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Dr. Frazier's Cannon Ball Baker Adventure Photo Gallery

See photos of Dr. Frazier's journey with the E. G. “Cannon Ball” Baker Centennial Ride in the Dr. Frazier's Cannon Ball Baker Adventure photo gallery. Read more in the Dr. Frazier: Cannon Ball Adventure article.

Official Centennial Ride sticker.
The Centennial Ride route across America. 100 years earlier a map was not needed for much of the route, as often there was only one road, paved or unpaved.
Ring Master and event organizer, Don Emde, briefed the entrants at rider meetings about the day and evening ahead.
One of many photo-ops along the route, this one accepting a Proclamation from the city where the group spent the night.
The red Indian on the right was similar to the one Baker used in 1914, one he claimed was stock. Two speed, single cylinder, 7 horsepower, with a magneto for spark, no front brake and no rear suspension (other than springs on seat), it gave meaning to needing an iron butt.
The original post office in Las Vegas, New Mexico was still standing, but had seen no “Cannon Balls” in 2014. Baker would have gone inside to get his ride book stamped as proof he had passed through Las Vegas.
In Las Vegas, New Mexico, 100 years earlier this building would have been open for business as Baker rode past.
The original general store and post office in Watrous, New Mexico was a pit stop for Baker, but 100 years later nothing more than fallen down walls and dust. Baker left Watrous at 3:00 AM, not leaving much behind.
Baker would have ridden past these trees between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM after leaving Watrous, New Mexico and crossing two streams.
100 years after Baker crossed the rolling hills of New Mexico on a dirt track or road, this entrant could appreciate the ease of covering the same ground at 75 mph.
The Sapello River saw Baker cross it 100 years earlier, without the benefit of a paved bridge. This may have been one of the streams that earlier required the Henderson sidecar couple to use a block and tackle to pull it up one side when the river was swollen.
The post office in Trinidad, Colorado was standing 100 years earlier when Baker passed through on his way east to Kansas.
The parking lot for Centennial Ride motorcycles reflected a myriad of dual-sport adventure models with an amazing array of farkle and bling.
One wondered what Cannon Baker would have thought had he seen one of these adventure motorcycles in front of or following him.
The obvious choice of models for Centennial Ride entrants appeared to be heavyweight “adventure” models equipped to carry gear suitable for a ‘round the world ride.
The oldest motorcycle spotted at one overnighter was this 1992 Kawasaki KLR650. The owner proudly proclaimed it as “self-modified and cheap.” His panniers cost $25.00 for the pair, army surplus ammunition boxes.
While Yamaha was a major event sponsor, BMWs seemed aplenty in the field of Centennial Rider entrants.
Some entrants exercised the optional “No thanks” to dirt sections that followed bits of the original Baker route.
This entrant wisely changed mounts, using a Harley-Davidson with dirt oriented tires for the earlier sections of sand and gravel out of San Diego. He changed mounts for the ride from Arizona towards New York, but said he had great fun in the dirt with his first mount.
This entrant opted for comfort over the image of adventure for the long straight sections of pavement ahead when spotted in New Mexico.
A Ducati rider said he did “Just fine,” in the dirt with his pavement tires. A welding repair one evening showed the Ducati paid a small price for the pavement tires taking it over some rough dirt.
A Centennial Ride Kawasaki KLR650 with a yellow paint job found the owner answering questions about when Kawasaki came out with the new paint.
Tire choice was one of the quandaries. Ride organizer Emde opted for more aggressive or dirt oriented tires as shown here. On the downside of this choice was the next 2,000 miles of pavement ahead.
Tire choice on these entrant’s motorcycles reflected a readiness for the Russian Road of Bones or the last 244 miles of Alaska’s Dalton Highway to Deadhorse, neither of which was on the horizon over the next 2,000 miles of the Cannon Ball route across paved America.
The lone Suzuki V-Strom entrant said he was having fun trying to “think myself” 100 years earlier on the Baker Indian motorcycle.
Spare gas containers of this entrant’s motorcycle indicated he was not going to face gas shortages Baker may have 100 years earlier on his ride across America.
The weirdest or wildest farkle or bling seen on any motorcycle entered in the Cannon Ball Baker Centennial Ride was this Dr. Pepper can on the highly modified Indian. Unknown was whether it was hiding some 21st Century cloaking device or shaking and warming the soda for the pilot.
No special tires were needed for this Yamaha Super Tenere mounted rider to do all dirt/gravel/sand sections on the Centennial Ride, and to prove it he recorded the tough parts with his helmet mounted camera.