Arkansas Stages of Motorycycle Cannonball Run Start Tomorrow


For those of you following the cross-country journey of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, riders are coming through Arkansas tomorrow and will be in the state for three days. The ride is being divided into 16 stages (and goes through 11 states) and participants are riding classic pre-1916 motorcycles. Nearly 70 riders have signed up for the first-year event, in hopes of proving the durability and reliability of their nearly century-old equipment.  They started from North Carolina on Sept. 10 and are making their way across the U.S. on a 16-day, 3,300-mile trek to Santa Monica, California.

Plans call for the riders to leave Lula, MS early in the morning (Sept 16) between 7:45-8:45 a.m. They will cross the bridge at Helena-West Helena and make their journey at around 35mph to Stuttgart. They arrive in Stuttgart around 11:30 a.m. They will be on Main Street at 6th and Main near the duck calling stage and will have their bikes on display. They will then travel on to Hot Springs.   The first bikes will begin arriving there at 4 p.m. The final group of riders will arrive around 4:55 p.m. The riders will come into the city on Malvern Avenue then take a right on Convention Boulevard, then a right on Laurel Street, which runs between the Embassy Suites hotel and the Summit Arena.

The classic antique motorcycles then will be parked on Church Street behind the Convention Center where they will be on public display until 6 p.m.

September 17 is a rest day in Hot Springs (the only rest day of the trip!) and riders will be in town all day.

Stage 8: September 18:  The riders leave Hot Springs and travel 143 miles and hit Danville  (where they will stop for
lunch. The bikes will be on display during this time in town-they are also scheduled to ride up Mount Magazine) and Fort Smith (with an overnight stay in Fort Smith. The bikes will be on display in town).