Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Cannononball.........Again

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Finish

 
What a day! Perfect summation to a 2 year quest. 24 bikes in the 2014 Cannonball finished with perfect scores, and I was proud to be one of them. That had been the goal. 4000 miles on a 1929 Indian Motocycle.
 
 
 
Another large crowd gathered at the finish. I guess the biggest surprise was the amount of people that came out to see these old bikes at each stop.
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Stage 16 : Tacoma

Cool, clear skies met us Sunday morning for the final leg of the journey. All the riders were gathered at the start, watching each class leave and wishing everyone well. A mixture of emotions, but I think everyone was ready to get to Tacoma.

The ride stated with some nice 2 lanes, then headed up into the mountains. Everyone stopped together at the 1st gas, warming up, laughing, and taking pictures. Then headed to Mt Rainer.

The road up the pass by Rainer was spectacular, and as we crested the pass, people were lined a bridge over the road cheering. Beautiful scene with Mt Rainer towering in the background. The road down was just as beautiful, and now the pressure seemed to lift as we rode on into Tacoma. I caught Hans about 10 miles out, and we rode In together. It was kind of fitting, fore we had first met almost a year ago by chance at George Yarocki's trying to build these two bikes for the Cannonball. So we rode in together, both bikes with perfect scores.

We assembled again for the last time, and rode by class to the grand finish at 2:00. Riding up the hill and thru the banners brought a lot emotions, memories, and relief from this 2 year quest. A special moment.

The challenge of taking a wore out 84 year old motorcycle and restoring / rebuilding it for a 4000 mile rally is enormous, but so are the rewards. Thru hard work, perseverance, and a little luck, you can get amazing results.

Stage 15

Stage 15 ride across SW Washington started with a run up a canyon to the high desert. Then we entered huge farms of apples, pears, onions, and grapes. The farm rides were laid out on 1 mile squares, and they ran us around these roads like a maze. If you got your mileage off, it was tough to get back on course. And for the first time, they had a secret check in this maze.

Got thru all the miles with no penalties, and still a perfect score. Tomorrow is the final day of this adventure, and should be a beautiful RNA by Mt Rainer.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Stage 14

Best day of riding yet. Absolutely beautiful scenery, roads, and conditions. Early morning canyons, to the high plateau, then along the salmon river down into Hells Canyon. 300 miles of some of the best riding I have ever done.

The bike is really running well. Seems to have settled in, and is still on a perfect score. 2 stages remain, with some 400 miles. Fingers crossed for Tacoma.

Stage 13





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Crossed into Idaho this morning and had a beautiful ride along the high plain. Then a long decent thru another canyon to the snake river.

Bike did not the short storm, heavy rain with hail, and almost drowned the mag. Fortunately, it didn't last long and we were on our way. It really ran well with yesterday's adjustments. No major adjustments for tomorrow.

I just can stop thinking how lucky I am riding this old Indian thru this country, it is something special.

Headed northwest.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stage 12

Long, hot day today covering 300 miles. Trying to maintain about 48 mph, so it adds up to a long day. Bike was missing this afternoon, so I cleaned carb again and added a filter, set points and valves, and changed plugs. Oil consumption is still consistent, although using a little more on interstate. A lot of interstate these last 2 days.

Stopped at Bonneville salt flats. Pretty interesting place for sure. Salt bed is long, flat, and very hard. I've heard it's pretty fast to. Took group photo of all the bikes