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Printed in the June/July Biker Living
Max’s Ride for ALS began back in 2007 and in no way could I have ever imagined the amazing people this event would bring together. Here is a story of one of them who is beginning his own incredible adventure in attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country.
When I first met Carl Davies, he stepped up to the gift wrap table at Cowboy Harley Davidson to have his holiday purchases wrapped. He’s not from around these parts and I was pretty new to Texas, so I had a little bit of trouble figuring out what he was saying. He’s from the UK and I’m from Wisconsin – now that is a couple of dialects to combine.
After years of his participation in Max’s Ride for ALS on a variety of bikes including a Triumph, Harley, BMW and an Aprilia, I’ve learned little by little how he has been touched by the “Beast” of ALS. Since 2005, Carl has had two close and influential friends who received their diagnosis and have lost their battle with ALS. A fellow member of the “Hill Country Trail Runners”, Dan Keitz aka Dano, and Justin Whitehead, a team member of the Austin Huns Rugby Club and fellow Harley Rider. Both Dano and Justin lost their battles far too young. In 2008, Carl and his friend Ed, set out on their Harley’s to a Rugby Tournament in Arizona and along the way as requested, spread some of Justin’s ashes.
Carl began riding with Max’s Ride for ALS in 2008 and we are truly honored he has chosen Max’s Ride for ALS to be one of two charities, along with LifeWorks, he will advocate for on his Guinness Book of Work Record – breaking attempt.
I asked Carl, Why this World Record?
While trail running here in Austin and over the US, I felt this huge sense of achievement in training, planning, entering , running, and finishing or NOT, 50K, 50 mile, 100K or 100 mile races. Being a part of a very small percentage of people willing to undertake a certain challenge leads to a lot of self-belief and pride. It became a matter of how to better this; the answer was to become “The Best” at something, anything no matter how important or trivial. Make a decision on the what, plan, and adjust, plan again and then execute.
While planning my motorcycle trip to the Arctic Ocean. I read an article in the BOA (BMW Owners America) magazine about a pair of Canadians breaking the “The Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country.
As I am in the last of my 4x years, breaking any personal speed record, a sub 10 second 100 meters, a sub 4 minute mile or a sub 13 hour 100 mile record are all out. I also suck at tiddlywinks and speed texting, so the WHAT was decided – “The Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country”.
To plan the “What”- I registered with the Guinness Book of World Records to undertake the official challenge (Claim ID 346049) of “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country”. This was originally quite simple, about 14000 miles, which meant riding the 4 Corners around the outside of the lower 48, with a few diversions to add a few miles. But it is all achievable within three weeks of continuous riding, without having to do anything untoward, and could fit within a vacation.
In October 2013 I started a new position with CSID, and in December 2013, the world record was beaten. The current record for “Longest journey by motorcycle in a single country” is:
33,357.15 km (20,727.13 miles) and was achieved by Buck Perley (USA) and Amy Mathieson (UK), who rode throughout China from 19 July to 11 December 2013. Now it was time to adapt the original plan:
For the official record there is no duration limit, as long as the rider(s) keep moving, and do not return home. CSID allowed me to take a four week vacation. Here is some basic math’s:
22000 miles / 28 days = 786 miles per day
786 miles / 12 hours = 65 miles per hour average
Due to weather, sunlight and additional holidays, I decided to start the trip on the 4th July.
- Post Tornado season (In Kansas 5 times during the trip)
- Pre Hurricane season (Florida, East Coast, and Gulf Coast of many states)
- July has on average 14 – 15 hours of daylight throughout the 48 states, means I will not have to travel during the dangerous twilight hours of dawn and dusk.
- Extra day vacation, to help with daily averages
I don’t have the finances to purchase a specific motorcycle, so I have to best modify one of my motorcycles, and decided the 2007 BMW R1200GS would best suit this trip. Luckily it is an excellent choice regardless, as it performed faultlessly on a trip to the Arctic Ocean and back, hopefully a good omen.
