Wing Ding 35, July 3 - 6 2013
Goldwing Motorcycle Trip
Okotoks Alberta to Greenville South Carolina
& back, round trip
Saturday June 22 - Friday July 10, 2013
Estimated to be covering about
7,000 miles or 11,600 Km's
in 19 Days
Website Last Updated: Thursday September 5, 2013 10:05 AM MDT
We will be riding to/through some of the
most awesome riding areas of the US.
Beartooth pass, Cherohala Skyway, Deals gap, Smoky Mountains, etc.
Trying to cover many of the top 15 roads in America,
Smoky Mountain section
Bob Van Nes:
Many thanks to Bob "I've been everywhere, man" Van Nes from the Calgary GWRRA Chapter
who designed out maps and the fantastic roadway adventure that
maximized the twisties and fun, and minimized the interstates.
We would have missed out on all the FUN, without Bob's expertise.
If we paid Bob $0.01 for each curve...
June 30, 318 curves in 11 miles = $3.18 in about 45 minutes, Tail of the Dragon
July 1, The Rattler = 290 curves in 24 miles, add another $2.90
Total Mileage (bh)
6,609 miles, 10,636 kms in 15 Riding Days,
19 Days Total Tour.
Whole Trip Map...
AND... a Iron Butt Bun-Burner 1500 run.
(1500+ miles in 36 hours)
We did 1700 miles (2833 kms) in 32 1/2 hrs.
Quoted from a tee shirt: "I ride too hard, too
fast, and, too many miles to ride a Harley"
Also quoted: "Not all who wander are lost"
5:45 Get up, shower, shave, dress, pack up, load up bike
8:00 Hit the road
Lunch: No lunch, just fuel stops, water up & go till done.
Having lunch makes you afternoon sleepy. Not a good thing while riding.
5:00 pm +/- Arrive at destination, fuel up, find cold beer & motel
515-6:00 pm: Happy hour
6-6:30pm : shower & clean up
6:30 pm: dinner
8:30 pm: back to the room, family phone calls, organize for tomorrow, download GPS, pictures, etc to do website updates, upload updates.
10:55-11:00 pm free time
11:00 pm go to bed.
Map of the Whole Way down
|Day 01 - Saturday June 22, 2013
Okotoks AB to Billings MT
Billing MT via White Sulphur Springs
542 miles, 903 Km
8:15 am - 5:30 pm = 9 hrs 15 min
Day 02 - Sunday June 23, 2013
Day 03 - Monday June 24, 2013
Day 05 - Wednesday June 26, 2013
Day 06 - Thursday June 27, 2013
Day 07 - Friday June 28, 2013
Day 08 - Saturday June 29, 2013
Day 09 - Sunday June 30, 2013
Day 10 - Monday July 1, 2013
Day 11 - Tuesday July 2, 2013
Day 12/13 - Wednesday-Thursday July 3-4, 2013
|The Ride Home:
Greenville SC to Okotoks AB.
Garmin .GDB file of complete Routes, Waypoints, Tracks of entire Tour
|Day 16 - Sunday July 7, 2013
Greenville SC to Edinburgh IN (est. 490-7:42)
506 Miles, 843Kms
8:15 AM - 4:30 PM = 8 1/4Hrs
Day 17 - Monday July 8, 2013
Day 18 - Tuesday July 9, 2013
Complete Map of above route
2013 Wing Ding Statistics:
|Wing Ding 35, 2013 (tickets sold)||Right around 10,000 participants|
|Longest riding day(s) for us||
Miles, 1,965 Kms in ONE day. 5:08 am start to 8:30 pm finish. 16:22 hrs
IBA SaddleSore 1000 qualified ride.
