U.S. Sunrise to Sunset Ride

July 14th - 17th, 2008

Eastport, ME to La Push, WA in 3 days

This should be a fun & challenging ride, so be sure to mark your calendars for July 14-18! Starting in Eastport, Maine and ending 3560 miles later in La Push, Washington, the ride must be accomplished entirely in the United States in 3 days or less.

Event Manager: 
John McCain

  List of Participants
  Lodging Details
  Witness Forms & Logs
  MTF Refund Policy
  Ride Disclaimer & Waiver

is open!

As the sponsoring organization, the MTF requires prerequisites greater than those stipulated by the IBA.

The prerequisites for the Sunrise to Sunset ride are:

    Certified IBA Bun Burner Gold (1500 miles in 24hrs) -or-
    A certified IBA ride of 2000 miles or more* -or-
    A qualifying rally**.


      *  The IBA National Parks Tour does not qualify as a prerequistite for this ride
      ** A Qualifying Rally is generally a multi-day rally. Contact the Event Manager to determine if a specific rally will be accepted as a prerequisite

All registration fees for online registrants must be paid by July 1, 2008 or your registration will be cancelled.
During the registration process you will be required to consent to the MTF Event Agreement and Waiver.
Review it thoroughly before registering for this ride.

The MTF will submit your ride to the IBA for certification.

Note: The MTF will only certifiy the Sunrise to Sunset ride. No other certifications are being offered. If you want to make a donation to the MTF, you will be provided the opportunity to do that during the registration process. Payment information will be provided at the conclusion of the registration process.

The MTF reserves the right to limit participation for any reason.

Ride Schedule
Date Time Event/location
July 13
4:00 p.m. Eastern DST Pre-Rider Dinner
Eastport Chowder House
167 Water St
Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 853-4700
Official Witness available at dinner
July 14th
5:00a.m. Eastern DST Official Ride Begins Witness NOT available
July 17th
5:00 a.m. Eastern DST
(which is 2:00 a.m. Pacific DST)
(72 Hours after Starting Receipt)
Sunride to Sunset Ride Ends
Location: LaPush near the end of WA highway 110
GPS Coord: 47.90778N 124.63531W
Witness only available
  Wed. 10:00 PM - Thurs 2:00 AM
July 17th
7:00 a.m. Pacific DST

Rider breakfast -
Location: The Forks Coffee Shop

Ride Coordinator

John McCain

Email: mtf@dcbnet.com

MTF Director of LD Riding

Kevin Lechner

Email: kevin@kevinlechner.com

Starting Location

Eastport, Maine

Starting banquet will be an early bird dinner held at:

Eastport Chowder House
167 Water St
Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 853-4700

Bob St. George, Bob Collins, and Sean Lyons will be available to witnesses & sign your start form.

Although there are several gas stations in EastPort, none is open at night or early in the morning, plan your gas accordingly.

Witnesses will NOT be available in the morning

There are two banks in EastPort with 24 hour ATM which will serve as your starting receipt.

Primary Starting Location:

First Bank
102 Washington Street
P. O. Box F
Eastport, ME 04631
Phone: 207-853-6270

If there is a problem with the primary ATM, the alternative bank is:

Bangor Savings Bank
54 Washington St
Eastport, ME 04631
(207) 853-2534

Click here for local information on Eastport

End Location

La Push, Washington

GPS Coordinates: 47.90778N 124.63531W

This is located near the end of WA highway 110 (La Push road and Adler Street)

West Coast Host: Dorsey Price

LaPush is a very small village in the Quileute Indian Reservation, there not much there.
We've arranged for IBA/MTF member Dorsey Price to be there waiting for you.

Dorsey will be at the end location between 10:00 PM Wednesday night and 2:00 AM Thursday morning.
Dorsey Price will clock you in by GPS time and sign your ending witness form at the end location.

