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Internet: http://www.appalachianheritagealliance.org/joe-bio.html

“I like the old farm story about the difference in being involved and being committed. When it comes to making breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the hog is committed. Just like that old hog, I am committed. But I’m committed to Kentucky.” -Joe Bowen
Joe Bowen has a passion for all that is Kentucky. From the time he was born in the town that bears his name, Bowen, Kentucky, he has worked to improve the lives of Kentuckians.
Joe, with his four brothers, grew up on a hillside farm in Powell County. Joe was an avid horseman and is still locally remembered for riding two stallions standing up with a foot on the back of each horse. He also rode his horse to remote “hollers” to cut the hair of the local kids, for free, to “keep them looking sharp.” He graduated from Powell County High School in 1962.
In 1967, fresh out of the Air Force and with $43 dollars in his pocket, Joe rode his bicycle from California home to Eastern Kentucky. Rather than taking the direct route, he decided to discover America. His 14,000-mile odyssey earned him many friends, much publicity, and the legacy as the first person recognized to extensively tour the United States by bicycle.
In 1980, Joe Bowen walked 3,000 miles across the United States on stilts to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy research. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, he holds the world record for the longest stilt-walk. He also stilt-walked in five European countries to raise money for philanthropic purposes.
In the course of his humanitarian activities, he met with six governors and many celebrities including Jerry Lewis, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio, Elvis Presley, and many others.
However, don’t get the idea that biking and stilt walking are Joe’s only interests.
While in the Air Force, Joe twice gathered and delivered a military cargo plane full of presents and clothes to the Dessie Scott Children’s Home in Wolfe County, KY.
Joe envisioned, designed and raised the money to build a statue of legendary Eastern Kentucky horse trainer, Woody Stephens. With the help of Seth Hancock, a statue unveiling banquet was held in Woody’s honor that raised $80,000. This money was donated for Multiple Sclerosis research. The statue now stands at the Powell County Courthouse.
Joe was part of the Taylorsville Cemetery Restoration Project, a two-year effort to restore the cemetery and boost community pride.
Joe also bought, rescued and completely restored a gazebo originally built in 1898. He then moved it to where it now proudly stands as a landmark on the grounds of Spencer County High School.
Joe Bowen has researched and rediscovered the mystery of Felix Grundy Stidger, a spy for the Union Army, born in Taylorsville, who infiltrated the Confederate army. Stidger’s clandestine service was so significant and remarkable that Adjutant General Holt in his report to Secretary of War Edwin Stanton gave Stidger credit for winning the war. Joe is leading the effort to turn the house where Stidger was born into a historic site.
Joe Bowen is actively involved in the Eastern Kentucky Heritage Monument, which he describes as, “The single most important project for Appalachian Kentucky. Not only will it be a tremendous economic development project for the entire region, it will improve the image of all of Kentucky.” Joe was the first individual to contribute financially to the Eastern Kentucky Heritage Monument project which is co-sponsored by the Mountain Parkway Trails Corridor and the Appalachian Heritage Alliance.
Joe was the guiding force in building the statues to honor the memory and legacy of Governor Bert T. Combs. The first statue stands in Powell County just off the Bert T. Combs Mountain Parkway, the undisputed lifeline of Eastern Kentucky. The others stand in Prestonsburg and Manchester.
As Joe travels across the country on his bicycle-education tour, he will be promoting all of Kentucky. He will also be singing the praises of the newly designated Red River Gorge National Scenic Byway located in Powell, Menifee and Wolfe Counties.
He’s published a book, “Stiltwalk,” and has authored many magazine articles for sports, exercise and tourism publications. He has written four articles for the Kentucky Explorer Magazine.
For his commitment, Joe has won a multitude of awards. Twice, he has carried the Olympic torch. Twice he has been featured in “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” He’s won the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Humanities Outstanding Service Award from the University of Louisville, and the Ambassador for Life award from the U.S. Jaycees. Also, he’s currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest walk on stilts.
Joe was the recipient of the first "Kentucky Unbridled Spirit Award." It was presented to him by Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher.
Joe is involved in the KY Rails To Trails Council. Currently, they are trying to turn thirty-six miles of the abandoned R. J. Corman Railroad in Breathitt, Magoffin and Johnson Counties into a hiking, biking and horse-riding trail.
After eight years of balancing a full time job with night and Saturday classes, Joe graduated from the University of Louisville in 1978.
His proudest accomplishment: his three daughters – Shawna, Lonna and Natalie Anne.
Not bad for a 63 year old construction worker from Bowen, Kentucky. A committed guy with an Unbridled Spirit for Kentucky.

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Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Atlantic Ocean, Atlantico, Atlantique
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Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Peter Bray, Kayak Across The Atlantic, Polperro Heritage Press, 2014.

While the Atlantic had already been crossed in sea kayaks twice, Peter Bray was the first to paddle west to east, without the tropical trade winds to ease his passage, and without the safety of the southerly east-to-west route’s warm waters. “It’s one of only a handful of transoceanic crossings by kayak,” says Chris Cunningham, editor of Sea Kayaker. “He’s in very good company. When I first looked at it I thought it was a strange idea: lots of times these transoceanic things turn out to be just drifting events, riding the currents. Bray actually set out to paddle…I think it’s a remarkable achievement.”

