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Cannonball Rides is very similar in design to that of a poker ride. The main difference is I use dealers and or businesses along the routes as your start and checkpoints throughout each of the rides. The rides are FREE - the only thing you can buy in fact is a patch and that is $5 bucks. Each one is numbered by ride series.
You choose your starting point from any of the dealership or alternate business location listed ( chances are I have one close to where you live) - You must stop at each of the dealership / checkpoint locations listed on any of the ride maps and grab a business card along that route. You must keep these business cards from each dealership as they will be required to be shown either on your your return or when you come back in to pick up your patch. You can ride clockwise or counter clockwise but you must stop at every location regardless. You end up returning back to your original starting location to complete the loop / ride. This is not a race, you alone decide your speed, when you wish to take breaks, etc. You must follow the ride maps / routes as presented and you only have the time given to complete on each ride.
Starting times are the same for all provinces, Fall Ride is 9 AM. When you arrive check in and go!. You only have a 1 hour window to arrive and leave - DON'T BE LATE - you will not be allowed to go. 8 hours later for the Fall 500 km Fall Color ride you must return back to the original location - you will have completed the loop by then - If you left at 9.01 AM you must arrive back that evening by 5.01 PM - If you do not make it for whatever reason, there is always next time :)
The newest edition to the ride mix is a 2 day - 1000 KM Fall Color ride. Starting time will be 9 AM Saturday September 17th. Assuming you leave right at 9 AM - You will have 32 Hours to complete and must follow the same rules as the 500 - pick up business cards along the way. The purpose of this ride is to tackle some very serious riding. I believe that you will ride for 12 hours, grab a motel on route and then enjoy the evening, good food, beverage and sleep. The following morning leave by 9 AM and arrive back to your original starting location that night September 18th by 5 PM. It will be a great turn out for what i consider to be a very solid fun ride. Two up riding or solo it is definitely about the journey this ride for sure.
As with all rides please do be very careful. You alone decide how fast and how aggressive you must be on these roads. View each provinces routes on the website. These change every single ride.
I have heard from a few people that the last ride was more difficult then the first ride in some provinces. Perhaps that is a good thing? If it was easy anyone could do it :) The Ontario rides I do myself to get a guide as to what I feel others can do, I cannot take into account your desire for a long lunch, or more stops then just fuel. Every new ride is a learning experience and the feedback I am getting is perfect - thank you. All I will say is that with any Cannonball ride - Time Is Critical!
The dealers listed on each provincial ride maps page are part of the new series of rides for 2016. I am looking for more dealers that would like to become starting points. If you are interested please contact me directly. Visit the website to contact me - www.CannonballRides.ca