Motorcyclists make pit stop in Mason City as part of cross-country run

Part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run, which crosses the U.S. from East to West

Posted: Sep. 14, 2018 11:13 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

A group of motorcyclists from across the country rolled into Mason City Friday morning as part of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run. The group is using antique motorcycles to cross the country, covering 3,400 miles from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.

Michael Lichter is a well-known motorcycle magazine photographer who has been in the business for nearly 4 decades and has captured every mile of the rides, which have been held every other year since 2010.

He says he wouldn't miss this unique tradition.

"This is an amazing opportunity. You're talking about museum quality bikes, and over 100 of them. It's a rolling museum, going down the highway, stopping in little towns and cities along the way, people come out and meet you, it's all exciting. Where else can you get this?"

Each ride goes along a different route, but it always goes east to west, and there's a reason behind this.

"This way we let the weather go through quick. If you go west to east, you may be lingering in a storm for three days, so you hit hard and go through quick."

The group stopped at the Indian Motorcycle Factory and Experience in Spirit Lake after leaving Mason City, and plans to take a break from the ride to spend a day in Sturgis on Monday.

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