THE SUNSHINE CHAPTER
"YO U M E E T T H E N I C E S T P E O P L E O N A N T I Q U E M O T O R C Y C L E S ”
Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run
Crossing the Mojave Desert
A long hot dry day in the desert!
Saturday, September 24 Stage 14 (241 miles) Official Start Times for Classes I, II, III; Quality Inn Hosted Lunch, Luckie Park, Twentynine Palms, California Finish Times for Classes III, II, I, Best Western Plus, Palm Desert, California
Not a cloud in the sky, not a hind of moisture in the air, the hot dry winds are blowing out of the South as the desert highway seems to go on forever. Crossing the Parker Dam into the Mojave Desert brings the Motorcycle Cannonball closer to the finish. It's been 15 days since we left Atlantic City. It seems like a lifetime coming across the width of the country with the 100 year old machines rolling on across the desert. Riders are tired, worn out some frazzled to thin nerves but the Motorcycle Cannonball continues to roll on. The second to last day is one of the toughest. Everyone is concerned about de-hydration as they are carrying liquids to quench their dry throats as they breath the hot air in the desert.
The California Mojave Desert
The Mojave Desert bounded by the Great Basin Desert to the North and the Sonoran Desert to the South and East boundaries include the Tehachapi Mountains to the West, and the San Gabriel Mountains and San Bernardino Mountains to the South.
The Mojave Desert is known as the "high desert."
Abandoned gas stop in the Mojave
Riding to Twenty-nine Palms then on to Joshua Tree National Park (JTNP)
The Joshua Tree is the
The name Joshua tree known as the "desert Dagger" was given by a group of Mormon settlers crossing the Mojave Desert in the mid-19th century. The tree's unique shape reminded them of a Biblical story in which Joshua reaches his hands up to the sky in prayer.
After a long hot dry day, to last night is spent at Palm Desert with everyone in anticipation of starting the last Stage in the morning. Everyone wants to ride across both the Official Starting Line as well as the Official Finish Line in the village of Carlsbad.
THE GRAND FINISHSunday, September 25 Stage 15 (101 miles); Grand Finish Official Start Times for Classes I, II, III; Holiday Inn Express Hosted Lunch, Temecula Harley-Davidson, Temecula, California Grand Finish, Visitor Center, Carlsbad, California Social Hour, Horizon Ballroom Foyer, Holiday Inn, Carlsbad Farewell dinner, Horizon Ballroom, Holiday Inn, Carlsbad
The Cannonball'ers are excited looking forward to the final day. Everyone who is able rides or walks their motorcycle across the Official Starting Line in Palm Desert. The order of business is a long climb out of the Palm Desert Valley up to Vista Point.
At the top of the point...
WELCOME TO SCENIC HIGHWAY 74
In this place of Solitude and Beauty, Please take time to show respect For both the natural surroundings And those who share this highway.
Maintain a grateful awareness of the Time given you To share with your Loved Ones And remember those who innocently lost What you may take for granted.
PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY
Committee 74 & SANTA ROSA AND SAN JACINTO MOUNTAINS NATIONAL MONUMENT
The ride continues following along the high desert... lunch stop at the Temecula Harley Davidson then a short ride to the Village of Carlsbad.
The 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball is finished 3306 miles.
Overall Winner is Class II - Frank Westfall
Class I Winner - Dean Bordigioni
Class II Winner - Steve DeCosa
Supporting the Antique Motorcycle Club of America
"sailing on calm seas in following winds..." Captain Blood
Cast of Supporting Characters