The Official MV Cannonball Thread
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Petty Tyrant
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 6:57 am quote
Given that there are a large number of MV riders participating in Cannonball this year (including yours truly) I thought maybe you all would like a single, consolidated place to read about what's going on. I can't promise that many (or any) of the riders themselves will post to this thread, so I'm going to crowdsource the reporting of this event to you all.

Some of the riders have blogs, some of us have friends and family who are registered here on MV, and some of us will be in phone contact with various people here. Personally, I'll be posting to my blog from my iPhone (via email), but I probably won't do a lot of posting to MV directly.

You all should feel free to keep this thread up to date from the various blogs and tidbits of information you glean through the grapevine.

The ride starts in T-minus 4 days and 23 hours.



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MV Saint
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:08 am quote
I am so excited for you guys and gals.

I really wish i could be there with you, ride safe and good luck to all.

Cheers
Ossessionato
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Location: Palmdale, California
Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:39 am quote
Looks like a fantastic trip. Days 9 & 10 have some of the most beautiful countryside I saw on our trip. Endless rolling green hillsides. Try to take your eyes of the road and enjoy some of it. I will be following your journey. Good luck! I wish you all well!
Ossessionato
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:56 am quote
My trip back and forth in May was a blast, I'm sure your trip will be one too.

I was planning to ride with ya'll on the last day through DC, but my work will have me gone during that weekend.

My best wishes to all the riders.
Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:02 am quote
Cool man... Wish I could take that much time off work to ride my scooter, but there's just no way.
Hooked
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Location: Mid Wales
Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:25 am quote
What would I do to join you guys on the Cannonball. Go for it Jess and the rest of the MV contingent, good luck......Paul
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 8:53 am quote
I got 100% wife approval, but just cannot take that much time off work...
ARGH, maybe next year...
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:09 am quote
my scooter blog is at http://oz-gt.livejournal.com

So long as there's wifi or cell signal Ill update as I go
Ossessionato
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 9:46 am quote
Have a great ride all!
Ossessionato
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:30 am quote
I'm just about ready to go, only a few minor things left to do on the bike, then all I need to do is pack and prepare my navigational resources (that part is probably going to be the most work). I'm heading up to SF this afternoon... see you all there at the rally and the party tonight!
Molto Verboso
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:51 am quote
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Gobshite Shiva
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 11:44 am quote
go cannonballers!!

and of course if we don't have an MV member finishing in the top 3, then we're going to send you all back out to do it over again
Moderator
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:30 pm quote
Ride hard! ... but ride safe. Looking forward to the blogs, and hopefully, a Long Way 'Roundish video
Molto Verboso
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 12:57 pm quote
Re: The Official MV Cannonball Thread
jess wrote:
The ride starts in T-minus 4 days and 23 hours.
It does???!!! Slaps self on forehead, grabs coffee-stained napkin and makes shopping list: Moped (not Cannonball legal but that's a detail we'll clean up in post), Riding Gear, Tkt to SFO, GPS, Wire, Electrical Tape, MV T-Shirt, Toothbrush. Runs out door trailing wire and electrical tape screaming, "See you in three weeks!!! ARRRRRrrrrrrrgh..."

Thanks for the heads up.

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Molto Verboso
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:21 pm quote
Salima Draghetta wrote:
I want to wish all the best to all the Cannonball participants!
Big +1...

.... but I am hoping the trophy ends up in Brooklyn
Addicted
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Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:53 pm quote
sallad wrote:
Salima Draghetta wrote:
I want to wish all the best to all the Cannonball participants!
Big +1...

.... but I am hoping the trophy ends up in Brooklyn
I will do my best!!
Already shipped my scoot to SFO. I leave tomorrow early morning from JFK.
I will be updating with my iPhone, same as Jess, but will not be posting here probably. Follow along on the blog, though:

http://vespacoast2coast.blogspot.com/

I think there is going to be an MV 1-2-3 lineup no matter what...
I am psyched that PistolPete is documenting this one for Scoot!
See you all in a couple o days.
Moderator
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:14 am quote
Good luck to all the Modern Vespa Canonballers! May the wind be at your back and the roads smooth and fast.
Molto Verboso
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 6:54 am quote
looks like an amazing ride.

