After a rough start yesterday, Motorcycle Cannonball riders met day two with relief when they discovered the temperatures in York, Pennsylvania would not include 100-degree weather and the route would be void of intercity traffic. The 228 mile route on Stage 2 would include beautiful landscape through planted fields and quaint towns, but caused a bit of grief for those with the smaller engines struggling to climb the Appalachian mountains. By day's end some 18 motorcycles would be on the sweep truck. Even though this was just the second day of the two weeks the riders will send traversing the country, it's been difficult, already. The charred remains of John Pfeiffer's 1915 H-D cast a pall over the event on day one and word of the crash of Scott Jacobs when he encountered gravel on a downhill stop on day two startled us all into somber caution, making us grateful to have our own private nurse along. Vicki Sanfilipo is a registered nurse, EMT, and founder of Road Guardians, an Accident Scene Management program and she accompanied Scott and Sharon to the local hospital. The couple will stay behind and arrange surgery on his broken shoulder as the rest of the group continues to make their way to sunny Southern California.
Stage two finishing scores saw just 30 entrants left with perfect scores as riders and their crews work through the night to deliver their bikes at the start of the third day's 211-mile ride from Morgantown, West Virginia into Chillicothe, Ohio on Monday. Regardless of the competition, the group has come together to support each other and cheered riders as they each rolled into the day's finish at Triple S Harley-Davidson in Morgantown. The spirit of the Motorcycle Cannonball shines through, even though we're leaving one of our own behind. We wish Scott and Sharon all the best as we journey on to California or Bust! Be sure to follow us on FaceBook
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