Two Wheels North

Two Wheels North

Cycling the West Coast in 1909

Book - 2000 | 1st ed.
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In 1909, Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco, just out of high school, set out from Santa Rosa, California, on second-hand bikes, bound for the great Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle. With excitement in their hearts and a good luck billiken in their bedroll, they pedaled, pushed, and walked a thousand miles north for fifty-four days. Camp was wherever, whenever the sun was gone; food was an occasional meal from a kindly farm wife and what they could fish, hunt, or glean.
Evelyn Gibb, daughter of one of the cyclists, has drawn on her father's recollections to tell this incredible story in his voice. Readers of all ages will find themselves pulled into the resolute push to complete the trek. Two Wheels North is an account of a journey that today we can only dream about - one that finds two boys on the road not only to Seattle, but also to manhood.

Publisher: Corvallis : Oregon State University Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780870714856
Characteristics: viii, 181 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm.


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multcolib_alisonk Apr 10, 2014

From Santa Rosa, California to Seattle is more than 1000 miles. Along the way there are mountain passes, heavy winds and harsh weather to contend with. Imagine you're going to take that journey - by bike. And now imagine the year is 1909, and much of the way is rough mountain track or corduroy roads through wild and uninhabited country. That's exactly what Ray and his friend Vic do, when they decide to take a trip, on bicycle, up the Northwest coast to attend the Seattle exposition.


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