Grand Canyon ….. Where?

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

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Slayer of Monsters and Born for Water

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.  

51 Degrees and Rain….Yuck

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!

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Conquering the Rockies

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 rags on the magneto at every gas stop to cool the magneto down enough so that he could start it without kicking himself to death.  He was successful in getting it in.  Then, Justin’s replacement oil bag, split apart and began puking oil at another gas stop.  Jared ran in the mini mart, got a roll of duct tape and they repaired it the best they could with the oily mess it was.  Six quarts of oil later Justin made it in and Cali got her old oil bag re-installed.  Steve had previously changed out that one as it was really leaking.  He had covered it in epoxy and left it to dry in case they needed it again.  And they did!  Everything on all the bikes needed tightened, fastened or just fiddled with.  Brakes were checked and re-checked in prep for today’s ride off the mountains.    SUCCESS!!!!!   Go Indians!!!!  Another full day’s ride, 264 more miles in for all 4 bikes.

The Cannonball riders, while seriously competing with each other, are also a close knit group and they help out each other, whether it be with advice, parts, repairs, equipment, tools, hauling bikes, or just looking out for each other on the route.  They are a rough looking bunch most days out on the run, but each and every one has a heart of gold.

Just talked to Steve and he’s finished with servicing and going through the checklist for his bike and the boys are almost done with theirs.  Tomorrow’s ride will take them 262 miles to Page, Arizona.  They will make a brief stop at the Four Corners Monument (New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Arizona.)   Did I just type Arizona?  ARIZONA, then CALIFORNIA!! Almost there!!!!!