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One Hundred Years ago today:

Erwin ‘Cannonball’ Baker set out to cross the country for the first time on a motorized pedalcycle.  What he set in motion was an era of road running that captivated a universal spirit of adventure.  Inspired by the chronicle tales of wonder penned by Mark Twain, this moped-only cannonball is in tribute to the legacy of Baker, Twain’s tales, and the heritage of the Mississippi.  Connecting the river’s pristine northern genesis from Minneapolis to the fields and heart of the country in Cedar Rapids, St Louis and Memphis, entering the deep south in Jackson, coming to a finale in the delta plains of New Orleans.

This run is the sequel of Pinball Run: 2 Strokes to Paradise; which, in the summer 2013, set a new standard for transcontinental moped adventure en masse.  Teams represented their hometowns from across the country, entering from as far as Washington state, with riders from Denver, Chicago, York, Boston, and Milwaukee being the 5 of 17 to make it the distance.  The rolling rally connected all the major moped crews on the east coast from Portland Maine, Providence, New York, Lancaster, Richmond, Wilmington, to the heat of Joe Conti’s Miami all the way down to party on the island of Key West.  With the support of the best and brightest of the moped scene, our goal is to make the middle of the country the new proving grounds to test your building skills, abilities and endurance, while experiencing the changing form of America’s greatest river and lifestyles of our friends in the heart of the country.

From tall grass to mardi gras, we will takeoff from Minneapolis, MN on Sept 1st 2014, En route every city with an active moped scene along the river lies in our path, establishing a national support network to keep these vintage machines moving.  To delve deeper into the history of the route, go over rules, itinerary, or more info feel free to browse around the site, or contact us directly using the links below:

Hard times to the Big Easy, Pinball Run 2: The Adventures of Tomos Sawyer.

  • 9/1 Minneapolis MN to Cedar Rapids IA
  • 9/2 Cedar Rapids IA to St Louis MO
  • 9/3 St Louis MO to Memphis TN
  • 9/4 Memphis TN to Jackson MS
  • 9/5 Jackson MS to New Orleans LA
  • 5 days
  • 1400 miles

To delve deeper into the history of the route, go over rules, or more info feel free to browse around the site, or contact us directly at any of the following:

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