Thursday, June 24, 2010

Across America on a Motorcycle - Then and Now




No idea how I missed the post on Lucky's blog Monday, but IF you like motorcycles, you have got to check this out.



In 1919, following World War I, a British Royal Air Force Captain by the name of R. K. Shepherd decided to ride a brand new Henderson 4-cylinder motorcycle (Henderson Motorcycle Co. of Detroit, Michigan) from New York City to San Fransico. Consider that there was no interstate system at this point in time and in fact, roads were not the greatest in that time period. The trip ended up amounting to 4,950 miles in three months. He had numerous engine overhauls and noted that he fell off 142 times.



He published a book documenting the trip, Across America by Motor-cycle which seems like a worthy read.

Fast forward to May of this year, and a fellow named Chris set out to roughly ride the approximately same trip on a 2007 KLR 650 and document it on blogger! You can read Chris' documentary of his experience to date at: acrossamericabymotorcycle.blogspot.com

2 comments:

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Mr. Madding:

The way my arthritis is going these days, I damn near fell of my bike 142 miles on a 200-mile ride two weeks ago.

Fondest regards,
Jack • reep • Toad
Twisted Roads

mq01 said...

great links! ive added this book to my must read list :)