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USA Thanksgiving Rides

Version No. 1.2
Date last revised:

December 30, 2023

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Background:

This ride celebrates Thanksgiving in the USA, a national holiday on the fourth Thursday in November, which began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest (wiki).

What comes to mind when we think of Thanksgiving? Plymouth, Mayflower, Pilgrims and harvest.  And how do we celebrate Thanksgiving?  With turkey, corn, beans, pumpkin pie, potatoes and cranberry sauce.

We will issue a unique certificate for this ride. 

Read the rules for the iconic SaddleSore 1000 on the Ironbutt Association site.  The rules for this ride are similar and you will get valuable background information.

Documentation:  See here.

Definitions

DBR - Dated Business Receipt

A DBR is a machine generated receipt with the date, time and LOCATION on it.  Check it - do not assume it is correct.  A receipt with an incorrect time/date/location is worthless.  Check and re-check.

Fees:  Regular fees apply - this is a special certificate only program

Rules


Photos are required for this certificate.  Each photo must include your motorcycle except for selfie photos of you eating food items.  Get a DBR in the same city of each photo.  When using a selfie photo of you eating as one of your photo requirements, obtain and submit your DBR for that food item purchase.

Required photo possibilities:

-- your motorcycle with a post office, water tower, welcome to (town) sign, DOT town sign or DOT street sign which includes the word Plymouth, Mayflower, Pilgrim, harvest, turkey, corn, beans, pumpkin, potato or cranberry. harvest is not a common name so we will accept photos with your motorcycle in front of church signs with harvest in its name. Furthermore,  Mayflower is not a common name so we will accept photos with your motorcycle in front of a sailing vessel. Remember, get a DBR in the same city of each photo.
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*****Each photo must be at least 150 miles from the previous photo****

Thanksgiving rides have many different levels of difficulty.

Thanksgiving 1000 - Provide 2 different required photos - 24 hours

Thanksgiving 1000 SILVER - Provide 4 different required photos - 24 hours

Thanksgiving 1000 Gold - Provide 5 different required photos PLUS  a selfie of you eating a peice of pumpkin pie.  You must supply a DBR from the restaurant.  -24 hours

Thanksgiving 1500 - Provide 4 different required photos - 36 hours

Thanksgiving BBG - Provide 4 different required photos - 24 hours

Different is defined as different words, i.e. turkey, potato, Plymouth, etc

THE RIDE

Your ride must start and finish any time on Thanksgiving Weekend between Wednesday 12:01 AM - Monday 11:59. 

You may start and end your ride anywhere you choose.

Each photo must be at least 150 miles apart (miles ridden).

You may take any route you like.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending DBRs.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct!

Spotwalla.com is strongly recommended for this ride but not required.  Be aware, without Spotwalla, your miles ridden is determined DBR to DBR along the shortest route. 

Remember it is YOUR responsibility to prove you visited all required stops.  Spotwalla goes a long way towards this proof.

Merchandise:

There is no additional merchandise for this ride.