Iron Butt LogoLap of the South
Lap of the South Gold

Version No. 2.1
Date last revised: October 10, 2021

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The Lap of the South is roughly 3,600 miles.  You must ride your motorcycle around the southern states and collect DBRs from 4 cities: Rodanthe, North Carolina (the easternmost city); Union City, Tennessee (the northernmost city); Natchez, Mississippi (the westernmost city) and Key West, Florida (the southernmost city).

Although most of the route is on interstates, there is a significant portion that is not on fast roads: specifically, the ride to and from Key West to Homestead is a two lane road and can be very slow and congested, and the road to Rodanthe is very slow.

At the 78 hour pace, the Lap of the South is slightly faster, at 46 mph, than a SaddleSore.  The  Lap of the South Gold at 65 hours has a pace of 55 mph, which is similar to a SS3000 Gold pace.

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.


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:  See fee page.


The ride must be completed in :
--Lap of the South--less than 78 hours
--Lap of the South Gold--less than 65 hours

You may start anywhere in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi or Alabama (the South).  You must start and end the ride at the same location, i.e. same DBR.

You may not leave the South- except for safety reasons and if you leave you MUST re-enter the South at the same point  you left it.


You must obtain DBR every 350 miles or less AND in the following jurisdictions and the receipt MUST indicate the city, date and time.  Check your receipts.

    Rodanthe, North Carolina
    Union City, Tennessee
    Natchez, Mississippi
    Key West, Florida

You may take any route you like - but remember you may not leave the South.

Your official time is determined by the starting and ending receipts.  PLEASE check these documents and make sure the clock and date are correct! is strongly recommended but not required.

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


There is no merchandise for this ride.