Justin and Jared went to a pizza parlor Wednesday night and met up with some Navaho Indians whom they ate with. They were in awe of the boys being identical twins and the fact that they were riding Indian motorcycles. In their culture it is extremely rare for identical twins and they have a legend that a set of identical hero twins saved the world. Their names were “Slayer of Monsters” and “Born for Water”. Justin and Jared explained about their journey and the Motorcycl
Here are some pictures from the road from the past couple days. Justin – Leaving Pueblo, Colorado Dad & Justin – Summiting La Veta Pass in Colorado (elev 9,426′) Justin – Summiting Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado (elev 10,856′) Justin – Outside Kayenta, Arizona
This morning’s ride from Durango, Colorado to Page, Arizona started out at a temperature of 51 degrees and RAIN. YUCK! They made a quick stop at Four Corners Monument (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona). All 4 made it in again today! Here’s a few shots that I’ve found from others of our crew. Tomorrow they will travel 195 miles to Williams, Arizona making a stop at the Grand Canyon National Park. GO INDIANS!
Despite the appearance of the grim reaper at this morning’s send off for the guys, all 4 made it in on time after the climb up and over Wolf Creek Pass at an altitude of 10,857. They are in Durango, Colorado tonight. The desert will be the next obstacle. Hopefully, temps will cool down! Last night found the guys working on a variety of problems. Steve’s magneto burnt up on Monday’s ride and had to be replaced. He kept it from completely crapping out by placing cool wet
Have you ever met someone and in an instant you knew they were special? That they made such an impression on you that you knew you wouldn’t ever forget them? That it made your trip more amazing, more fun, and you just bonded with them. That’s what the 2014 Cannonball was like for Steve, Buck and Dick. They met a motley crew from the west coast –Bill, Craig, Sean, Crash and Robert –that just clicked with the hillbillies from West Virginia. They set up and pitted together ev
Yesterday we had some pretty long and flat running coming through Kansas. However we did have some excitement. Some of the back roads we traveled on were a little rough. Dad’s head lamp vibrated loose (but he noticed it and saved it before it came completely off), but I was not so lucky with my kicker pedal (it’s gone for good). Fortunately, we ran into an old friend in Dodge City who had some extra kicker pedals at his house. Thank you Roddy Newland! Here is Dad riding n
Yesterday’s drenched clothes are now dry and they’re ready for this morning’s ride to Dodge City, Kansas. When I talked to Steve this morning I told him where to find the cold medicine in his suitcase and also to take it! He sounded rough and said it was really foggy, but was ready to ride. They’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s day off in Dodge City so they can sleep in! Go Indians! Love this picture that photographer, Michael Licther took.
Today we went from Springfield, Missouri to Parsons, Kansas (for lunch) and then on to Wichita, Kansas for the night time check point. All bikes are healthy and running good. Tomorrow we head on to Dodge City!
Missouri was nicknamed Misery today! For only the second time in the 3 Cannonballs that Steve’s rode in have they cancelled any portion of a day’s ride. Conditions were awful and with a reported 3-4 inches of standing water in upcoming portions of the day’s route after lunch and a look at the weather radar, the Cannonball powers that be, caused today’s afternoon mileage to be cancelled. Riders were already soaked from this morning’s portion and seemed to emit a sign of r
Look TWICE for Motorcycles!!!!!! The Cannonball Riders, while their own special breed, are a very safety conscious group. Over the course of this endurance run they have been on their toes for traffic that “apparently” hasn’t seen them. There have been several instances of close calls by others on the run, but the Cannonballers remain ever watchful as they ride across the country. Yesterday, Jared went into a cemetary to avoid a truck pulling out in front of them. Today,
The bikes are running smoothly with only a few minor repairs. Justin’s Cali got a new oil pump as her other one just wouldn’t quit leaking and better to have her tuned in now than wait for the Rockies and then the desert next week. Steve’s Eva needed some brake and chain adjustments. Jared’s Lexi also got some brake adjustments. Routine maintenance is going well. It just takes three times as long. They are all excited, tired, wind whipped, and today soaked TWICE! The w
Today Justin made it with us to our mid day check point in Williamstown, WV. All 3 machines are running good. Justin rebuilt his transmission yesterday in Morgantown, and we think those problems are now in his rear view.
Start of Day 3 had everyone anxious, but ready to hit the road! Steve looked exhausted and I know his night was spent like the night before he left for this adventure— running all kinds of breakdowns through his mind while asleep, (but talking out loud so I didn’t sleep.) I kept solving his problems that night by telling him whatever he was talking about had been fixed and he would roll over and come up with a new problem. Apparently, as I wasn’t in his room last night a
Cali got a transmission overhaul this evening as the clutch issue that was diagnosed and repaired yesterday, turned into a transmission problem today 8 miles into the ride this morning. So, she’s together, ready to go and wanting alittle wind therapy tomorrow with the other girls!
Here’s Steve and Jared arriving and representing West Virginia at Triple S Harley-Davidson in Morgantown (Mo-town)! Both of their bikes ran strong and they got all the miles in, while Justin wasn’t as fortunate. His clutches and transmission was still giving him trouble. They rode hard today up and down what Jared said must have been 50 huge hills from York. Their average speed today was a whopping 35 mph. They said that the singles had it even rougher and they passed mot