UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

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UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:57 pm

A Saddle Sore 1000 (SS1000) is more than just droning down a freeway for 16+ hours – There’s also a fair amount of planning and documentation (and waiting) that goes into the adventure. So for those considering their first SS1000, let me propose the UBS1000.

RCB volunteers will staff the departure location, the turn-around location and the arrival location. They’ll provide routes and assistance completing forms and witness statements, and even sweep the route for stragglers. All you have to do is ride the ride, collect time-stamped fuel receipts, and submit your paperwork. Want a certificate and pin for your riding jacket? That’s another $45 payable to the Iron Butt Association.

  • What: UBS1000 (“Utah Beer S*cks 1000”) – Essentially a 1,030 mile ride from the A&S parking lot to the Wendover, UT airport and return. Ancient legend is an early rider rode to Wendover to try Utah beer. He didn’t like it, spit it out and returned.
  • Route: It’s all four-lane or better and Interstate. Once outside Sparks, IH80 has a posted 75MPH speed limit. That’s a nice speed when all you’re going for is miles.
  • Schedule: Assuming four 10-minute fuel stops, one 30-minute lunch/fuel stop, and less than speed limit speeds, the ride should take a little over 16 hours. (Unzip the attached EXCEL spreadsheet)
  • Legs and Stops: There are four 180-mile and two 150-mile segments. All stops are at 24 hour Chevron stations.
  • Schedule: Volunteers will man tables and sign witness sheets between 4:30AM and 5AM and between 8:00PM and 10:30PM. Riders will ride their own pace and schedule. The sweep will launch from Wendover at 2:30PM or when the last rider leaves, whichever is earlier.
  • Night riding: During the month of July, Sacramento days range from 14h 48m to 14h 10m. Civil Twilight adds another 60 minutes but the reality is unless you finish in less than 15 hours, you will have some night riding. Detail information here.
  • Proposed Date(s): Either the Saturday before or after the MOA Rally, or July 10 or 24. (Saturdays have less returning Tahoe traffic.) Alternatively, Brian has indicated he wouldn’t mind if we also rode on July 4.
  • How many: Three people have indicated interest, but since it takes three volunteers to manage the event, we probably won’t go without 10-12 participants.

Seem reasonable?
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby amarider » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:33 pm

Cathy would be interested in getting her SS1000 and being the rider of the two of us I guess I have to pilot the LT.
If Cathy decides not to go I would stretch my ride into a BBG1500 on to Evanston WY then back.

We would go for a Saturday run, Sunday traffic sucks to much coming back from Reno. I believe July 10th would work. Now I assume everyone rides there own pace and can make up there own stops, gotta keep going when ya feel goooooooood and stop when your not.

(BTW- Cathy covered 914 miles with me in a little over 14 hours coming back from New Mexico in May. Temps were 36 - 60 degrees and winds were 25mph or better for the entire day YUK! She's a trooper. Her first SS1000 should be a piece of cake.)
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 3:50 pm

Me likey this idea. Me likey MORE the BBG idea. Me nuts.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:20 pm

Get five motorcyclists in a room and you're guaranteed to have at least six different opinions of the "perfect" route - And that's how, at last night's board meeting, the UBS (Sacto-Wendover-Sacto) route came under heavy scrutiny - Caltrans work, riding toward the sunset, IH5 alternative and so on ...

So ... The plan will still be Wendover - The route has been recently ridden, fuel stops are known entities, and we'll run sweeps on IH80 ...

But ... if you would rather run up and down IH5 (Albany, OR should work) and just use our 4:30-5:00AM and 8:00-10:30PM witnesses, that's OK as well. The objective is to introduce as many as possible to the joys (?) of completing an Iron Butt!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby amarider » Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:05 pm

Absolutely no Scrutiny here Phil, just checking to be sure there will be no hard feelings about riding your own ride. I would never even think about attempting any Iron butt ride at anything but my own pace - been there done that it's not safe or fun.
As far as the I80 route, it's by far the easiest route in this part of the country. Outside of possible heat it's a piece of cake. I have completed IBA rides in most possible directions from NorCal, I5 North has Oregon speed limits to deal with and I5 south has traffic and wind. I think you have the best possible route and start times in my humble opinion.

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Wed Jun 09, 2010 11:14 pm

Fun stuff!!!!!!

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Fred(Prez2.1) » Thu Jun 10, 2010 6:22 am

1bmwfan wrote:Fun stuff!!!!!!

