Finally, I pulled into the Marriott Tech Center parking lot. Yippee!!!! I got front row parking so the slog with the luggage wasn't so bad ;-)
Saturday morning I was up early and at the scoring room by 4:00 am, yikes!!!! Riders were already lined up waiting to see how they did on the rally.
Sorry, no time for photos at scoring. It was quite intense as riders had spent the past week riding all over the west trying to grab bonus points. The Butt Lite staff were extremely strict about scoring and even a misspelled bonus code would cause a rider to lose points! A LOT of riders lost points because of spelling errors or date errors and other careless mistakes. It was actually such a big deal that several riders fell down in the standings significantly because of little errors. This is a good test to sharpen their skills for the Big Dance, the Iron Butt Rally next year.
Many riders use the Butt Lite Rally as an intense practice for the Iron Butt Rally and the Butt Lite Staff are tough on the riders.
After scoring closed, I spent a lot of time outside just socializing and chatting. It was hot so we spent time under the trees for shade.
Here are the final standings, Butt Lite VIII Final Standings. It was so much fun to hear each rider being called up to receive their finishers plaque and then.....the moment we were all waiting for...who were in the top ten and most important, who won?????? Lisa Erbes call all ten top finishers to the podium without disclosing who was in what place. Oh, the drama built, the tension could be palpably felt. I jumped to my feet, unable to sit still while waiting to hear who was in what place. Yes, there was a winner, but in my mind they were all winners. Actually, all the riders are winners and I cheered and clapped for each and every one of them.
What a fantastic event. A HUGE shout out to the Butt Lite VIII Rally Master, Staff, Volunteers and Riders and Spectators. A true class act. I'd never been to one before but now I'm thinking 2018 might be a good year for me to try a Butt Lite!
After the banquet, lots of folks hung out until the wee hours in the parking lot telling stories and sipping adult beverages. I went to bed way to late, hahahaha. I had such a wonderful time and I'm so glad I decided to go and even more delighted that Lisa Erbes and Staff let me crash the party and attend the event. Thank YOU!!!
Sunday morning was departure for most of the folks at the rally. Some are staying another day or so and being tourists but others have work calling and left very early. I am super duper lucky and only have the BMW MOA rally in Hamburg, NY calling me and I have until Wednesday afternoon to get there. Although I got up fairly early (my roomie, Minna was long gone as she was one who had a work commitment) it took me forever to get packed up and moving.
A bunch of little, silly things. I needed to change the EZ Pass on my windshield to the Pike Pass since I had decided to take I-70. Well, my sharp cutter tools aren't very sharp so that took a long time to cut the zip tie and then I had to dig around to find another zip tie the proper length, blah, blah, blah. Oh, and of course, people kept stopping by to say good bye which always takes a long time because, heck, we didn't talk enough yesterday!
So, it was about 9 am before I left Denver. Fortunately it was Sunday and traffic wasn't bad. I got on the I-70 and headed east. I stopped at a rest stop for a break and took a few pictures. Eastern Colorado is nothing like Western Colorado! No mountains or rivers, only rolling prairie and fields of crops!
About 60 miles before my planned stop for the night, I pulled into another rest stop. I ran into (not literally) this guy, Carlos from Colorado who rides a Super Tenere and is also going to New York for the BMW MOA! We had a pleasant chat.
Yup, early to bed after I plan my route for tomorrow. I hope to get in 500 miles or so. That means I need to get up early (which is not my strong point). Hopefully, I can keep my blog updated again tomorrow.
Thanks for following along! I am truly enjoying my ride-a-bout adventure and am looking forward to what the next few days will bring.