and then there was more…

September 23, 2008

Delia again thinking yesterday would be my last post…..hahaha!

In short (because the Roys will definately be posting)…..Roys bike got towed to Canadian Scooter Corporation and he said that place was the high point of that disappointing day because things going wrong went from bad to worse after the high point.  Roy lost the Vespa bag that I loaned him which contained my Nikon Digital Camera and the new fuel tap, computer part, the cracked thingamajig part that was to be a Cannonball keepsake, clothing etc etc and probably stuff he has not mentioned or yet realized he lost.

Thinking he might recover my bag from the Subway (OMG yeah right) he went back…..but got trapped when the train stopped running while Rocket was waiting and wondering what was taking Roy so long.  In a mad rush to the airport from the trials and tribulations, they missed their flight! 

Stress and more money was spent re-booking a flight.  Calls made to arrange a new pickup (during work hours) and a night spent at the airport.  I picked the Roys up this morning and I have never seen Rocket so happy to be home and he kept saying how good it was to see me hahaha.  Both Roys were so happy to be home, but my Roy’s work was not yet over.  Roy thought I would surely kill him for losing my stuff, but I told him all would be forgiven if he could come to my Office after a shower and fix my computer which had the blue screen of death on it since yesterday.

So I dropped Roy at home for a shower, change and he then drove to my Office with his super-hero-techie Fred Perry jacket and Vespa hat (thanks CSC) to fix my poor computer.  Meanwhile, I made Rocket tea and served up some authentic Aussie Tim Tams, made another cup for him to go, and then off we went on the trip to deliver Rocket home. 

I had an appointment to get to after that, and then off to the Office to find a very exhausted Roy still working on my computer.  As I looked at him, I noticed that he has ‘cheek tans’ on each side of his face where the sun made it through his full face helmet.  It is hard not to stare at these tan triangles hahaha.  At 5pm (at least 5 hours later) my computer was fixed and Roy was finally able to go home too. 

He wanted to watch some TV after dinner – but that was just dream because he was fast asleep right after dinner.  He woke up once in a panic wondering how long he had been sleeping and what he needed to put on his cannonball timesheet and where he had to be tomorrow.  He is now dreaming Cannonball hahaha.

Wait till you hear the stories…..but I think for tonight the lights have gone out and the Roys are getting some much needed rest after the Cannonball that followed the Cannonball….

more from the Roys to follow🙂

Roy’s scooter bit the biscuit near Niagra

September 22, 2008

Hello everyone….

Delia here, and this may be my final update before the Roys put up any more posts.

I heard from Roy this morning.  They stopped in Niagra Falls last night because they could not make the entire trip from the end of the Cannonball to Toronto in one go….so they headed out this morning to get to Toronto which I hear is about 1& 1/2 hours away.  Roys scooter broke down on a highway somewhere and he could not see Rocket anymore (who was in front of him).  Roy called CAA for a tow – poor scooter.

They booked a flight back to Vancouver today which arrives at 1am (good grief) and I will be picking them up tonight.  That puts Roy and I home at 2am, but we still need to take care of Rocket who is about another hour away….really putting us back home at 4am- ack!

Hopefully all goes well at Canadian Scooter Corp.

I am sure they will be posting more about the last days when they are back and settled.

bye for now🙂

September 20, 2008

ok so as i sit here in the hotel, i cant believe its over! but lets go back to yesterday morning and figure out how we got here.

yesterday morning roy and i woke uo and knew what we had to do.

load up the scooters figure out what clothing to where depending on tempreture, have breakfast load up the scooters and show up at the riders meeting,

leaving cincinatti was kinda sad, as when we came into the city the night before we crossed the bridge and had a fantastic view of the skyline, then as our hotel was on the otherside we had to drive through downtown, and it would have been nice to see a little more.

once we got to the first gas station and roy and i knew that kieran was well on his way and on the right road we bid him fairwell, as neither roy nor i could stand another 45 mph day!

so we proceded on our way, doing really well especially roy with his nice new clutch jb welded on!

so theres really not much else to tell about testerday, except that dave on the 250gti caught up with us and road for most of the afternoon with us, the three of us having a good laugh riding along in the virginia country side , at one piont we came across one of the vespa gt carbatetta 200cc that was dead and would not go, i managed to get it going again, through luck and illimination.

roy and i really pressed on today as yesterdays 45mph nightmare was still fresh in our minds.

it was a relief to arrive in oakland, early with plenty of day time left, rolf and i had another look at the gt and seemed to get it going better.

everyone seemed in really good spirits as we knew that that the next day was to be the last.

ok in the morning on the last day it was foggy and cold, personally i hate fog with a passion, what use is it, nope give me the clean and tidy buggless , sterile navada desset any day.

so roy and i set off in the frezzin fog if roy got more that 100ft in front i lost sight of him, i could not wait for the sun to come up, it was at this point that dave on the buddy, who wanted to ride with us on the last day dessapeared from my rear view, after turning around it was determined that he had broken a belt, personally i was gutted for dave as his machine had done really well for a small no name brand 125, i personlly was pretty impressed with it resilience.

so once he made the call and we knew he was fine roy and i pressed on towards washington dc, where on the out skirts we were to meet the locals who were to lead us into town for pizza at vespa washington, once we had all arrived and our times noted, we all rode into this big us capitol city, at this point i should mention that roys scooter did not like the city traffic at all and stalled at every light, of which there were many. seeing roy having to run and bump his scooter at every light was pretty hard on the guy especially as we were still dressed for the fog only now it was very warm and sunny!

plus in order to get it going you really had to run fast!

so once we had pizza a large group, left for a tour of washingtons famous spots ending up on th other side of town, where the race would be restarted for the last 105 miles to ocean beach, roy and i skipped the tour and opted to go directly to the start line, keeping the lights to a minimum.

so once everyone arrived, we were off.

this was to be 100 miles of duel carriage way , and roy was pretty frustrated by now, so i said hey go as fast as you can your machine loves freeway and this is your last chance!

well roy took this and went like hell,his machine being pushed to it limits,we arrive in ocean city in quick order, roy and i weveing in of traffic, like maniacs.

my gps clocked me at 69.8mph on the flat, but neither roy nor i went below 110 kmh except when we gassed up, this part reminded me of my last cannonball as ashrat and i did this pretty much most of the time.

once in ocean city we reiceved a congratulations and could not believe it was over.

ocean beach is like a mini vegas with an ocean front and a very nice beach.

as i sit here writing this roy is fast asleep on his bed, glases still on and a can of 7 up in one hand balenced on his tummy…lol.

oh well were riding to toronto tomorrow 750 miles to get back into canada, drop off our scoots for shipping home and try to get some stand by flights. Rocket

oh and there is now way on this planet i could have done this without our sponcers

CHISPA SCOOTERS OF BELLINGHAM

AND VESPA KELOWNA,

A VERY BIG THANKYOU TO THESE GUYS.

and look out for a cannonball bike on display at there shop if they so desire.

when i left my speedo read 54800, it now reads 62840…WOW

like my friend kieran said ” crazy times and crazy fun roy, crazy fun”

i couldnt have put it better myself… Roy Cross…ocean beach.

The Roys make it :)

September 20, 2008

Delia here…..the boys just called to say they arrived in Ocean City at 5:45pm today and it’s over….well sort of.  Tomorow morning begins the ride to Toronto where they will head to Canadian Scooter Corp to box up the scoots to ship back thanks to Canadian Scooter Corp and Vespa Kelowna.

Roys bike is worse for wear and Rocket says he could have won a sweating contest from bump starting it at every red light and stop sign.  Maybe he gets extra points for pushing that bike to the end lol and Rocket should get extra points for being roadside mechanic to more than Roy!

The Roys were in good spirits and Rocket is ready to chat up some locals (women lol).  Rocket says his scooter was timed by GPS at 69.9 miles per hour on the flat – fast! Roy was timed at 68.7 mph.  Rocket says he ‘aint doin the Cannonball again” but like Vegas nearing, the boys are already talking about driving hahaha.

