SMACKDAB is held on the Saturday closest to the summer solstice (June 20th or 21st, depending on the year). For 2019, the ride will held on Saturday, June 22. Smackdab is NOT a group ride. Participants ride individually, travel at their own pace, and stop whenever and wherever they like. There is no registration fee; the only expense is the optional embroidered finisher’s patch, which is offered to verified finishers at cost.
The ride starts between dawn and sunrise at the monument that marks the Geographic Center of the 48 Contiguous States just north of Lebanon, Kansas, off US Highway 281.
The route follows Highway 281 north for 95 percent of the trip, until it turns west on US Highway 2 for the final thirty-four miles into Rugby, North Dakota. At dusk, riders meet to celebrate their accomplishment at the monument that marks the Geographic Center of North America.
NOTE: Due to flooding and related road closures in northern Nebraska, the route is being altered for 2019. See the News page for specific info.
The solstice allows over sixteen hours to ride the 675 miles from north central Kansas, across Nebraska and South Dakota, then through most of North Dakota before dusk, earning finishers a great sense of accomplishment, a great story to tell, as well as the right to wear the coveted Smackdab patch.
|“Enjoyed the ride and meeting a lot of fellow riders.” – Stanley G., Walton KS|
|“Enjoyed the ride to Rugby…Hope we will be able to do this again.” – Kent E., Council Bluffs IA|
|“It was a great ride…” – Joe C., Amherst CO|
|“It was an awesome ride.” – Bill W., Wichita KS|
|“Such a great ride. My father and I had a great time.” – Jeff K., Lindsborg KS|
|“Will likely plan to ride it again next year.” – Don M., LaCrosse KS|
|“It will not be the last time I attend.” – Jason P., Osborne KS|
|“That was great fun!” – Steve K., Scott City KS|
|“It was a great ride for me on my 750 Honda Shadow.” – Tamra W., Liberty MO|
“Had a great time!”
– Stanley G., Karla H., Don M., & Jason P.