Tuesday, September 23, 2014

By now you realize that the event is over!  The 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is history!  The event was won by Hans Coertse on a 1924 Indian Scout.  Congrats go out to him! 

HOWEVER, Steve Rinker #7 on a 1936 Indian Chief named Rose,  is our winner back home!  He rode the entire mileage of the event and we are so very proud of his accomplishment.  Here's a picture of him crossing the finish line in Tacoma, Washington!

Here are some other pictures of the event over the last two days that Steve sent me.  I was out of town celebrating our grandsons, Landon and Nolan's 1st birthday, so I didn't get to post until I came home!

Speeder friends from California - Buck & Jen     Way awesome to see them in Nevada!   

Start up heading out of Nevada and into Idaho  

Great to see friends, Mike & Linda McCall in Lewiston, Idaho!

Craig signing Steve a shirt
A pink HD shirt for Steve, oh my!  

 The event is over, but the friends, memories and accomplishment will last a lifetime! Thanks to Lonnie and his crew that put on this event!  A job well done once again!  Countdown to 2016 begins........

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bonneville - One Word Says It All

Steve's 1936 Indian, Rose, on the Bonneville Salt Flats -- Sept 17, 2014
             Today's ride was for our grandsons, Landon and Nolan, who turned 1 today!
                                            They bring out the best in our family! 

We've been to the Bonneville Salt Flats before, on our way to The Great Race, Harley vs. Indian in California with our Indians,  and then 3 month old grandson, Karson.  However, we didn't unload our bikes that day.  But, we did make sure that Karson had his hands in the sand to touch a little history!   Today's visit with one of our Indians actually on the salt flats has been inspirational to Steve, I'm sure,  to say the least.  I don't know how many times we've watched the "World's Fastest Indian" movie, but I do know that when it premiered in Lexington, KY at the downtown Kentucky Grand Theatre, we watched it 14 times that weekend as we had some of our Indians on display for its premier.  At the time, our sons, Justin and Jared, were attending the University of Kentucky and took care of all the arrangements for it.  It was an awesome time sharing history with everyone about Indian Motorcycles.

Today's ride went from Springville, Utah to the Bonneville Salt Flats to end in Elko, Nevada for a total of 298 miles.  3012 miles total to date.  Only 28 riders have rode all the miles as of this evening and Steve is one of them!  Unfortunately,  Steve brought Rose in this evening scoring the full mileage for today alone.  His riding partner, Ziggy, was left at Bonneville with a second flat tire for the day!  Tough break for Ziggy and tough decision for Steve to leave him and ride on.  Thursday will be a new day!

Thanks go out to 5th Gear Powersports for the hosted dinner this evening!  Tomorrow's ride will take them 257 miles from Elko, Nevada to Meridian, Idaho.  Ride hard!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thanks to all the photographers!

A special thanks to all the photographers who ride the cannonball catching the moments in time with all the Cannonball riders.  It's fun to scour the facebook page, the AMCA website, and the Motorcycle Cannonball webpage to catch a glimpse of Steve's journey.  Thanks to all!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Where The Rubber Meets The Road

Well, at the end of Stage 11 today, Steve has decided to go ahead and change out Rose's front tire.  It is still showing abnormal tire wear and it's only a matter of time  There are only 5 more days to go to the Grand Finish, so tonight Rose got a new tire on the front!

They ride to the Bonneville Salt Flats tomorrow and will stop for a panoramic picture. Tomorrow's stage will be 298 miles and will end at 5th Gear Powersports in Elko, Nevada.

As I finish this up and Steve calls, he decides to walk out to the motorcycle trailer and sit while talking to me.  Just as he starts telling me about his evening, the front tire blows on Rose.  Yes, the tire he just put on in these pictures.  So luck was on his side that he went out to the trailer to talk to me.  Needless to say our conversation was finished as he had to go to work to get ready for the morning, and fix the flat he got in the trailer just now!    Talk to you tomorrow!

My Girl, Rose



                                             Just love this picture that Michael Lichter caught of Steve and
                                                 his 1936 Indian Chief -- ROSE, near Green River, Utah,
                                                    on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

Things Are Starting To Get A Little Crazy

This is the picture that Steve texted this evening after completing all of the miles in Stage 11, all 289 miles today, to let me know that he was in!!!! They were getting ready for the hosted dinner and   Parc Ferme' at Legends Vintage Motorcycles in Springville, Utah. Thanks to them for tonight's meal.  Also, the guys had a hosted pit stop today at Jeff Decker Studio.  Thanks to Jeff and his crew!

Here's some random pictures that I've been sent in the last two days.....

Good morning Utah

Here are some views of the morning ride

Then they stopped at lunch and spied a fruit stand and couldn't pass up the cantelope and watermelon....only problem - how to haul it.   A little duct tape and problem solved

 Here are some views from the afternoon's ride........