They are going to blog later, but they were on their way to celebrate tonight with everyone……

looking forward to reading their words🙂

This pic is not from the finish line, but I’ll bet they looked this happy!  Oh yes…they said they made it in before the energizer bunny !!!

CB Day 8 + 9 – The end is near!

September 19, 2008

Roy:

Riding my patched scooter is still a challenge at times, but I am very thankful just to be able to ride my scooters and hopefully making it to Ocean City without more problems.

Day 8 we rode with Kieran the entire day. We couldn’t let anything happen to the President of the Lambretta Club of USA.😉
Seriously though, as a single rider on a slower scooter, You don’t want to ride on the Interstate at 45-5-mph during rush hour. It ended up being a long day and we didn’t arrive in Cincinatti until 9:30 pm.

Day 9 was supposed to bring us to Maryland, the final state that we would ride across during this years Cannonball. I really enjoyed the route and the scenery. riding through the mountain region of West Virginia and Maryland was very cool. West Virginia reminded me a bit of the Black Forest region.

We started together with Kieran from the Hotel in Cincinatti.

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However, today we decided that we only wanted to ride together until we have some open road. We really wanted to arrive at our hotel as early as possible. So for a while it was Rocket and myself again making our way from checkpoint to checkpoint, however it wasn’t very long until we saw Dave.

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Dave wanted to ride with us today and the three of us rode most of the route together until we arrived at the hotel, however not before Rocket was helping Marcus on the side of the road.

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Marcus’ scooter would not run. Rocket got it to the point where Marcus at least could ride the scooter carefully and off we went.

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Rolf later on was able to help and improve the situation with Marcus’ scooter even more.

When we finally crossed the border to Maryland we were all cheering and we had to take a quick shot of the Welcome to Maryland sign.

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One last day on Saturday…let’s hope my clutch and cruciform can survive the abuse they are receiving one last day.

CB Day 7 – The Day the clutch said bye bye

September 19, 2008

Roy:

What a day that was…Rocket summarized it pretty good. Everything was going well and we had a great ride with twisty turns on Road 42 in the Ozarks Mountain region in Missouri. After Kansas that was a welcome change. Although idling badly after getting some bad gas, our scooters were running great and on the twisty roads we were able to catch up to some of the smaller automatic scooters. Too bad that we had to pull over for gas. Rocket would have so liked to pass them on his scooter, which I am sure he would have been able to do if we would have had a few more miles of twisties.

I noticed that my clutch felt looser compared to previous day, but I was able to switch gears and therefore chose to ignore it until the end of the last leg of the day, but suddenly things go way worse and shifting became nearly impossible…the rest you probably already read in Rockets post. I managed to finish the last stretch to St. Louis either banging in gears or bump starting the bike when necessary.

Vespa St. Louis invited us to come to their shop and their mechanics helped getting work done getting the scooters again in shape for the remaining days. We really appreciated their hospitality and help. When we found out what the situation was with the clutch I was very frustrated knowing that this could have been the end for my scooter.

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We talked to the mechanics..in a town like St. Louis there must be a person who works on vintage scooters. Luckily there was Robert Craven. We persuaded the mechanics to get us in touch with Robert. I can’t thank him enough!!!

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He drove across the city a couple times for parts we were missing and he agreed to pull a matching clutch out of his running shop scooter. It always amazes me how much help scooterists offer to other scooterists they have never met when help is needed.

Rocket and Robert got my scooter patched up and going again and I was able to ride back to the hotel. Although the scooter doesn’t idle properly anymore and it is no longer on auto-lube, however the main thing is that this gave me the chance to complete the Cannonball.

By the way…you may have seen pictures of Rocket’s scooter that show something yellow on his side panel…here is a close-up…the sign says”Hair Dryers are available at the Front Desk”🙂

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A few pics Roy put up on our hosting site…

September 18, 2008

This is Rocket when he located the lost tire…he looks really happy hahaha

I have no comment on this one….

The bars attempt at lavalife is on the ceiling….pretty cheap though as it costs you a buck to get your ad up and another buck to buy one hahaha….

The alien highway lol

This is a cowpie for a different planet !

Hahaha…I was joking when I said Alien

I see why Rocket wants another Chispa (Vespa Bellingham) Decal….looks cool!

Low tech GPS lol

Here are some pics I swiped from Modern Vespa

September 18, 2008

Shamelessly swiped, but not everyone visits every forum (incl me)🙂

goodbye kansas

September 18, 2008

well on the last day crossing kansas i was hoping to see something a little more interesting but this was not the case, the scooters were running fine and it was all going well and another 300 miler was out of the way.

well the nest day saw us going into missouri and like night and day withing 50 miles of entering the scenery changed into rolling country sid, it was at about 3/4 the way through that roy said theres something wrong with my clutch, so we stopped and after i had a look i though that the clutch needed adjustment and that the cable had mearly slipped.

well were were only one hour from a scoot shop that was to be our destination at the end of the day, so after trying all external measure to reradjust roys clutch, it was decided to press on to there workshop and look there.

well to cut along story short, once we got to the scooter shop, lifted the scooter removed the clutch, it was there that we discoverd that the spring in the center of the pressure plate had somehow come lose and dissapeared completely, but not untill it had split the clutch hub center,which had then jammed, tearing the wodruff key from the slot and finally damaging roys auto lube gears!

oh and i could not find the spring!

so after much discussion with the others there in the know, plus seeing what parts were available for a vintage scooter at a modern scooter shop, which were slim to none, we needed a new clutch at the bare minimum. so we managed to locate one on a local home mechanic named robert , who said we could have one out of his shop lonerfor replacement value.

so off we went in search of roberts house, where he removed the clutch, talk about robbing peter to pay paul.

then it was back to the shop to jb weld[glue] in the woodruff key in the crankshaft, so after a lot of messing about it was finally glued in and set up enough to install the new clutch, which was half roys old one and half of the

new one. it went ok after a lont of persuading as the crank was a mess and no longer up for a nice new clutch.

the clutch was toqued up to its max plus some more so that the nut would take the load and not the woodruff key. this was good as it was going to get asit was now well past ten, i was falling asleep in vespa st louis shop , while robert was going back and forward to his house robbing all the bits we needed to get it roilling , in the end robert put in the clutch and got it all tightened up while i changed my oil.

which was well over due as i now have an aditional 7 thousand kilometers on my scooter from when we started and were were still no where near being there yet.

in the resturant i fell asleep, like really gone, waiting for my meal, after this finally i was in bed and roys scooter seemed to be going ok , even though the idle was a little high id rectify that in the morning.

well the next day was to be 412 miles in one day! and roy had a glued in clutch, when i tried to set the idle it was pretty obvious that there was some damage to the oil seal and that the idle was to be zero or about 2000 rpm…ouch.

so roy managed to nurse this scooter for 412 miles banging it into gear at the red light and working really hard to try not to destroy it some more.

it only has 2.5 more days to go to complete the cannonball.

on this day we decided to stay with kieran on the lambretta as roys bike would well to maintain the 45/50 mph that kieran was doing, also there was about 90 miles of freeway, to get us out of st louis missori and the two slower bikes would stand a much greater chance of survival if they stuck together, well talk about suiside, holy cow, it took all my strengh not to gun it off at 65 every time a semi truck came up behind us and finally slowed down to 45 mph, trust me they were not impressed, at one point , a car and a trailer/caravan pulled on to the freeway and managed to force his way between kieran and roy, so roy pulled over in to the shoulder and slowed down, kieran on the lambretta gunned it and tried to slowly overtake then, so they were moving in a circle around this old boy on the freeway and they couldnt see each other, then when kieran finally got in front roy was not there, roy finally realising what was going un gunned it to get bck to kieran and overtook the car/trailer on the shoulder, talk about comerdy of errors, i was laughing so had i could hardly ride.

once we got off the freeway and back on to the slowe road we soon started banging away the miles at 45 mph!

but i will say this there were quite a few streatchs of road where following cars simply could not get by as it was to twisty,on one point when we pulled over to faster vehicles go by, i counted 28 cars and at least 5 trucks, there were quite a few people that we pissed off today.

