Joe Breeze and Otis Guy left the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza at 4 in the morning on Tuesday, June 12, 1979. They were surrounded by a large group of supporters who had turned up early to see the duo off.
On the first day, the team made it from San Francisco, CA to Reno, NV (260 miles). The second day they rode 295 miles to Elko, NV, and from there on the third day they made it 229 miles to Salt Lake City, UT.
250 miles left to go to their planned destination of Wamsutter, Wyoming, however, disaster struck. Breeze's knees "gave out" and he was rushed to the local hospital in a state of shock. There doctors "said he ran the risk of permanent damage to his knees if he continued riding."
When told of the sudden end to the record attempt, the team's main sponsor, Fritz Maytag said, "It was an exciting concept. The reason it was exciting was because it was risky and unlikely to succeed."