Motorcycle trip diary 1916

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  1. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    Just thought I'd ask .Older lady just gave me a Diary of a person she knew (or was related to ). It was a trip from Montgomery ,Alabama to Ablington, Va. and back. He was 16 years old riding a Indian motorcycle. 68 pages( note book size) . Trip took 859 miles in 43 hours 35 min. I didn't read it completly she yacked some of the story to me. Where's good place to put this adventure? :wink:
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  2. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    You all ready started!

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  3. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    To much to type, dirt roads....Hudson "super six" train race. It hasn't stopped raining in a weeks roads a not passable! (he was told) 58mph on 1916 bike:eek1 on dirt road. One picture of bike. :huh 1916 Indian shit 20mph on tar would be wild.
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  4. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    One page at a time!
    Don't keep it to yourself. See what you have started you HAVE to go on...please...don't...stop...:deal

    Find someone that would help you post it. But please post it. :thumb
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  5. chrishay99

    chrishay99 Adventurer

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    Maybe find a flatbed scanner and upload the pages in the rider's handwriting, or just take the time and retype it. I dunno, the guy wrote it all down for a reason...so that 90 years later we could read it!

    Send it to me, I'll upload the scans and/or retype it...sounds like it would be a muy appreciated report.
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  6. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    This is a story that has to be told!:deal
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  7. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    OK I'll type it same as it is written one page a day. #1The story of the tripfrom Montgomery,Ala -to-Abington,Va. -via- Atlanta ,Ga Spartanburg,SC Charlotte, NC Winston-Salem,NC Roanoke,Va 859 milesin 43hr.35 min Ona 1916 Indian motorcycle By Chas K.Findlay Thur.June 8th 1916 After looking over the motor,filling the tanks and strapping on the baggage the nite before.
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  8. hilslamer

    hilslamer 2XRedheadedstepchild

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    Any chance you could scan a page a day? It might be easier than typing and that much better for us...

    At the very least, post the picture if you can. It will really help to put stories and names with a face and bike!

    In any case - love the story; whatever you do, keep it coming. I know that the people who rode Indians for days on end like that were far, far harder-core than anyone thinks they are these days. He probably ha da hardtail and a springer frontend, eh?
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  9. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    Baggage consisted of rain coat and gal. of oil I was ready to go as soon as i was dressed. Iput on my riding suit was was already dirtyand greasy so you can imagin what I will look likeat the end of the859 miles. I cranked off at 5:20am I wasleaving Montgomery behind me. 5:45I almost froze! I didn't know a june moring could be so cold espesialy in Ala. I found some of yesterdaysnewspapersby the road Looked clean so I stuffed them under my coat.
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  10. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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  11. magli

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    Looking forward to this one.

    I also suggest scanning if you can. Just the handwriting, and the state of the pages already interest me.

    Otherwise, if you do decide to type it, I would think it a good idea to type into a good word processor, and then copy-paste bits onto advrider. That way, when you are finished you will have a good document where is is all typed up in one place.
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  12. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    and then rode on more comfortable.6:00Baggage shook loose but I've got it strapped on now so it won't give me any more trouble.7:00am passed thru Tuskegee,Ala. This is where the big Booker T. Washington negro college is .7:40am Auburn,ala. Had breakfast. This is where big Mititary college is 8:15 am Opelika,Ala. The only thing that happen was i got a gal of gas. The morning was fine and the roads were fair
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  13. OldManDragon

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    Wow! I am looking forward to this story! I wish some of the old Riders from those times in my family and area had kept a journal, it would be priceless to me... I've got a note book I use as a combined maintainance/ride journal. I enjoy rereading it myself! and I'm sure some of the Grandkids will love it someday. We could probably all do better at recording our great times of life.
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  14. KCDakar

    KCDakar What are we waiting for?

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    WOOHOO! Thank you!!:clap
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  15. Tusker

    Tusker Been here awhile

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    Very neat. Looking forward to the next installment...
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    crooked roads I'm back

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    So I was rambling along to a townI stayed there just long enough to find out how to get out.Just a little while before I got to West Point Ga.I got on the finest road you ever saw. Just smooth as a carpet and wide enough for three auto to run abreast. I noticed a strange thing I didn't see a single track on it!I couldn't quite get idea why such a fine roadshould be unused All-of-a-sudden as I came around --------page 5-------I came to the end!!There happen to be a man plowing in a field by the road and I asked him why this good road stopped right here and how to get to West PointGa.He said "That road aint finished yet. They run out of money and had to stop building it. You should have turned to the right 5 miles back,but you can take this wagon roadthru the woods and it will bring you to West Point road" . I did as he said andwas soon on the right road.
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  17. DREW823

    DREW823 Been here awhile

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    Dude..This diary is priceless......Great story so far:clap
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  18. crooked roads

    crooked roads I'm back

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    In a little while I was in West point,Ga. 9:40am I got gal . of gas.The road was very sandy out of here,the new roadis not finished yetThe drive chain to speedometerbroke!I took it apart and found broken piece,Took out my plairs and cliped out a piece of the barbed wirefence,made a chain link put it in placeof the broken one. Put speedometer back on then rode on everything all right. 12:00-Newman Ga.This was end of firstday's stopwhen I rode to New Yorkwith My father.[
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  19. PrtclMn001

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    unreal!

    This is fast becoming my new favorite thread! :thumb

    (at least until Josh gets back out on the road hahaha)
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  20. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    Is there really a Newman, Georgia, or could he mean Newnan (home of Triumph USA)?
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