Riders prepare to leave Bar Harbor for the 4,5000-mile scooter ride to California. ISLANDER PHOTO BY ETHAN GENTER

Cannonball Run kicks off from the town pier

BAR HARBOR — Scooter riders from across the country kicked off the Scooter Cannonball run early Monday morning from the Bar Harbor town pier. The 10-day cross country test of man and machine will end in Eureka, Calif., traversing 4,500 miles.

This was the first run for Louis Weigele, of Cleveland, Ohio. Under his suit was a shirt that read, “What was I thinking!?!?!”

He, like many of the 80 or so riders, was thinking about the potential for rain on the first day’s ride, which was ending in New Hampshire.

“That should add some spice to life,” he said.

It was also the first cross country ride for Jose Raffucci, of Huntington Beach, Calif. He was putting the final touches on his “Pink Princess” before heading out for the day. Riders have to perform daily maintenance on their scooters to keep them in tip-top shape. As a newbie, Raffucci wasn’t so sure about his odds of making it all the way to California.

“The chances of finishing are 50-50,” he said.

On July 12, Louis Weigele of Ohio gets set for his first Cannonball Run.

Jose Raffucci of California puts the finishing touches on his scooter, which he calls his “Pink Princess.”

Ethan Genter

Ethan Genter

Former reporter for the Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander, Ethan covered maritime news and the town of Bar Harbor.

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