Captain Hunnibell ended his attempted trans-continental journey at the Grand Canyon following a broken crankshaft just south of Burlingame, Kansas. He then trailered the Red One along his planned route, ending the tour after a dinner at the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon with C.K. Shepherd’s son.
Mark’s father gave him this motorcycle as a basket case in 1978 and he finally got it running 40 years later! It was a long road back to the living for the one-of-a-kind red Henderson, but by 2018, it seemed well-prepared to make the long haul across the United States in the summer of 2019.
C.K. Shepherd’s 1922 book about his epic motorcycle journey across America in 1919 is a motorcycle and American history classic. His book takes you along for his ride in a way that you can see just how primitive things were 100 years ago when the United States was barely 100 years old itself.
Mark’s planned tribute to C.K. Shepherd covered many of the identical roads that C.K. ran on 100 years ago, about 4,500 miles in 16 states. Although the ride was intended to be a solo tribute, Mark was pleased to have other enthusiasts ride along with him for portions. Learn More
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I AM NOW BACK HOME IN OHIO: On the afternoon of Monday, July 29th, I flew home from Flagstaff, Arizona, arriving home around 1:30 am on Tuesday. Willie Fernandez, my driver (and, as it worked out, my indispensable support “engineer”), dropped off my trailer Wednesday afternoon. The day before, Tuesday, was a day of nearly-total rest. However, I have realized that I needed to wrap this up more cleanly and provide an update on the status of this adventure…