Grand Start/Stage 1: Friday, September 7: Starting day for the heavily anticipated tour will find the Cannonball group gathered at the Motorcyclepedia Museum in Newburgh, New York with a full day of motorcycling ahead of them. The museum, which houses over 350 examples of vintage motorcycles-most of them Indians-will host our Grand Start reception. Competitors will gather at the line in anxious expectation of the official green flag and dash off into the heat of battle as they work their way across these great United States.
Following specific course instructions, riders will jockey their time machines for 211-miles across two states. The route will take them past such notable landmarks as Max Yasgur’s farm where the famous 1969 Woodstock concert was held and the Tunkhannock Viaduct, a 240-foot tall concrete deck bridge that was called the “eighth wonder of the world” when it was first constructed 97-years ago. The 2,375-foot structure consists of ten 180’ arches and two 100’ partially filled abutment arches. Completed in 1915, the majestic bridge took 1,140 tons of steel and 167,000 cubic tons of concrete to build.
The group will pass the Delaware River which serves, in part, as the border between New York state and Pennsylvania. The route also crosses the Susquehanna River. At 464-miles, the Susquehanna is the longest river in the continental United States that drains into the Atlantic Ocean and the longest without commercial boat traffic. This river passes through three states: New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
After a long eventful day, the ride will end in the quaint town of Wellsboro, PA. Settled in 1806, this historic borough was once a major shipping point for the area and is considered home of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon. The nearby Pine Creek Gorge, a product of the last Ice Age, has been etched out over time by the 87.2-mile long Pine Creek, leaving a 1,450-deep ravine that is 4,000-feet wide rim-to-rim. Protected by the state, the river is designated as a Scenic River of Pennsylvania.