There will be only one checkpoint on the course, and it is mandatory that you stop and check in at that checkpoint. You can stop for 5 seconds or 15 minutes, I don't care. The checkpoint is at mile 46, so if you make it that far, and you should, you are a little over half way done. There will be some coolers of water and Gatorade at the checkpoint, along with some bananas, cookies, and gummie bears. I can't guarantee there will be enough water and provisions for everyone. When they are gone, they are gone. Sorry. So please be prepared to bring enough food and water to sustain you for an 82 mile ride.
The checkpoint will be located in the parking lot of a bar called the Slurp and Burp. The Slurp and Burp is not in any way associated with the event, but they will be open when you are passing through, and they have been kind enough to let us use their parking lot and port-a-potties. It's not a fancy place, but it's clean and they serve delicious burgers and other sandwiches. The "Loran Fries" alone would be enough to serve as a meal! So if you are the type of rider who likes to take a long refreshing break, and mingle with the locals, perhaps you might stop in for a meal.
The Slurp and Burp (I do love saying that name!) will be the only form of rest stop along the entire course. The course does not ride by any convenience stores or gas stations. For those people who feel like they do not have the energy to make it back to the start, the Slurp and Burp checkpoint might mark a good spot to call it quits for the day. How you get back to the barn and your vehicle is up to you. I don't like to offer up any details about the course, but I feel it wise to provide riders the address for this checkpoint. The Slurp and Burp, 4319 S. Loran Rd., Pearl City IL.
If you are unable to finish by completely navigating the course, I ask that you contact me via text. My number will be provided at registration on the day of the event. This lets me know you are safe, but will be a DNF. My volunteers will be running the show during the day so I can ride, so I won't be responding to calls. Hopefully everyone will have a great ride and safely make it to the finish. It will be a challenging, but very satisfying ride.