The riders in the Motorcycle Cannonball arrived in Dodge City, Kan., Sept. 17 after a 184-mile ride from Wichita, Kan.
Sunday, Sept. 18, was a much-needed day of rest for the competitors. On Monday, Sept. 19, they were en route to Pueblo, Colo., on Stage 9. It's 272 miles–the longest stage to date.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Cris Sommer-Simmons has been slowing climbing back up the standings and now sits in eighth. The 22-way tie for the lead still stands.
Sommer-Simmons and her husband, Pat [a member of the rock band The Doobie Brothers] celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary over the weekend. Pat was also on the Motorcycle Cannonball ride until his bike broke down in the fifth stage, but he is still along for the trip.
Sommer-Simmons poses for a "tintype" photo in Dodge City.
On Sept. 10, 90 riders departed Atlantic City, N.J., on their 3,304 mile route across the country in hopes of arriving at San Diego, Calif., on Sept. 25. The race is held in honor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erwin "Cannonball" Baker's record-setting 11-day ride in 1914.
For full results from Stage 8, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com.
To view the detailed schedule for the ride, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com/theroute.