The Motorcycle Cannonball has begun..and we're off! After a gathering on Atlantic City's famous historic Boardwalk, 90 riders pointed their tire treads west and were graciously escorted out of town by the local motorcops. Officers were concerned about the safety of the riders as well as the 100+year old motorcycle's health since the route included a number of traffic lights. Combined with the high temperatures and a staggering 88% humidity, the geriatric machines were destined for failure so the concerned officers volunteered to escort the Cannonball riders out of downtown without having to stop at stop lights. Even so, several of the motorcycles still broke down and sweep vehicles towed some 27 wounded warriors back to safety in York, Pennsylvania.
Rider #36, John Pfeifer from Texas, watched as his beloved 1916 Harley-Davidson burst into flames. Victor Hugas, rider #51, had the engine out of his 1913 Harley-Davidson by the time the sweep truck made it by to pick him up and he plans to be at the starting line tomorrow morning. Fellow Texas rider #44, Dennis Leggett, had problems with oil lines as well as some internal issues on his 1913 Indian and is considering loading up for home.
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