updated:
October 14, 2006

The Cannonball 2006 took place
September 10, 2006 - September 19, 2006

A lot of the riders have their own supporters to thank, but as a group we'd like to thank the following for all your help. This could not have happened without your support.

Modified - P town Scooters -Pride Of Cleveland Scooters
Scoot Magazine - Scooters Originali - Top Dead Center Scooter Club

Special thanks to the following
Kieran Walsh for making T-shirts
Libby and Devon for running support. You made it happen.

Final Points and Class leaders

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Super Stock
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Stock+Kitted
Manual
Stock
Manual
Kitted
Stan - 231
Owen - 137 Ashrat - 119 Patrick - 126
JD - 222
Chris G - 91 Roy - 108 Noe - 73
Bill M - 209
Mike B - 64 Jason - 67 Bagel - 61
Rolf - 197
John Smith - 35 Heather - 67 Baxter - 60
Matt W - 197
  Volz - 27 Mark H - 45
Ady - 196
    Sarah - 43
Rich G - 183
  Scott Davis - 33
Ash - 178
    Kieren - 30
Terry L - 169
    Mike H - 23
Jim T - 167
    Mike G - 12
Earl - 145
    PJ - 0
Jumpy - 88
    Rob - 0
Bobo - 56
     

Riders Blogs
(read it in their own words)
Bobo
Chris G
Heather Knight
JD Merryweather
John Smith
Mark Houghton
Owen Medd
Patrick Owens
Roy Cross
RuckusRider
Sara Atkeson

Cannonball Run

Cannonball Run 2006 Order In.

For an actual journal read the riders blogs listed on the main page. This is the order the riders arrived each night. The first few days lists a few issues the group ran into.

Day Nine - Warren, Pennsylvania to Scooters Originali, Orange, NJ

A-Class (Super Stock)
JD Merryweather
Stan Obal
Ady Oren

B-Class (other TnG)
Chris Gaydos
Owen Medd
Mike Bobadillo

C-Class (manual stock)
Ashrat
Roy Cross
Heather Knight

D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Mark Houghton
Jose "Noe" Valdez


Day Eight - Cleveland, Ohio to Warren, Pennsylvania

A-Class (Super Stock)
Stan Obal
Matt Wilson
Ady Oren

B-Class (other TnG)
Owen Medd
Chris Gaydos
Mike Bobadillo

C-Class (manual stock)
Ashrat
Roy Cross
Robert Volz


D-Class (Modified Manual)
Jose "Noe" Valdez
Mark Houghton
Patrick Owens


Day seven - Merrillville, Indiana to Pride Of Cleveland Scooters, Cleveland, Ohio

A-Class (Super Stock)
JD Merryweather
Matt Wilson
Stan Obal

B-Class (other TnG)
Chris Gaydos
Owen Medd
Mike Bobadillo

C-Class (manual stock)
Roy Cross
Ashrat
Heather Knight


D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Jose "Noe" Valdez
Tom Donahue


Day six - Ames, Iowa to Merrillville, Indiana

A-Class (Super Stock)
JD Merryweather
Rich Glass
Terry Luoma

B-Class (other TnG)
Owen Medd
Mike Bobadillo
John Smith

C-Class (manual stock)
Roy Cross
Ashrat
Jason Funderburk


D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Tom Donahue
Sara


Day five - Valentine, Nebraska to Ames, Iowa

There are 35 riders (32 now) and I am not able to get in touch with everyone. Sorry these updates are so one sided, I'm just posting what info I am given.

Here's the morning update from Rob Downs. It's more of a damage assessment after the longest day of riding the cannonballers will have.

Heytens, Rob downs and Chris Gaydos are getting a u haul and going to Omaha. From there, Heytens is going home with the bikes, Rob is going to Deliverance. Chris is going to a Vespa Dealership getting his bike fixed and will head to Ames, then rejoin the group.

Mike Heytens was super prepared (he was the overall leader in 2004) and has been working on his bike for ages. This just goes to show no matter how much you prepare, shit happens. Sorry to hear your dropping out Mike.