14 hours later and 4 states[misouri, illinio, indiana, ohio] we arrived in cincinatii!

so here we are, roys scotter does not sound well but is running fine, kierans scooter is very painfully slow, [your on your own tomoz m8] and my small end bearing is chattering under full loads, hardly suprising after 2 cannonballs!

A brief update….

September 18, 2008

Delia here…

Roy just called and he didnt have much time to talk because it was a very long day of riding and it’s late (more on that later) and they are very hungry and still have to program the maps on the GPS etc.

Roys scooter held up today, but still no knowing for how long. Worse is that his oil seal is toast which is causing more problems and to fix that requires splitting the engine which at this point is not an option. His poor scooter is labouring and it is difficult riding as the bike does not want to idle and having to stop means either stalling it or throwing it into a different gear.

Today they travelled a while on the Interstate and the minimum speed is 45 mph, so the Roys decided to stay with Keiren aka the energizer bunny on the Lambretta because his top speed is about 50 mph and it is certain death to do the interstate by yourself with those statistics. The Roys knew this would mean getting in even later than normal, so they may not be able to post on the blog later with the other things they still have to do.

Roy is going to try to call later (if any of us are still awake) and if I have any more info, I will post it.

Waiting as always to hear more!

Some bad news but awaiting an update

September 18, 2008

Delia here….

I quickly called Roy last night when I got a text message from him saying that his scooter was not running and the clutch was broken and he was hoping they could fix it last night, but it wasnt looking good because (and I am not mechanical at all) a spring associated with the clutch somehow got loose and got shredded up and caused some other damage. He couldnt talk after he got that information out because some help arrived and he had to go….and I was on my way out.

A couple hours later, I got another text msg from Roy saying that he made it back to the hotel on his own scooter, but he was not sure how long it would last. Roy says he owes Robert Carver in St. Louis a huge sign of appreciation.

While I could hear in Roys voice how disappointed and bummed he was, his voice totally changed and he was obviousy uplifted when he told me how everyone was jumping in to help and he was really touched. I have not heard anything more yet, so hopefully things went ok and he is riding.

He did say that if his scooter was out that he was already offered the opportunity to ride the new GST Joel H just bought! – pretty cool….and I cant wait to hear the rest of the story.

Good luck Roys – we are all wishing you well

Love Delia

ps….oh Yeah Roy….you are definately pushing your luck with the Christmas presents. We will talk

CB – Day 6: Across Kansas

September 16, 2008

Roy:
Yesterday, our route ended in Garden City, Kansas, and we continued to make our way across Kansas today. I wasn’t too impressed with the Western part of Kansas, but making our way East I really enjoyed. The dry prairie landscape changed to a nice green scenery with thick green grass and nice trees along the way. Also the towns we came through today looked nicer.

Making our way through Dodge City I couldn’t help thinking about Western Movies and even the street names reminded us of some of the famous Western Characters. Kieran left as usual first and we knew that we would catch him at some point on the way. I enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have any hill climbs today and my scooter ran extremely well. No more bogging which was good to see. We caught up to Kieran very quickly and we joined him for a little way until the first gas stop. No disrespect to Kieran, I think this guy is awesome how persistent he rides his Lambretta, however we didn’t want to ride too long at Kieran’s speed and left him after a while…only to see him 75 miles later pull up at the gas station when we were about to leave after having a quick snack. Rocket calls him the Energizer bunny and he definitely has a point there.

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Not that it is in any way intended to impress anybody, but I thought I give you some information about our speed that I collected on this route which was just short of 400 miles today: My top speed was 68.8 mph and our moving average was about 54 mph. I think the moving average was pretty good today considering that we are not taking any Interstates and are going through towns with school zones, and had to go through several work zones as well today.

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At some point along the way we saw Ed on his Big Ruckus and he asked us whether he can ride the rest of the way with us. Of course he can, the more the merrier…if anything he would get bored at our speed, his Big Ruckus can move much quicker than we can. Ed however, just as we, seemed to enjoy the company and stayed with us until we arrived in Fort Scott.

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I learnt that the Big Ruckus is one of Rocket’s favourite automatic scooters, he was smiling like a kid in a toy store when Ed gave his OK to let him sit on his scooter.

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Ed’s scooter has a bit of an unusual shape…I think you know what I mean when you see the picture.

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Yes, there will be pictures from now on and I will also add some over time to the older posts. Don’t expect too much though…we rarely stop for long on the way and most of the time we either took them while we ride or stop for a brief moment.

When we arrived most of the riders were already at the hotel and we heard that Fort Scott’s Chamber of Commerce invited us to a party. How nice of them. A local reporter arrived also at the hotel parking lot and spoke to some of the guys. For me it was time to change my rear tire…I couldn’t believe how low the profile of the tire got over the past few days. When we left Vancouver I had about 100km on my new Heidenau tires and less than 3000km later it was time to change the rear tire…I was really disappointed and expected more after I read some tire reviews online. Good to have a spare wheel under the side panel! It is really cool hanging out as a group in the parking lot with the scooters and there is always somebody who bought some extra beers (sometimes a good thing to come late…beer is already waiting for us…LOL).

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There is always something you can pick up and learn when you talk to the guys and watch them service their bikes….and if you are extremely lucky you can see Rolf (Soltau) giving advice and helping people with their scooter troubles. I am so jealous, I missed when Rolf helped Bagel replace his Variator kit…The Polini kit was in a very bad shape and Rolf helped putting on a J Costa Variator kit. I think I already got all my Christmas presents for this year (and probably next year as well) after spending money to get the P200 engine built for the Cannonball…however the J Costa Variator would definitely be my next choice when I decide it is necessary to replace the Malossi. Only heard good things about this Variator on this trip. Another new toy would be a Leovinci pipe for the GT60…that seems to be the exhaust most of the GTS riders have chosen.

In case you haven’t heard the name Rolf Soltau mentioned before, Rolf is an amazing person with a wealth of knowledge when it comes to Piaggio scooters. He is the guy who trains the Piaggio mechanics and technicians and he was involved in some of the design work. Just an awesome experience to have him with us here driving the support truck being there when you need him.

Rocket’s Day 5 Update

September 15, 2008

well today some might have found it a little boring, leaving colorado and coming in to the flat lands of kansas, flat straight and uninspiring, but really i find that a welome change, all owing your thoughts to wander without the interuption of scenery or navigating corners or hills.

we arrived in good time today and i had enough time to find the local tyer shop that was open and get my extra spare put on my onboard spare, they didnt seem to keen , but i ” talked”  then into it for a tenner, so today i shed another 8 or nine pounds from my scoot, how ironic that most of the huge climbes are behind us. still makes for easier passing.

also were now starting to for connection and true frendships with out cannonball friends, most of us waiting till the last riders are in then going off for dinner as a large group, the comaradery and one liners kill me.

afterward its allway hanging around as group, usually around the late night fixers, everyone sticking in there unwelcome opinions!

at one point or another in the last few days ive been having meatball subs or the like  an every time i have to leave an air buiscuit i call out ” rejetting” at first they didnt really know what to do, but now everyone cracks up, i actully do do it much, but it works really well for getting to the front of the line up….”rejetting” !

its hard to believe that we have all ready ridden our scooters washington. california,navada, utah,colorado, and tomorrow will se us on the other side of kansas, its gone so fast!

 

take care…Roy.

 

“rejetting”!

CB – Day 5: From Colorado to Kansas

September 15, 2008

Roy:

It has been a while since my last blog entry, but Rocket and Delia have kept things going which is great. Leaving Salida, Colorado this morning it was extremely cold and we put on all the layers we took with us. The roads had a bit of frost on them and we were more careful than usually going through corners. We tried to catch up with Kiran who left about half an hour before us and planned to ride with him for a while, however by the time we caught up to him he was at a gas station and we decided to continue at our speed. My scooter ran much better again coming down to 4000 feet and below which was very nice to see. I didn’t feel to good having the scooter bog and labour on the high mountain passes…plus it was nice being able to run at 60+ miles per hour again. The once we got out of the mountains the remaining ride was not very exciting to be honest and the scenery was nowhere near as impressive as the previous days. I guess I have to get used to hours and hours of crossing the prairie with no significant change in scenery. There were a few towns where we wondered why people would want to live there, but I guess they must have a reason.