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This stuff actually works, believe it or not, but save your money and buy a can of Gold Bond Powder instead. Just make sure it is the yellow can, not the green (medicated) can, or your ride will be very short! Don't ask me how I know. :shock:
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby amarider » Thu Jun 10, 2010 7:47 am

Fred(Prez2.1) wrote:
1bmwfan wrote:Fun stuff!!!!!!

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This stuff actually works, believe it or not, but save your money and buy a can of Gold Bond Powder instead. Just make sure it is the yellow can, not the green (medicated) can, or your ride will be very short! Don't ask me how I know. :shock:


You know I might be a little sick but I like the Green can stuff - it will keep you awake :mrgreen: !
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:18 am

Greg Smith wrote:Hopefully Phil will have a donut for us at the turn-around in Wendover! I like glazed.


I'll see what I can do! Although I was thinking an iced bottle of water and an energy bar might be a better option??? After all, it'll be 1PM-ish when you arrive in Wendover ...

But I'm heading up to Wendover tomorrow afternoon returning Sunday. Call it a preride, boredom or stupidity, but if you want to tag along ... ;-)
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Ryan » Thu Jun 10, 2010 9:22 am

Phil did a good job of selling this last night. I am tempted to do this but before I can commit, I need to know the official day. Fourth of July is out for me with plans but I probably wouldnt want to be doing that on a holiday. I never understood the point in an iron butt, however; I think I need to test the capabilities of the little strom that could.... :lol:
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Wed Jun 16, 2010 12:35 pm

July 10th or 24th work for me.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:39 pm

OK, it's all firmed up with volunteers to help out. Now all we need is 10 or so participants.

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010
Launch Window: 4:30AM to 5:00AM, A&S Parking Lot
Return Location: 7:30PM to 10:00PM (or when the last rider checks in), A&S Parking Lot
Two sweeps: One will leave from from A&S sometime after 5AM chasing outbound riders. After the last rider clears Wendover, there will be two sweeps all the way back to A&S.

Note: Successfully completing this ride within the alloted time period requires a) no more than 90 minutes of total stops (that's really not much), and b) average speeds within 5 MPH of posted limits. And the posted limit in most of Nevada is 75MPH. If you or your bike aren't comfortable with hours of 70+ MPH riding, this isn't a good ride for you.

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:37 pm

IN!!!!!

My SPOT will be active during this ride in case anyone wants to watch progress.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby lyelland » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:14 pm

Hi Phil,

I will give this a try. Jey can't make it because he has an exam on that day. Bummer! I would still like to give it a try on my own, especially since you will have sweeps.

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:26 pm

I think we need to start the list.

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:57 pm

Received a very nice letter from the IBA - If we have a minimum of ten (10) participants, and if the organizers log the riders at A&S, Wendover, and A&S, then the riders do *not* have to remember to collect fuel receipts. And even better, there's a $5.00 price reduction on the certificate processing if we submit all the forms together.

I'm thinking we need several more participants ...
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:05 pm

Maybe go outside the club?????

We could post to BMWST.com for example.

Let me know and I can help!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:53 am

Come on people!!! It may sound ridiculous to ride 1000 miles in 24 hours but it is actually a lot of fun.

We really need to reach the magic number of 10 to make this happen!!! Let's get 'er done!!!

I can assure you, this is about is simple as it gets to be able to do this milestone ride!!!! IBA is making it so easy to comply with the rules by doing it as it has been set up.

Come on!!! Let's moto!!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Fred(Prez2.1) » Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:01 am

1bmwfan wrote:I can assure you, this is about is simple as it gets to be able to do this milestone ride!!!! IBA is making it so easy to comply with the rules by doing it as it has been set up.

Come on!!! Let's moto!!

You know it can't be that hard, 12,838 Harleys have done it!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Fri Jul 02, 2010 1:16 pm

Is it the best ride in the world? NO
Is it the easiest way to get an IBA certificate? YES

Come join us for a for a short ride to Utah. It will be fun!

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Bob » Sun Jul 04, 2010 9:46 pm

Don't forget your sunglasses.

You may be looking into the sun for a good portion of the trip early and late. 8)
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby lyelland » Tue Jul 06, 2010 11:49 am

1bmwfan wrote: » Tue Jun 29, 2010 6:05 pm

"Maybe go outside the club?????
We could post to BMWST.com for example."

How about the NorCal club, they seem to have quite a few long distance riders. I am working on a few MC frineds to see if they want to do it.
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Nine Riders!