1,700 Miles, 2,833 Kms in less than 36 hours. 32:26 hrs total time
(includes 9:06 hrs of rest/down time)
IBA Bun Burner 1500 qualified ride.
|Cost to do Wing Ding 35, 2013 (good guess)||Registration: $300, Fuel: $630, Lodging: $1798, Food: $800 = Rough total: $3528 (say $4000)|
Gas record for Brian's 2012 GL1800
|Date||Time||Day||Where||Miles||Mileage||Liters||US Gallons||Total||Price per||Fill #||Temp|
|22/06/2013||7:18:00 AM||1||Aldersyde AB||19,549||11.386||$14.45||$1.269||1|
|22/06/2013||10:56:00 AM||1||Milk River AB||167.2||19,716||16.659||$21.64||$1.299||2|
|22/06/2013||1:00:00 PM||1||Great Falls MT||138.4||19,854||4.037||$14.33||$3.549||3|
|22/06/2013||3:51:00 PM||1||Harlowton MT||157.0||20,011||4.205||$15.13||$3.599||4|
|22/06/2013||8:45:00 AM||1||Billings MT||96.5||20,108||2.738||$9.69||$3.539||5|
|23/06/2013||11:21:00 AM||2||Cook City MT||128.8||20,237||3.461||$14.39||$4.159||6|
|23/06/2013||1:50:00 PM||2||Cody WY||83.0||20,320||2.194||$7.90||$3.599||7|
|23/06/2013||4:28:00 PM||2||Sheridan WY||150.9||20,471||4.116||$14.57||$3.539||8|
|24/06/2013||9:47:00 AM||3||Gillette WY||115.4||20,586||3.177||$10.99||$3.459||9|
|24/06/2013||11:55:00 AM||3||Newcastle WY||83.8||20,670||2.270||$8.28||$3.649||10|
|24/06/2013||5:02:00 PM||3||Spearfish WY||167.2||20,837||4.025||$14.89||$3.699||11|
|25/06/2013||11:45:00 AM||4||Chadron NE||183.2||21,021||4.638||$16.69||$3.599||12|
|25/06/2013||3:25:00 PM||4||Thedford NE||202.0||21,223||4.965||$18.86||$3.799||13|
|25/06/2013||6:12:00 PM||4||Grand Island NE||160.1||21,383||4.039||$13.65||$3.379||14|
|26/06/2013||10:24:00 AM||5||Percival IA||159.4||21,543||4.064||$13.98||$3.439||15|
|26/06/2013||12:49:00 PM||5||Independence MO||160.3||21,703||4.000||$12.88||$3.129||16|
|27/06/2013||10:23:00 AM||6||New Florence MO||170.3||21,874||4.566||$15.34||$3.359||17|
|27/06/2013||1:20:00 PM||6||Eminence MO||156.7||22,031||3.700||$12.61||$3.400||18|
|27/06/2013||4:17:00 PM||6||Charleston MO||176.2||22,207||4.546||$14.82||$3.259||19|
|29/06/2013||8:14:00 AM||7||Nashville TN||235.5||22,442||6.063||$20.61||$3.399||20|
|29/06/2013||11:16:00 AM||8||Jamestown TN||149.9||22,592||3.626||$11.74||$3.239||21|
|29/06/2013||3:22:00 PM||8||Townsend TN||130.3||22,723||2.938||$9.37||$3.189||22|
|30/06/2013||11:43:00 AM||9||Tellico TN||129.6||22,852||3.859||$12.34||$3.199||23|
|30/06/2013||3:38:00 PM||9||Clayton GA||167.5||23,020||4.355||$15.67||$3.599||24|
|01/07/2013||11:56:00 AM||10||Pisgah NC||182.2||23,202||4.697||$15.87||$3.379||25||84|
|01/07/2013||4:21:00 PM||10||Waynesville NC||159.3||23,361||3.798||$13.14||$3.459||26||88|
|02/07/2013||3:18:00 PM||11||Greenville SC||166.9||23,528||4.373||$13.07||$2.989||27||91|