Scott Baxter broke his exhaust and is using a spare from the sag wagon. PJ unfortunatly broke down and is at the hotel I'm not sure of his situation. Mark Houghton holed his piston and is using a spare sent out from Scooters O.

More bad news. Jim Smith from Ptown is pulling out as well. Jim Gave it one hell of a try from what I heard though I'm not sure what caused him to pull out. Maybe the variator issues.

Bagel is going on the trailer due to a soft sieze. He either has a blown seal or holed piston I assume he's dealing with it tonight. (Update Bagel is back on the road, he only had a fuel delivery problem)

Matthew from Fist city has suffered an exhaust failure and is also on the wagon. (His pipe fell apart he got is welded and finished 9th overall)

That puts at least 3 on the wagon at the start of today.

Mike Garrett did a complete engine rebuilt last night finishing at 4:00 am, ouch. He must have enjoyed the few hours of sleep because he came in this in his class.

Huge props go to Kieran for arriving at 1:00 last night while battling 35 mile hour cross winds while riding in pitch black on a DL. Luckily for him his headlight was of top quality Italian design.

Todays route is much shorter and should have better services than yesterdays grueling ride.

The super class today had a pipe go out. Earl Erickson shreaded a belt as well as Rich Glass. They are repaired and running again.

A-Class (Super Stock)
JD Merryweather
Stan Obal
Ash Miltiades

B-Class (other TnG)
Owen Medd
Mike Bobadillo
John Smith

C-Class (manual stock)
Ashrat
Roy Cross
Jason Funderburk


D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Jose "Noe" Valdez
Michael Garrett


Day four - Dubois, Wyoming to Valentine, Nebraska

One issue that has popped up, and may not be much of a surprise, is that 2 support vehicles (and one unnoficial vehicle) is not enough.

The roads were pretty rough, but all in all it was good riding. Open sweeping turns. There was a headwind starting around 2:00pm, but Ive heard it wasn't that bad.

At the time of this posting, 10:00, 20 or so riders are in.

There have been several breakdowns as would be expected, some of the bikes are getting some wear and tear but what Im hearing sounds to be positive today, even though it is late and riders are out. The riders all seem to be a great group of folks.

Unfortunatly Rob Downs and Mike Heytens are pulling out due to multiple mechanical failures.

Rob Downs, Mike Garret, PJ, Mike Bobadillo, Chris Gaydos and Jim Smith have been on the Trailer today.

Patrick Owens sucked a reed into his motor, pulled over on the side of the road, fixed it and road into the hotel. Now thats impressive.

Keiran is just tuggin along.

Scott Baxter apparently was hauling ass at 75 mph on his P210.

One great piece of news is that everyone is doing good (they're tired as hell Im sure) but there havn't been any injuries worthy of a hospital trip.

The order in today is a bit iffy, some riders are still out and these guys need to get to sleep so I'm leaving them alone.

A-Class (Super Stock)
JD Merryweather
Stan Obal
Matt Wilson

B-Class (other TnG)
Owen Medd
Most Likely John Smith (not in yet)

C-Class (manual stock)
Ashrat
Jason Funderburk
Roy Cross

D-Class (Modified Manual)
Scott Baxter


Day Three - Hailey, Idaho to Dubois, Wyoming

Updates are very difficult to get and sporadic today. Here's the info I was able to gather, but a lot of this was not given to me by the party involved, so take it with a grain of salt.

The riders had a great ride. The riders went over the continental divide today. There were two segments where road conditions were gravel, mud and hard pack. Other than that the roads were great. Not as many animals in the road today. Everyone seems to be trying to go to sleep because tomorrow is the longest day.

Jason Funderburk has been having a great time riding. He was lost at one point but was enjoying the scenery no one else saw. Enjoying the scenery and having no problems as he puts it. He changed his rear tire. Some of the roads are in pretty poor conditions and eating tires up.

Heather Knight ran into a guy on a Harley and he said he saw a bunch of guys on mopeds, so she set him straight.

