Time to celebrate! They made it to Carlsbad!! Tomorrow as they all start home, it will be the time to relax and reflect on the journey they shared, the friends they made, the country they saw along the way and the family they’re a part of… the Cannonball family. It’s in their blood now and I’m sure the addiction has passed on to Justin and Jared, because I know Steve is completely hooked! It’s pitting man against machine to accomplish this ENDURANCE Run. It’s the realization that you built this beautiful machine. It’s the fact that you start from boxes and boxes of parts. It’s holding each and every part in your hand, not just once, but over and over. It’s the completion of the build and hearing the motor start for the very first time to riding across the finish line. It’s the tears streaming down your face because you have done what you set out to do. It’s the whole range of emotions that you deal with beginning to end. It’s what’s known as the Race of the Century.
IT IS …….THE MOTORCYCLE CANNONBALL!
Thank you Lonnie and Jason for a wonderful experience, for all your hard work, and for sharing it with our family.
Here’s a few more pictures that others have posted that I’ve found and added to our site. Thanks to all who have taken them! Thanks to our Cannonball family for making the trip so memorable for the Wigwam Injuns from West Virginia! Only two more days to go til Carlsbad! Go Indians!!!!!
Steve getting to meet Robert’s son, Ian! What a fine young man!
Steve with Dawn Hamilton. Thanks for keeping him on his toes and for taking so many pictures of my guys!
Everyone who rides the sweep bus gets to autograph it! Here’s Justin’s signature from the beginning of the Cannonball!
Day 12 was to take the guys in the west entrance to the Grand Canyon National Park and out the south entrance as part of the day’s route. As Steve put it, we spent $25 and saw nothing (even though we’ve been there a couple times). He and the boys had been looking forward to enjoying it on their bikes! Instead, they rode through morning pouring rain, fog, mist, and wind finally ending up into a fogged in Grand Canyon National Park by lunch. However, things didn’t get much better until late evening when the wet, wind-whipped crew made it into Willams, AZ
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 Motorcycle Cannonball and so they were given those Indian names. They put their Indian names on Cali and Lexi Thursday morning.