Cannonball Stages 5 & 6
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
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.