Until next time….

Crossing the finish line at Skamania Lodge with a absolutely breathtaking backdrop.

One last day of fun!

A few last interviews – thanks JJ (lollipop kid)

And the end to another amazing ride!

The vision that Lonnie Islam, Jr. had to take museum pieces of motorcycle history and let the world see, learn, enjoy and appreciate their beauty has been one of the greatest adventures that all of us could ever partake in. Steve refers to himself as “not as an owner, but just a caretaker of history for future generations to enjoy.” To have been on this journey firsthand as support crew and driver has been truly amazing! The love and passion of these motorcycles has been shared to anyone and everyone who came in contact with the Cannonball as it journeyed across the United States from Portland, ME to Portland, OR. This addiction is real!!!! It becomes as vital as breathing and until we gather again in 2020….. let the next epic search for the the perfect motorcycle begin for the man against machine endurance experience that rivals no other. It is the MOTORCYCLE CANNONBALL!!!!!!

Thank you Jason and LeeAnn for continuing to carry the torch that Lonnie lit in 2010. ❀️

Double Dog Dare Ya

With only 1 day to go to the finish of yet another epic ride across the US first envisioned by Lonnie Islam Jr, this Cannonball family knows it doesn’t even take a “double dog dare you” with Steve. πŸ˜†πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜ As we tell the grandkids you’ve got to have fun and lots of it AND be able to laugh with others and at yourself. Life is too short otherwise!

So, today instead of riding a dime store pony, 🀣 Steve got to be a sprint car driver. Rebecca got it on video. Like I said— I cannot control my 8 year old (and I really don’t want too)

The wind got everyone today. They rode through onion cloud whirlwinds, dirt storms from plows and just the crosswinds of the Columbia River Gorge. It kept them humping just to make it in on time. However, the promise of a late morning start and the final 51 miles to Portland Oregon tomorrow was “the light at the end of the tunnel” for all of them.

The boys passed Doug today going up hill but he got by them on the downhill and they heard him recite “45 boys” and hand gesture the same every time they passed. Too funny! I don’t think they listened to him either.

All made it in with full miles and on time. Hurray! One more day to go!

Final routine maintenance and adjustments have been made and they are ready for tomorrow. Ziggy had to work on his kicker as he broke some of the rivets. Jared worked on his kicker and of course, polished Lexi up. There were discussions on the exact purpose of an adjustable crescent wrench and the lack thereof in any of Steve’s toolboxes. Plus the fact that someone had clearly used one on parts and it wasn’t Steve, had them laughing and playing the “well, it wasn’t me game.” Boys and their toys! 😁

Tomorrow’s day will take them from The Dalles, Oregon to Portland, Oregon for a total of 51 miles to the Grand Finale. Adrenaline, excitement and emotions are running high this evening.

Elephants 🐘 on Stools?

Ok! So maybe I wasn’t clearly understanding. Nope, I heard right, partially. Justin lost his elephant stool on his rear cylinder intake valve this morning and the valve cover kept slamming up and down. So, they were in search of a hardware store today on the route to get…. not an elephant on a stool (could you imagine if I was sent—crayons would have been a requirement), but just a simple hose clamp to fix it. πŸ˜ƒ

Jared’s oil tank came apart at the bottom where it was soldered so he had to keep pumping oil in it and adding oil to it to get in to the finish tonight. He changed out oil tanks this evening.

They all completed routine maintenance and were set for the night. Steve helped a few others time some mags and a few other odds and ends.

Today’s scenery’s was amazing again for riders and support crew routes.

Hopefully there won’t be any more elephant incidents. 🐘🐘🐘

Tomorrow is a big day. Riders go from Spokane Valley, WA to The Dalles, OR. They have 120 miles between gas stops, so they’ll all need gas tomorrow. They will ride 314 miles in all.

Hold on Tight!

The guys went on the Going To The Sun road into Glacier National Park yesterday. They said it was amazing!!!!!

I couldn’t go since my ride was too tall and too wide. The guys said they had to watch to keep from hitting the rock face from overhanging rocks and there was no way I could have made it. Next time.

Jason and LeeAnn even saw a grizzly bear

Everyone made all their miles and were glad they went, but said it was one of those “hold on tight” rides. Between the narrow roads, the steep incline and descents, crazy tourists backing out and the sheer cliff drop offs, they were on edge and exhausted when they came in, but full of adrenaline that they had done it!

The nightly maintenance was completed. Justin’s crankcase vent tube vibrated loose and he had to JB weld it.

He took out his plugs, cleaned them, checked the gap and reinstalled them. Justin had to put on another rear exhaust header nut and lock tite it.