|07/07/2013||7:01:00 AM||16||Greenville SC||94.1||23,619||3.219||$9.72||$3.019||28||73|
|07/07/2013||10:41:00 AM||16||Kodak TN||156.1||23,775||3.866||$12.25||$3.169||29||75 rain|
|07/07/2013||1:16:00 PM||16||Mount Vernon KY||142.4||23,917||3.528||$11.85||$3.359||30||82 sun|
|07/07/2013||4:55:00 PM EDT||16||Edinburgh IN||208.3||24,126||1.415||$4.81||$3.399||31||97 sun|
|08/07/2013||5:08:00 AM EDT||17||Edinburgh IN||1.0||24,127||IBA start||4.025||$13.68||$3.399||32||79 dark|
|08/07/2013||7:45:00 AM CDT||17||Le Roy IL||197.4||24,324||5.645||$18.40||$3.259||33||81|
|08/07/2013||9:11:00 AM CDT||17||Davenport IA||163.6||24,488||4.353||$16.54||$3.799||34||82 sun|
|08/07/2013||11:43:00 AM CDT||17||Nashua IA||176.3||24,644||4.841||$17.18||$3.549||35||88 sun|
|08/07/2013||2:28:00 PM CDT||17||Plymouth MN||198.2||24,862||5.321||$18.41||$3.459||36||96 sun|
|08/07/2013||5:40:00 PM CDT||17||Moorhead MN||228.9||25,091||6.036||$20.52||$3.399||37||90 sun|
|08/07/2013||8:30:00 PM CDT||17||Mandan ND||213.5||25,305||3.065||$11.34||$3.699||38|
|09/07/2013||5:36:00 AM CDT||18||Mandan ND||12.0||25,317||3.389||$12.54||$3.699||39||70 dark|
|09/07/2013||6:34:00 AM MDT||18||Beach ND||150.9||25,468||4.739||$18.00||$3.799||40||68 cloud|
|09/07/2013||8:33:00 AM MDT||18||Wolf Point MT||143.6||25,612||4.910||$18.06||$3.679||41||70 sun|
|09/07/2013||10:16:00 AM MDT||18||Malta MT||123.3||25,735||4.071||$15.06||$3.699||42||81 sun|
|09/07/2013||11:36:00 AM MDT||18||Havre MT||89.8||25,826||IBA End||2.687||$9.67||$3.599||43||79 sun|
|10/07/2013||11:41:00 AM MDT||19||Shelby MT||106.8||25,933||3.070||$11.26||$3.669||44||82 sun|
|10/07/2013||2:54:00 PM MDT||19||Vulcan AB||166.0||26,099||16.324||$19.74||$1.209||45||88 sun|
|10/07/2013||9:12:00 PM MDT||19||Okotoks AB||59.5||26,158||5.96||$7.09||$1.189||46||82 sun|
|Average Miles per (CDN) Gallon on Brians 2012 1800 Goldwing:||44.83|
|DAY||DATE||Place||Cost (All In)|
|1||Saturday June 22, 2013||
Best Western Clock Tower Inn
|2||Sunday June 23, 2013||
Best Western Sheridan Center
|3||Monday June 24, 2014||
Best Western Black Hills Lodge
|5||Wednesday June 26, 2013||
Best Western Truman Inn
|6||Thursday June 27, 2013||
|7||Friday June 28, 2013||
Best Western Music Row
Nashville TN (Split)
|8||Saturday June 29, 2013||
Best Western Cades Cove Inn
|9||Sunday June 30, 2013||
|10||Monday July 1, 2013||
Best Western Smoky Mountain Inn
|11||Tuesday July 2 - , 2013||
Hilton Greenville & Towers
Greenville SC $119.10/night x 5 nights
|16||Sunday July 7, 2013||
Best Western Horizon Inn
|17||Monday July 8, 2013||
Best Western Seven Seas
Mandan ND (not recommended)
|18||Tuesday July 9, 2013||
Best Western Plus, Great Northern Inn
Havre MT A GREAT place!
Thanks again, Becky & staff.
