2022 Ride Around Texas & Rewind

Ride 3,100 miles around the perimeter of Texas.  Kick it up a notch, ride twice around for the RAT Rewind...6,200 miles! 

Sign Up for the Iron Butt Association's annual Big As Texas "Ride-a-Palooza"
Party & RAT!  Click on the Big As Texas button at the IBA eStore. BAT Party.

Courtyard/Marriott Dallas-Allen TX is the host hotel for the BAT Ride Around Texas.  Sherman, 38 miles north of Allen, is the Start/Finish location for the RAT.  Ride the RAT clockwise or anti-clockwise, stopping at 18 mandatory checkpoints, including the Sherman start/finish point, in order within the allotted time period. The RAT or RAT Rewind is available between the times listed below.

  • All Start/Finish Dated Business Receipts are to be Date/Time/Sherman/TX
  • RAT - less than 85 hours (GOLD 70hrs) - 7 am Tue, Sep 20 to 8 pm Fri, Sep 23
  • RAT Rewind - less than 170 hours (GOLD 140hrs) - 6 pm Fri, Sep 16 to 8 pm Fri, Sep 23 
You may start after the time listed above. This means you may self Start/Finish any time during the RAT windows.  Use all the time available or select a start time based on your planned ride pace. 
You must be finished before 8:00 pm, Friday, Sep 23.

Here are the IBA Certification Rules for the Ride Around Texas and Rewind *, modified for the Big As Texas event.

IBA Certification - Successful riders will receive concurrent IBA validation of their RAT, complete with the following at the Big As Texas party.
  • RAT or RAT Rewind Certificate
  • RAT Swag - RAT Flag, pins, patches and stickers
  • Instant IBA Records entry
  • Big As Texas event participation and banquet

2022 RAT Riders
ID     Rider Name, IBA Number, Motorcycle, New SpotWalla Link
(Highlighted = Rider picture...SpotWalla map)
MKC Mark+Karen Campbell, 21322+21321, BMW R1250GS Adventure, SpotWalla Link
KBK  Kith Burkingstock, 23022, 2016 Yamaha Super Tenere, SpotWalla Link
SES  Steven Snell, 608, Honda Gold Wing, SpotWalla Link
JEP   James Epley, 609, 2015 Triumph Trophy SE, SpotWalla Link
BNH  Brian North, 63780, 2012 BMW K1600GT, SpotWalla Link
CCP  Craig Phillips, 68887, 2015 Yamaha Super Tenere, SpotWalla Link
PNS  Patrick Nijsters, 74491, 2022 BMW R1200GS Adventure, SpotWalla Link
LCL  Jeff Carroll, 59728, 2020 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES, SpotWalla Link
LBS Lynn Behrens, 47957, 2016 BMW R1200RS, SpotWalla Link
PSS Philip Sears, 42796, 2012 BMW K1600 GTL, SpotWalla Link
BCR  Bradyn Crider, 79736, 2016 Harley-Davidson Street Glide, SpotWalla Link
MSL Michael Shell, 77127, BMW R1200GS Adventure, SpotWalla Link
MNS Mark Nichols Sr., 71794, 2022 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Limited, SpotWalla Link
JJN   James Jackson, 79147, 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra, SpotWalla Link
AFH Alex Harper, 450, FJR1300, SpotWalla Link
MGT Mike Garrett, 72830, 2013 Honda Gold Wing, SpotWalla Link
CEE Chase Eskelsen, 78725, 2021 Honda NC750X, SpotWalla Link

IBA  RAT Mandatory Checkpoints (listed in clockwise order)

  • Sherman* START (Photo of DBR with MC Odometer)
  • Texarkana (DBR)
  • Port Arthur (DBR)
  • Port Bolivar (Take a picture of your motorcycle on the Galveston - Port Bolivar ferry while underway) 
  • Galveston (DBR)
  • Victoria (DBR)
  • South Padre Island (DBR)
  • Del  Rio (DBR)
  • Panther Junction, Big  Bend NP  (picture of your motorcycle in front of Visitor Center sign)
  • Lajitas General Store  (DBR or picture of your motorcycle in front of store sign acceptable)
  • Presidio (DBR)
  • Anthony (DBR)
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park (picture of your motorcycle in front of park entrance sign)
  • Kermit (DBR)
  • Texline (DBR)
  • Follett (DBR)
  • Childress (DBR)
  • Sherman* FINISH (Photo of DBR with MC Odometer)
  • SpotWalla track is Required for the RAT.
* Note:  The Sherman Start/Finish is being substituted for the mandatory Paris DBR requirement under the IBA RAT certification rules.  Sherman is along the same route between mandatory stops of Childress - Paris - Texarkana.  For this reason the Paris mandatory DBR stop is waived on the 2022 Big As Texas RAT & Rewind.

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.

Contact Tim Masterson, RAT Wrangler at RATInsanity@gmail.com

Ride Around Texas Rewind ride report  History of the iconic Ride Around Texas.