To keep the average speed up, you must stop less often. So extended range fuel tanks have been ordered, which are currently on their way from Germany minus one mounting bracket, which will have to be made here in Austin. This will give me a combined 10 gallons (up from the existing 5.3 gallons). With a range of over 400 miles, I will only have to fill-up with gas/petrol twice a day.
For me I will need to carry a hydration pack with some liquid food, which I am still researching, and a colostomy bag (OK a little extreme).
As there is a slight variation, deviation in GPS map planning, I have to plan a route over the required mileage to overcome any potential errors, and potential detours etc.
Even though the motorcycle is being serviced and fitted with new tires prior to the start, a new set of tires will be required during the trip, as well as oil changes. This stop will be combined at a pit to be determined; these trips cannot be planned too rigidly.
Reality check: This could be 27 consecutive Iron Butt Bun-Burner 1500’s.
Follow Carl’s journey throughout the U.S.A in his attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Journey by Motorcycle in a Single Country on www.MaxALS.org. We will be cheering you on! Show your support for Carl by making a donation to one of the above charities.
For LifeWorks, follow the above link to their web page and for Max’s Ride ALS, click on the PayPal button to the left and make your donation today!
What an incredible day! Beautiful weather and amazing support from the Community! This was our largest Max’s Ride yet and a record breaking year for donations, number of Riders and what a huge turnout for the “Rock the Garten” concert! From all of the ALS Community, THANK YOU ALL-Volunteers, Sponsors, Riders and Concert Goers!
A Bikers View-Max’s Ride ALS
My uncle Joel Porter was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2006. Joel has been blessed to be able to continue to ride and to feel that unmistakable freedom we may sometimes take for granted. So when I learned about Max’s Ride in late 2012—a ride to raise awareness and funds for ALS and those suffering from it— I was determined to join him and my cousin in a show of support for this wonderful cause. The only problem: I didn’t yet know how to ride.
You know those bumper stickers that read: “I’m not from Texas, but I got here as fast as I could”? I feel that describes me about becoming a motorcyclist. Thirty-seven years had passed before I ever climbed on the back of a bike. It was a Thanksgiving trip to Austin in 2012 in which Joel gave me my first thrill of being in the wind. I was hooked from the start. The second week of December, I was at my local H-D dealer in Raleigh, NC (Ray Price Harley-Davidson) learning how to ride as part of their Rider’s Edge program. A couple months later, I was the proud owner of a 2008 Nightster, learning all of the backstreets and by-ways of my part of the country. Now, with just a little over a year riding experience, along with multiple group rides with my local HOG chapter, I felt the call to join Joel and Rod (my cousin) for Max’s Ride, 2014.
On the day before Max’s Ride, I visited Cowboy Harley-Davidson and Rick sorted me out with a 2014 Fat Bob. From there, Joel and I went on our own two-wheeled adventure, taking several of the routes that we would be riding the next day, even going by The Salt Lick, where the unmistakable smell of pit-cooked BBQ flooded the night air.
On the morning of the ride, I was thrilled to see so many come out to support and to participate in Max’s Ride. I enjoyed hearing the anthems of all the Armed Forces played as tribute was paid to all veterans. After some quick instructions and a touching invocation, our group of 100 bikes was on the road. After an exhilarating ride through Texas hill country, we roared into downtown Austin rolling on our throttles as we made our way through busy downtown intersections. It was a roar unlike any I’ve ever experienced. With smartphones in the air, folks lining the sidewalks were documenting our thunderous approach to the Capitol, and thunder we did.
The official ride was now over, but the party was just getting started at Scholz Garten! And what a party it was! Live music, live and silent auctions, and cold, refreshing beverages awaited us. I enjoyed meeting and talking to so many different people that afternoon, from fellow riders to other supporters of the cause for which we ride. I remain in awe of how this one singular event brought so many people from all walks of life together. I can’t begin to list all the volunteers involved in making this year’s event a safe and successful event, but these events don’t run themselves, I do know that! THANK YOU!
In parting, I want to thank my Uncle Joel for the unmistakable gift he’s given me. That gift: the passion for embracing life on two wheels. Thank you. A thousand times, thank you.~Kevin Porter