Thanks to the Cannonballs, including scouting the 300 Mile'r....I've put on 2,000. km that I wouldn't have. So I want to add my appreciation as well. Terry's Cycle Weyburn Saskatchewan
David, just wanted to thank you for organizing the ride yesterday – man, it was a full ride ! there were three of us, leaving from A&K in Waubaushene – I thought we did everything right, made all the turns and made very quick stops - it took us just over 7 hours, we had about 15 minutes to spare ! I would be curious to know what the completion rate was ? I can’t imagine that anyone did it any faster than us and it pretty much took us the entire allowed time !
Really puts long distance, endurance riding into perspective ! Rode my old ’99 BMW R1100S 130,000 kms and it was a pleasure to ride – Regards Chris Dixon
Hi David, First off, please accept my heartfelt “THANK YOU” for setting up
these rides. The effort is very much appreciated!
Rick Bradshaw, General Manager
Schrader's Honda Yamaha Suzuki
Thanks again, I would like to thank everyone that help organize the Cannonball 500. I manage to clock 641 klometer great day it was truly a fun ride, I'm sad to say I didn't make it in time limit ha ha maybe next year, I can't wait.
Many more to follow I am sure - Such a great day - the riding was fantastic for almost everyone - Northwest Territories had +7 and pouring rain but many still made it - Cheers to everyone - I will post more comments as they flow my way!
David: The first
Edmonton Cannonball 500 Lite was a huge success despite mother nature’s attempt
to discourage everyone with “not-the-best” riding weather Sunday was
cloudy, 7 degrees C, and rain on the radar Despite the
conditions, 75 riders did show up for a breakfast buffet put on by our Main
dealer/sponsor, Blackjacks Roadhouse in Nisku All riders
had departed just after 9:00am
The first have off the route was a nice ride. Sunny but cool. They made the midway point at Rocky Mountain House in great spirits and enthusiasm. They were met with free refreshments and a donation BBQ before continuing on.
it was the second half of the trip that was miserable. Dropping temperatures
and rain combined with a section of road construction made the roads slippery
and muddy. All riders made it through the “sloppy” section safe and continued
on toward the final destination. Everyone
commented on what a great route it was, despite the rain and mud. The leaves in
this area are starting to turn their fall colours. Most of the
riders returned in under the 7 ½ hours with time to spare We
unfortunately had one breakdown halfway through the route. A Suzuki went down
with what is believed to be a transmission. Six other
registered riders did not show up when all was completed and we headed for
home. All riders
are impressed with the format, and can’t wait for the extended 800K June
Cannonball 500 Glad
Edmonton can now be included in the Nationwide Cannonball Tim Zarowny
David: Did the CannonBall 500 in Ontario yesterday! It was a great ride! Weather
started off bad, but then turned into a gorgeous day! Not sure how you
arrived at choosing the roads, but Renfrew County 515 was an awesome road for
the curves/twisties. Great scenery throughout the entire ride.
So four of us from Estevan came up the night before and stayed at Bear Claw Casino at Carlyle for the start of SK Cannonball 500. Very nice accommodations and very friendly knowledgeable staff handling start and finish paper work. Casinos are good check in points in our opinion because of the hours open/staffing etc
Great day we followed the route and stayed dry
Thanks for looking after us. There were about 20 there wondering what to do so everyone is witnessing each other and will send in their forms. Expect a few more emails from individuals in the group. The ride was really cold and wet for the first 2.5 to 3 hours. Hats off to the guy on the cafe racer. After that it was great. Thanks again.
I'll keep an eye on the Web page for the next one.
We rode up from Hamilton in the morning and still finished
with 15 minutes to spare starting from Stayner.
As you probably found, groups of more then 2 or 3 waste more time at stops for fuel or food. I think pairs are ideal. and will aim for that next year.
We rode the route backwards which turned out to be a minor mistake. We had hoped to avoid the 400 traffic though those that went clockwise said there was little and hoped to avoid some of the rain but ran into it. Oh well just part of the fun of riding.
The guys at Barrie Harley said that they would be hosting a giant BBQ next year at the end and it seems many of the Check in Spot sponsors were well behind the ride.
Like any good event there will be millions of great stories and adventures like the guy who lost his GO PRO on hwy 66 in the grass but found it in the bushes working but well shaken, the group of Russian Riders that bickered constantly but good naturedly at every stop, Deer, Turtle and other wildlife sightings and the solitary radar trap, all good stuff.
And the big grins and waves on every rider we passed was proof that any minor inconvenience was worth it.
We had about 75 riders leaving our shop (I was one of them so did not get a final head count). Massive line up out of door from about 6:30 am. Had a cooler of water for all riders stopping in (33 degrees outside) as well as coffee and doughnuts.
When I got to Dauphin I saw that Country Boys Choppers were
open and welcoming in all riders. Awesome! They said they had 40 riders leave
in the morning.
When I got to Morden I saw that the owner of Gaslight HD was there. They were closed during the day but were welcoming riders in the morning and at the end. Had a big bucket of ice water for all riders to grab on their way through. Awesome.
The feedback we got in the shop was absolutely fantastic. Everyone loved it and will eagerly do it again. Great work on getting this organized David, you did a fantastic job! My total was 938km in 11 hours 59 minutes. Yes, 1 minute shy of 12 hours. Got a huge laugh out of that timing.
Dave : The route / roads were great!
You were at the Orillia start point Saturday morning , right ? My wife and I were one of the first roadglides to arrive and leave right around 7am starting from Orillia.
And yes we finished with 15 minutes to spare.
Thank you so much! I had a GREAT time & look forward to doing it again & again & again. Maybe even the 1000.
Huge Thanks to all the supporters too, River City, Brandon, Dauphin & Gas Light. MLH&R!