Sunday, September 21, 2014

day 16: the end of the journey...

for the first time in a month, shinya sleeping peacefully without any worries.


niimie couldn't even make it to the bed...


the cannonball farewell party


after the dinner, all the top 3 finishers in each class were announced and only one champion was awarded. and then host Paul d'Orleans announced out of the blue that there is a "spirit of the cannonball award" and called our names. what a surprise! we still think it's for all the cannonballers who participated in this crazy race but team 80 received it on behalf of the group just because we were the only team who entered all three of the cannonball on the same 1915 indian :)


all cannonballers are signing their names on the panorama photo at taken by Michael Lichter at the start.

photo by Michael Lichter                

it means a lot when we get warm congratulatory messages from our fellow cannonballers who experienced this unbelievably tough but fun endurance race together. 

we thank you all who have been following our incident-filled journey on this blog and instagram especially our clients who have been patiently waiting for their projects to be finished or started.

thank you Dehen, Wesco and Cycleman who provided us these cool team sweaters and racing boots. without them we would be just three stinky dirty wiredos. 

and team Toyooka! the parts made by you guys all survived and did a great job to keep our 99-year old indian running through 3,714 miles. thank you all so very much!



素敵で快適なチームセーターとブーツを作ってくださった日米のDehen, WescoそしてCyclemanの皆さん、本当にありがとうございました。馬子にも衣装とはこのことで、お陰さまで最もファッショナブルなチームだと 色々な所で褒めてもらい、どんなに汚れていても入店拒否などされることなくアメリカを横断できました。


photo by Sunny Okamoto                

and thank you team 80 and THE indian!! things we experienced here were too hard to put in words but at least i have lifelong super teammates to share these unique and most incredible memories.


stage 16: in tacoma...

found this guy in Tacoma wearing our old t-shirts. turned out that he was the one who stopped by our workshop 5,6 years ago with his friend and we also have a mutual friend. he came down from Seattle just to say hello to us and kept us company while we were desperately waiting for niimie and the indian to arrive. thank you!


oh! they are coming! actually we had a call from niimie a bit earlier that he got to the final check point but still our hearts went thumpety thump. until we see him and the indian at the goal...


 #92 neracar!


 Texas pride, team Carson!


 i think i saw the black x yellow sweater...

i wanted to capture THE moment but i guess i got overly excited and this is what i got...


 right after the gooooooooool!!

yes! team 80 made it!


 seems like a lot happened...but it's all right!



in the meanwhile, the Seattle Cossacks motorcycle drill team began their performance.


we felt as if we were walking through a dream  and their performance took us further away from the reality... okay, this must be dream within a dream.

念願のゴールを果たしたとは言え実感がなく、何となく夢見心地でフワフワしていた我々。でも、このコザック隊のお陰で 完璧に「これは夢だ!」と確信。ものすごく不思議ワールドにいざなってくるコザック隊。夢、夢、ぜーんぶ夢。

to the parking lot but no more repair/maintenance. yes, this must be a dream.


stage 16: to Tacoma...

 the last stage will be starting soon.

with the ranking number 1 #35 HC from South Africa and his 1924 indian scout. so happy and very proud to see one of the indians perform solidly in the race.

現在1位のチーム35、南アフリカから参戦のHCと彼の1924年のインディアン スカウト。過酷なレースでインディアンが健闘している姿を見れてなぜか誇らしい気持ちになる。
team #16 RR's 1936 indian chief "acceptance".

 チーム16、RRの1936年 インディアン チーフ 「アクセプタンス」

yep, those three are in the same race. our indian does look like a bicycle here :)

CSS and PS

class I

Sunny(standing left of center in the picture) and Rin Tanaka came to cheer us from Japan and Calif.


niimie stirred himself and off to Tacoma. at this moment we all had confidence in our indian, at the same time, we knew that anything could happen to the 99-year old poor lady. shinya and i believed that in any circumstances niimie could manage it with sheer determination.