Ferry Crossing Record attempt:

12 in 24 hours > 1000 miles

18 in 36 hours > 1500 miles

19 in 48 hours > 2000 miles


A detailed trip report, with lots of pictures, can be found here.

Result: Unusually sustained high water levels in the Spring and Summer of 2010 messed with some of the ferries and delayed the attempt.

I finally started early Friday morning September 24th in Carrollton IL, and finished 1,600 miles later Saturday afternoon in St. Clair MO. The bad news is that unscheduled ferry outages kept me from meeting my goal.

But the good news is that I had a great ride, the carefully planned route worked very well, I met some neat people, and I crossed some ferries I'd never seen before.

Even with the ferry problems and a lot of rain on Friday I crossed 15 ferries in under 36 hours, beating my old record by one, including tying my old record of 11 ferries in the first 24 hours.

The day before the ride I learned the Akers ferry was temporarily down. When I arrived at the Reed ferry it was not running for some unapparent reason. And when I got to the Fredericksburg ferry on Saturday afternoon I found it closed due to high water. Argh!

So, as I was already well over the 1500 mile mark in under 36 hours and I'd already lost 3 ferries, I decided to pull the plug rather than carry on the 500 more miles it would have taken to get to the Peel Ferry and back home. I hope to take another stab at it in the Spring of 2011.

Time to hit the ferries again. My 2008 attempt went well, but I later figured out some major tweaks to the route. If the weather and the ferries cooperate, I should be able to up my total to 19 in the BB1500, including 12 in the SS1000. Unfortunately in 2009 Fall weather intervened and I was unable to make my attempt before some of the ferries went on shortened winter hours, so it will be well into Spring 2010 before I can make my attempt.

I had hoped that other LD riders might take a stab at breaking my old record of 14 and 11... but so far it looks like I am the only one susceptible to this particular disease. Maybe I made it too easy. Let me see if putting the bar a little higher makes it more interesting.

Inland ferries are a unique but threatened bright spot on the American roadscape - so I hope this ride captures the imagination of others and helps raise awareness of these gems of the back roads.

The Ferries:

 1 Kampsville, IL

 2 Brussels, IL

 3 Golden Eagle, IL/MO

 4 Grafton, MO/IL

 5 Cave In Rock, IL/KY

 6 Reed, KY

 7 Houchins, KY

 8 Green River, KY

 9 Valley View, KY

10 Augusta, KY/OH

11 Anderson, OH/KY

12 Turkey Neck Bend, KY

   (24 hour mark – SS1000)

13 Cumberland, TN

14 Houston-Benton, TN

15 Hickman, KY/MO

16 Ste Genevieve, IL/MO

17 Fredericksburg, MO

18 Akers, MO

   (36 hour mark – BB1500)

19 Peel, AR

   (48 hour mark – SS2000)

This will be an attempt to improve the long-distance motorcycling mark for the crossing of passenger vehicle ferries, by crossing 19 ferries in 36 hours while riding over 1500 miles, including 12 ferries in the first 24 hours/1000 miles.

The ride will be conducted according to the guidelines for Iron Butt Association “Saddle Sore 1000”, “Bun Burner 1500” and "Saddle Sore 2000" long distance rides.

 

 

Rider: Steve Jones

 

Home Town: Sullivan Missouri

 

Bike: Honda ST1300

 

Some of my other long rides:
Set the original ferry record in 2008
1500 miles in 24 hours, the hard way (slayed a dragon and a ferry!)
1050 miles in 16 1/2 hours, all in Missouri, all in daylight, on a Ninja 250 (ouch!)
Just some pics from a 2004 Trip to the Rockies
My Big Fat Laguna Seca Road Trip (2005)
Laguna Seca Road Trip v2 (2007) - Photo Album. Some travelogue in the captions.
St. Louis to the World Superbike races in Utah (2009)