What started out as a soggy, crappy morning for the 58 brave souls who took the green flag turned out to be a nice ride through the scenic Navajo reservation. The desert comes alive after the heavy rains wash her clean and the Cannonball riders were treated to a display of Mother Nature at her best. Once they dried out a bit.
Low clouds engulfed the Rocky Mountain hillsides as riders navigated their way out of Durango and off toward the Four Corners monument where they took time to play with photos before they got seriously smacked with yet another heavy downpour. This time everyone took it all in stride and just laid on the throttle a little heavier in order to dry out before rolling into Page, Arizona for the evening.
The parking lot pits seem a little quieter tonight even though the trailers came in carrying 10 wounded bikes. As the daily scores are being tallied and crews prepare for tomorrow, we are all aware that the next two days will see a drop in temperatures as we deal with the effects of hurricane Paine. Predictions called for moisture from Paine will be drawn up into the desert southwest bringing with it chances for showers and thunderstorms through Wednesday, so we're hopeful that this might be the end of the soggy saddles and various weather related mechanical maladies.
There are only three more nights before the Motorcycle Cannonball rolls into Carlsbad, California and even though most are exhausted and looking forward to their own beds, it seems a little sad to think that in just four more days, the journey will be done.
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