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Until now riders have been experiencing cold, windy, and rainy conditions as we have been preparing for our trek across the country.  But, as riders lined up this morning at the Museum Valley Ship in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan in anticipation for the epic journey that was about to start, the weather Gods shined down on us with beautiful weather.  After conducting the final group pictures with anxious riders, the Stage 1 green flag dropped and riders made their way towards Traverse City, Michigan for a hosted stop of longtime Motorcycle Cannonball Sponsor Hagerty Insurance.  Eighty-eight motorcycles crossed the starting line and within a couple miles some were already experiencing problems.   A few of the Class I favorites were showing temperaments and eventually by the end of the day nine motorcycles of all Classes ended up on the sweep trailer.  For the lucky riders that stayed off the trailer they got to witness crossing the Mackinac Bridge, weave through the Tunnel of Trees and traverse around Lake Michigan ending the day with 186 miles on the dial!! Tomorrow riders will again take the challenge of Man vs Machine and hopefully make all the miles of the next leg which will end at Battle Creek Harley-Davidson where riders will begin to arrive approximately at 4pm and be on display until 6pm.

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