Neither Evans nor I are spring chickens, but we’re a couple of sprouts in the realm of endurance riding when compared to Ward Blanchard. In 2011 Mr. Blanchard rode his own SaddleSore 1000, completing the event in less than 24 hours at the age of 89. It’s one among many Iron Butt accomplishments for Ward, and, at the time, he held the Iron Butt Association’s record as the oldest guy ever to complete a SaddleSore 1,000. Granted, he did it aboard a Can-Am Roadster, which is kind of like cheating, but the guy was 89, so I think we can overlook that third wheel.

“Don’t let your age tell you what you can do,” said Ward, in an interview with The Grand Rapids Press, “just forget about your age and do it.”