Organizer Jim “Red Cloud” Durham shortened the rally to 6,000 miles this year, and didn’t route it through Canada; it started in Las Vegas, Nevada and ended in Gowanda, New York. Durham also put a minimum time limit on the rally, to discourage speeding; anyone finishing early would be disqualified.
According to Huze, that meant finishers ahead of schedule had to kill time (as much as 48 hours) waiting around for the finish line to open. Huze didn’t have a dollar value on this year’s purse; supposedly, the riders didn’t know. There was no fundraising effort advertised this time around either, and no lie detector tests at the end. And also, we figure, no riders were accused of being CIA agents, like last year. But where’s the fun in that?