Trogdon William (w2721)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Least Heat-Moon William
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1939-
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various, Diversi, Différents
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
  • Internet: Visit Website
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  • Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Least Heat-Moon W., Nikawa : diario di bordo di una navigazione attraverso l’America, Torino : Einaudi, 2002.

Tschiffely Aimé Félix (w2722)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Switzerland, Svizzera, Suisse
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1895-1954
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: On horseback, A cavallo, A cheval
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Americas, Americhe, Amérique
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A. F. Tschiffely was born into an old Swiss family in Bern in 1895 where he was educated and became a teacher. An adventurer at heart, he left Switzerland to teach in England in his early 20s, but found a new passion as a professional footballer and boxer. He then moved to Buenos Aires where he settled into teaching again, at St. George's College, Quilmes, and later as the temporary headmaster of the Buenos Aires English High School, but still found time on long vacations for adventures riding horses and exploring the surrounding pampas.

He made many friends among the ranchers and learned a lot about horses and outdoor travel. In 1925, at the age of thirty, he decided to undertake a journey by horseback from Buenos Aires to Washington DC. At the time (and even to this day) most would assume this could not be done. A newspaper at the time declared "Impossible! Absurd! The man must be mad!". He wrote about his ride in a bestselling book called Southern Cross to Pole Star, The Ride or Tschiffely's Ride in which he recounts his epic three-year journey from 1925 to 1928 on two native Criollo horses named Mancha (meaning Spotty) and Gato (meaning Cat), direct descendants of horses brought to Argentina by the conquistador Pedro de Mendoza in 1535, the first horses brought to the new world. These horses were of the best Spanish stock, at the time, the best in Europe, which had gone feral in the pampas. They were legendary for their toughness, intelligence and stamina.

After Ride Tschiffely became a famous successful author and moved with his wife Violet to London where he continued to write more books, one of which was a biography of his friend Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham who had died in 1936. In 1937 he returned to South America and made another journey, by car, to the southern tip of the continent, recording his experiences among the natives and the changes brought on by modernity in This Way Southward (1940).

In February 1998, and according to his final wishes, his ashes were buried next to Gato and Mancha in Emilio Solanet's farm, near Ayacucho, Argentina. Solanet was an argentinian National Deputy who bought the two horses to Tehuelche chief Liempichún, in Patagonia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim%C3%A9_F%C3%A9lix_Tschiffely 

Turnell, Mcardle, Guerin (w2726)

  • 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
  • Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Coast to Coast - On Juli 5, 1939, we left Newark, N. J., to visit the World's Fair in San Francisco, California, other interesting points of America, also Mexico. We are going through New Jersey, Penn., Maryland, Dist. of Columbia, Virginia, N. Carolina, S. Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianna, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, W. Virginia, Penn. and then home, sweet home, Newark, N. J.

Turot Henri (w2045)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: France, Francia
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various, Diversi, Différents
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World, Giro del mondo, Tour du monde
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Gaston Stiegler journaliste au Matin, parti de Paris le 29 mai 1901 à 01h50 du soir, put abaisser le record de Phileas Fogg à 63 jours et 16 heures. Il fut plus heureux que son adversaire Henri Turot, parti dans l'autre sens. Toutefois, comme le fit remarquer Jules Verne, "aujourd'hui ce n'est plus une affaire de tourner ainsi, commodément installé dans un wagon, autour du monde".

Urman Stanys (w2727)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Latvia, Lettonia, Lettonie
  • 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

Stanys Urman il podista lituano, già campione del mondo di marcia, dopo avere sofferto la prigionia in Russia ed avere combattuto su moltissimi fronti, s'è messo a fare il giro del mondo a piedi. È passato da Locarno, da Bellinzona, da Lugano suscitando ovunque interesse e simpatia. È in viaggio ora verso Roma e si recherà poscia in Jugoslavia."

Illustrazione Ticinese, 6 febbraio 1952

Vache (w2730)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: France, Francia
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Motorbike, moped, Motocicletta, motorino, Moto, cyclomoteur
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: France, Francia
  • Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Tour de France, 1922, 3700 kilomètres - Vache, sur motocyclette Indian et pneus Hutchinson

Vaillancourt Fred E. (w2731)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Wagon, cart, Carro, carretto, Char, Chariot
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
  • Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Sustained loss of both legs at West Paris, Maine, August 14, 1907, while employed as brakeman on the Grand Trunk Railway System

Valerian Johannes Piecynski (w2764)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Wanderwell Walter
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: -
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various, Diversi, Différents
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Around the World, Giro del mondo, Tour du monde
  • Internet: Visit Website
  • Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: Wanderwell world tour 175,000 miles around the world - for the world

The female Indiana Jones! Fascinating images capture the adventures of a 1920s traveller who visited 80 countries... in a Model T Ford

Aloha Wanderwell from Winnipeg in Canada has been described as a female Indiana Jones
The teenage adventurer toured the world aged 16 after answering an ad for a driver in a French newspaper
She went on to travel 380,000 miles over the course of the 1920s and became a global celebrity

Nowadays, backpacking around the world has almost become a rite of passage for a certain breed of teenager.

