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Cannonball Stages 5 & 6

September 15, 2010

After an excellent route through the Nachez Trace today we made it to Lula, Mississippi, right on the Miss. River.  That road was extremely well suited for early machines.  In our 50+ mile portion of the 444 mile road, there were no stop signs, very few cars or trucks and numerous gentle curves.  A few hills gave the clutchless bikes something to think about.

The Premier made the routes both days without much trouble.  I think it was 215 and 200 miles, check the Cannonball site for all the details if you’re into details.  The new crankpin to replace the one broken in Stage 1 has held strong thus far, keep your fingers crossed…

Matt Olson and his Sears


My excitement of riding without getting into the tool kit was tempered by coming across Matt Olson laying in the road after his crash.  He’ll be fine, but it was an unpleasant time for him when his Sears hit a pothole at the beginning of a small bridge and he wobbled and went down.  If you haven’t seen his blog describing how he built the beautiful bike from scratch, click here.  When we lifted Matt into a van, he was complaining that his arm hurt, and xrays showed it was broken in a few places.  I’m sure that other websites will give more details.  He’s back home now, with 6 weeks of recovery ahead of him.  But he’s young and healthy and motivated, so he’ll be back to 100% real soon.

The sticks were used to keep Matt’s bike upright and stem the flow of oil from the tank onto the street.


Some random photos:

John with Sean’s lightweight bike


Niimie, Ayu and Shinya


Dave Kafton


Superfuzz Bigmuff


Buddy Stubbs, motorcycle dealer, Hollywood stuntman, museum owner and Excelsior rider


Vince Martinico and his Pope


back at Kitty Hawk a few days ago


The Motormaids team at the Wright Brothers Memorial



Mike Merling of Golden Age Clothing


Tomorrow we cross the Mississippi River.  To me that is a very real milestone in our trip to the Pacific.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 15, 2010 8:12 pm

    Pete: Don’t know how you do it but you are able to keep riding, take photos, interview people, plus eat and sometimes sleep. Thanks again for the neat additions to your blog. Jim A.

    p.s. still planning on arriving in Victorville on Sat. the 25th.

  2. Richard McKenney permalink
    September 15, 2010 9:32 pm

    G’day Pete

    What a heart breaker for Matt Olsen, give him our condolences and best wishes from all his fans in Oz. We followed that beautiful bike build all 140 steps.

    Great pictures, though I might have to unsubscribe because the girls recon you look a little like Richard Gere? And are behaving strange when they see your picture!
    Some guys have all the luck.

    So glad the Premier’s behaving.

    Cheers Richard

  3. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 16, 2010 10:48 am


    Pete: Great show! Two consecutive days with full marks and moving up. As Jim Day, Aussie Velo mate, said, “My hat’s off to ya”. Well it sounded funny when he said it. Jim A.

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