The Motorcycle Cannonball crew has hit the road for Kitty Hawk, NC for the convergence of vintage riders that will be making the journey of a lifetime. Lonnie Isam, Jr, the fearless leader of the pack for the pre-1916 Cannonball ride, made a visit to Dale Walksler from the Wheels Through
Walksler is not only rider #22 in the Cannonball but is also the host of a dinner at the museum in Maggie Valley, NC on September 12. The two ironed out event details before Lonnie headed on to Kitty Hawk where he and the rest of the Cannonball crew busily prepared for the hoard of vintage motorcycles and their riders that is about to descend on the historic community. Registration started September 8, riders departing on Friday the 10th.
Cannonball's route master John Classen made an early trip to monitor the road conditions since hurricane Eric's recent visit to the coastal countryside. He surveyed Stage 1, the route between Kitty Hawk and Greenville, NC, for the safety of the Cannonball riders and to fine tune the route for any changes. There were three signs blown down and reported as casualties of the storm but roads were clear and open.
Renowned painter David Uhl and photographer Michael Lichter are putting their legendary talents together to create some unique Motorcycle Cannonball artwork, some of which will be available to the public. And sculptor Jeff Decker has put the finishing touches on the one-of-kind bronze sculpture that will serve as the top Cannonball prize.
There is also plenty of buzz about the prospect that rock-and-roll legend Pat Simmons (Doobie Brothers guitarist) will be joining us on the road at some point to cheer on his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons, who is a rider in the Cannonball.
The Cannonball crew is working to make sure new of this great ride is accessible to everyone through the virtual world of computers. Be sure to check out the daily posts, pictures, and videos from the road. The tallies of rider’s scores will also be available each day as riders pass through 11 states. Stay tuned; it's going to be a bumpy and fun-filled adventure as the Motorcycle Cannonball heads for Santa Monica, CA.
The Motorcycle Cannonball spans 17 days over 3,294 miles. There are entries from around the world. Complete information about the Motorcycle Cannonball, including route details and rider profiles, is available at www.motorcyclecannonball.com