Welcome to the Butt Lite 7 blog site. It's not quite the same as riding in the rally or being in the rally van but it's close.
Is the checkpoint optional. I see on the SPOTWALLA Page some riders way out west with the checkpoint about to open. Hmmmmm
Doesn't sound like it is optional. Those riders likely either have a malfunctioning bike, malfunctioning spot or malfunctioning rider. I know one rider is out with bike issues, not sure where. Don't forget, their last ping stays on the map, so that may be from 3 days ago. Spot turned off, or battery died or a whole host of other things.