Postby woodp » Tue Jul 13, 2010 8:24 pm

OK boys and girls, we're at nine (9) confirmed riders and only need one more to take advantage of the group ride rules!

It's your choice - Would you rather be mowing the lawn, repairing the fence and pulling weeds ... or speeding across the high, Nevada desert in pursuit of a lofty, personal goal?

July 24, 2010 - 4:30AM to whenever ...
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:01 am

OK, there has to be one more rider out there that wants this coveted certificate. With 10 people going there has to be someone that will ride at your pace so no one goes alone. This is your chance to join the Iron Butt club. :D
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Sat Jul 17, 2010 8:28 am

There have been some communications going back and forth with the participants in next Saturday's ride. If you haven't signed up and are still on the fence, you may want to download and read the latest news.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Wed Jul 21, 2010 1:47 pm

The Weather Channel reports high temps of 98 in most of Nevada. Start hydrating now to build up your reserves.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Fri Jul 23, 2010 10:36 am

Just a quick (?) update about tomorrow’s ride:

Road construction – I counted eight cone zones, one is three miles long just after Truckee and six between Fernley and Lovelock. They’re all about a mile long and don’t seriously impede traffic. The only serious cone zone is a two-mile stretch just before the Nevada border where IH80 shrinks to a single lane. Expect to slow to 30-40MPH during busy periods. Other than that, the roads are clean and dry.

Fuel – Chevron stations are visible from the freeway and never more than ~70 miles apart. Smaller cities along the way may have other fuel brands, but you can count on finding well-lit stations and available fuel at Reno/Sparks, Wadsworth/Fernley, Lovelock, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko, Wells and of course, Wendover.

Temps – Accuweather is suggesting Winnemucca-to-Fernley’s highs will be 100F. Please make certain you’re well hydrated for this 2+ hour stretch. (And remember you’ll lose body fluids slower if you leave your jacket on.) We’ll have spare water at A&S and Wendover if you need more.

Where’s Phil – As you clear the ridge before Wendover, that big flat thing south (to the right) of the freeway and across the Utah border is the Wendover airport. It’s huge – It was a training base during WWII and you can’t miss it. I’ll be in the administration building under the control tower. And the control tower is the tallest building on the Utah side. You can exit the freeway in Nevada and get there via city streets, but I like to cross into Utah to Exit 2 and circle back via Wendover Blvd. Turn left at the Pawn Shop (just before crossing back into Nevada) and follow the road to the control tower. The administration building has clean bathrooms and conference rooms to sit down and rest.

(Note: The airport employees are very proud of the airport’s WWII and Enola Gay heritage. They have an eight minute video that you’re welcome to watch. And if it interests you, the C-123 that “crashed” in Las Vegas during Nicholas Gage’s “Con-Air” film is just across the parking lot.)

Sunrise and sunset – Civil twilight (bright enough to conduct outdoor activities) tomorrow lasts from 5:31AM to 8:54PM so there will be some dark roads in the morning and evening. The sun will rise off your right shoulder in the morning but unfortunately set in front of you on the ride home. Bring sun glasses.

29 Helpful hints – You might want to read this: http://www.ironbutt.com/tech/aowprintout.cfm

24 hours from now you’ll be in eastern Nevada and 36 hours from now you’ll be relaxing back home. Look for Fred tomorrow morning and I’ll see you in Wendover! Looking forward to a wonderfully uneventful ride!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:34 am

Well that was fun!!

79.8mph rolling average
40.5mpg
Launched at 0420 and recovered at 1905
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Flew almost the entire way with Bruce A as my wingman.

Thanks for all involved for doing this and being our release, turnaround, and catchers. I had a great time!

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:18 am

1bmwfan wrote:79.8mph rolling average

And you didn't have trouble at the Wells speed trap?

Given BMW's horrible gauge inaccuracy (fuel gauge, speedometer), I'm not going to trust my on-board thermometer that registered 107F near Lovelock, but I'm curious if you earlier riders found the same temps?

70.2 MPH average
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby ken » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:38 am

woodp wrote:
1bmwfan wrote:79.8mph rolling average

And you didn't have trouble at the Wells speed trap?

Given BMW's horrible gauge inaccuracy (fuel gauge, speedometer), I'm not going to trust my on-board thermometer that registered 107F near Lovelock, but I'm curious if you earlier riders found the same temps?

