Just a few of the comments in thus far for the first two rides! 
Looks like everyone had another awesome day with Cannonball Rides!


Just completed Cannonball500 (Ontario) yesterday and had a blast! Thanks for organizing this. I'm looking forward to doing the 800 km in the spring.


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


It was a RAD day. It was just awesome to be with the crew on a gorgeous day, and on my Betsy for the day. As always she took real good care of me. You'll get your 800 patch in the spring!
Thank You Purdyman for all your work in setting this up for the rest of us to enjoy ! I and two friends rode the Ontario ride leaving/finishing from A&K. Recreation We made the loop in a clockwise direction and the first 1/2 of the ride was so exhilarating and the second half in the south was challenging as we are just not used to congested roads We had a great ride and finished with about twenty minutes to spare. I road the Spring ride and found that todays ride was a bigger challenge. Once again " Thank You " We are looking forward to meeting you at the Motorcycle show in Jan. John

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
Yorkton, SK 


It was a great ride even though the colors haven't changed yet. Didn't get to see many members with the staggered start and hall but had fun and met some new people. Made it is under the wire and completed the 1st Cannoball 500...
Hi Dave
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.

Unfortunately 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

Northwest Territories Riders do battle below from their starting point in Yellowknife - Weather was 7 degrees and raining the entire trip - I salute all of you who completed this ride!

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.

Lastly, Barrie Harley Davidson went beyond and WAY above what was required. 50% of the dealerships were closed, simply had a box sitting outside the door, one of those had a signup sheet for the people that started there.

Barrie was open before 7AM, had a formal sign-in, coffee/water to start. Then in the evening, they came back, opened up, verified documents, handed out patches (which I assume they are footing the bill for), and ended off with a BBQ. Must of had 30+ riders that started from their location. They did such a good job, I had assumed they organized the entire ride! GREAT job on the ride! Hope it went as well in the other provinces. Dale

Saskatchewan:

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

John P

This was an awesome route. Beautiful roads. Needs some fine tuning. Maybe instead of going into towns to find dealers have the stops for cards at gas stations just off the road. Seam to lose time finding the stores with construction and other events closing roads. Would due again though.

Great to hear - thanks John

Hello David, Thank you all so much for having us along for the ride on Sunday. We cannot express our appreciation on how incredibly patient you all were with us. The ride was incredible and challenging all at the same time. The weather was except for a little rain really a beautiful. I have a couple of photos to send you could you forward you email address. Note: If you want to post this on your website please feel free to edit. Thank you all! Shirley
Don't know who to express thanks to for the work and time that went into this venture, but it was great! My group had a fantastic time today and look forward to bring more people on board for next year. Thanks again

Thank you again David for getting me out on the longest ride I've taken in 5 years! Always at the shop trying to keep everyone else on the road, dirt or snow and never time to get out and ride.

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.
Tom

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.
Thanks again

Thank you! Thank you for all the work and effort that went into these rides. I particiapted in the Ontario event yesterday and it was great. Thanks again, I'm looking forward to more events. Steve



Manitoba:

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!