His first attempt in 2000 almost ended in disaster. He launched from St. Johns, Newfoundland, in June with 100 days worth of food. He made fair headway during the first day and then bedded down for the night. When Bray awoke, he found his cockpit three-quarters filled with water and his electronic pumping system inoperable due to a faulty outlet valve. Forced to use a hand pump, he was unable to keep the water from rising and was washed out into the open water twice. Seeing that the boat was lost, he inflated an emergency raft, which was torn by the foundering kayak upon inflation. Bray survived 32 hours submerged in 36-degree seas. After being picked up by the Coast Guard, the former British Special Forces soldier spent the next four months learning to walk again. A year later, Bray launched again from St. Johns on June 22, 2001 in a kayak designed by Rob Feloy and constructed by Kirton Kayaks. Instead of a hung keel to make it self-righting, this version used an ingenious system of water tanks to provide the necessary ballast. With a sleeping compartment and ultra-high tech systems, including satellite phone and tracking system, GPS, desalinization units and electric bilge pump, all powered by solar panels, the kayak was the most advanced transoceanic kayak ever built. This time, Bray encountered a storm that pushed him 60 miles off course, a broken rudder, a broken hatch, insufficient sun to charge his solar panels, a close call with a killer whale and an Icelandic current that swept him so far north that he risked missing Ireland altogether. But after 76 continuous days of paddling, Bray dodged the scattered boats of the Irish fishing fleet and made land at Beldereg, Ireland, on Sept. 3.“

He certainly took a technological advantage wherever possible-which is really the only smart thing to do,” Cunningham says. “It may seem easy to discount his trip in comparison to earlier open boat trips, but it shouldn’t downplay the achievement, which is a remarkable one that only two or three other people have ever attempted.”

 

 

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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Bike, tricycle-Bicicletta, triciclo-Vélo, tricycle
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: North America-America del Nord-Amérique du Nord
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Another transcontinental tour on the Eagle. Nelson A. Bradt finishes his trip to San Francisco on his Eagle. Riding days, 62; distance travelled, 4420 miles; average, 71 1.5 miles per day.

Yesterday as the grand military and civic parade was disbanding a lone cyclist arrived from New York, fresh and hearty to all appearances, after a ride which from start to finish, lacked but a few days of filling three months of his history.

The wheelman was Nelson A. Bradt. He made the trip partly for pleasure and partly for business, is connection with the Eastern press offering him opportunities for correspondence, of which he availed himself largely on his transcontinental ride. He was favored with fair weather from first to last, and his journey was made particularly pleasant by the friendliness of the wheelmen's clubs en route.

Mr. Bradt left New York on April 9th, and traveled by way of Buffalo, Chicago, Kansas City, Topeka, Denver, Salt Lake, Ogden, and Sacramento. He completed the first stage of his journey, Chicago (980 miles) in ten days. Resting there for six days he resumed his journey on April 25th and pushed his way by Quincy, Ill., to Kansas City, where he arrived nine days later. He spent four days at this place and on May 8th made a fresh start via Topeka over the prairie to Denver, riding through five inches of snow on the way when about twenty or thirty miles east of Colorado Springs.

He put up at Denver on the 23rd of May, and next morning pushed forward for Leadville. It took him eight days of hard work to cross the mountains, which, besides being very steep, were covered with a thick mantel of snow, and then another eight days were spent in the saddle before he gave his wheel a rest in Salt Lake. This was the most trying portion of his trip, as he had to sleep outdoors during all of the sixteen days.

On June 4, after a five days' rest, Mr. Bradt bade good-bye to Salt Lake. He reached Ogden next day and was there stricken down with fever and ague. Recovering after a nine days' siege he set out again on June 24th, crossed the Sierras, dropped down by Sacramento into the land of gold and climate and pursued his course without stop to the Golden Gate. (He reached San Francisco July 4th)

The venturesome wheelman's outfit consisted of a full riding suit, one extra suit, shirts, collars and toilet necessaries, pair of revolvers, fishing-tackle and blankets - weighing in all about twenty pounds. He stopped at every likely stream and fished with plenty of success. On very warm days he rested during the midday and pushed forward at night.

On January 1 (1891), instead of resolving to turn over a new leaf, as many young men do, Mr. Bradt determined to make a 10,000-mile record with his bicycle during the year. Between New Year's and his start on his present trip his cyclometer registered 2485 miles, to which he has just added 4420 miles in his meandering across the continent, a total of 6904 miles so far.

Based on this account it appears that Mr. Bradt was a very fast rider who averaged over 71 miles per day on the 62 days of the 86-day trip that he was in the saddle. Some Wheelmen of the era, however, viewed his time/mileage claims with suspicion. It seems that he was not trying to set a new record for the crossing or he would not have tarried in Chicago, Kansas City, and Salt Lake City, devoted time to fishing, or take a circuitous route. He was interested in mileage that would help him reach his goal of a 10,000-mile year.

