Originally Posted by Hoopjohn
Just so you know, the record of 35 days for travel between Prudhoe Bay Alaska and Ushuaia was broken last year (twice).
I think your ride is a most noble fund raising journey and wish you the absolute very best.
Thank You for your kind wishes,
We are very familiar with Dave’s attempt. In fact we followed his ride each day with great interest. Although Dave’s ride was a truly amazing feat, he did not follow the rules as set out by Guinness. The most significant rule Dave failed to abide by was failing to start his South American run at the Northern Coast. The rules require the South American portion of the ride include either Cartegena or Baranqilla, (On our webpage we have a list of the requirements as set out by Guinness … Noble Quest - Argentina to Alaska on V-Strom 650s
) Guinness also requires two witnesses to sign a log book each day. We do not wish, in any way, to diminish Dave’s accomplishments. His ride was truly amazing and it supported and brought awareness to a great cause. (I must confess I’m curious about what happened to Ryan and Donny). However Dave’s interpretation of only having to cross every line of latitude was not the official rule.
Dick Fish also set a mind blowing time to complete the journey, ( I wish he has been more public, as it would've been a very interesting read) Again, however, not by the same rules dictated to Kevin and Julia by Guinness. If you refer to the Globebusters site (GlobeBusters
) you’ll see Kevin and Julia went through Caracas, Venezuela and had to backtrack in order to get to Cartagena, Colombia in order to follow the Guinness rule. This set them back a few days, as they had originally planned to ride south through Brazil. It is actually this backtrack that makes this record attainable. We contacted Kevin and Julia, the current and, because of Guinness’ decision to no longer recognize attempts, the eternal Official Holders of this record to verify these rules.
Our goal is to follow the same rules that Guinness set out for Kevin and Julia, and accomplish the ride in fewer days. It is obviously possible, with some modification to either Dave or Dicks ride they could've followed the same rules, so with that we have more hope. We figure we have some advantages, remember, Kevin and Julia did the ride with Kevin riding the whole way himself with Julia two up. With four riders on solo bikes we feel we will be safer in remote areas. My brother Justin is a Suzuki mechanic and we believe we can set the route more efficiently, ride as a group more safely, abide by all the rules and still beat the current official record. Again we know we will never actually hold the Guinness record. And if we wanted to beat Dick Fish's record we would likely have to take a flight from Quito to Mexico City
All the best,
Have a Great Day,
Noble Quest - Argentina to Alaska on V-Strom 650s