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Old 01-17-2008, 10:34 AM   #376
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Just went back and re-read the whole thing. Crooked Roads, thanks for going to the trouble typing this and sharing it with us.
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Old 03-16-2008, 01:21 PM   #377
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Gonna do it...

A friend and I are going to recreate most of this trip this summer. I got a hold of an old Rand Mcnally Auto Trail map from 1922 and was able to discern his most likely route.

Only exception is where he heads west from Roanoke, we are going to head north on the Blue Ridge Parkway back to Pennsylvania.
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Old 03-16-2008, 02:53 PM   #378
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Good on ya for trying it!

Make sure to reference the original journey somehow in your ride report title so us hangers-on will be able to key on it.
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:33 PM   #379
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WOW! That was a great read. Best ride report I have read. Thanks for taking all the time to share it with us.
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Old 03-16-2008, 06:26 PM   #380
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...and another one bites the dust.

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And we are more fortunate for your having shared it.


Thanks and Happy Trails
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Old 03-16-2008, 07:22 PM   #381
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Good on ya for trying it!

Make sure to reference the original journey somehow in your ride report title so us hangers-on will be able to key on it.
Will do...

Just figured out part 2 this afternoon, so we are going to do the whole shebang, with a slight difference.

We are heading out from Philly to Front Royal, then south on Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Pkway to Roanoke.

From Roanoke we'll head west, tracing the final leg of his original route, before heading south to cover Part 2 to Montgomery.

From Montgomery, we'll follow part 1 back up to Roanoke via his original route, before heading north once again via the Blue Ridge and Skyline, then back to Philly.

It's around 2.2K miles total, hope to cover it all in 8 days.

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Old 03-16-2008, 09:17 PM   #382
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Amazing story!! Just found it and read it through. The photos folks have added make it incredible.

My great grandfather rode an Indian in WWI - he was some sort of messenger. He was Canadian, which meant he would have been fighting for the Brits. There are different versions of how he died, but apparently he was killed in some sort of accident (on his bike). I'm trying to find old photos, but they seem to have disappeared when my grandmother died a few years ago.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:11 PM   #383
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Amazing...

CR...just read the thread and it's an amazing story.

I too would like to throw my name into the ring for a ADV re-creation ride. I'd love to just see some of the country side that must have 'zipped' past the young ADV rider!

I'd write more but I just can't wait any longer...got to get over to the other thread and read the second part.
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Old 07-06-2008, 08:56 PM   #384
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Well, the time is almost here.

We've successfully recreated young Mr. Findlay's original route, and we depart on July 19th.

See this thread for all the details...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...21#post7345621
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Old 07-18-2008, 12:45 PM   #385
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Well, the time is almost here.

We've successfully recreated young Mr. Findlay's original route, and we depart on July 19th.

See this thread for all the details...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...21#post7345621
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:20 PM   #386
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The oil system was simple, a tank of oil (usually incorporated in with the petrol tank), and a hand operated plunger pump on or beside the fuel tank. You gave the plunger of the pump a good long hard shove with the palm of your hand every so often. For variable values of "often". More frequently going up hills, or if you were "scorching", or if the motor seemed to be running over hot (which was almost all the time!), or tight. The oil was fed through the bearings into the crankcase, splashed around a bit (the crankshaft was often fitted with a scoop to throw the oil around), and eventualy escaped either by being burned or out the crankcase vent.That was it, just your hand and a good thump. No mechanical drive or smarts.
I wonder if the discussions around motorcycle clubs went like they do here on that subject...

Cracker #1: I push my plunger every few minutes. More if I remember; less if'n I ferget.

Cracker #2: You're askin' for trouble if you don't push it every 5 seconds. I constantly count in my head: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 PUSH 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 PUSH...

Cracker #3: That's wasteful and harmful to them there critters! I have a collection can under my crank vent. I just pour it back in the tank when it fills up. I sleep good at night, 'less my rheumatiz acts up.

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Headlight would certainly have been acetylene. Electric lights were around but they were no good. The acetylene lamps gave good light, but they were pigs of things for blowing out on stormy nights. And trying to relight them in the rain was no fun at all. One reason why I always strap an umbrella to the bike, it gets a few raised eyeborws, but you never know when it will come in handy.
Cracker #1: My lamp ain't what it used to be... wish there was som'in else.

Cracker #2: What? You don't have one of them new fangled 'letric lamps from Chekago yet! Ain't a worth riding at night without one.

Cracker #3: Zzzzzzzzzzz...

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Chain driven speedos? I doubt the chain drive was especially for the speedo. A lot of bikes of that era still sported auxiliary pedals, both to start the machine - put bike on rear stand in gear , pedal hard - and as emergency power. Bear in mind that the actual engine drive was usually by belt, which did not work at all well the "other way round"- ie driving the engine instead of being driven. So retaining the original pedal chain drive made sense.And hooking the speedo drive gearbox onto it was eminently sensible. Coudnt run a speedo off a belt drive of course.
Great info cobber - thanks for sharing

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The Indian was a very technically advanced machine for its era, back then the Yanks made the best motorcyces in the world. Even so, I'd be doubtfull of his 60mph, that was a very high speed for that day, even the racing Norton in my avatar picture would have been hard pushed to maintain that for long.

And the roads sound much better than the New Zealand ones of the same era, they must have been to maintain a 20mph average.

A very interesting read.
World's Fastest Indian was from your neck of the woods. What a great flick too.

Anyways, the way the story was going I'm surprised he didn't try to cross the RR trestle over Big Creek...

on pg. 75 but I have to pause...
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Old 07-20-2008, 12:31 PM   #387
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What a great ride report, a lot has changed and a lot remains the same too, I will read with interest the reports from guys attempting to retrace his route, CR thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-20-2008, 03:39 PM   #388
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nothing to add so I'll make it short:

CR, Thanks for a great read!!!
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Old 07-20-2008, 05:28 PM   #389
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A family link...


Fascinating reading. The route from Montgomery Al to Charlotte was along what is now US29. My great grandparents had a small farm just north of Opelika, AL about a 1/2 mile south of Bean's Mill (that was still grinding corn in the early 1950's). Their house was less than 50 yds from the well-worn dirt road that is now US29. My grandmother would have been 14. I can imagine her looking out off the porch as this young man and his strange machine passed by.....
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:34 AM   #390
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Living history - Brilliant!

I just ran across the original thread for the kid's trip report.

Amazing adventure - and thanks once again to CR for taking the time and effort to light up the imaginations of so many of us inmates.

Thanks too to all the folks who have added snippets of history, geography and technology to add even more life to Chas' adventure. It does indeed make for interesting living history.

I'm off to read Part 2
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