We saw Joel waving us at the side of the road and stopped to see what had happened to him. Joel is the guy who crashed his GTS on Day One and is lucky that Bobo is lending him his GTV to continue on. Unfortunately the belt of his scooter broke and that is something we couldn’t help him with.
Rocket was concerned that Joel would be standing in the heat for hours waiting for the truck to come by with a spare belt for him…and indeed when we saw Joel this evening he had a nice tan putting it mildly. Hope his streak of bad luck will end. After a chat with him Joel told us to carry on and so we did making our way to Kansas.

We didn’t make friends with some truckers on Highway 50 today when we decided to pass them. It took us a bit at over 60 miles per hour to get past the trucks, but we made it and it seemed to piss one of the guys pretty much off. Oh well…
Another trucker had a crow flying into the front of the truck right in fron of us and Rocket said he was briefly riding through some feathers that the bird lost before ending like so much other roadkill we saw in the last days on the side of the road.

Our ride today ended just before 4 pm local time in Garden City, KS. Finally we have some time to enjoy a bit more time with the rest of the guys. While the rides are a lot of fun, I think what makes the CB special is also the company and having time to know each other and share some good scooter stories in the evening. I totally understand why Rocket was so pissed that we didn’t meet the group at the end of Day One. We definitely don’t want to let this happen again.

By the way, on the way from Vancouver down to SF I had some issues with my fuel tap. For some reason the bike would start overheating and bog extremely although there was still most of the reserve left. What can I say, I organized a fuel tap that I thought I would try to use if the situation continued…but then Day One of the CB came and I can burn my reserve now to the last drop…Who knows, maybe it was just temporarily plugged up somehow…anyhow don’t fix it if it ain’t broken, right?

We are lucky today, we have a router and Ethernet cable in our room and don’t need the wireless adapter we have lost…just in case, Delia confirmed that a spare wireless USB Adapter is on its way and I hope I can pick it up at the reception tomorrow when we arrive in Fort Scott.

Anyway, I will hand over the laptop now to Rocket and let him write his blog for today.

PS: I can’t believe we are at the halfway mark of the CB already. 5 more days to go. I am sure it will be fun.

A bit more info in from Roy

September 14, 2008

I spoke to Roy again tonight and he was glad that Rocket was able to post what he did. Since the thingamabob part that makes the laptop work wirelessly is gone, Roy cant use his computer until I Purolator him another (tomorrow). When Roy was explaining to me that we have an extra usb wireless thingamabob in the basement and that it was 5 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1 inch thick, Rocket of course wondered if his fly was down hahaha!

Roy was totally impressed that Rocket was able to change a cable in 11 minutes flat lol. Rocket says that if you go a steady 60 miles per hour and you stop 10 times for only one minute, that puts you behind by 60 miles and that is impossible to make up!

Roy says this is not a vacation ride…it really is tough as hell. Rocket got in in time to spend a few minutes in the hot tub tonight. Leave it to Rocket to be excited about a communal bath with men hahaha.

Roy informs us that Patrick accidentally went 76 miles in the wrong direction, and Jas, Mark and Keiren all used up valuable time too also missing intersections.

Someone got a ticket today for leaning too far over the yellow line on the road….the bike was on the right side, but their body wasnt and that cost him $111 but not as bad as the previous days tickets issued to other riders for $300 ea for speeding.

Roy tells me that Chispa – Vespa Bellingham sent Rocket a really awesome t-shirt which is white with both a modern and vintage vespa on it. It is Rockets new favorite t-shirt and he was showing it off. Roy of course is jelous hahaha. I better get online and buy one for Roys return lol.

Oh Yes….Rocket COULD NOT BELIEVE that a ferry would turn around to pick up a sole rider and his Lambretta hahaha. Roy says Rocket was saying “Nooooooooo he’s our competition!” hahahaha. That darn energizer bunny catches up again! I am sure BC Ferries would never turn back even if someone were drowning lol.

NOW FOR AN EDIT

While Rocket was telling us the stories yesterday at Rocket speed, I got a little bit mixed up with the crashes. Jim T does have a broken ribs and shoulder, but his scooter is fine.

It was Joel who totalled his GTS but everyone thus far is fine.

Bobo who unfortunately had to return home after day 1 let Joel take his scooter and Joel is riding that now!

Oh yes….I apparently missed Rocket saying that even after all….he still LOVES Roy hahaha.

Stay tuned for Rockets next post which I hear will be a story about British entertainment……think you can guess what that is? LOL

Day 3 & 4 Update from Rocket

September 14, 2008

finally i can borrow a laptop and blog as roy and i lost a bit that makes it all work, wadda i know cruxiform and vespa gear box no problem even in the dark, computers no chance.

anyway on day 3 we set off with everybody, determined to make good time. we were making good progress, keeping our gas stops to as short a time as we can,

roys navigating is pretty good, and we aint made any arrors yet although we did see one guy go flying by at a junction as we gassed up , when he should have made a left..lol.

so the two things that needed to be taken into consederation today were the 37 miles of gravel road and the ferry[more on that later]

so were driving along when roy said we had to make a right turn, ok no big deal just another non descriptive road, but this road led to some of the most breathtaking scenery i have ever seen in my life, it started out pretty dramatic utah rock type geography that took your breath away, but then after about 20 miles it turned to gravel, with signs like impassable to rv’s, use extreme caution, well understatement of the century, once we had been on this gravel road for a mile or two we found ourselves at the top of a massive cliff with a very very narrow gravel road taking major switch backs, if you put the back brake on the vespa it locked up almost instantly it was so steep, if you put on any less it , took like 45 feet to stop, finally coming to a halt after a few seconds of a total feeling of lack of control, it took all your will power not to grab a hand full of front brake, because you simply werent stopping and go carreening over[and im serious] more than a 1000 foot of cliff bouncing off of boulders as you went, so roy and i perceeded down, really slowly, at the bottom i was sweating like crazy, from the sheer concentration of trying to stay alive, remain in control and take in as much of it as i could, but looking away for even a brief second was more than enough on this trail.it was so amazing i have to bring the people i care about here, i was in awe, really.

once we got to the bottom it leveled out but was still gravel, and still had significant enough drop offs to kill you, so we were piling along, if you wernt carefull your tyer would get stuck, or get channeled in to one of the many dirt bike ruts and steering out was not an option, but fallinig over from trying was.

if that wasnt enough the wash boarding on the gravel can only be described as driving over aload of 2 x 4s at about 30mph, the whole machine vibrating so badly that control was lost in an instant, this is where i crashed, my front tyer got stuck in a rut, and started bouncing violently, and as my throttle has been modified [by me] to not close on its own'[hey works really well every where else] as my grip was loosened the throttle open to half way and after that crashing was in inevitable, i got in involutarily routed off the trail and into the desert sand where the front wheel dug in , i did an endo half went over the handle bars, breaking the windsheild hurting my shoulder and smashing my front mud gaurd, well dr marten helped me put the mudgaurd back into shape, the windsheild was glued later that day, but my pride and shoulder were a little worse for wear.

trust me this was the part that really tested you.

we got to the ferry that crosses the huge man made lake[wierd seeing this MASSIVE LAKE] in the middle of the desert, once we got on the ferry i found out that my friend jim t had also gone down in the sand/gravel and broken his shoulder and 2 ribs, also rich glass went down in the desert as did someone else whose name evades me.

just as the ferry was aboy 200 feet from shore kieran on the lambretta showed up and missed the boat, which only sails on the odd hours, so he had a long wait, but this big ferry turned around to go back and get him!

after the events earlier in the day the rest seemed quite tame, thank god.

roy and i arrived in good time and ready to start planning for the next day.

