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

Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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