Modlin: 8,000 miles and 99 quarts of oil later
A group of family, friends and supporters gathered Sunday afternoon to greet Kelly Modlin return from an epic adventure. Modlin arrived on his 1927 Indian Chief after concluding his solo journey to Portland, Maine, leaving a month ago, participating in the 2018 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run from Portland, Maine to Portland, Ore.
Bill Page and his son Billy Page of Augusta, also participated in the Cannonball by riding 1916 Harleys, but chose to load up their bikes and travel to Maine via truck.
The riders only ride motorcycles built before 1929, experienced all sorts of weather and road conditions on the 3,750 mile endurance ride. Antique parts, electrical systems, and magnetos are all challenged and repairs are made on the roadside or at overnight stops.
Modlin and his friends were fortunate enough to find a professional mechanic to assist in re-building the entire engine of his Indian in 24 hours at Deadwood, SD. The engine problem was one of several delays that Modlin faced. At one point, fuel had leaked on him and ignited, but was immediately extinguished. Luckily, he had been wearing his protective leather clothes.
Upon Modlin’s arrival home, he was met by Page and the other Kansas riders, along with excited family members and friends. His happy grandchildren met him with hugs, kisses and stories.
Modlin was honored by receiving a Spirit Award from the Motorcycle Cannonball for not only finishing in the Cannonball Run, but also for his impressive round trip from Augusta, Kan. to Portland, Maine. His determination and grit are qualities that represent the spirit of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run.
Modlin enjoyed the adventure but is happy to be back home. He feels renewed and optimistic.
“It was great turning off the TV for 33 days. Everyone I met was wonderful. Not everyone out there is mad. Lots of great memories."
For more information on the recent Motorcycle Cannonball Run, visit http://motorcyclecannonball.com.