Friday September 10th. With few miles of testing on most motorcycles, tension was great during the first miles of the 162 miles of stage 1 in direction of Greenville, NC. Matt Olsen was the 1st one to smoke his Sears’ clutch and a few riders had to load their bikes onto support vehicles (Pete Young, Bill Nugent, Eric Dunk, Jeff Decker, Sean Brayton,). Many had to make some adjustments on their bikes, others unexpectedly ran out of gas at the wrong location, and others were helped by other participants make the necessary repairs and went back on the road, like Eric Dunk and Pete Young. Damages are assessed at arrival and many had to work during the night while others were resting.
Saturday September 11th. Jeff Decker and Bill Rodencal decided not to take the start of this second leg towards Concord, NC. Riders got wet for the 1st time. Bill Nugent is back on the road. Some bruised egos for those who broke down so soon, but all riders are in good spirit continuing to help each other. Only 20 riders covered all the 387 miles since the start.
Sunday September 12th. At start this morning, weather is damp and riders will have to climb mountains. Humidity being the worst enemy of these vintage machines, some already know that their machines will not make it to the end of stage 3. Many spectators along the road to encourage participants. At 3 pm all riders will stop in Maggie Valley and visit the fabulous “Wheels Through Time Museum. Motorcycles competing in the event will be on display for visitors through the early evening, as well as dozens over other antique motorcycles that are accompanying the riders. Then all participants and support crew will be invited to a dinner hosted by museum curator and founder Dale Walksler. His picture, bottom right is from archives, not while riding in the Cannonball. (written with the help of Felicia Morgan following the Run in a sidecar)
The following failed to check in at the start of stage 3: #20 Jim Dennie. #71 Urban Hursche III. #72 Will R. Price III. #73 Drino Miller.
In Stage 3 the following riders have dropped out of this challenge due to various mechanical issues: #5 David Thompson. #12 Dave Kafton. #13 Mike Vils. #18 Douglas Feinsod. #27 Bill Nugent. #36 Pete Young. #58 Kris Thompson. #85 Matt Olsen. #98 Sean Brayton
Ranking as of of Sunday evening September 12th, 2010.