Thursday morning started off muggy and warm, but not just because of the weather. The Cannonball clan has turned that corner of getting acquainted and figuring it all out into the straightaways of becoming family and forging life-long friendships. This is when the run starts to morph into a more cohesive herd of nomadic gypsies. It's all smiles and best wishes as riders ready to putter off into the day of riding and cameras are clicking away as locals come out to wish the Motorcycle Cannonball well and to pose with the riders they are cheering for.
There were 27 entrants who did not start today. We can only assume they're wrenching and waiting as parts are ordered, traded, built or scrounged. Even though their bikes may not be co-operating, that doesn't mean a rider has given up. Motorcycle Cannonball riders do not give up. They improvise and they get creative. Many have parts being shipped ahead to meet them as they roll into a particular stop and still others are looking to other riders for help. Those with spare parts share. Just because a rider is off of the route tonight that doesn't mean he won't be back tomorrow and if another rider can facilitate that, they're happy to do so. For two days in a row, 66 riders crossed the starting line and hit the road, but they weren't the same riders both days since riders are out there working to get back in the wind.
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