Dorsey must sign you in and record your time in order to be counted as part of the MTF ride

Ending Breadkfast

The Forks Coffee Shop is known for their giant pancake breakfast. We'll meet there about 7:00AM on Thursday. Our witness will be there to perform your ending witness duty and collect the paperwork. He'll forward electronic copies of your paperwork and receipts to the MTF for processing.
Forks Coffee Shop
241 S Forks Ave
Forks, WA 98331

Click here for local information on La Push, WA

Responsibility to Report

The MTF and IBA are dedicated to SAFE long distance riding.
If you are registered and are not going to make the check-in deadline at the starting location, you must contact sunrise2sunset@dcbnet.com or call the MTF emergency number that will be provided to you as the ride start approachess. We don't have to wonder why you didn't show. A special phone number will be provided to all riders prior to the start of the ride to call in the event they terminate their ride.
If at anytime during the ride you question whether or not you should continue, by all means you should terminate the ride.
Listening to your body is an important part of long distance riding and you should not continue unless you are comfortable with your physical and mental state.

If you terminate the ride or have an accident, you must notifying us by calling the MTF emergency number that will be provided as soon as reasonably possible.

Failure to report at the begining, or at the end of the ride or in the event of termination may result in suspension from future MTF Events.

Witness Form & Gas Log

Attention Riders: You should download and print
the Witness Forms and Gas Log and complete before arriving at the site.

It is the riders responsibilty to plan their final route to ensure they obtain proper receipts at all the mandatory stops.

Click here to download the Sunrise to Sunset Witness Form & Gas Log

* Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view PDF documents.
It is free. Just click the image below.

    Ride Philosophy

    The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum's role in these rides is simply logistics. Riders are responsible for their ride and are encouraged to ride as individuals. A quote from an LDRider will be used as the philosophy: "Everyone gets tired at different times, or gets hungry or even has to pee at different times. It's YOUR ride and it really isn't much fun when you are sitting on the side of the road waiting for your riding partner who is taking a quick nap."

    • Although the trip is being organized as a "group" ride, riders are encouraged to ride individually and join with other riders at the end to celebrate. 

    • Riders will be staged so as to leave in a staggered start. Riders may request to be staged with a riding partner(s). Small groups of 3 or 4 are acceptable, but riding in a pack is not considered safe and is not allowed during MTF Long Distant events.

    • If you elect to start in a small group, whether you continue to ride as a group once you are on the road is up to you. If you find that your habits are not compatible with the group, simply wave off. It is nothing personal. In addition to the problems mentioned above, the group may have different attitudes about driving speeds. If you are tough enough to do a TC, you should be tough enough not to yield to the pressure of the group to conform.   

    Host Hotel - Eastport, ME

    The Motel East
    23A Water Street
    Eastport, ME 04631

    Website: http://www.eastportme.info/moteleast.html

    This is prime season for Eastport, which has a short tourist season.
    The Motel East in Eastport, ME has a total of 14 rooms available and are blocked for MTF riders until They will hold 12 of May 1st.

    When calling for reservations mention that it's for the MTF motorcycle group.

    Five of the rooms are double, nine are single.

    Rates (includes tax)

    • Single: $112.35
    • Double: $128.40 for the double.

      There is a 14 day cancellation policy.

      If you prefer a more economical choice, there are several motels in Calais, about 30 miles away. The Calais Motor Inn is about $70 per night. We don't have a block of rooms there, but we anticipate some riders will prefer this motel.

      Calais Motor Inn
      293 Main St,
      Calais, ME 04619
      (207) 454-7111

      Website: www.calaismotorinn.com

      Host Hotel - near La Push, WA

      The Dew Drop Inn Motel
      100 Fern Hill Road
      Forks, WA 98331
      Phone: (360) 374-4055 or 888-433-9376

    • La Push is a pretty small place. The closest town of any size is Forks, WA.
    • We have reserved 10 rooms at the Dew Drop Inn in Forks, WA.
    • The rate after tax is $81.790 for single occupancy or
      $88.98 for double occupancy.
    • The block will be held until June 15, and the motel usually
      sells out during this season, so reserve early."

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