But back in the day, the spectacle of a 16-year-old girl touring the globe was enough to turn her into a worldwide celebrity.

Aloha Wanderwell from Winnipeg in Canada has been described as a female Indiana Jones after becoming the first woman to drive around the globe, visiting 43 countries in a Ford Model-T in her teens.

She went on to travel 380,000 miles over the course of the 1920s, visiting a total of 80 countries.

During her travels, she made some of the earliest films of the Bororo people of Brazil, became the first woman to fly the country’s Mato Grosso state and filmed the first flight around the world.

Wanderwell, who was born as Idris Galcia Hall, first got a taste for travel as a child when she began reading her British Army reservist father’s collection of boy’s adventure books.

In 1922, at the age of 16 and now living in France with her mother and sister following the death of her father in the First World War, she answered a newspaper advert asking for, ‘Brains, Beauty & Breeches – World Tour Offer For Lucky Young Woman… Wanted to join an expedition!’

The advert had been placed in the Riviera edition of the Paris Herald by a man called Captain Walter Wanderwell (real name Valerian Johannes Piecynski), an adventurer, inventor and former sailor who was looking for a French-speaking secretary and driver on his expedition to promote world peace.

The captain met Idris in Paris and was so impressed with her sense of adventure that he immediately gave her the stage name ‘Aloha Wanderwell’ and signed her up.

The pair embarked on a decade-long trip around the globe just a few weeks later and Aloha quickly became the star of the show.

In their first adventure, the duo visited 43 countries on four continents, including the battlefields of France, post-war Germany, Egypt, Palestine, India, East Africa, Indo-China and Siberia, where she was given the title of 'Honorary Colonel' by the Red Army.

On a subsequent tour of the US, Aloha and the captain got married and they went on to have two children, Nile and Valri, but the new arrivals didn’t dull their sense of adventure.

They released a documentary about their first world tour that made them famous across the western world. They then followed this up with a second tour, which incorporated the Amazon jungles of Brazil, where their plane crashed.

After the crash, Aloha befriended the local Bororos tribes and made her second documentary called Flight to the Stone Age Bororos.

Unfortunately, Captain Wanderwell was murdered in 1932 in California, but Aloha continued her travels.

After marrying the cameraman for the next stages of her adventures, Walter Baker, in the early 1930s, she went on tour the world with him for much of her life, making films and writing about her experiences - and the results are displayed in museums across the world.

She passed away in California in 1996 at the age of 90.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4048936/The-female-Indiana-Jones-Fascinating-images-capture-adventures-1920s-traveller-visited-80-countries-Model-T-Ford.html

Van Buren Augusta & Adeline (w2733)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Motorbike, moped, Motocicletta, motorino, Moto, cyclomoteur
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
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The sisters descended from Martin Van Buren, the eighth President of the United States. In 1916, 24-year-old Augusta and 22-year-old Adeline Van Buren, or Gussie and Addie as they were known, were in their 20s and active in the national Preparedness Movement. America was about to enter World War I, and the sisters wanted to prove that women could ride as well as men and would be able to serve as military dispatch riders, freeing up men for other tasks.[4] They also hoped to remove one of the primary arguments for denying women the right to vote. For their ride, they dressed in military-style leggings and leather riding breeches, a taboo at that time.
They set out from Sheepshead Bay racetrack in Brooklyn, New York on July 4, riding 1,000 cc Indian Power Plus motorcycles equipped with gas headlights. Indians were the high-end motorcycle at the time, selling for $275, and ran Firestone "non-skid" tires.
They arrived in Los Angeles on September 8 after having to contend with poor roads, heavy rains and mud, natural barriers like the Rocky Mountains, and social barriers such as the local police who took offence at their choice of men's clothing. During the ride, they were arrested numerous times, not for speeding but for wearing men's clothes. In Colorado, they became the first women to reach the 14,109-foot summit of Pikes Peak by any motor vehicle. Later on, they became lost in the desert 100 miles west of Salt Lake City and were saved by a prospector after their water ran out. They completed their ride by traveling across the border to Tijuana in Mexico.
"Beyond question the Van Burens have made one of the most noteworthy trips ever accomplished, chiefly because they have proven that the motorcycle is a universal vehicle."[citation needed] —Paul Derkum, Indian Motorcycle Company
Despite succeeding in their trek, the sisters' applications to be military dispatch riders were rejected. Reports in the leading motorcycling magazine of the day praised the bike but not the sisters and described the journey as a "vacation".  One newspaper published a degrading article accusing the sisters of using the national preparedness issue as an excellent excuse to escape their roles as housewives and "display their feminine counters in nifty khaki and leather uniforms".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Buren_sisters