 

DAY 4, today we were going to cross the continental divide at 11200 feet, aaahh poor vespa , thin cold air /unforgiving rider.

so we set off in the morning and were making good time, we  left utah behind and entered colorado without issue, amazing how the geography changes, now we had similar terain only more green, that doesnt suprise me as the day before i saw something i hadnt seen for quite a few days especially considering how big the sky was…a cloud.

so now the clouds were returning..bummer.. and the mountains were snow coverd with the trees doing the very best to conquer every spot posible, it was on this streatch on one of the down hills that a lady in an rv that was right up my backside tried to pass me and pulled immediately in front of me nearly knocking me off, i showed my displeasure with a single finger.

then at the top of the next hill i over took her and did the same to her and pulled in from of her. after that on the next up hill she just passed and that was that.

so we made it up to the top of 11 thousand feet and it was the biggest hill i have ever climbed on a vespa, at 11 thou idling was out of the question, the machine did not want to start, let alone idle.

after all the pictures and hand shakes we set off for the travel lodge in salider colorado, which we made in really good time, my vespa likes down hills it does.

ok got in got settled and joined about 10 of the other cannonballers for dinner who were already at the local eatery, so stories were told numbers and statistic compared, well after i told my story of the rv that cut me off everyone burst in to histerics[huh] well one of the other cannonballers had got stopped by the cops and got a warning for eratic riding[no ticket just a written warning] when the guy asked the cop what the problem  was, the cop informed him that someone phoned in that that a scooter had over taken an rv on a down hill and cut in front of it and as he was the only scooter around so the cop followed him and pulled him over.!…lol.

now way did the cop realize that there were other scooters here in the middle of nowhere and presumed he had his man…

any way that seems to be if for now, roy and i are getting into a routine and are getting in quite early, despite roy breaking a clutch cable today which i changed in 11 minutes and has us riding asap, as we did not want to be in the mountains/devide in the dark……..Rocket

The ROY’s just called and gave us the news…..

September 13, 2008

Delia here posting as the Roys have no internet today……and I am told that today was like a Demolition Derby!

At least 6 bikes crashed and the worst was Jim T (who is 65 years old)- who did a face plant on his scooter and then it rolled over him. He ended up with a broken arm, shoulder and 2 ribs and completely totalled his bike which was dragged out of the ravine and dragged like a dead carcass into the back of the support vehicle. We are glad he was not hurt worse, and I am told he was hurt the worst of any of the crashers who are all apparently ok. 2 guys got speeding tickets. You may have seen on the cannonball site that there were 6 manual bikes registered, but only 3 are doing the Cannonball…..who are Roy & Rocket on their P200’s and Kieren on the Lambretta – so the race is on!

Roy is first on the phone and I put him on speaker…..and I asked him if he has killed Rocket yet, but says “not yet” and then Alison (who is here with Mark) asked Roy if he was still best friends with Rocket to which he replies “I dunno” hahahaa and as soon as Rocket found out that I was with Mark and Alison, he gets on the phone and says to me and I quote “Roy is a f*cking Prick – come and get him – he worries about everything!” hahahaha!

Rocket was amongst one of the people that crashed today. Rockets tells the story like this: Ok his wrist was hurting already from holding the throttle all day long, so he decided to use a rubber glove to wrap around the throttle to keep it open so he didnt have to hold it. Trouble with this is when they hit the canyon of gravel. Todays ride was the most challenging and they said it was like riding through the Grand Canyon and Death Valley with not a soul in sight for 40 miles and only a very tiny gravel road with canyon on both sides! Rocket hit the gravel and was unable to release the rubber glove in time, so the Vespa was jumping around an his jerry can then covered the rear brake leaving him riding with throttle wide open and only the front brake available…..his tire went into a rut and there was little he could do, and then the bike did an “endo” and the rear came up and almost flipped. He broke his windshield and the air vent spoiler on the side of his cowel was acting like a dirt scoop/sand anchor! The bike took Rocket down on his side and Rocket hurt his shoulder (not broken, just very sore). Rocket says he can’t even lift his arm to comb his hair, but not likely anyone will notice the difference – hahaha….oops…inside thoughts!

Rocket got up and was totally ‘hyperfied” if you can imagine Rocket hyperfied omg hahahaha! and was saying he was fine – he was fine. (Not to mention that he is still coming down off his coffee high from yesterday)

Rocket then says to me that my old man is an idiot, because gasoline out there is like gold and gas was spilling out of his bike, and instead of attending to getting the bike upright, Roy was grabbing his camera for a picture ahahahahaha! Rocket said and I quote “I was so pissed that I wanted to grab Roy by the adams apple and shake him until his eyes popped out” omg hahahhaa! There was still 75 miles to the next services and only enough gas for 40 miles in his approximation.

Rocket said his aero-dynamic cheese wedge was facing east and his front mud guard was bent but nothing that could not be fixed by a “Dr Marten’s restoration”. All in all….pretty lucky that he isn’t badly hurt and his Vespa is still going!

Rocket said his way of doing laundry was to take a shower wearing his jeans lol…he said he was scrubbing them with soap while he had them on and the water was just BLACK. Then he hangs them to dry.

Rocket was supposed to change his tire before they started the Cannonball, at San Fran, but because he had not slept and practically arrived just in time for the start, it never happened until today. He said the tire went from a 1 inch smooth strip to a 3 inch smooth strip. Not surprisingly, he was amazed that he could take corners again after the new tire went on…omg.

With all of the mishaps up until now, Rocket was pretty frustrated…..losing Roy, losing keys, no GPS etc etc and it was most bothering that Kieren was ahead on the Lambretta. He has offered to kill himself if the Lambretta beats him hahaha. He said the bloody Lambretta was plotting along the gravel road at 15 km an hour like Farmer Joe and going and going like the energizer bunny.

We were laughing out loud that for 2 days the Lambretta was ahead, and Rocket completely changed the tone of his voice and quite seriously said “That isnt funny” which of course made us laugh harder! The energizer bunny was so annoying because Rocket and Roy would get quite a lead, and then stop for a bite….and all of a sudden the energizer bunny would then be seen plotting ahead again…..so they would get back on the scoots, get another lead, stop to change a cable and again the damn energizer bunny would be heard creeping up aaaaaaaaaaaaaaah! Everytime the Roys stopped, that energizer bunny would be heard catching up hahahaha. Apparently Kiran kept pressing on not stopping for anything. Rocket was re-named Royleen because the 2 Roys were stuck on the wrong side of Yosemite mountain like little girls while the Lambretta made it HAHAHA!

Roy said the hotel they stayed at on the wrong side of the mountain was very “interesting” and when he got back to his scooter, his peace sign sticker and his weed toking snoopy sticker (which has been on the scoot since Germany) had been peeled off his Vespa and he figures the old Mod guy they met must have done it lmao. (Alison interjecting here – peals of laughter and glee from Delia thanking the hillbilly mod guy for ripping off those stickers – we had just finished a conversation before the Roys rang about the outdated-ness of those stickers and how Roy would never remove them for fear of upsetting the finish or he wont admit how much he liked them) Of course the two Vespismo’s attracted attention, and some girls wanted to sit on their laps for “photo ops” but I figure it was more of a lapdance when I heard Rocket yell “Yeeeeaaaaahhhh!” in the background!

Roy was really surprised how cold it actually gets in the dessert in the morning and wanted me to say THANKS SO MUCH TO JAMES ET AL AT CHISPA – VESPA BELLINGHAM for the foresight to send out hand-warmers that they even shared with Kieren on the Lambretta!

Roys ignition switch had an issue today too and the bike would run on even after turning off the key. He had to stall it everytime he wanted to come to a stop. When they checked into it, a wire had come loose or off and it was a fast fix.

