|Widder Enterprises ... calm before the storm|
|Pseudo-anonymous Bob Higdon attempting to "blend in" with the crowd
Note - hat has "Born" replaced with "Used" (To Be Wild)
|Mike Kneebone in the interview room ...
"Are you SURE you want to do this?"
"Are you INSANE?"
"Yes? Ok, you're ready."
|Airyn Darling, ButtTech Inspector at work|
|Pat Widder and Mike at the WidderCam in the waiting area|
|Are you serious enough about the Butt to have IB shaved into your hair?|
|And then highlight it in the unofficial Butt colors of BLACK AND BLUE AND BLOOD ?|
|MeanMan TechMaster Warchild being precise about the odo check for the two /5 riders|
|The lucky ones got Airyn on odo|
|Ed Otto's ButtBears
He says the raggedy one has 200,000 miles of saddletime
|Would you be brave enough to let them tear your bike apart to install a fuel cell the day before the Butt? Ok, so that *is* Paul Glaves doing the work, but still ...|
|Ardys takes a quiet moment.|
|Dedication to BMW, and the "Slash 5"|
|Proving he is not a vampire, Kneebone steps into the sun and approves the official T-shirt|
|The fuel cell team took a rest while an interview is conducted and filmed.|
|I suppose there's no point in being tense if you're prepared, but these "about to torture themselves" competitors were definitely laid back.|
|Morning of the big day ... front of Widder Enterprises, the crowd gathers|
|The WidderCam takes a high position|
|View from the WidderCam perch. Everybody (including Pat) thought the start would be in front. Kneebone had other ideas ...|
|First they began to line up along the side ...|
|Then they filled the street in front ...|
|But Mike made them ALL line up in back|
|Phil once did 113,000 miles in six months, so 11,000 miles in 11 days is no problemo, si?|
|Yes ... it's true. Did you spend your honeymoon "two up"?|
|At last! Get the number flag - and they're off!|
|And the WidderCam caught it all.|