 

Van Der Elst, Bruyninckx (w2736)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Belgium, Belgio, Belgique
  • 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: Le tour du monde en brouette par deux Belges

Van Der Toorn Dirk (w2737)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: -
  • 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: Sans argent, je fais le tour du monde à pied, s.v.p. achetez une carte. Parti La Haye 1922-1930, 60.000 kilomètres. A parcouru 39.000 kilomètres par lesquelles nous avons perdu un ami fidèle par les fièvres malaria, qui mourut le 4 mai 1924 à Langenburg, Est-Afrique

Van Dyck Alex (w2738)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: Belgium, Belgio, Belgique
  • 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: Alex Van Dyck Lierre (Belgique) parcourt tous les pays du Monde

Van Meerbeke Frederick E. (w2739)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: -
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Velocipede, Vélocipède
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
  • Internet: Visit Website

Van Meerbeke is described at a young athlete from the New York City area who, Karl Kron (Ten Thousand Miles on a Bicycle, 1887) believed, was born about 1865. He must have been a dedicated cyclist for, although it was not given press coverage at the time, he is thought to have made a round trip ride between New York and Denver in 1885 (Kron, xcvii). Not wishing to cover much of this route again on a transcontinental ride in 1886, he took a southern route west. He began the ride from the New York City Hall at noon on March 1 on a Columbia ordinary with the hope of reaching San Francisco in 150 days.
His ride took him through Philadelphia, Baltimore, Lynchville, Danville, Atlanta, Montgomery, Mobile, New Orleans, Houston, San Antonio, Del Rio, El Paso, Deming, Benson, Tucson, Yuma, Los Angeles, Mojave, and Goshen. He was forced to be ferried or "ride the cars" (take a train) because of floods near Mobile and Yuma and a bicycle breakdown near Del Rio.
He arrived in San Francisco about September 9th (Admission Day), having covered more than 4,000 miles in slightly over 190 days. The San Francisco Chronicle of September 11, 1886 reported that, "He had no hair-breath escapes by flood or field beyond having to be ferried across a piece of flooded roadway near Mobile, and getting badly scared in Arizona by sighting a band of Mexicans whom he mistook for Apaches on the warpath. He followed the route of the Southern Pacific Railroad for the most part. During the trip he wore out six pairs of trousers, five pairs of shoes, a couple of coats, and two hats." The Daily Alta California of September 10, 1886 added, "The gentleman looked pretty rough in his old clothes with his knapsack and canteens strapped on, but he was feeling good. He was introduced to the audience (at a bicycle race) who gave him many hearty cheers and much applause. Afterwards in company with Captain O'Callahan and T. L. Hill, the traveler took a jaunt around the course." A bountiful feast followed the track appearance. The Los Angles Express of August 29, 1886 also gave an account of his ride and stated that he was 20 years old and weighed 135 pounds when he began his ride.
There are only scattered accounts of his life after his 1886 journey. It was reported that he planned a long two-year return journey with his brother Frank and a friend from New York, C. W. Listman. He probably returned by train since there is no evidence that this trip materialized. The Wheel of August 12, 1887 reported that Van Meerbeke planned to reside in Patterson, New Jersey and work in a silk mill. On June 29, 1888 the New York Times noted that Van Meerbeke had embarked on an extended bicycle tour in Pennsylvania and adjacent areas of New York State.
Apparently Van Meerbeke did not want publicity, for other than a few newspaper reports like the ones cited above, there is no known account of his bicycle trips. Karl Kron (p. xcvii) tells us that he sent three letters to Van Meerbeke seeking information about the transcontinental ride, but received no response.

Vanier Nicolas (w2742)

  • Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: -
  • Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: France, Francia
  • Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: -
  • Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Various, Diversi, Différents
  • Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: Artic-Artico
  • Internet: Visit Website
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  • Additional references-Riferimenti complementari-Références complémentaires: Vanier N., L’odissea bianca : l’avventura di un uomo e dei suoi cani nel Grande Nord canadese, RCS Rizzoli Libri, 2001.