Motorcycle trip diary 1916

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by crooked roads, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Spike

    Spike Time Traveller

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    This bump reminded me that I had copied all of the posts into one file, back when it was first posted. I just uploaded that to one of my blogs. Here is a link to the full diary, with photos.

    FWIW:

    http://walnutandpearl.blogspot.com/2010/07/trip-diary-1916.html
  2. BusinessSocks

    BusinessSocks A real Trucker Cap

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    Spike, I dig the blog post. I just wish I could get the pictures to zoom or enlarge (maybe I just don't know what I'm doing).
  3. Spike

    Spike Time Traveller

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    They might zoom if you ctl-shift-+ . Otherwise, try right clicking on the image and copy the image. You can then put it into a file and zoom it as much as you like. Cool pics, no?
  4. EbarDP48

    EbarDP48 100.5 Octane

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    I was talking to a friend this past week and told him about this thread. I thought I'd dig it up and bump it for those who had not seen it before.
    It was a classic.
    Bert
  5. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Great bump Bert !
  6. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Serrving multiple purposes:

    -bumping this thread which has everything of a 'barnfind'

    -kudo to your blog which has this remarkable ride report and the much announced part II that never got through.

    -a tribute to an regular fellow that just rode his stock motorcycle with all the gusto of a true human.

    -a call to something like those humongous Alaskan signposts that would direct to reports that are so out of the ordinary and peculiar as this one.
    :deal
  7. rthuey

    rthuey twist your wrist!!!

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    June 8th 1916

    June 8th 2016 will be here before we know it. :evil
  8. Rango

    Rango Phaneropter

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    Is that a hint, sir? :wink:

    By the way, an attempt to reconstruct the route and a ride has been made sometime ago. I had the impression it turned out a bit of a disappointment.
    A reenactment would likely benefit from a decent dose of dirt roads, small bikes and big balls. Remember the scene where a deer jumps in his path, he starts shooting, then realizes not having room for the venison so just swerves and rides on in a cloud of dust and gunpowder. 1916 rocks! :clap
  9. Tbone

    Tbone off-ramp slayer

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    Always an inspiring read.
  10. ryder1

    ryder1 Long timer

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    TBone thanks for bumping this thread to the top!!!
  11. rxcrider

    rxcrider Long timer

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    The story continues along with a recreation of the journey on a modern Indian: I got the following info from a BMWMOA member on Facebook, Shogs Krs:

    crooked roads is my friend Jim and I've working directly with him and three distant relatives of Charles K. Findlay.

    Here is the behind the scenes true story how this 1916 Diary got into Jim's hands and onto ADV.

    Joe and I were visiting Joe’s brother (Claude) and his wife (Helena) at their home right across the road from where Jim lives in Scott County. Jim was there too, and eventually the conversation turned to motorcycles and how much he loved riding, going on long trips, etc. After listening for quite awhile, I told him that I had something I thought he would enjoy reading. Now I don’t remember how much I told him about it at that time, but SURELY must have said it was the diary my mother’s 16-year-old stepson kept during his journey from Montgomery, AL to Abingdon, VA and back on a new Indian motorcycle in 1916, and that it is charmingly filled with the handwritten adventures and bravado typical of a young teenage boy traveling on his own. As soon as possible afterwards, I sent the scanned copy to him...... then I waited and waited and waited and waited for a VERY long time for him to return it. I asked Helena to ask him if he were through with it. She is the one who told me that he was typing it, with one finger, into a motorcycle website on the internet. I nearly died, because I didn’t have Val’s permission for it to be reproduced anywhere, let alone on a website. To tell the truth, I was so worried about it, I just hoped nobody would see it, and she would never know about it. When you contacted me, I HAD to ‘fess up to her. Thank goodness, she was tickled to know that the diary was being shared! Whew!
    NOW LOOK WHAT JIM GOT YOU INTO!!!!!

    Dedicated Facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/FindlaysRoad/

    And fundraising to support the effort:
    https://www.gofundme.com/FindlaysRoad

    Post that led me to finding it again:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/bmwmoa/permalink/10154183659999379/


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  12. Tropic-Of-Canada

    Tropic-Of-Canada Guru of Shoe Goo

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    Very cool writeup!
  13. FindlayKin

    FindlayKin n00b

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    She (Gwen "Shogs" Phillips) is on the road as we speak (June 21, 2016) doing the recreation ride.
    She is in Wytheville, Va tonight and we be in Abingdon Va. tomorrow night. Weds 22, 2016

    Please follow and give her moral support on findlaysroad.com and her facebook page.
  14. LittleMac

    LittleMac Been here awhile

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    Wow, nice report. Thanks for keeping it alive, would have never found it.
  15. burley

    burley alaskan wanderer

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    Great , injoyed a blast from the past,this fourm rules