70.2 MPH average
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Hmmm... My fuel gauge seems to be spot on, and my speedo error is about 2.5%...
Must be that primitive boxer design, somehow... :wink:
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:41 am

My thanks to Phil Wood and President Fred for all the support and paperwork completing they did so we could just concentrate on riding. Riding with 1bmwfan was great. Someone to pace with and watch the bike during bathroom breaks was great. I could only manage a 78.9 MPH average speed as the rain and fear of a ticket slowed me down heading back into CA. According to Phil's GPS the LT speedo is 7 MPH slow.

Thanks to everyone that made this adventure possible and I hope everyone made it home safe and sore.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Firefight911 » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:39 pm

woodp wrote:
1bmwfan wrote:79.8mph rolling average

And you didn't have trouble at the Wells speed trap?

Given BMW's horrible gauge inaccuracy (fuel gauge, speedometer), I'm not going to trust my on-board thermometer that registered 107F near Lovelock, but I'm curious if you earlier riders found the same temps?

70.2 MPH average
42MPG


My fuel gauge is dead nuts accurate. When I extrapolate the numbers my range is accurate to the amount of fuel remaining in my tank.

My thermometer read a high of 104 and a low of 49. The high was read as we came in to Reno. I have felt that it is accurate based on other readings as I have ridden, etc.

Phil, a while back, there was a TSB for a relocate of the thermometer sensor. I do not remember which models it was relevant to but I do know it relocated the sensor location so it was more in the slip stream and not affected by the oil cooler air, etc. Give Clinton a call and see if there is anything for your bike that pertains to this.

With my GPS indicated 83mph, my bike's speedo was reading 86. Pretty much what it always has done.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Fred(Prez2.1) » Sun Jul 25, 2010 12:52 pm

BruceA wrote:
Thanks to everyone that made this adventure possible and I hope everyone made it home safe and sore.

All riders arrived safe (and obviously sore), but happy to have accomplished such a difficult and grueling challenge. Phil C. was first to arrive at 7:05 with Bruce and Thor coming in 5 minutes later. Lynn, Russ, Gary, and Allen arrived at 8:15, with Bob and Phil W. at 9:15. Any SS1000 done in less that 16 hours is quite a feat, so everyone should be proud. I was pleased to be a part of it. So, what's the next one gonna be? BB1500 (1500 in 36 hrs) or even a BBG1500 (1500 in 24 hrs)?
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby lyelland » Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:08 pm

A big thanks to Phil, Fred and the sweeps. You made it possible for me to achieve this goal. I will never look at long distance riding the same way. I now know I can accomplish 1000 miles in a day.

The route was great! The ride out was quite enjoyable, cool temps beautiful scenery. And the turn around spot - how cool. I had no idea the Enola Gay originated from Wendover. My dad flew a B17 in WWII. I told him about the airport and the museum, he got a kick out of that.

I thought the scenery was prettier on the way back, totally different view of the mountains. I really did not start to feel the effects of the saddle until the 800 mile mark. It really wasn't that bad. I would recommend giving a Saddle Sore 1000 a try.

I know the effort that went into helping us - 3:30 AM wake up call, long ride in the hot sun, and waiting late to see that we all made it back. I believe you helped 5 of us enter the elite group of long distance riders - the Iron Butt Association. I can't thank you enough.

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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby amarider » Mon Jul 26, 2010 7:34 am

Congrats to all who have made the jump to Long Distance Dark Side.
The best example I have heard on what a natural LD rider is:
IF you ride to the Grand Canyon and just stand up with out getting off the motorcycle to take a look and picture. Then say to yourself wow that's cool, then ride on to make more miles. You know your a natural LD rider.

BE safe and always stay hydrated.
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby Hallzee » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:16 pm

Congrats to all the finishers - and a special shout out to the guys who set this up. I've done 2 SS1000s - one by myself, and one with Hoss. It's a LOT more fun with others!

I may try to relive the UBS SS1000 myself some time - the museum sounds cool!
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby BruceA » Sat Oct 23, 2010 12:15 pm

do you think we will receive our certificates sometime this year?
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Re: UBS 1000 - RCB-coordinated Iron Butt Ride

Postby woodp » Sat Oct 23, 2010 5:25 pm

BruceA wrote:do you think we will receive our certificates sometime this year?

Yes, but I will admit being as disappointed in IBA's processing time as you are. For what it's worth, I did stop by the PO Box today hoping to find either membership renewals or the IBA certs. I found neither - the box was empty.

Monday will be 13 weeks since document submission, 11 weeks since the check was cashed.
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