The Iron Butt Association is a loose-knit group of riders dedicated to safe long-distance motorcycling. Entry into the club is obtained by documenting long-distance riding challenges, such as 1,000 miles in under 24 hours, or Coast to Coast in under 50 hours. Every two years the IBA hosts their premier event, the Iron Butt Rally. Billed as “11,000 miles in 11 days,” this rally tests the mettle of selected riders by sending them all across the US and Canada on a giant two-wheeled scavenger hunt. In fact, more people have gone into space than have completed an Iron Butt Rally.

Ken Meese has been riding ever since he snuck his parents’ 125cc bike out of the garage as a teenager. He has logged several hundred thousand miles on BMWs and has ridden in Asia, Europe, and North America. Ken has ridden numerous long distance rallies and Iron Butt certificate rides that have covered nearly every US state and most Canadian Provinces. 2009 was his first Iron Butt Rally; he came in 9th. He was in the running to win the 2011 IBR when a coyote decided it had other plans for him…but his first thoughts on waking up in the hospital were how to recover and hit the 2013 rally firing on all cylinders.

The 2013 Iron Butt Rally runs July 1-12, 2013, starting and ending in Pittsburgh, PA. Ken’s wife Dayle will be chronicling his efforts on this blog.