Ziggy’s rear exhaust came loose. He had to put a hose clamp and wire it up.

Steve checked over the Pride Runner and she was good to go.

Tomorrow they ride from Kalispell to Spokane Valley for Day 13.

I can’t explain this photo other than Kelly needed Steve. They were staying at different hotels, so Kelly came and picked him up. I’m told they made quite the impression in downtown Kalispell. “Hold on Tight!” 😜

Farmer’s Fix

The cold dampness kept them bundled up on what was one of the most scenic rides yet.

The fog hung on the mountains and looked like snow. The guys all made it in with full miles today. Hurray!

Jared’s bike was the only one with issues today. His tailpipe bracket broke and needed fixed before it fell off. So Steve told them to see if they could find a piece of barbed wire. Sure enough, they did and the repair was made. Thus, the farmers fix.πŸ˜‰

Steve gathered a little extra in case they had to wire anything else.

When the came in it was a short repair night. Jared made his bracket for the tailpipe and Steve had to take his carburetor apart and check the float bowl. It seemed to be sticking today. Then they all completed maintenance and called it a night. I put Steve to bed after a hot shower, a stiff drink and a dose of night quill cough medicine. Hopefully, that combo will ward off the cold he seems to be getting.

Tomorrow they go from Great Falls, MT to Kallispell, MT. It’s supposed to be cool and possibly some rain in the afternoon.

Today, the support crew’s drive was amazing as well.

Here are some pictures I took.

Ping, Ping, Ping

When riding down the road and you hear that sound, you should probably stop and look πŸ‘€ to see if you’ve lost anything. Steve and Ziggy were riding behind the boys and heard that sound. No one stopped. And…….when they stopped at the next gas stop, sure enough, parts were lost…..off of Justin’s bike. His kicker gear and nut were what came off. So, since Jared’s bike was easier to push start, they took those parts off of his and put them on Justin’s until mile 230 for the day when Justin’s bike went eerily quiet. Yep! Bosch magneto number two went out and Justin was on the sweep. His mag just got too hot and quit. So, they switched it out to a Morris magneto even though it doesn’t have any retard or advance.

Here is Jared coming in first followed by Steve for full miles.

Ziggy checked his neck bearings and the brakes. He did general maintenance as did Steve. Steve also put his shin guards on since it was going to get cold and rain. What else do you willing get up at 5:30 am in the morning for knowing you’re going to ride in the rain and be cold all day? Only the Cannonball!!

Here’s the scenery from Sturgis to Billings through Wyoming and into Montana.

The guys were up and ready to go dressed for the weather that awaited them on the mountain.

What’s The Hammer For?

The guys all have a tool roll with a hammer and I love to hear all the answers they give when asked that question. Mine is to be like Doug WothkeπŸ˜‰. Their most given explanation is, “you see there’s a lot of our buddies that ride Harleys, and when they break down we use the hammer to help them fix it!” πŸ˜†

In actuality, you would be amazed at how much those hammers are actually used by all the guys who carry them!

It was just like Christmas come early when Bartek gave Steve this polish version of a hammer. Look closely, it’s also a wrench!!!

The rest day was spent jamming to some AC/DC Pandora while completing general maintenance and other repairs.

Jared manufactured a new bracket to hold his rear fender together where the hinge had broke earlier on. Then he replaced his rear tire, a master link, tightened his chain, worked on his speedo, added some p-clamps.

Speaking of P-clamps, that was a trip in itself here in Sturgis yesterday when I stopped at a parts store and asked for an assortment of them in different sizes. You would have thought I had three heads. The three guys I talked to were clueless and I had to draw them a picture of one. I was afraid I was going have to break out the crayons as wellπŸ˜‚. (I told Steve we should have run up to the airport before we left and got some out of the stash we have at the hangar where the plane is). Anyway, finally found some at a hardware store in town. WhooHoo!

Steve put the nut in his seat spring and put the bolt he needed in his rollup windshield. He completed general maintenance and checked his mag. Ziggy and Justin completed maintenance.

Justin replaced his spark plugs. Justin also reworked the gear shifter he made in Bowling Green to fit his hand better.

Riders and support crew stopped by all day looking for and sometimes finding something they needed, whether it was a part or to borrow a tool of some sort. It’s cool to see these guys all working together to help each other out.

And yes, the vise was used numerous times today.

Tomorrow they will ride out of Sturgis and arrive in Billings, MT after 294 miles.

The plan is to go into town tonight for a delicious hot meal and then a good night’s rest to begin the final stretch to the finish.