Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Team Seaba Reaches Yellowstone

The latest from Gerald Timms of Team Seaba crossing the U.S. on the 3,956 mile Cannonball Run on their 1929 Harley Davidson J model.

Day 6
Well, not a lot of great news from the day 6 at the cannonball. The Team Seaba bike (and rider) had to be picked up by the chase truck. After riding in the cold rain most of the day, it happened. I lost the rear cylinder, not sure the problem yet. When we get back with the bike, we will pull the motor out tear it apart to see if we can get it going for tomorrow.

Day off 
Team Seaba just finished day 6 at the cannonball. Got the bike put back together and had a good day with no bike troubles and great weather. We left Murdo, SD and after a short ride down the highway we rode
When's the last time you shifted by hand?
through Badlands National Park then on to Rapid City where we had lunch. After lunch it was off to Mount Rushmore and Wow that is cool! Leaving Mount Rushmore, it was on to Sturgis.
Thank god for a rest day. Both the bike and rider could use one, but the ride is not even half over yet. 

Day 7 
After the supposed day off yesterday, working on the bike,and the box van then washed clothes, ect., we left Sturgis this morning at 8 am.  Everything was going well, we were about 15 miles from lunch and a valve keeper broke on the front cylinder.We had spare valve parts with us in the saddlebag, so after a 10 min fix we were back on the road and on the lunch at Deluxe Harley Davidson. Once there, they fed us some wonderful barbeque and peach cobbler. Once we had a nice tour of their place, it was on to Sheridan, WY, the stopping point for today. So that will allow us time to work on the bike and get ready for Yellowstone tomorrow.

Day 9
Historic Irma Hotel in Cody, WY
We have Internet service again. On day 8, we left Sturgis and headed for Yellowstone. We had a very nice hosted lunch in Cody, WY in the old Irma Hotel, a very cool place. One problem in Cody is that the local police like to stop everybody for not have their headlight on, about ten people got stopped (not me) but no one got a ticket. We then set out for Yellowstone. Right before going into Yellowstone I saw the biggest buffalo I have ever seen, just cruising down the shoulder of the highway. We made it to one of the lodges in Yellowstone about 4 pm local time and it was already getting cold and then started to rain. After some maintenance work on the bike and a bit to eat, we discovered we had no TV, Internet or wireless service... just like 1929. Overall a good day with no bike problems (yay!).
Some of Team Seaba's sponsors:
Seaba Station
Motul Oil
Avon Tyres
Midland Electronics
T-Fab Metal Fabrication

Cannonball Run Official website

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