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Cannonball Stage 12

September 22, 2010

Today was a hard day.  We left Albuquerque and hit about 100 red lights on old Route 66.  That warmed up the bikes and riders to a nice toasty brown color.  Then as we rode along at about 6600 feet elevation, the bikes were running lean and making less power than usual.  At the first gas stop we heard about the flash flood warnings, just as the downpour began.  The rain made the belts slip, which felt a  lot like riding with the clutch disengaged:  the motor revs but the bike doesn’t move forward…   At the height of the storm, (luckily no lightening) we  had to ride on I40 for 10-15 miles with the big rigs.  Not much visibility, but we all made it through.  Then at mile 138 for the day a road was washed out, and the Cannonball crew called off the stage.  Some of the early riders made it along a detour, others loaded up into chase trucks and trailers and headed in to Gallup.

 

The country was beautiful.  High desert and painted rocks.  No photos though, as the rain was soaking my camera.

 

But Dieter had the most challenging day.  The girder forks on his BSA snapped.  He skidded down the road 140 feet on the muffler and the motor, then toppled over.  No major injuries, but some cuts and bruises.  He had completed 99% of the rally miles until the accident.  He’s looking for a blacksmith to repair the forks tomorrow.  here’s some pics:

 

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:27 pm

    Sept. 22 Wednesday
    Pete:
    Convey my heartfelt sympathy to Dieter. As you may remember, on the 2009 Summer Rally, I had a similar failure with my sidecar front mount. However my rig only skidded about two feet and my person skidded the next ten feet. My mishap was over in a second. Poor Dieter had to look down at his naked front end for much much longer. I think less time to think about what’s happening is better. I hope no serious damage was done to his engine or muffler. That’s a long way to skid.

    312 more days ’till 2011 Summer Rally. You’ll be in great shape after this ride. Jim A.
    Finally cooled down some here. High 86° today.

  2. Paul Venne permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:40 pm

    I guess it is out of warranty, huh?? I wish my Australian Excelsior forks looked that good. Not a cheap thrill! Thanks and God Bless You, Paul

  3. September 22, 2010 10:01 pm

    WOW! Thankfully he road that one out. Nice job.

  4. John Jennings permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:07 pm

    You guys sure are findng the limits of old metal, but still keep bouncing back for more.

    I dip my lid to y’all.

    JJ

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