Day 3: June 25, 2000
Orlando, FL to Orlando, FL
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After completing the Bun Burner Gold 3000 at 7:00 AM, I rode to Ed & Marge's house in Orlando and chatted with them for a few minutes, although I really don't remember anything we said! When they left for church, I took a shower (I do remember how good that felt!), and then collapsed into bed.

At 3:00 PM, I was awakened by the sound of something being rolled around on the concrete pool deck right outside the window of my room. My first thought was "Ed & Marge are going to be so embarrassed, they accidentally made some noise and woke me up!". Then the noise was repeated, even louder this time, and I thought "That's pretty inconsiderate of them!" Only on the third occurrence of this loud noise did I realize it was thunder! I went out into the living room, and there were Ed & Marge, sitting quietly reading. Ha!

We had a great visit, they barbecued some steaks, and we had a great dinner. I had every intention of writing the trip report for the Bun Burner Gold 3000, but my mind was mush from lack of sleep, and it was all I could do to compose the "I made it" message in the late afternoon.

I stayed awake for about 7 hours before it was back to bed for a good night's sleep. Completing the BBG3000 has convinced me once and for all that I would not do well in the Iron Butt Rally, where the competitors do this type of endurance riding for 11 days straight. 2 days seems to be my limit.

Many thanks to Ed & Marge, you provided the perfect "landing pad" for my cross-country flight. By Monday morning, I would feel almost human again.

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Rick Brookes
ST1100, VFR750F, Hawk NT650GT
1998: 50cc Quest
1999: Bun Burner Gold
Summer 2000: BBG 3000, Four Corners Tour

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