Motorcycle Cannonball Day 5 Team American Iron
After too many days of messing with his bike Pat Simmons finally got to ride out of the start of Day 5 on his beautiful 1929 Harley JD. In fact he left before Cris Sommer-Simmons, Paul Ousey and Buzz Kanter could join him. But his ride ended up about an hour later with further mechanical issues that left him on the side of the road on this light day of less than 200 miles.
Cris, Paul and Buzz took off an rode together until all three of us made a wrong turn and rode almost 20 miles out of the way on one of the longer 70 miles between gas stops. We used our emergency spare gas cans but Cris ran dry about 10 miles short of the next fill up. Paul and Buzz rode ahead to get her gas but a support rider in a modern bike came to her rescue. After we all filled up our tanks (and spares) we had a quick lunch and returned for the rst of the ride of almost 100 more miles in back sweeping roads.
At one point Cris dropped back and did not catch up with Paul and Buzz until the end of the day in downtown Cape Girardeau, MO. Pauls’ bike ran fine, and so did Buzz’s other than the foot rocker clutch coming loose and acting like a suicide clutch. Oh, and I came around a fast turn and hit some gravel washing out my front end. I straightened it up quickly and rode off into someone’s driveway without dropping the bike. It took me a few moments to get my bearings after that.
We ended the very hot and humid day at a wonderful reception in town, which the set up for us to enjoy and hare our old bikes.
Final rankings after 5 days and more than 1,000 miles on the road: 101 motorcycles registered. 51 still holding perfect scores. Paul ranked 56, Buzz ranked 57 (Paul and Buzz docked 22 points for coming in late a few days ago), Pat ranked 85 and Cris ranked 89. Go Adventure Power’s Team American Iron!