The riders seem to be preparing for tomorrow and rejetting for the 4000 + foot elevation drop tomorrow.

Heytens broke down three times. Once he had stator problems and didnt have the the tools to fix, I heard he was able to fix it at a mechanic shop of some sort when they allowed him the use of a lift and tools. The last break down he blew the spark plug out of the head stripping the threads. He'll be helicoiling it tomorrow and back on the road early if I know Heytens.

Mike Bobadillo is waiting on a fuel tap.

Sara is back on the road, she lost a stud on her rear hub yesterday I believe. Not sure about when that happened but I heard shes runnign strong.

Kieran is working on some minor cabling issues and changing his rear tire. He's going good though.

Jim from P town got his new variator, but one of the bolts stripped so he is riding it out and hoping it holds.

Volz blew a seal or something and the oil got on the brakes, and his rear wheel locked up, I assume due to friction. Something is going on with his rear brake I heard the bike tipped over off the stand and broke the brake lever for the front as well, He has a vespa lever on at the moment with that nice disc brake. Apparently he still has brakes, thats good.

Once again there are forest fires and the riders are having to ride through smoke.

5 miles into todays ride one of the ET4, Chris Gaydos, ate a belt. I was unable to get more info about his status.

Rob Downs and Michael Garrett are in a rental car going to the next stop for their overnight parts.

A lot of coordinating is going on to keep everyone running I think these riders are doing a great job and am enjoying hearing their progress as sporadic as it is due to bad cellular connections. There are also a lot of shops really helping these guys out. The ones I have heard of are Scooters Originalli and Casa Lambretta. Thanks a lot for helping the riders and sorry If I am missing any shop names.

Its 10:09 Local time and two riders have not arrived. Hopefully they are in the Sag wagon.

A-Class (Super Stock)
Rich Glass
JD Merryweather
Rolf Soltau

B-Class (other TnG)
Owen Medd
John Smith
Riders not in yet

C-Class (manual stock)
Jason Funderburk
Roy Cross
Heather Knight

D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Scott Baxter
Mark Houghton


Day Two - John Day Oregon to Hailey Idaho

At the start we had 3 bikes in the sag wagon. Mike Garrett, Mike Bobadillo and Sailor Sara had break downs. Heytens blew a clutch side seal, and repaired it at this time. 6 bikes in the wagon. The SAG Wagons are full. There are going to be riders that will either have to drop out or get their bikes fixes quickly. There is a rule in effect that if a bike is not running for two consecutive days and in the wagon, the rider is out so as not to hold up the group.

The tNg's came in 1-12 today. The Vintage bikes came in later in the day, about 2 hours later.

The riders were going through a couple of forest fires and there were some smoke issues, but all in all it sounds like they had a great day of riding.

A lot of elavation gains, lots of twisties. Riders are at least 7 hours apart. At the time of this posting riders are still showing up. It's 9:00 pm local time.

Order in.

A-Class (Super Stock)
Stan Obal
Rolf Soltau
JD Merryweather

B-Class (other TnG)
Chris Gaydos
Owen Medd
John Smith

C-Class (manual stock)
Janice Ashrat
Roy Cross
Heather Knight

D-Class (Modified Manual)
Patrick Owens
Mark Hougton
Tom Donaghue


Day one - Pacific City Oregon to John Day Oregon

The start of day one had its share of problems. Directions turned out to be an issue. There was one crash. Mike from San Jose lowsided into the lava fields.

Rob Downs, Mike Garrett , PJ, Jim Smith all had break downs and did not finish. Jim is having parts overnighted due to a break down.

Most riders finished by 4:00 pm.

Order in.

A-Class (Super Stock)
Stan Obal
Rich Glass
Ady Oren

B-Class (other TnG)
Chris Gaydos
Mike Bobadilla
Owen Medd

C-Class (manual stock)
Janice Ashrat
Jason Funderburk
Heather Knight

D-Class (Modified Manual)
Mike Heytens
Patrick Owens
Scott Baxter