colorado should have its colors starting to turn.

cant wait to read about it.
Hooked
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:06 am quote
have fun guys!
Addicted
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 8:42 am quote
Ride safe and enjoy the experience. It looks like a fantastic adventure.
Petty Tyrant
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:32 am quote
genie wrote:
and of course if we don't have an MV member finishing in the top 3, then we're going to send you all back out to do it over again
That should be easy, given how many CBers are MVers.
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:35 am quote
jess wrote:
genie wrote:
and of course if we don't have an MV member finishing in the top 3, then we're going to send you all back out to do it over again
That should be easy, given how many CBers are MVers.
Or how many of them occupy the classes?
Petty Tyrant
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:53 am quote
I was hesitant to publish my location (via SPOT Satellite Messenger) to the general audience, but have decided to at least publish my check-in messages and my help messages. You can follow my progress (at least whenever I hit a button) via this link: Where's Jess?
Addicted
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 1:47 pm quote
jess wrote:
I was hesitant to publish my location (via SPOT Satellite Messenger) to the general audience, but have decided to at least publish my check-in messages and my help messages. You can follow my progress (at least whenever I hit a button) via this link: Where's Jess?
That's a nice piece of technology to have with you.
Hooked
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:21 pm quote
Kudo's!
Addicted
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:33 pm quote
I wish I had put one of those in my Boots. Jet blue cant find one of my bags, but I am in SF now.. totally psyched to get rolling!!! I pick up the scoot tomorrow, hopefully jet blue will have my stuff by then. Yuk.
Addicted
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:37 pm quote
Am I ready?



I think I am ready????? Am I ready????? Ok I am ready!!!!!! Not

I think I am ready???????????????? Did I forget anything???????? I am

ready!!!!!


R.B.

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Molto Verboso
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 4:39 pm quote
Joel if there is anything we can do for you let us know.

Have fun guys
Addicted
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:20 pm quote
Jess, could you make this sticky for the run of the event????

please?
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 7:24 pm quote
VP1 wrote:
Joel if there is anything we can do for you let us know.

Have fun guys
You can't make us!

(j/k - thanks!)
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:51 pm quote
VP1 wrote:
Joel if there is anything we can do for you let us know.

Have fun guys
Wow, thanks!That is super nice of you. I have a good crew here in SF, and... thankfully, they found it, and they are delivering it to the motel tomorrow. I am TOTALLY ready. I am fully psyched to get rolling.

See you all in the next couple of days. ( !!! )
Man it is nice here. I always love coming out to SF. So amazing.
Ossessionato
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:55 pm quote
sallad wrote:
I am hoping the trophy ends up in Brooklyn
Trophy? Who said anything about a trophy?? We don't do this for trophies, we do this because we're a bunch of friggin nuts!
Modératrice
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 10:01 pm quote
jess wrote:
genie wrote:
and of course if we don't have an MV member finishing in the top 3, then we're going to send you all back out to do it over again
That should be easy, given how many CBers are MVers.
Let's see the MV roster!

The rest of us will be cheering all of you across the finish line!!

--Deborah
Petty Tyrant
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Sun Sep 07, 2008 11:01 pm quote
A preview of one of the roads we'll be riding on Day 2.

Now I'm starting to get psyched.

1.jpg

2.jpg

Hooked
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:46 am quote
Quote:
A preview of one of the roads we'll be riding on Day 2.
All I can say is "WOW" what fantastic roads, I can see the scoots really powering out on those.
Jess I hope someone will be videoing the Cannonball, I'm in for a copy if they are........Paul
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:06 am quote

This looks like it's going to be really cool

And thank you for making this thread a stickie
Moderator
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:31 am quote
Wow, those are fantastic roads, you have all the reason to be excited about that. Good luck.
Sir Frets-A-Lot
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:44 am quote
I lost this thread for a while then realized it was "stickied"

Jess, that second day photog is... well. Sigh. I'm excited now, as oposed to terrified at meeting my fate by Squirrel.

Where's my will again????
Ossessionato
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:13 am quote
pretty cool road shot above - kinda wish I was riding this
Molto Verboso
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Mon Sep 08, 2008 11:20 am quote
A Big RIDE SAFE TO ALL!

All the best!

Cheers,

Gianni
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