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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Wagon-cart, Carro-carretto, Char-Chariot
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Germany-Germania-Allemagne, Austria
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Die Bremer Stadtmusikanten auf ihrer 5 jährigen Reise durch Deutschland uns Oesterreich. Anfang dieser Reise: Mai 1930 - Ende: 1935
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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On foot-A piedi-A pied
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Europe-Europa
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Marcheur français, Paris-Vienne-Constantinople-Vienne-Paris, 6784 kilomètres en 183 jours. Ein grosser Rekord zu Fuss! 5000 Kilom. zu fuss in 100 tagen, Durchschnittsleistung: 50 Kilom. per Tag. Abg. München am 8 Januar 1906, Ank. München am 20. April 1906. reiseroute: München, Stuttgart, Strassburg, Frankfurt, Cöln, Bremen, Hamburg, Stettin, Danzig, Königsberg, Posen, Breslau, dresden, Nürnberg, München. Albert Brochart, rekord-Strecke Linz-Salzburg und zurück, von 15.-17.XII.1905, 251 Kilom. zu Fuss in 2 1/2 Tagen
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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On foot-A piedi-A pied
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Le globe trotter troubadour Jesse, tué à Turin en 1901 en route pour le ciel où il n'y pas de change

Tutti conoscono le peripezie del podista Jesse Brandani di Pontedera, che avendo divisato di andare a piedi al polo nord, alla ricerca del superstiti della Stella Polare della spedizione del duca degli Abruzzi, venne messo in prigione a Trieste, perchè scambiato per un anarchico pericoloso.

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1247 km a nuoto, la sfida di Ernst Bromeis
Dal Lago di Dentro sul Passo del Lucomagno alla foce del Reno in Olanda

LUCOMAGNO - È iniziata oggi per la seconda volta la sfida di Ernst Bromeis: partito dal Lago di Dentro sul Passo del Lucomagno - il punto più lontano rispetto alla foce del Reno in Olanda - il 46enne grigionese intende percorre a nuoto 1247 Km in direzione nord per sensibilizzare la popolazione all'uso sostenibile dell'acqua e promuoverne il libero accesso. L'uomo aveva già tentato l'impresa nel 2012, ma fu costretto a rinunciare dopo 70 km per problemi di salute dovuti alle basse temperature.

Durante la sua "Expedition 2014" Bromeis sarà accompagnato da un canottista, un addetto alla logistica, il capitano di un battello sul Reno e una cineasta che realizzerà un documentario sull'avventura. Con il motto "Il miracolo blu", dal 2008 il grigionese organizza azioni per rendere attenta l'opinione pubblica sulle risorse idriche.

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Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Asia, Europe-Europa
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Brovelli P., Sulle ali di un Ape, Milano: Corbaccio, 2007.

«Tutto ebbe inizio sul finir dell'estate del 1997», così l'autore ci introduce al racconto di un viaggio meraviglioso, attraverso il continente eurasiatico «sulle ali di un Ape».
Un viaggio che ripercorre la Via della seta con gli occhi di un uomo di fine millennio quando, dopo lo smantellamento del Muro di Berlino, finalmente l'Est incontrava l'Ovest senza fili spinati. La Guerra Fredda si chiudeva per sempre e tutto ritornava in gioco. Pareva che il mondo dovesse trasformarsi a breve in un villaggio globale. L'Eurasia divenne, per poco, una grande piazza dove tutti si potevano finalmente conoscere, o riconoscere. Un decennio forse irripetibile, che ebbe termine la mattina dell'11 settembre 2001, con il crollo dei grattacieli del World Trade Center.
Sulle ali di un Ape ci accompagna, al ritmo lento del piccolo motocarro, attraverso luoghi lontani, dove il tempo pare essersi fermato, ma tutto è in evoluzione ora più che mai, presentandoci gli amici che di chilometro in chilometro riempiono la storia con le loro vite e i loro pensieri.
Esploriamo le grigie periferie georgiane insieme a Miša, fumiamo l'oppio iraniano con Ahmet, ascoltiamo i racconti di nomadi turkmeni sotto il pergolato di Amen; e poi Ramin, durante i giorni di Teheran, Abu e la sua Samarcanda e altri ancora, che si muovono mescolandosi a Gengis Khan e Tamerlano, ai mullah iraniani, ai cammellieri kirghizi, ai pastori uzbeki, ai mercanti cinesi, agli antichi viaggiatori come il marocchino Ibn Battuta e l'onnipresente Marco Polo.
Mille viaggi in un'avventura coinvolgente, dove davanti ai nostri occhi prendono forma alcune delle regioni più affascinanti del pianeta, i deserti misteriosi dell'Asia centrale e i valichi impervi dell'Himalaya, i vicoli di Istanbul e le maestose madrase di Samarcanda. E ancora Persepoli, Buhara, il deserto del Gobi, Pechino.

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