By any account the Cannonball is a tough ride. Mark Hill told me ” you will never work so hard and have so much fun and be so tired as on the CB”. He is right. I met and became friends with many people. I am proud to have been apart of the CB14 and to have completed it. Being a member of the “3938” club is an accomplishment but only a minor part of the experience.

I want to thank everyone who supported and encouraged me. My Wife Sara was always there and my families patience with me not being around for the last 6 months. Dan Emerson’s friendship and patience and our crew Karen Emerson.

Here are the people who helped support me, Peter Rooney, Heidenau Tires, Spectro Oil, Green Mnt Harley Davidson, Bearing Specialties, The Vintage Garage in Stowe, Vic Collette, Bentley Vaughn, Whit Hart, Virginia and David Pennock, Sue and Ken Kermes, Carlen Finn and Vince Feeny, Jane Campbell and Ted Zillius. The people I work with at Sisler Buildres who have picked up the slack while I was away for 3 weeks. There are more but this is all I can remember at this time. Thank to everyone who helped me.

OK. lets talk about the bike and what happened. Below are photos of the bike I posted earlier and I will post them again as the bike is loaded in the Van.

My bike is a 1936 VLH that I bought in 2003. The motor and trans were restored when I bought it. Through the years it has been an “around the town bike” and I have worked on it each year but by no means was it ready to go coast to coast.While on the ride the rear brake rod broke and was welded, the inner primary cover had a baffle that got caught in the primary chain so I tore it out, the front primary chain oiler is not working and I oiled the front and rear chains each night and adjusted as need. The rear chain and rear tire were replaced, the kickstand spring lost its strength and was replaced with a bungie cord. I lost a gas cap and my water bottle. It is amazing what little work this bike needed. The bike was brought into service at 7pm Friday night, the night before shipping. It had no preparation. Hence the bikes new name is 7 O’Clock .

Present condition. The valves are tapping bad and I seized the motor once so there is probably some scoring in the cylinder. On Saturday I noticed the bike was rolling hard so I greased each hub that night. By the end of the day Sunday it was obvious the hubs need a lot of attention. I am not sure they would have gone another day. ┬áDan’s rear brake broke on the way from the LeMay to the hotel.

A few days ago we went over the mountains. In one day we went over a 12,000′ and 2 10,000’+ passes. Everyone was concerned. My carb is a Linkert M41L. When we started to climb I leaned out the carb to get more air to it and the motor handled the altitude well. The next 6-8 days we went up and down and I adjusted as I rode. My concern was to not get it too leaned out. So I watched my temp readings and adjusted as I went. There was some time when the bike had a stutter at high speed (47 mph) but it ran cool and had power so I lived with it. My temp probe is on the rear cyl head bolt . I can move my leg or use my hand as a shield to deflect more air onto the motor. By moving my leg I can raise the temp probe 20-30 degr in 2 minutes and bring it down slowly. Once I learned about this I monitored my motor heat the entire ride. The afternoons were bad because they would get hot and the motors did not like the long hot rides. Remember, the VL motor has a total loss oil system and I was dropping my oil at night. The oiler seemed to work well but there was no oil getting to the primary chain. So each night I would take my primary cover off and oil the primary chain and rear chain. After a few days the chain stretched so I also would adjust the chains at night. OK, back to the heat and motors. At about day 12 I realized I would struggle most afternoons with a hot motor. So I began to drop my oil at noon and the motor ran better. I was pumping oil all day and so would also drop the oil at night. I also have been adding a syn 2 stroke oil to the gas to help with additional internal oiling.

here are a few from out in Colorado. Many of my photos are taking while riding . That evening we stopped at Jeff Decker’s studio. Jeff made the bronze trophy that goes to the #1 winner. He has a small house that he uses as a studio and to display his amazing collection of bikes and mis. He has 2 Crockers in his collection!.

When we pull into town we fill most hotel lots . People brought all kinds of trucks in order to haul and maintain their bikes. We brought a van and have a 10×10 tent. There are large RVs pulling long trailers with full shops. The Carsons from Texas brought a long trailer with a machine shop in it. Most people have at least a trailer. Many people have brought lots of tools and extra parts and there are lots of extra motors that were built and brought as a back up. A few nights ago Oz pulled the motor out of his JD and replaced it with his back up motor.

A few years ago I restored a 1949 HD Servicar. I collected parts for 10+ years and finally made the time to restore it. When it was done I had it judged at an AMCA meet. The standards to have a bike judged is the bike must be the same as what it was when it was new. This means every nut and bolt needs to be correct and any parts that are rebuilt or replaced must look new. Also many parts that are being made today are not exact duplicates of the original parts and will not pass judging. The restoration was tough and the bike did well in judging. When I planned to buy a Henderson I had to sell the Servi to finance the Henderson.

A person from Germany, Juergen, called and he was in the country on business so he and his wife came by and looked at the Servi. He did not buy the bike but we became friends and he brokered the sale of the bike to someone in Germany.

Juergen is a fanatic about bikes and old bikes. He has several bikes stored around the USA so when he is here on business he can get one of his bikes and go for a ride. His bikes in Germany are at his home and are set up as a museum for people to look at and learn from.

So Juergen got the Cannonball bug and decided he would come and ride along with us for a few days. His schedule would not allow but at the last minute he flew into Milwaukee and met his friend Peter and they came down in Peter’s airplane and we got to spend time together one night. The next day they followed us in the plane and met us at lunch

Saturday, the day after our rest day. It was 37 degr in the morning and very foggy. The fog stayed with us for 1.5+ hours. It was hard to see. I hung behind a group and the guy in front of me had an orange helmet and it was like a beacon for me. We had a hosted lunch by a town. We rode 311 miles . I was concerned but pushed my speed and made it in time