Friends we met down at 2013 Wing Ding:
Stu & Mary-Ellen Hartt, GWRRA Calgary
Comments from the riders:
2012 Goldwing 1800, Candy Red
|It was a motorcyclists dream trip of a
lifetime. A round trip through three time zones and covering some of the
best motorcycle roads in the USA. New roads every day. And to finish
with an Iron Butt Bun-Burner 1500 run to top it all off.
We had great riding companions in Ron, Sid & Ray that joked, smiled and had a lot of fun together. We were comfortable, compatible riding buddies. The scenery and challenging roads we covered was spectacular. Most of our accommodations were at Best Western properties, which, as usual, was a good choice. They treated us well.
I must commend Bob Van Nes for an outstanding job done on the GPS routes and mapping. Bob kind of ran our trip by "remote control" following our missed turns and checking the weather ahead by our Spot GPS tracker. Keeping us in line by email updates. Thanks Ron, Sid, Ray & Bob for the experience.
2006 Goldwing 1800, Cabernet Red
|It seemed that my last MC ride was
incredible, but I am here to say that this MC trip is beyond anything
that I could image. If you were to ask me to describe this trip in five
words or less, I would say “Motorcyclists Dream Vacation”. However, a
trip like Brian and I just completed without any incidents and just a
very few missed turns doesn’t happen by chance. Our dear friend Bob Van
Nes did a unbelievable job in mapping out our route going to Greenville,
SC and the return trip.
As you visited Brian’s website it took us on the Beartooth Highway. This 68 mile byway winds its way through southwest Montana and northwest Wyoming and lead into Yellowstone National Park at its Northeast entrance. Temperature dropped to 5° Celsius with a strong cold wind. Then it was onto to Mt. Rushmore National Monument and the sculpted faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln. Prior to Mt. Rushmore, we drove by Crazy Horse Memorial. Started over 50 years ago, and still under construction, the memorial is the world’s largest sculpture in progress. Chief Standing Bear told the sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, “My fellow chiefs and I would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too.” The monument is a tribute to the Sioux Lakota Indian leader known as Crazy Horse.
After spending four incredible days on the bikes we arrived in Kansas City (Day 5) and took in a baseball game. Kansas City Royals vs. Atlanta Braves. The Royals started off with a home run but after nine endings it was all tied up. In a extra end, the player who hit the home run drove in the winning run – hurrah for the home team.
Day 7 had us in Nashville, TN by noon. We spent the next 12 to 14 hours taking in the sites of Nashville on the “Stop and Go” bus, spent a couple of hours in the Country Music Hall of Fame, and then we hit Broadway. I think we visited every bar on the strip and some twice. They all have live music and you don’t even have to have a beverage. Brian had said after our time on the strip that we must have been in 100 bars – I don’t think it was quite that many but after 20 bars you loss count. It was a fun day and after all that bar hopping we were still able to walk back to our hotel (up hill all the way).
The next four days was nothing but up and down hills through the twisties and simply beautiful country side. We did the famous “Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap, NC, with 318 curves in 11 miles, it is Americas number one motorcycle and sports car road. That was first thing in the morning, then onto the Cherohala Skyway, Moonshiner 28, Devils Triangle, The Rattler, and many many more rides. I don’t know if all the names are correct, but it seemed that my pony (MC) was never vertical except for gas fills. Brian said somewhere during these four days he believes we did 2000 to 3000 curves in one day – and I am not prepared to challenge him on his guestimate. All in all, the Tail of the Dragon was pale in comparison to the roads that Bob took us on after that.
We finally arrived in Greenville on Day 11. During these eleven super fantastic days of riding, every time we got on a straight and reasonably wide road – thinking okay enough of the twisties and up and down, there Bob was on the GPS turning us off on yet another awesome road with twisties and lots hills. Bob was even able to find a road (some would say a cow trail through the forest) somewhere in Montana or Wyoming or South Dakota that had lose gravel, mud, pot holes and continuous wash board – to this day I am not sure if that was planned or it was one of those “oops” thing.
