This week certification from the Iron Butt Association arrived in the mail. They say the ride Da'mit and I did from Key West to Prudhloe Bay was a first.
The certificate reads:
The Ultimate Coast to Coast Challenge
This is to certify that in May 2013, Jan H. Daub rode a 2011 URAL Gear Up, named "Da'mit" a total of 6,206 grueling miles in 22 days, 9 hours and 55 minutes. Mr. Daub's ride started at the farthest Southeast corner of the United States in Key West, Florida on the Atlantic Ocean and continued across the United States and Canada taking him on one of the most desolate and punishing dirt roads in North America, the Dalton "Highway", crossing the barren Arctic tundra to the farthest Northwest point of the United States reachable by road at Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on the Arctic Ocean.
The Ultimate Coast to Coast Challenge was conducted under very strict guidelines set forth by the Iron Butt Association. Mr. Daub is the first rider to complete this Extreme Iron Butt Challenge on a Ural sidecar rig!
Signed: Michael J. Kneebone, President, The Iron Butt Association
Since 2008, The Iron Butt Association has certified 36 riders to have successfully completed the Ultimate Coast to Coast Challenge. Only two riders have done it twice since then: Dan Luce of Florida and myself. And only one has done it on Ural.
As a memento of the ride, just finished up AMERICA BY URAL, a small book of photographs from the trip. Here is a link for you to look at it. I think you can flip through the pages. Let me know if it doesn't open for you.
Looking forward to our next ride together, Da'mit and I are considering a coast to coast east-west run next May. Similar to the vintage Cannonball, but this one to follow the old US Highway 50 from Ocean City, MD to Sacramento, CA, then on to the coast to complete the ride. It is NOT an Iron Butt Ride. Just something we have never done before. Should take about 12 - 14 days to Uralize our way across America. What do you think?