The Scooter Cannonball Run is a coast to coast endurance event for scooters. It is a time/distance/regularity rally where points are awarded based on miles completed and the ability to maintain the standard pace. This year it will begin in Savannah, GA and end eight days later in San Diego, CA covering 2633 miles. There are over 50 entrants riding all types of scooters. From a 1946 Salibury to a modern 3 wheel Piaggo MP3. I have decided join the fun this year. We will leave Savannah on April 22 and head west. I will be riding to raise money for KIDS and LEMUR'S charities. Please help us by purchasing some miles for one of these charities. Don't worry, I will be covering close to 6,000 miles out to California and back to Florida, so there are plenty of miles to go around. ALL monies go directly to the charity.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012


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Everyone was up early and on the road.  It was a great day for riding.  Sunny and a little chilly but clear skies all around. 
Getting ready
Drivers meeting
Talking about leaving

"Georgia girl" without her coffee

My worries about there being a big flock of scooters running down the highway did not happen.  Occasionally passed a scooter and some passed me, but for the most part I was riding alone, and I enjoyed it.

Outside of the first check point, Camden, I hit a railroad track with a mighty force but all seemed OK for awhile.  Then I noticed a high frequency vibration.  Not real severe and not constant. In Camden I stopped to inspect Big Red.  A breather hose had come loose on the engine but that was all I could find.  Across the street was a genuine hardware store.  Not one of those chain things. It had everything and was quite large.  I needed a hose clamp, which they had, and I went back across the street and installed it.
Stu checking to see if I am ok

Camden's great hardware store

The rest of the day was uneventful but I had slowed back because of the vibration.  Outside of Butler "Capt Gary" and I teamed up to find our way through the back roads to the Mississippi state line, which was nothing other than a change of color in the pavement.

Capt Gary just across the Mississippi line trying to drop his scooter

I rolled into Hazlehurst way behind my planned time. After Big Red cooled off I decided to look for the vibration. The exhaust is a two piece unit and it had pulled apart and the gasket had fallen apart.  I pulled the exhaust and could not quite get it back together and noticed a bolt missing on the swing arm.  One of the Cannonball's most famous riders and more importantly, extremely knowledgeable Vespa experts from England was sitting around with one of the Empire's other knowledgeable mechanics, Doug, and they were doing nothing but drinking beer.  I asked for a consult and he looked at me and said "it's buggered mate" and commenced telling me what I needed to do.  Off I went to Advance Auto, which was just around the corner, to pick up the necessary items.  Gerimo, who is support for another team loaned us a drill. Dave, who has a Vespa that goes like hell, just happened to have the two bolts.  Not wanting to screw up the job I asked Jim to help who graciously drilled and extracted the two bolts.  I reassembled most of it with him pitching in.
Jim and Doug doing nothing

 Jim extracting the bolts

 Me bowing to the empire

and an all round great job!

Several scooters went out today.  Frank's Stella locked up and Rick ran off the road and wiped out the bike and his foot.  Tens of stitches later, he is somewhat OK but his foot is unknown.

Frank discovering he is out of the race

The Stella goes "on the trailer"

There are so many great stories to tell.  My experience in the parking lot is an example of what the Cannonball is all about, everyone pitching in, but blowing you off the road at every chance.  Sadly, after a long day on the road some stories will be missed due to time constraints.

I am in 2nd place along with a couple of dozen other riders.  It is a long story I will tell later.


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Got a late start today at 7:10.and arrived at 14:23- a fair time.   Leaving late, almost everyone was in front of me so I rode all day without seeing many riders.

Long rolling hills and chilly temperatures. Not a lot of pictures.

Still in 2nd place with everyone else.

A long day tomorrow to Abilene with temp's reaching 103!!!!!  So, Good Night.

"Scooter Raton" riding his 1967 Vespa GT.  I enjoyed the smell of his 2 stroke oil for a while

 For an old bike he was hauling.

 Sadly, he ended up "on the trailer". But he ain't quitting. Tomorrow morning, parts will arrive and he will overhaul his engine in the parking lot.

 Riders looking for shade at the hotel

Remember the "pitty tyrant" saying "you will break down"? He did.

Even Patrick, the master of ceremonies for the event, broke down.  His exhaust happened to break right where I was refueling from a can in the middle of nowhere.