The Roys since they left Vancouver have already put 4000 km on the speedo’s and their butts are hurting……bad

Today the Roys travelled a road actually called the Extraterrestrial Highway that runs by area 51 and there are NO services for 180 miles! Rocket describes it as follows and I quote:

“You could get a girl on the road, you could slowly take off her clothes, and then yours, and then you could have sex on the yellow line of the highway and NO car would come along without you spotting it at least 25 miles away and by the time it reached you, you’d be done anyway – you were like an ant” hahahahaha

Roy is concerned that they may ride into part of Hurricaine Ike in the next days. Rocket says that if it had rained today, the roads would have been creeks and they would have had to close them.

I am not sure how well some of you know Rocket, but he is a picky eater and will only eat food from the Old Country, junk food, plastic cheese and margerine. I opened his cupboards one day while I was at his house, and all I saw was soup, spam, beans in a can and various junk food. His fridge had the largest tub of margerine I have ever seen in my life, milk and some still un-consumed beer we gifted him a while back lol.

The boys have basically been living off Subway and the next time Rocket does the Cannonball, he says he is going to approach Subway and tell them he wants to be their new Jarrod and they should sponsor his Cannonball ride!

We laughed quite a lot as the stories came out via telephone and I was scribbling notes as fast as I could – so hopefully I got most of it.

More as I learn it🙂

Ps….it is pretty hard for the boys to post from the Cannonball especially with no internet and mostly dead tired, so Roy is going to try to upload his pics to our hosting account and as soon as I see them, I will post them on the blog. I cant wait to see the pic of Rocket that could have cost Roy his life hahaha

Roy’s last 3 days…

September 13, 2008

Well, I guess Rocket already summarized it pretty well which is quite difficult to do because so much happened, it is already 12:45pm, we are dead tired and getting grumpier by the minute…but we wanted to catch up on our blog…

Overall I am really impressed how well my scooter runs…well I guess I should say how well it runs on the straights. The challenge these past days was that there were not many of them. I have not seen so many mountain passes and made so many elevation changes on my scooter before. Man I must have missed the part in high school about North American Geography…I had no idea how high these mountain passes would get. The highlight was for sure 10,000 feet above sea level riding through Yosemite Park. The scenery unbelievable and definitely worth the effort.

Back to my scooter though for a minute…Rocket already mentioned it…on the uphill parts I definitely fall behind and have not been able to keep in 4th gear most of the time. Darn. Well EVERY pound I carry with me counts which I have learned painfully…Since I can’t quickly lose 50+ pounds…I have to cut down on the stuff I am carrying along with me. So I guess the black cocktail dress and the Stiletto’s will have to get sent back😉 …and I have to admit, as much as I wanted to carry the Lederhosen with me, I haven’t even packed them. I also noticed that above 5000 feet the scooter runs pretty crappy…not really a big surprise, we expected that the altitude would give us a bit of trouble but we chose to take it as it comes rather than spending time trying to re-jet…and honestly, I have no idea when we would have had the time. Today Rocket looked at other possible causes at the side of the road why my scooter has some issues in certain conditions…we thought the choke might be sticking and we changed the spark plug just in case as well…same result however. So the next time we have a chance we will look into it again…however I am still hoping that some of it might be because we have been riding most of today above 5000 feet.

If anybody thought the Cannonball is just a series of loooong rides, let me tell you it is much more than that and you can tell at the starting line when the scooters take off and the adrenaline shoots in your blood…We started at Ocean Beach…and the beginning of the day was a good indication how the rest of the day would go. After the first mile my GPS froze completely and wasn’t even able to switch it off…the good news was that the group was relatively close together and we were joined by some of the local riders who came along for the first leg. I had no other choice than ripping the route for the day out of our riders booklet and used some duct tape to tape it to my wind screen. Not that I wouldn’t have been nervous enough without that additional issue. Luckily Rocket found the button combination to reset the GPS…by that time I saw however how valuable it is to have a low tech back-up solution. On the 2nd leg of the 1st Day we had some amazing hill climbs and some awesome views. The road was extremely narrow and I have not ever seen so many tight turns on any route…Our center stands kept scratching the pavement in the turns and I noticed Rocket having his foot out and he seemed to touch the ground at times. Although the speed was not high, it was still the limit (at least for me) given the road. A while later we lost the tires and the oil skins off Rocket’s back rack…and after that I was stupid enough losing my key. That was basically it…no chance of making up the time at that point, however we didn’t realize at that point that we wouldn’t be able to meet up with the rest of the group at the end of the day. We only realized that when John very strongly suggested we should find a room and head over the pass in the morning. That came as a shock and we first didn’t want to believe we would have to do it…When we reach Coulterville and spoke to some of the motorcycle riders in the area they also seemed to think we are crazy trying to cross the mountain passes at night which is what we were told would be another 3-4 hours of riding, mostly in the dark, on very twisty roads. I looked at Rocket who hasn’t slept for almost 30 hours and I know he wanted to go, but I have to admit from what I heard I decided to go with Johns suggestion as much as I wanted to finish the day with the rest of the group. We stayed in Coulterville for the night…without access to the laptop, cell phone not working…but at least getting a few hours of sleep at the local hotel which has quite a history.

Day 2 was long. We had extra riding to do…but the scenery made it an amazing experience. I think Rocket covered it pretty good already…When we arrived in Cedar City a 10:20 pm local time (did I mentioned we left Coulterville at around 6:30 am!!!) we were greeted by some fellow CB riders who brought us beers and were happy to see us. We exchanged a few stories…we heard that one rider unfortunately missed a turn and totalled his scooter – but the rider is not hurt thankfully. After a quick stop for a bite Rocket started doing the laundry and I set up the laptop so that we could transfer the map for the next day to the GPS and do our blog…so time to leave it at that for now. Tomorrow we are happy that we can start the day with the entire group…and it will for sure be another exciting day.

Rocket’s last 3 days…

September 13, 2008

well theses last couple of days have been pretty busy one way or another and we got seperated from each other and our lap top.

on the way down from vancouver roy and i stayed pretty close to each other all the way down, except on the hills when my scoot could pull away from roys , i think it was partially because roy and i are diffent body types

also roy seemed to have brought more stuff on his scooter, at 12 hp weight is crucail, so i could on most hills just manage to hold 4th but roy would be having to change between screaming in 3rd or slowing down in 4th, so usually id just wait for him at the top.

on this one particular hill i was a head of roy and he didnt come around the corner and as we were on a busy freeway driving back was not really a safe option, so i waited but he didnt show for about 10 minutes so i wen t to the next exit doubled back on the other side looking for him, unbeknown to me as i went over the bridge[the only point at which i could not see the freeway, roy had got going and had gone under me. so now i was heading north as fast as i could and roy was heading south!

when i could not see him on the way back i then went around again and drove slowly on the shoulder looking to see if he crashed /had ablow out and went over the edge. then i figured he might have gone on reserve and gone into weed for gas so now i went into weed to and checked all the gas station to see if he had gone to gas up, i didnt find him any where , so i used my credit card to make a call to him , no answer, but i told him on his message service to keep going once he got the message, then i used my card asgain to call him mrs , still no answer, but i basicly told her to tell him to keep going, after that i just kept going, but i was pretty worried as we had 200 miles to and i didnt know where he was so i carried on but driving through most of the gas station to see if i could find him, then at one point i waited at a rest stop for an hour watching the traffic go by cause i figured if he was behind me, he would come by , but all the while he was pressing on a head. so he rolled in to frisco at about 9 pm and i rolled in at about 1.45 am, then i went to fin d out where we were metting in the morning and to see if i could find the hotel so could crash for 3 hrs on someones sofe , but no joy. so i went to a star bucks grabbed some foor read the paper and showed up on the start line and there was roy…lol.

at this point i was on m y 24th hour without sleep and had a full days riding ahead of me…oh well..sleep later, besides i had a secret weapon..coffee , which i never have..ever..so the efect is pretty dramatic!

