ).
$8 additional for a passenger - includes extra passenger certificate & pin.
Your application for certification by the IBA will be submitted as a group and will be expedited by the IBA . No logs or copies of receipts, and other forms to be submitted to the IBA by you ( unless you choose an alternate Start/Stop location ) . We do the paperwork, you do the ride.
Contact Jim VanDenBerghe by phone ( 231-224-6970 ) or email ( preferred ) if you have any questions, etc.
You may Pre-Register : Application & Release Form
Some possibly useful links :
One possible Game Plan for the ride
Garmin POI File for the ride
Excel File of GPS Locations for the ride
Email me if you would like a .GPX file for the possible game plan
Archive of Wisdom : 28 Tips and Techniques from IBR Veterans
Fatigue and Motorcycle Touring by Don Arthur, MD
LD Riding in Hot Weather & Hydration by Tom Austin