How do you summarize a Cannonball?...
This was my introduction to without a doubt, the most fun you will have with your pants on!Arriving as a “newbie” you soon figure out that all the other guys know each other as they come back year after year for this particular reason. But then you too quickly become a member of your new “family” and that is where it all starts.The experiences along the trip will test you and with the teamwork involved it means you will laugh together and you will also cry with laughter together. The Cannonball involves getting lost together because the lead riders struggle to see markers at times. It involves helping your new mates out of trouble and receiving help when needed. It involves a formal dinner with candles and a white table cloth while camping! (One night only). It gives you time to think and reflect about life in general. This will “reset” your circuits and we all need that. You will see parts of Australia that will blow your mind. You will travel through these parts at an exciting but safe speed. You will meet interesting local wildlife (briefly).The worst day is the last. You look around at a bunch of like-minded people and you sense a feeling of sadness that it all has to end so soon. Then you start thinking and planning of your return for the next year, bigger tanks, hand grip heaters, different knee guards, more crackers, etc. Everything is sorted for you and Katie and her team go beyond what is deemed necessary to make your life easier. The satisfaction you will get from knowing that you have contributed to a worthy cause like Debra Australia will leave a warm feeling in your heart for a long time afterwards.If you are looking for “time out” while having a most excellent time while you are seeing Australia and making new friends and at the same time making a real difference for people that really need it the Cannonball is your answer.
David - Rider #990
what our riders thought
I have ridden on three Cannonballs now...
and look forward to the next one each and every year-but they don't seem to come often enough. For me its a chance to combine dirt bike riding with photography, travel, mates and good times. But its not just dirtbike riding, it's a chance to meet and ride with like minded guys, a chance to hone your off-road skills, a chance to tinker with your bike and learn some valuable mechanical skills (from the more knowlegible to the bush mechanic). Its also an opportunity to do that in a fully supported group.My first ride I had never really had too much experience on dirt, but I love it now and have covered lots of different terrains on my KTM 990. Once the entry fee is payed, everything is catered for-Food, fuel, accommodation etc, so your only dipping into your pocket for souvenirs and drinking money. And its a lot easier to budget for your holiday, especially if you plan to bring the missus and kids to the ride destination.
Brad Taylor - Rider #505 - 3 Cannonballs and counting
As a past participant I highly recommend the Cannonball Charity ride...
From meeting a bunch of strangers, nervously at first, warming to their diverse stories and personalities, the new mates you share the experience with is a definite plus.Fun is to be had not just for being on your bike, going on a great route, ¬†all pre planned for maximum experience, but for the fact that having to wear a tutu brings out the larrikin in people. ¬†Everyone else on the ride is like you, they love bikes, want to help a charity and want to have a good time.You feel like some kind of super star when you meet the people to which the money you are raising helps, yet you keep the memories, great memories.
Russell -Rider #10