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September 30, 2010


The road up Sitgreaves Pass


At the top of Sitgreaves.  The best road of the entire Cannonball route.  5hp can take you anywhere if it is geared right.DSC09136 




This is one of my favorite photos of the rally.  I think it shows the feel of the later stages in the western states.  105 degrees F, no cars or bikes within miles, and a clear path leading toward the Pacific.DSC09168 






El Mirage dry lake bed.  This is the birthplace of Hot Rods.  Before WWII, SoCal guys would come out here in their old Fords and race.  They pulled off the fenders, hoods, bumpers, etc, and lowered the cars, and hopped up the motors to go faster.  Then they drove home on the city streets.  Now we recognize cars like that as hot rods.  The SCTA is the timing association that records the race results.


Sadly, our Cannonball route and schedule left us with no time to stop and visit places like this as we crossed the US.  After reading about this place for years in Hot Rod magazines, I was very disappointed to ride by without time to stop.DSC09207

PS, thank you Goose for showing me how to set the camera to catch pics while moving and not be too blurry.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 8:48 am

    Great shots- I’m def gunna have to get out there one day.

  2. Jim Abbott permalink
    September 30, 2010 9:29 am

    You could always meet me at El Mirage with your Premier. Then we could show those fellers how fast a REAL ‘cycle (pronounced “sicle”) can go!

    You’re dead right about how the true west feels when on a motorcycle, in the middle of nowhere, by yourself, surrounded by astonishing flora and headed straight to where you want to go. Been there, done that.

    You’ll have to visit Tucson some time. I’ve got two bikes and there are lots of things to see.

    Jim A.

  3. Paul Venne permalink
    September 30, 2010 10:52 am

    Very groovie. Tnx, Excelsior Paul

  4. Darmah Bum permalink
    September 30, 2010 1:04 pm

    thank you Goose for showing me how to set the camera to catch pics while moving and not be too blurry.

    ?? I’d like to know what that tip is –

    • Pete Young permalink*
      September 30, 2010 7:28 pm

      The camera can be set to Shutter Speed Priority Shooting. Then I crank up the speed to 800 or 1000 on bright days, and the camera sets the F stop automatically to match. Almost all of the landscape shots on the Cannonball were taken while riding a bike at 35mph.

  5. Darmah Bum permalink
    October 1, 2010 7:25 am

    Pete –
    An excellent tip indeed. The pics are all great and I truly enjoyed your journey via Occhio Lungo. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Richard McKenney permalink
    October 5, 2010 3:47 pm

    Great shots Pete

    Don’t you hate it when you can’t stop and see the stuff you’ve spent years dreaming about.

    I was working/travelling through Vegas had the best seats in the house booked to see Dean Martin. Then the big boss rolls into town and wants’ me somewhere else!!

    You’ll just have to do it again Pete.

    Cheers Richard

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