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2016 Ride Reports
Stage 7 Wild and Wet

We've been wet for three days. Giggling to myself as Longfellow's words of "Into every life a little rain must fall" echoed through my mind, I nestled down into my rain gear as booming claps of thunder and flashing bolts of lightening crackled though gray sky on Friday as we made our way from Missouri into Parsons, Kansas for lunch. As we rolled into the quaint little community we were already soaked to the bone and before we saddled up to head out in soggy seats, Jason Sims had decided to call it a day.

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Stage 6 Herd of Nomadic Gypsies

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.

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Roadkill

It's about this time of the run that conversations come around to the various carcasses we've seen along the way and the support crew shared their sightings over lunch. Yeah, we're weird that way. Web guy Ken always thinks it's because we're all delirious from lack of sleep, and I'm not discounting that possibility, but the reality is that we see a lot of stuff at 35-50 miles an hour that you might not catch at higher speeds.

There are no pictures to go with this, and gee, why would anyone want them, but we've realized what critters are in particular areas. From the usual rodent and small mammals like squirrels, chipmunks and skunks, we were surprised when we were naming off sightings and heard Vicki had seen a small juvenile bear in Maryland. There have been porcupine, raccoon and even an otter in addition to the many deer. There was already an armadillo sighting too, and we're still in Missouri.

Fortunately we've also seen some alive stuff, like turtles, deer and turkeys. We're keeping an eye out for what's next, and hoping nobody hits any of them. We prefer to leave no footprint behind us. Other than that trail of fossil fuel, of course. These motorcycles were built as total oil loss machines, after all.....

 
Motorcycle Cannonball: Peanut Tank to the Rescue
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Motorcycle Cannonball: Rain
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Motorcycle Cannonball: #80 Little Details
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Stage 5 Wide with Nice turns & The Wabash Bridge

The day started off on one of the most beautiful roads I've ever seen. Wide with nice turns through rural Indiana, there was a slight misty fog scented with woodsmoke from the cabin chimneys which lent a sort of mystical feel to the cool morning air and riders were lost in the magic of it all. The geriatric engines appreciate the cooler weather, but not moisture so there were a few roadside concerns over cloth covered plug wires once we got smacked with a little rain. Crossing the Wabash Bridge was an adrenalin rush, but that moment was quickly forgotten once the heavy rain drenched several of the riders just before the evening stop in Cape Girardeau where the entire town came out to watch the bikes roll in. Between the great hospitality, the car and bike show and the killer dinner they laid out for us, we were given a hero's welcome that served to remind us of why we love Cape Girardeau. Except for the internet. Which sucks and is why there won't be many photos with this late post.

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Stage 6 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

 

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Stage 5 Results
Written by Jim Feeney   

Due to weather and road conditions we extended the arrival window for Stages 1 and 3. We did not do that for Stage 2. Since we have permanently extended the arrival windows for all remaining stages we are retroactively extending the arrival window for Stage 2 by the same 30 minutes as we have done for stages 4-15 (Stage 4 was extended an additional 30 minutes because of road construction).

The resulting changes to the Stage 2 scores are reflected in the Stage 5 and all remaining stage results. I do not plan to go back and change the Stage 2, 3 and 4 reports.

Jim

 

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Motorcycle Cannonball - Stage 5 start
Written by Rebeccah Cunningham   
 
Stage 4 Midday Update

We've banded together to support each other and the riders, and maybe lie to each other a bit to convince ourselves that this isn't really that hard. Heh. I'm spreading sunshine this morning and Bill Woods calls me on my crap. Bill is our sweep guy and he spends the day picking up disabled bikes and delivers them to their frustrated riders at the hotels, then he retires to his room at night to do his real job: writing for the AMCA. He reports the daily activities and shares the news of the incredible experiences of crossing the U.S. with 100+year old motorcycles.

"Felicia, I've been here every single Cannonball, just like you, and you can't snow me. It doesn't get easier!" We laugh, but we know the truth, and that is it. This is an endurance run, in every sense of the word. It's hard, and that's not a concept anyone but the past survivors really get. We stand and watch the riders depart from the starting line. The excitement in their eyes is just as contagious as the frustration of those fellow Cannonballers who've taken time from wrenching on their disabled bikes to gather on the sidelines and wish their brethren well. By tomorrow, they hope to join everyone on the route, again. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook at Motorcycle Cannonball Race of the Century.

 



 
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