Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1895-1993
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
Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plennie_L._Wingo
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q7204545
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Wingo P. L., Around the world backwards, The Restless Texan Who Walked, Eakin Press, 1982.
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: World's Backward Walking Champion

Plennie Lawrence Wingo (January 24, 1895 – October 2, 1993) walked backwards from Santa Monica, California to Istanbul, Turkey (about 13,000 km/8,000 miles) from April 15, 1931 to October 24, 1932 at the age of 36. He documented his voyage in the book Around the world backwards.
"Plennie L. Wingo, a man walking around the world backwards, stopped in St. James long enough to get some new toe taps for his shoes. This was the 4th pair he had wore out. He started from Fort Worth, Texas, April 15th, and has been walking ever since. He wears periscopic eyeglasses, fastened over his ears like regular spectacles, which enables him to see where he is walking. He will continue on 66 to St. Louis then on Highway 40 to New York where he will secure passage to Europe. Wingo expects to complete the trip in about four years. He depends entirely on the sale of postcards for his expenses.[3] He averages about 20 miles per day."
PL Wingo is mentioned (although not by name) in Robert Edison Fulton's One Man Caravan, his account of motorcycling around the world, while in Greece. He writes: "The figure of a man appeared. From his shoulder projected a bracket supporting a mirror. The sun intermittently reflected in his joggling glass. There was a sign on the man's back. As I approached, the letters grew enormous: 'Look Out! Look Out! Walking around the world backward!"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plennie_L._Wingo

 

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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1859-1925
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Bike, tricycle-Bicicletta, triciclo-Vélo, tricycle
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanny_Bullock_Workman
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q522167
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Workmann F. e W., Algerian memories: A bicycle tour over the Atlas to the Sahara, New York, Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1895.
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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Germany-Germania-Allemagne
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
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: Viaggio a piedi intorno al mondo. ARTURO WINTERFELD / Viaje á pie alrededor del mundo (135.000) km.) por ARTURO WINTER- / FELD, aleman, de edad 29 años. / Como justificación de mi viaje tengo todos mis certificados necesarios. / Este viaje es principiado en el año 1900 y terminará en el año 1915. / Durante este largo viaje á pie, me obligo á vivir únicamente con la / venta de mis tarjetas postales.
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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1847-1937
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Bike, tricycle-Bicicletta, triciclo-Vélo, tricycle
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Workmann F. e W., Algerian memories: A bicycle tour over the Atlas to the Sahara, New York, Anson D. F. Randolph & Co., 1895.
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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Czech republic, Republica ceca, République tchèque
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
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
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Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Car or similar, Mezzi a motore, Moyen motorisé
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World-Giro del mondo-Tour du monde
Internet: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1908_New_York_to_Paris_Race
Wikidata: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q2982219
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Le tour du monde en automobile, carte du raid New York - Paris, par le détroit de behring. N. Y. Paris Race.

The 1908 New York to Paris Race was an automobile competition consisting of drivers attempting to travel from New York to Paris. This was a considerable challenge given the state of automobile technology and road infrastructure at the time. Only three of six contestants completed the course. The winner was the American team, driving a 1907 Thomas Flyer.

In 1907 the Peking to Paris automobile race had inspired an even bolder test of these new machines. The following year the course would be from New York City, USA, to Paris, France, with a planned 150-mile (240 km) ship passage from Nome, Alaska, across the Bering Strait to East CapeSiberia.

The race, which was the first of its kind among automobiles, commenced in Times Square on February 12, 1908. Six cars representing four nations were at the starting line for what would become a 169-day ordeal (making it, in terms of time taken, still the longest motorsport event ever held). GermanyFranceItaly, and the United States participated, with the Protos representing Germany, a Zust representing Italy, three cars (De Dion-BoutonMotobloc, and Sizaire-Naudin) representing France, and a Thomas Flyer representing the United States. At 11:15 AM a gunshot signaled the start of the race. Ahead of the competitors were very few paved roads, and in many parts of the world no roads at all. Often, the teams resorted to straddling locomotive rails with their cars riding tie to tie on balloon tires for hundreds of miles when no roads could be found.

The American Thomas Flyer was in the lead after crossing the United States and arriving in San Francisco in 41 days, 8 hours, and 15 minutes. It was the first crossing of the US by an automobile in winter.

The route then took them to Valdez, Alaska, by ship. Then Thomas crew found impossible conditions in Alaska and the race was rerouted across the Pacific by steamer to Japan where the Americans made their way across to the Sea of Japan. Then it was on to VladivostokSiberia, by ship to begin crossing the continents of Asia and Europe. Only three of the competitors made it past Vladivostok: the Protos, the Züst, and the Flyer.

The wet plains of Siberia and Manchuria during the spring thaw made progress difficult. At several points, forward movement was often measured in feet rather than miles per hour. Eventually, the roads improved as Europe approached and the Thomas arrived in Paris on July 30, 1908, to win, having covered approx 16,700 km. The Germans, driven by Hans Koeppen, arrived in Paris four days earlier, but had been penalized a total of 30 days for not going to Japan and for shipping the Protos part of the way by railcar. That gave the win to the Americans with George Schuster (the only American to go the full distance from New York to Paris) by 26 days (still the largest winning margin in any motorsport event ever). The Italians arrived later in September 1908.

