This is not the whole team. But it s the only picture we have of the dog… er, the Mascot. When we get everybody together then we’ll have the real Team picture. Actually its not a bad pic, everybody looks clean and well rested. This is not how we usually look, at night deep into the grease and beer. There are other Team members who won't be in the picture and don’t usually get the shout out they deserve. That’s the ladies who back up the gents. Without them… well, you know. And here we also have to mention the kids.
Those playful, fun crazy, never pick up a darn thing, wonderful children that our lives just wouldn’t be the same if we could not see their cherubic faces every day. But in the end it’s all about the Garage. The long nights and long hours spent in trying to make sure that the Scouts are ready to meet the test in the Cannonball. 17 days of pushing the limits of those machines from one end of the country to the other, riding with some of the best guys on the planet. The riders and support team are really looking forward to the endurance nature of the race, It’ll show us how we did all those long nights.
Kirk is riding that beautiful red machine Miss Pandora. The name is so appropriate because it is Kirk who has opened up the box with all the crazy gifts to come (they are gifts, right?). Kirk is the mainstay, the spine, the inspiration, the tough as a nut case who has a dream. An everyday Joe who is nice to old ladies and young children that needs to get in the Garage because in his heart he really is a Neanderthal. Just a brute with his hands. He is polite and sincere and can’t wait to get on the road. Because really in this life you don’t get that many chances and you may not know it to look at him but Kirk is a dreamer. And a heckuva nice guy. We all think of him as the leader, just don’t tell him that. Oh, and he's my dentist. Seems to be good at that, too.
Ryan is riding that frightening beast Morticia. I am not sure that the prefix Miss is entirely appropriate here. What can you say about Ryan? You can say that the man is flat out genius. He’s been riding and building motorcycles since the womb. Every night in the Garage you just wonder where he came from because he seems to know everything about the machines we are putting together. He is a crazy man with a wild sense of humor. With him around we can’t help it. We laugh like boys behind the teacher’s back. We’re not sure that there is anything he can’t do. Pilot, Architect, and boy does he love music. He’s a DJ that could have been a star. You know one of those guys who stays up all night slinging tunes to an all night Rave party on some hot Mediterranean Island. Watch the videos. See if its not a party every night with the Man in the Garage. I’ll bleep out the bad stuff for the kiddies.
Photo taken by Mac at the Bonanza Creek Ranch
You’d never know by looking at this craggy old rhinoceros that he is a Philosopher-King. He’s an author, photographer (most of the pics on this site are his), and spiritualist who knows the mystical places in New Mexico like the back of his hand. A man whose words are gilded with flight but whose butt flys along on his BMW two wheeler. Take the time to listen and you’ll know more about Indian culture than you could from any lousy professor. Truly gifted with the pathways of harmonious insight, you can hear his earthy laughter from a mile away. He’ll be driving and ramrodding this outfit from Daytona to Tacoma. Just don’t ask him about the Mayan calendar. You might learn something.
Lucky guy. He is riding Miss Ally. She just might be the best looking machine in the Garage. She used to be the ride of that magnificent dude, Steve McQueen. Find the video where Ryan talks about Steve and Ali. But to get back to Dillon, what a nice guy. No, I mean it. A fellow Architect with Ryan who must have picked up some of his skills because I always see him with a wrench in his hand. And a smile on his face. And a beer in his hand. Or was he passing the beer to me? Whatever. Dillon joins us for half the trip meeting up with us at Kansas City, I think. New meat. We’ll need it.
Photo taken by Dillon in the Garage
Who needs a big, happy commercial driver? Reservation Racing does. Tapped from the Flat Irons of Boulder, Colorado like a jolly, hired-gun, Rolf is tasked with towing the racing team’s mobile garage from Daytona Beach, Florida to Golden, Colorado. But he understands it’s not fun and games. “I’m honored to join this team and work hard for two brilliant men, Kirk and Ryan. When I deliver the goods, keep my men safe and smiling, I’ve done my job.” Rolf explains with an easy grin then contemplates the challenge ahead. “I respect The Reservation: Ryan and Kirk’s ambitious dream will be realized, matched by their drive and talent because these guys are smart, gutsy and they built two bad-ass Indians from scrap-- not simply to finish the race, but to win it-- I’m a believer.” Rolf is a road warrior in his own right having earned a living driving a variety of large rigs in California, Hawaii and Colorado. When he’s not driving, he’s riding like many of you, “I can’t help loving two wheels, especially riding near my home around the curves of the Front Range.” The Motorcycle Cannonball isn’t just another gig for Rolf. “This is a family affair, too. As part of my participation, I’ll keep an extra close eye on Ryan, my brother-in-law.”, he laughs. “My sister married this ‘Wild One’ ‘Rebel WITH a Cause’ on his ‘Great Escape’. Naturally, I’m here to protect her investment.” Rolf: Driver, Watchdog, Big Brother.
And then there’s me. If you got a bitch about the words here or the design of this (epic) website, talk to me. Or maybe talk to the hand, I don’t know. What I do know is that I am on a very special adventure with some very special fellows. If I can manage to do without any sleep, I’m going to try to give you a video account on each of the 17 days. It’ll be right here on the Cannonball page. What a great event. So much thanks has got to go to Lonnie Isam Jr and all the folks who are helping put this thing together. If we are lucky maybe we can get Lonnie to help us do some interviews along the way. If you have any words to say put them on the comments section of the Blog page. I probably won’t read them but its worth a try ;-/
Photo taken by Mac at the Bonanza Creek Ranch