Ladies and gentlemen, they’re alive! At 9:25 this evening, I received a call from Ed. “We’re back in civilization! We’ve got cellphone signal!”, exclaimed Ed.
(L~R) Eric Newman, Ed Weaver, Ray Sullivan and Larry Deshotel at the start of Texas Senior Cannonball
Day 5 was a 12-hour, 350-mile-long ride from Marfa to Fort Davis to Carlsbad Caverns and ultimately arriving at the trip’s final check-point, Roswell, NM, at around 7pm. After this 1,500-plus mile adventure, the senior cannonballers celebrated with some steaks at Applebee’s. Tonight’s lodging, a $66 motel was not that big of a difference in price compared with one from the night before, a $70 motel in Marfa. “But, that Big Bend, it is something else”, said Ed.
“Particularly memorable was the ride along the Rio Grande”, remarked Ed. He also said that he may entertain the idea of a ride just to explore Big Bend sometime in the future. Larry from Sulphur bought a walking stick from a Mexican vendor and he was thrilled about that. Ed said that they have taken pictures (in front) of everything. “We saw a whole lot of (motorcycle) riders; but Larry, Ray and I were the only scooter folks along this ride,” Ed uttered with a certain sense of pride (you could hear it in his voice).
Fifth rider, David "Bono" Levoy, in Woodville
Reflecting on the entire ride, Ed said,”This is better than the (2009, 2,200-mile) ride to Tail of the Dragon because you pack up and leave for a new destination every day, and the scenery changes every day.” I asked him how he feels after reaching Roswell, and he said “I am feeling pretty good!” As far as who may be the event’s winner, he said “I would have to say (paused for a moment) the gentleman by the name of (paused again)…” And I said,”Eric?” “Yes, I think he would be the winner (because he takes time to smell the roses along the way)”, said Ed. Yes indeed, in this league of senior cannonball riders, the winner is actually not the fastest; but the other way around–the turtle.
Tomorrow morning, some of the riders plan to visit the UFO Museum and do a little sightseeing in Roswell before pointing their wheels eastward to come home. Ed said about staying behind the eastwardly-moving bands of rainstorms,”as long as they’re ahead of us we should be OK.”
They’re coming home for sure, the accomplished Texas Senior Cannonball riders. They just don’t have any particular schedule, or in any particular hurry.–Lorenzo