 
The race winners. Bain News Service - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division

The race was of international interest with daily front page coverage by The New York Times (a cosponsor of the race with the Parisian newspaper Le Matin). The significance of the event extended far beyond the race itself. Together with the Peking to Paris race which took place the year before it established the reliability of the automobile as a dependable means of transportation, eventually taking the automobile from an amusement of the rich to a reliable and viable means of long distance transportation for the masses. It also led to the call for improved roads to be constructed in many parts of the world.

The winning driver George Schuster was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on October 12, 2010.

The winning Thomas Flyer is on display in Reno, Nevada, at the National Automobile Museum, alongside the trophy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1908_New_York_to_Paris_Race 

Il giro del mondo in Züst

Nel 1908, l’auto 28/45HP Züst N. 127 a quattro cilindri partecipò alla folle gara New York – Parigi, un rally di 35.000 km, quasi tutto su strade terribili, primitive o inesistenti. Una simile gara non era mai stata tentata prima e gli uomini che partivano non potevano immaginare quello che avrebbero trovato sul percorso. Le Züst avevano già una storia di successi nelle gare, con buoni risultati nella Coppa d’Oro e nella Targa Florio del 1907. Negli Stati Uniti l’auto del marchio italiano avevano partecipato alla corsa di Long Island del Giugno 1906, guidata da Raymond Healy.

 

https://archiviodelverbanocusioossola.com/2016/10/25/il-giro-del-mondo-in-zu%CC%88st/ 

 

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Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Walking Woolfs
Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On foot-A piedi-A pied
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Woolf D. H. e S., Tramping and Camping by the Walking Woolfs, Kansas City, 1912.
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Kansas City To NY With Their Dog. MR. and MRS. D. H. Woolf at camo on the 101 Ranch with the chief of the Ponea Indians

The unique experience of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Woolf, the champion Long Distance Walkers, has awakened general interest through- out the United States. 
In 1909, Mr. Woolf's doctor informed him that he would have to get out in the open and stay there, or he would die. He weighed only 107 pounds, including clothes, and was growing weaker daily. Yet he hesitated about giving up his business as a music publisher — his life work; and it seemed a little short of madness to forego all the luxuries — the so-called "comforts"— of civilization.
But Mrs. Woolf, who was a brave, sensible woman, thoroughly devoted to her husband's interests, agreed with the physician and suggested a walk to the Ozark Mountains.
That was the beginning of a most remarkable series of trips through Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and up through the north Atlantic States to New York and Boston, then home to Kansas City — in the aggregate, a journey of about 10,300 miles.
Yet, wherever the couple went there was really but one destination — health.
Mr. Woolf gained strength and, not long after starting, was able to make twenty-five or thirty miles in a day. Clad in neat khaki uniforms, he and his wife — now the leading woman pedestrian of the world — marched from city to city, accompanied by Dolly and Don, their faithful horse and dog.
The group was often surrounded by cheering crowds, or met by newspaper reporters and escorted with honor by delegations of police into the presence of mayors and other officials, who received the travelers cordially.
But the "Walking Woolfs" gained something far more valuable than honor or fame; and their advice to others who have suffered from the effects of sedentary work is:
"When you get into a rut walk out of it."
He who draws close to nature is rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is perfect health.
The object of this book is to preach the doctrine of exercise and fresh air.

 

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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: R. C. Worth and wife traveling around the world. Will travel the entire dominion of Canada. Also Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany, Etc. Starting point Philadelphia, Pa.
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Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Walking Woolfs
Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On foot-A piedi-A pied
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Woolf D. H. e S., Tramping and Camping by the Walking Woolfs, Kansas City, 1912.
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Kansas City To NY With Their Dog

The unique experience of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Woolf, the champion Long Distance Walkers, has awakened general interest through- out the United States.
In 1909, Mr. Woolf's doctor informed him that he would have to get out in the open and stay there, or he would die. He weighed only 107 pounds, including clothes, and was growing weaker daily. Yet he hesitated about giving up his business as a music publisher — his life work; and it seemed a little short of madness to forego all the luxuries — the so-called "comforts"— of civilization.
But Mrs. Woolf, who was a brave, sensible woman, thoroughly devoted to her husband's interests, agreed with the physician and suggested a walk to the Ozark Mountains.
That was the beginning of a most remarkable series of trips through Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and up through the north Atlantic States to New York and Boston, then home to Kansas City — in the aggregate, a journey of about 10,300 miles.
Yet, wherever the couple went there was really but one destination — health.
Mr. Woolf gained strength and, not long after starting, was able to make twenty-five or thirty miles in a day. Clad in neat khaki uniforms, he and his wife — now the leading woman pedestrian of the world — marched from city to city, accompanied by Dolly and Don, their faithful horse and dog.
The group was often surrounded by cheering crowds, or met by newspaper reporters and escorted with honor by delegations of police into the presence of mayors and other officials, who received the travelers cordially.
But the "Walking Woolfs" gained something far more valuable than honor or fame; and their advice to others who have suffered from the effects of sedentary work is:
"When you get into a rut walk out of it."
He who draws close to nature is rewarded in many ways, not the least of which is perfect health.
The object of this book is to preach the doctrine of exercise and fresh air.

 

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Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: UK, Inglese, Anglais
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
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