so off we went like a load of loonies, sowly climbing abouve to moning san fran fog into glorious sunshine on the mountains.. after that there to much to say about the morning xcept fantastic country riding in warm sunny weather with amazing views. now in the afternoon at some point one of my bungies must have come loose and i managed to loose both roy and my spare tyers and my $150 helly hansen waterproofs, so im like hey im up to 28hrs with no sleep whats a couple more and i kew that they were in the last 10 miles as roy and i stopped to put gas in his tank and all was well then, well we went back and found the waterproof pretty fast then a while later roy spotted his tyer in the verge hidden pretty good , but still noticable, the last tyer was proving to be a liitle more evasive, roy and i discussing out theroy as to the way we think it unfolder, well thios must have come off here and that came off next, but nope the tyer could not be found even though i though and was convinced i was standing within 20 ft of it. so we we leaving the area and had pretty much given up wheh hello there it was way way later in a place we wernt even looking when i spotted it, i was seriously happy , because im cheap and i didnt fancy trying to track down a tyer on the cb.

so off back to the gas station to fuel up and eat, which all went well, but then roy could not find his keys and we all really looked, in the end they were found in the subwaymain garbage can after they went in the washroom bin with the trash in roys hands and then subsiquently in the main garbage. thanks to john who waited with us and had the idea to look there!

but now i was really starting to push the envelope on lack of sleep and we lost alot of time, and the 150 lambtetta had come by us and that was enough to keep my moving, so we pressed on and were doing really well, in the end we simply did not get an early enough start on the 10,000 ft pass in yosimity park, even though i was game[but a bit of a mess from now 36hrs no sleep..whatever] but it was decided by the majority and a local who laughed when we told him we wanted to do the pass in the dark, whats he know about riding hair dryers anyway, so accomodion was found, phone callers were made food was sought and we bedded down for the night vowing to do the next days cannonball miles and the ones we did not get to today all in one day , catching up in the process, sounds like my kinda plan!

so we set off really early this morning really early heading for the pass , which i think i could have done in the dark easily had i not gone 36 hrs with no sleep, we arrived at that this days hotel at 10.30 ..3.5 hrs behing the other vintage bikes. so we refuled and pressed on, knowing at some point today we would have to cross the navada desert with 180 miles between gas stops!

so off we went making pretty good time, we bought gerry cans and strapped then to any solid bit of the scooter, regardles of how precarios they looked. on this day riding, i now realise how tired i was the night before!

what can i say about to day..go go go go, we ate as we moved drank as we moved and only stopped for the sortest time we could , i was amazing in the desert , i rode flat out for over 15 minutes and didnt turn the sterring one going over two miles without even the slightst loss of the road behind or in fromt of me, the road was so straith that you could not see it anymore, i was just a thin line disapearing in to infinity.

you fely like you could step off your machine and run along next to it!

imagine how patient john was to ride his 500cc honda scooter[he just came along for the ride and is not a participant in the c/b] which can do 100 mph at between 45 and 65mph all day in an area when you feel like your not moving all he has to do is turn the throttle and bye bye desert, but no he pttered along with us, helping me out when my throttle cable broke.

once we got out of the desert we climbed a couple more7 and 8 thousand foot mountains eventully ariving here, cedar city with the other cannonballers, i feel like a borg rejoyning the borg collective!

i imagine i can be pretty anoying sometimes, ” come on come on” , but these guys were awesome to ride with and today we did a cannonball and a third crossing the extra terrestial hiway, the answer may well be out there, but let me tell you, the location is way bigger and more barren and unforgiving than any you can ever imagine, so you aint gunna find it. today in the middle of nowhere, me on my vespa really brought home the act of man and macine working together in a perfect union of complete stupidity and i love it…rocket

Thanks Jules for putting up the Roys….errr at least one Roy

September 12, 2008

For those of you who might not remember Jules….here he is waiting for the Ferry to go to a Victoria Rally with the group. 

Thanks Jules for staying up late waiting for Roy and Roy and putting them up for the night…..even if Rocket didnt make it….still waiting to hear that story!

Just got a call from Roy…

September 12, 2008

Thanks Mopi for spotting this post on Modern Vespa…

“Everyone is safe at the end of day 1. At nightfall Rocket and Roy and John got stuck on the other side of yosemite but they will catch up in the morning. “Of course they will
 

 

;D

As I was typing this message on the Blog, I got a fast cell call from Roy.  They both say hello and there is NO time to talk.

Roy said they were talked into not riding over the mountain pass of Yosemite at night time last night, so they didnt.  There was no cell phone reception up there, so hence no call with info.  He said that having done the catch-up ride over the pass this morning, he thinks they could have managed it last night, so they are catching up and will join the rest of the group so tonight they can jump into the hot-tub with the other guys (ewwww! LOL).

Roy said he has too much stuff with him as opposed to the little bag that Rocket packed, but this was not without warning lol.  Roy is going to send some of his stuff back to me so he is carrying less.  The good news is that his reserve is not giving him a problem right now…but no other details on that.  Hopefully the fuel tap that James from Chispa – Vepsa Bellingham sent is not a large item and Roy can carry it with him as a safeguard.  Roy did not have internet last night either, so they were happy to hear they were being sent a spare scooter because you never know when you might need one right? lol.

Roy will be calling tonight with more info because it’s the Cannonball….he had to go!  If he cant post or is dead tired or has no internet, etc I will keep posting what I know…

as always…cant wait to hear!

What I learned today…..so far

September 11, 2008

Hi Everyone….Delia here

Roy finally got a chance to send me a text and I am quoting him so you all know what I know….and I hope to hear and post more details later tonight when they settle in a hotel

The text says:

Rocket arrived no sleep this morning – has been another crazy day with more mishaps….not sure what else can happen now.  NO stopping really….got to go.

That was it, so at least we now know Rocket made it and I cant wait to hear what the events of the day were and why Rocket got no sleep.  *hoping the reason is because he was getting lucky* – wait…that was supposed to be my inside thought lol.

And more news.  Thanks to the ROCKING people at Chispa – Vespa Bellingham, (thanks so much James), Roy was fedex’ed a fuel tap to his next hotel.  OMG THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!  I am sure that was not cheap, and we all very much appreciate everything you do for us.  James also put a little gift of hand warmers and an extra scooter hahaha.  I am sure the extra scooter because you never know when you will need one is a joke – nice one made me chuckle.

More as I get it….

Hours to go before the Cannonball and Where is ROY?

September 11, 2008

Delia here….

It is Wed night (pub night) for those not on the cannonball.  The Gull was very loud, hence if I had remembered to take my cell phone with me today (I normally never forget) I might have been able to hear the 12 calls for help I got from Rocket, Roy and their friends OMG sorry Roys!

For some reason, Roys scooter is not working properly only on reserve, so when he runs low on gas, he MUST stop or he runs out of gas.  While Roy was trying to signal to Rocket that he needed to stop for gas (I dont think Rocket yet knew of the problem) Rocket must have thought Roy was signalling for them to press on.  Rocket did not stop, and neither did Roy, so Roy ran out of gas since reserve was not working and he had to stop and then find a gas station.  From what I could understand in my voicemail and text messages, Rocket did not notice Roy had stopped right away and they got seperated.

Roy got gas and decided to try to hurry up and catch up to Rocket, but Rocket decided to double back and look for Roy and of course with Murphy working his angle, they missed each other.  While Rocket was searching and waiting, Roy was pressing on trying to catch up to Rocket assuming he pressed on.

Rockets cell phone does not work in the US, so he could only try to call Roy with his visa card at Gas stations and he was calling me to try to get me to pass on messages as he knew Roy would be calling me too,….and unlike normal, my cell was ringing away on the coffee table at home while I was out with the locals.  Roy and Roy both called Mark H from Seattle who was trying to run interference to help, but that didnt work either. 

We still dont know where Rocket is since Roy made it to the meet and greet and no Rocket….and after that closed for the night, a note was left for Rocket on the door as to where Roy would be…..and at 12:30 am they were still waiting for Rocket and worrying that this other place they went was going to close soon.

I was calling Mark in Seattle to make sure he had Jules phone number and address where the 2 Roys were supposed to spend the night tonight and my Roy is heading there soon but was hoping to find Rocket first. Mark from Seattle didnt pick up his phone because he had my Roy on the other line, but he did know that he had a voicemail because I learned that when I called my Roy back to explain the messages Rocket had left me.

