Le Long Margaret Valentine (w2177)

Le Long Margaret Valentine (w2177)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Bike, tricycle-Bicicletta, triciclo-Vélo, tricycle
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
  • Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Le Long M., “From Chicago to San Francisco awheel”, Outing XXXI, 1898.

In spite of the opposition of every friend and relative who was on hand to register a protest (and those at a distance objected by mail) I proceeded with my preparations for riding awheel from Chicago to San Francisco. They were few and simple, consisting mainly of a suitable skirt, and in having heavy soles put on my shoes. A change of underwear, a few toilet articles, and a clean “hanky” I strapped on my handle-bars, and a pistol, which I borrowed, I put in my tool-bag, where it would be hard to get at it in case of need. And so one morning in May I started midst a chorus of prophecies of broken limbs, starvation, death from thirst, abduction by cowboys, and scalping by Indians.

Outing, 31, 1898

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