Doobie Brother Pat Simmons to Ride in Cannonball Run

Pat Simmons shot

Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run Press Release:

Patrick Simmons, founding member of The Doobie Brothers and longtime motorcycle enthusiast, will ride coast to coast, with his wife, Cris Sommer Simmons in the Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run 2014 in September. The duo will journey more than 4,100 miles from Daytona, FL to Takoma, WA on their 1934 and 1929 Harley-Davidsons with stops in GA, TN, MO, KS, CO, UT, N V, ID, and WA. Cris, who is a well-known author and member of the National Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Anamosa Iowa and the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Westerville, Ohio, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, will be raising money on the ride for Stand Up To Cancer, in honor of their son, Pat Jr., who battled testicular cancer last year and now is cancer free.

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.

In preparation for the ride Patrick notes, “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 previously 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'."

Patrick Simmons has spent the majority of the summer on tour with The Doobie Brothers and preparing for their upcoming release Southbound. The album celebrates the band’s iconic hits re-recorded alongside some of country music’s biggest stars (including Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Sara Evans, and Brad Paisley). After his participation in the Cannonball Endurance Run, Simmons will continue to tour with the band and plan for the upcoming release of Southbound November 4, on Arista Records Nashville.

Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 | Final Stage 16 | Cotati, CA to San Francisco, CA :

2014 Cannonball Stops:

- Sept. 5, 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.

- Sept. 6, Columbus, GA

- Sept. 7, Chattanooga, TN

Afternoon Promotion: Coker Tire Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Motorcycles will arrive starting at 4:00 p.m.

- 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.

- Sept. 8, Clarksville, TN

Afternoon Promotion: Appleton Harley-Davidson, Clarksville, TN.

Motorcycles will arrive at Appleton Harley Davidson starting at 4:05 p.m.

- 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.

- Sept. 10, Sedalia, MO

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

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- Sept. 14, Golden, CO

Afternoon Promotion: Uhl Studios, Golden, CO.

Motorcycles will arrive at the David Uhl Studios starting at 4:10 p.m.

- Sept. 15, Leadville, CO

Lunch Promotion: Leadville, CO.

Motorcycles will arrive in Leadville starting at 10:30 a.m.

- 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.

- 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.

- Sept. 17, Elko, NV

Afternoon Promotion: 5th Gear Powersports, Elko, NV.

Motorcycles will arrive at 5th Gear Powersports starting at 4:10 p.m.

- 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.

- 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.

- Sept. 20, Yakima, WA

Afternoon Promotion: Owens Harley-Davidson, Yakima, WA.

Motorcycles will arrive at Owens Harley Davidson starting at 4:25 p.m.

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.

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.

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