Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Lone Star Bowling

The checkpoint was hosted by Robert Krull & the great staff at Lone Star BMW Triumph in Austin, TX.  Lone Star was chosen as the checkpoint so we could pay tribute to Ardys Kellerman.  Lone Star was Ardys' "home" dealership & she was  a regular fixture there.  There is a wall next to the coffee machine (which is so fitting) dedicated to Ardys' many riding accomplishments.

One last bonus on leg 1 - get your photo taken with Ardys' Iron Butt rally flag.

Scoring went perfectly (see Leg 1 standings in a previous post), and leg 2 route sheets were handed out.  During the rider's meeting David offered some advice to the riders - read through the bonus listing before you leave.  Most took his advice.

Buried down on page 5 is a 2500 point, timed bonus in Arlington, TX at The International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame.  It was available from 12:30pm to 3:00pm on Wednesday afternoon.  Which meant the riders needed to jump on their bikes and haul it up to Dallas almost immediately.

42 of them did.

Once there, they needed to purchase a museum ticket, wind their way through the labyrinth of the museum (which houses some pretty cool stuff), find the mini-bowling lanes and then bowl 5 frames.

Our riders had to know they would be bowling at some point on this rally, right?

Based on our little bowling tournament, the new TeamStrange Bowling League would be made up of the following rollers:

Martin Little - 81
Eric Bray - 75
Brant Moteelall - 74
Larry Meeker - 65
Raven Park - 65

The differences between Leg 1 & Leg 2 are becoming apparent to the riders.  Over twice as many bonuses spread from Texas to Florida to Maine.  Now we'll watch to see who goes where.

Many thanks to the great folks at Lone Star for taking such good care of our riders.  Also to the volunteers who traveled from near & far to help with scoring.  And finally to our crack staff who manned the bowling bonus.

Photos to come.

Dispatched from the rally van heading north on I-35, mile marker 5.


  1. Just as helpful as noticing the time sensitive bowling bonus up in Ft. Worth, would be to have noticed the 555 point bonus in Waco, TX which I rolled right by on my way up north....