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Doobie Brothers’ Simmons to Ride Cannonball Endurance Run

Doobie Brothers’ Simmons to Ride Cannonball Endurance Run 2014

Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons and his wife Cris

Cannonball Endurance Run 2014

The founding member of the The Doobie Brothers – motorcycle enthusiast Patrick Simmons – will ride for a great cause this September during one of America’s most epic endurance rides – the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run.

Simmons will take ride the coast-to-coast ride with his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons. The two will pilot their 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Along the way, the Simmons will help raise money for Stand Up to Cancer. This organization was chosen due to their son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year, and is now cancer free.

The Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 will take Simmons and the other participants over 4,100 miles from Daytona, Fla., to Takoma, Wash. The route travels through Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and final Washington.

Cris is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa, Iowa; the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will raise

Speaking of the ride, Patrick says “Cris and I are excited, and so ready to head out on the 2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run. We have been working on our bikes for over a year now.”

Cris is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa, Iowa; the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame. She participated in the 2010 Cannonball Run, where she was the only American female out of 45 riders. She completed the over 2,800 miles and finished in 20th place.

This year Patrick Simmons will be riding a 1929 Harley-Davidson JD, nick-named “Norge” because of its similar blue color to Norge refrigerators once popular in the 1950s. As for Cris’ choice, she explains, “My bike “Buddy” is a 1934 Harley-Davidson, named after it’s previous owner, well-known Hollywood stunt man Bud Ekins. Pat bought the bike from Bud many years ago and I stole it from Pat in 1993, vowing to ride it ‘someday’.”

The Cannonball Run began in 2010 as a ride to showcase the restoration and power of antique motorcycles built before 1915. It has since evolved into a cross-country endurance ride held every other year with over 100 participants, which now includes bikes built before 1936.

After the Cannonball Endurance Run, Simmons will return to touring with the Doobie Brothers ahead of their upcoming album release “Southbound” set for Nov. 4.

A full schedule of the Run is listed below, to learn more visit: www.MotorcycleCannonball.com.

2014 Cannonball Endurance Run Stops

Sept. 5

Official Start in Daytona Beach, FL

Official Start will be on the beach at 2700 N. Atlantic Ave. between the Daytona Beach Resort and the Ocean. Motorcycles will be on display starting at 8:30 a.m. and will take the green flag at 10 a.m.

Sept. 5

Lake City, FL

Afternoon Promotion: Interstate Cycles, Lake City, Florida.
Motorcycles will arrive at Interstate Cycles starting at 4:00 p.m.
www.interstatecycles.com

Sept. 6

Columbus, GA

Sept. 7

Chattanooga, TN

Afternoon Promotion: Coker Tire Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Motorcycles will arrive starting at 4:00 p.m.
www.cokertire.com

Sept. 8

Red Boiling Springs, TN

Lunch Promotion: Cyclemos Motorcycle Museum, Red Boiling Springs, TN. Motorcycles will arrive at the Cyclemos Museum starting at 11:30 a.m.
www.cyclemos.com

Sept. 8

Clarksville, TN

Afternoon Promotion: Appleton Harley-Davidson, Clarksville, TN.
Motorcycles will arrive at Appleton Harley Davidson starting at 4:05 p.m.
www.appletonharley.com

Sept. 9

Cape Girardeau, MO

Afternoon Promotion: Cape Girardeau Convention and Visitors Bureau. Motorcycles will arrive at Grass Roots BMW in Cape Girardeau starting at 4:35pm.

www.visitcape.com

Sept. 10

Sedalia, MO

Afternoon Promotion: Yeager Cycle Sales, Inc., Sedalia, MO. Motorcycles will arrive at Yeager Cycle Sales starting at 4:30pm.

www.yeagerscycle.com

Sept. 11

Junction City, KS

Afternoon Promotion: City Cycle Sales Harley-Davidson, Junction City, KS.
Motorcycles will arrive at City Cycle Sales Harley Davidson starting at 4:05 p.m.
www.citycyclesalesinc.com

Sept. 12

Rest Day, Junction City, KS

Sept. 13

Burlington, CO

Afternoon Promotion: City of Burlington, CO.
Motorcycles will arrive at the Old Town Museum in Burlington starting at 4:05 p.m.

www.burlingtoncolo.com

Sept. 14

Colorado Springs, CO

Lunch Promotion: The Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum, Colorado Springs, CO.
Motorcycles will arrive at the Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum starting at 11:00 a.m.

www.themotorcyclemuseum.com

Sept. 14

Golden, CO

Afternoon Promotion: Uhl Studios, Golden, CO.
Motorcycles will arrive at the David Uhl Studios starting at 4:10 p.m.

www.uhlstudios.com

Sept. 15

Leadville, CO

Lunch Promotion: Leadville, CO.
Motorcycles will arrive in Leadville starting at 10:30 a.m.

www.leadvilleusa.com

Sept. 15

Grand Junction, CO

Afternoon Promotion: Grand Junction Harley-Davidson Grand Junction, CO.
Motorcycles will arrive at Grand Junction Harley Davidson starting at 5:05 p.m.

www.gjharley.com

Sept. 16

Springville, UT

Afternoon Promotion: Legends Motorcycle Museum, Springville, UT.
Motorcycles will arrive at the Legends Motorcycle Museum starting at 4:35 p.m.
www.legendsmotorcycles.com

Sept. 17

Elko, NV

Afternoon Promotion: 5th Gear Powersports, Elko, NV.
Motorcycles will arrive at 5th Gear Powersports starting at 4:10 p.m.
www.5thgearelko.com

Sept. 18

Meridian, ID

Afternoon Promotion: High Desert Harley-Davidson, Meridian, ID.
Motorcycles will arrive at High Desert Harley Davidson starting at 4:35 p.m.
www.highdeserthd.com

Sept. 19

Lewiston, ID

Afternoon Promotion: Hells Canyon Harley-Davidson, Lewiston, ID.
Motorcycles will arrive at Hells Canyon Harley Davidson starting at 4:20 p.m.
www.hellsCanyonH-D.com

Sept. 20

Yakima, WA

Afternoon Promotion: Owens Harley-Davidson, Yakima, WA.
Motorcycles will arrive at Owens Harley Davidson starting at 4:25 p.m.
www.owensharley.com

Sept. 21

Fife, WA

Lunch Promotion: Destination Harley-Davidson, Fife, WA.
Motorcycles will arrive at Destination Harley Davidson in Fife starting at 12:15 p.m.

www.destinationharley.com/

Sept. 21

Grand Finish in Tacoma, WA

Finish Promotion: LeMay Museum, Tacoma, WA.
Motorcycles will cross the finish line at the LeMay Museum at 2:00 p.m.
The Seattle Cossacks will perform at the LeMay Museum at 3:00 p.m.

www.lemaymuseum.org

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