Rockets scooter was fine, Rocket is fine, but he spent a lot of time trying to find Roy, so he obviously was missing the meet and greet.  I still have not heard at 1am if Rocket found Jules place and I hope he had the address, but if he didnt, I am sure Rocket found a place to settle and will be able to contact Roy who is still waiting to hear anything.

I am sure by now that Rocket has either decided to settle down in San Fran or is looking to find Jules place…..but I am also sure he is fine because all of his messages said that his scooter was ok and faster than Roys and he was looking to catch up to Roy.

Roy was heading to Jules place soon because he also doesnt want to keep Jules up waiting for everyone on a work night. 

Lets hope they find each other soon or at least early before the cannonball begins in about 4.5 hours ACK!

More as I learn it…..

CB Day -2, September 9th: Ride to San Francisco

September 9, 2008

Roy:

This was a long day with lots of riding, Rocket said he could use more meet on his butt…no comment😉
Looks like neither Rocket or I did get much sleep these past days leading up to our trip to San Francisco.
Rocket working overtime on his scooter and making sure he has all the tools and spares to keep our scooters running, and I decided I needed to install a new OS on the laptop Rocci and Lise were so kind lending to us. So I spent hours last night setting up the laptop and transferring files. I should mention though that I managed as well last minute to finish the wiring of the power socket and adding a Cylinder Head Temperature gauge to my glove box tray…all is good and seems to be working for now. Love that CHT gauge. Will give me an indication I hope when my cylinder gets critically hot…my hope is I can prevent a or multiple seizes by keeping an eye on the gauge.

A pain in the butt was finding space for mounting my GPS…little things can be a pain in the butt. Hey I don’t want any nasty comments for that last line, OK?

Anyway…my scooter was ready this morning when Rocket arrived…however the first thing he mentioned was that during his ride from Mission to Surrey he noticed the rear tire behaving strange and when he arrived at our house the tire was extremely flat. A few minutes later the tire was completely flat. Looks like there wasn’t a lot of air in the tubeless tire when Rocket started and as air started leaking out the faster it deflated because the space between tire and rim started getting bigger on the deflating tire. So tire had to go off and we were able to fill the tire again and Rocket confirmed that with the full tire pressure the tire was OK.

So with some delay off we went to the border. Traffic was quiet heavy already and we stood at the border lineup for at least 30 minutes. The good news is that it was one of the rare occasions they didn’t ask me to come inside and lecture me of some stupid mistake I made more than 20 years ago…but that is another story.

The ride went relatively well with minor issues…with a jerry can between my legs and a water bottle I didn’t notice I had the choke pulled until the bike stalled on the highway…that was pretty stupid and I had to wait a bit because it wouldn’t start again right away. And then we had some miscommunication in the darkness. I tried to signal Rocket that I am on reserve and he thought I said we can keep going…so we basically missed a gas stop and I ran out of gas…at night on a 12V AC converted scooter no lights with trucks zooming by and probably noticing me late at the side of the road…not a big deal though since we carry extra gas. Got the scooter filled up and met Rocket who didn’t notice right away that I was missing 2 miles up the road.

In the darkness of the highway, our scooters front racks loaded, the headlight doesn’t really cover much of the road…so we eventually decided in Eugene, Oregon, to call it a night and find a motel.

Rocket bought some food and I rewarded myself with a nice tall Pabst Blue Ribbon can that I am drinking while I am typing. Rocket switched the TV on in our motel room, but he didn’t last more than 15 minutes…he is already sleeping and I am pretty tired myself. We still have more than half of the way to San Francisco to ride tomorrow before we arrive at Jules place. 8 pm tomorrow is a Meet and Greet BBQ we don’t want to miss…so we better get going early…hopefully with less mishaps than today. All in all it was a nice ride though so far. Scooters are running pretty good. Calling it a night now…looks like Rocket won’t be up to post his comments tonight…too bad, but I totally understand why. Can’t wait to cross the Golden Gate Bridge on the scooter!🙂

the beggining of the end

September 20, 2008

ok so as i sit here in the hotel, i cant believe its over! but lets go back to yesterday morning and figure out how we got here.

yesterday morning Roy and i woke up and knew what we had to do.

load up the scooters figure out what clothing to where depending on temperature, have breakfast load up the scooters and show up at the riders meeting,

leaving Cincinnati was kinda sad, as when we came into the city the night before we crossed the bridge and had a fantastic view of the skyline, then as our hotel was on the other side we had to drive through downtown, and it would have been nice to see a little more.

once we got to the first gas station and Roy and i knew that kieran was well on his way and on the right road we bid him farewell, as neither Roy nor i could stand another 45 mph day!

so we proceeded on our way, doing really well especially roy with his nice new clutch jb welded on!

so there’s really not much else to tell about yesterday, except that Dave on the 250gti caught up with us and road for most of the afternoon with us, the three of us having a good laugh riding along in the Virginia country side , at one piont we came across one of the vespa gt carburetter 200cc that was dead and would not go, i managed to get it going again, through luck and elimination.

roy and i really pressed on today as yesterdays 45mph nightmare was still fresh in our minds.

it was a relief to arrive in Oakland, early with plenty of day time left, Rolf and i had another look at the gt and seemed to get it going better.

everyone seemed in really good spirits as we knew that that the next day was to be the last.

ok in the morning on the last day it was foggy and cold, personally i hate fog with a passion, what use is it, nope give me the clean and tidy buggless , sterile Nevada desert any day.

so Roy and i set off in the freezing fog if Roy got more that 100ft in front i lost sight of him, i could not wait for the sun to come up, it was at this point that Dave on the buddy, who wanted to ride with us on the last day disappeared from my rear view, after turning around it was determined that he had broken a belt, personally i was gutted for Dave as his machine had done really well for a small no name brand 125, i personally was pretty impressed with it resilience.

so once he made the call and we knew he was fine Roy and i pressed on towards Washington dc, where on the out skirts we were to meet the locals who were to lead us into town for pizza at vespa Washington, once we had all arrived and our times noted, we all rode into this big us capitol city, at this point i should mention that Roy’s scooter did not like the city traffic at all and stalled at every light, of which there were many. seeing Roy having to run and bump his scooter at every light was pretty hard on the guy especially as we were still dressed for the fog only now it was very warm and sunny!

plus in order to get it going you really had to run fast!

so once we had pizza a large group, left for a tour of Washington’s famous spots ending up on the other side of town, where the race would be restarted for the last 105 miles to ocean beach, Roy and i skipped the tour and opted to go directly to the start line, keeping the lights to a minimum.

so once everyone arrived, we were off.

this was to be 100 miles of duel carriage way , and Roy was pretty frustrated by now, so i said hey go as fast as you can your machine loves freeway and this is your last chance!

well Roy took this and went like hell,his machine being pushed to it limits,we arrive in ocean city in quick order, Roy and i weaving in of traffic, like maniacs.

my gps clocked me at 69.8mph on the flat, but neither Roy nor i went below 110 kmh except when we gassed up, this part reminded me of my last cannonball as ashrat and i did this pretty much most of the time.

once in ocean city we received a congratulations and could not believe it was over.

ocean beach is like a mini vegas with an ocean front and a very nice beach.

as i sit here writing this Roy is fast asleep on his bed, glasses still on and a can of 7 up in one hand balanced on his tummy…lol.

oh well were riding to Toronto tomorrow 750 miles to get back into Canada, drop off our scoots for shipping home and try to get some stand by flights. Rocket

oh and there is now way on this planet i could have done this without our sponcers

CHISPA SCOOTERS OF BELLINGHAM

AND VESPA KELOWNA,

A VERY BIG THANKYOU TO THESE GUYS.

and look out for a cannonball bike on display at there shop if they so desire.

when i left my speedo read 54800, it now reads 62840…WOW

like my friend kieran said ” crazy times and crazy fun roy, crazy fun”

i couldn’t have put it better myself… Roy Cross…ocean beach.


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