My Buddy Dan Simmonds is going to take a run at John Ryan's record time of 86 hours and 31 minutes
in a motorcycle ride from Deadhorse, Alaska to Key West, Florida. It's important to note that this ride is not a race. It's simply an unofficial time that was accomplished by an exceptional rider named John Ryan in 2009. Apparently several people have tried to trim some time off of John's record since, but no one seems to have been able to "out-run him"...so to speak.
Dan Simmonds is 37 years old and has been riding motorcycles for 18 years. He used to ride a 1984 Honda Interceptor till the wiring harness caught fire. Since then, he's owned a 1999 Yamaha R6, a 2006 Buell Ulysses, a 2009 BMW R1200GS, a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere and now he's attempting this feat on a 2013 BMW R1200GSA.
He has been planning this trip in great detail for more than two years and this trip up the Dalton highway is his 4th.
He has prepared himself physically through diet and exercise on a Schwinn Airdyne exercise bike. He eliminated caffeine from his diet some time ago and has chosen high electrolyte drinks and high protein content food and drinks while the ride is underway to maintain good energy levels.
Dan is a member of the Iron Butt Association and well as the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.
So lets get this party started !