The next five days we spent at Wing Ding 35 with rain everyday which, curtailed our riding. We were just as happy to stay dry. We really enjoyed Mary-Ellen and Stu Hartt’s company during these five days. M-E and Stu were camping some 20 to 30 miles from our location and were fed up with all the rain and decided to check into the hotel that Brian and I were staying at. We took in the closing ceremonies got back to the hotel and went out and had a super evening – it was great!!! Sunday, Day 11, had us on the road again just a short ride (500 miles). We experienced heavy rain for 2 – 3 hours after that things cleared up. Day 17 was the beginning of our Iron Butt ride (1000 miles in 24 hours) clocking just under 1200 mile. This was followed by Day 18 which was the Butt Burner ride (1500 miles in 36 hours). We both agreed that we wanted to make sure we had plenty of miles on our bikes and finish well within the 36 hours. According to my odometer we made exactly 1700 miles in approximately 33 hours. Day 18 – we arrived in Havre, MT just around the noon hour. We had the most pleasant reception by Becky and Christina at the Best Western. They were extremely accommodating, witnessing the necessary forms the Butt Burner and getting us checked in early. We spend the rest of the day unwinding, some of us – washing our bike others busy on the computer – you can guess who is who in all of this! Day 19 was a very easy and relaxing ride into Okotoks and Calgary. We had a total of 4 to 6 hours that we rode in the rain, we were extremely blessed to have the weather that we had while on our bikes. We had also pre-booked the hotels for all the 19 days of this trip.
In closing (finally you say), it is wonderful to see a plan come together without any hitches. But this doesn’t happen by chance it took a lot of planning and research by Bob with some input from Brian and Ron. Thanks Bob for doing such an incredible job. Let I said at the beginning of these comments a “Motorcyclists Dream Vacation”.
|I had a great time riding with you, Ron and Ray. It was a great ride with you guys.Bob did an excellent job of picking the roads (except for his gravel road detour)'. It was a great 3 days riding together, thanks again.|
1989 Goldwing 1500,
|Being the "new guy" in a group of seasoned riders had me a little apprehensive to start off. But after the first coffee and a few kilometers down the highway, I felt like we had been riding together for years. Our group made me feel so comfortable that I knew we were going to have a great time. After getting to our first destination and enjoying happy hour with the guys, I sure was anticipating the next day's ride and adventure. The roads that were chosen for our trip were absolutely scenic and fun to ride. Twisties and high mountain passes made the time slip away far too quickly. Being the lead, Brian sure kept me hopping and Ron was always there keeping an eye on us for safety. Since Sid likes to kid around sometimes, there was never a dull moment. Our meals were great as were our accommodations thanks to Ron for the reservations. I feel very fortunate to have had this ride with a great bunch of guys like Sid, Brian and Ron!|
Link to the Official Wing Ding website
Our proposed Garmin MapSource
file of the trip as a PDF.
Our proposed Garmin MapSource file of the trip.
Iron Butt Association
SaddleSore 1000/Bun Burner 1500 Rules
THE best motorcycle jeans I have found: Diamond Gusset American made Defender jeans with Kevlar protection. VERY comfortable.
LD Comfort Undergarments: "Performance undergarments for serious riders, because comfort counts for every mile."
Find Me SPOT devices - GPS Satellite device to track where you are for safety: .
Spot - Where is Brian
Previous Trips web pages:
2012 - 37th Annual 3 Flags Classic Motorcycle Tour - Brian Hooker's trip
Brian's 2011 3 Flags Tour: San Ysidro CA to Penticton BC - 5,205 miles, 8,376 km's in 11 Days..
Brian Hooker's June 5-9 2010 Motorcycle trip to Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota etc. About 3200 kms
Brian's Motorcycle trip to Whitehorse Yukon and Skagway Alaska June 17 - June 28 2008
7000 km in 11 days.