Baltimore, Maryland to Marshall, Missouri

Week One

May 30, 1924 – June 5, 1924

Baltimore, Maryland to Marshall, Missouri – 1033 miles

May 30, 1924

Baltimore, Maryland to Bridgeport, West Virginia – 270 miles

I started from Baltimore, Maryland on a trip to tour the United States at 6:30 a.m. I had clear weather and dry roads. All the roads were asphalt, cement, and brick in good condition. The mountains between Frederick, Maryland and Wheeling, West Virginia were very steep and long making it impossible to pull some in high with my Indian Motorcycle. I arrived in Bridgeport, West Virginia at 5 p.m. having covered about 270 miles. I am going to spend the night in a hotel here.


BridgePort, W.Va.
May 30, 1924

Dear Pop and Ma:
I arrived here safe at 2 PM without having any trouble with the motor cycle at all. All the straps on the haversack broke and I had to tie them with rope. The haversack rubbed holes in the straps from jarring against the frame. So I will have to have them leathered. I came over some of the hilliest country today I have ever seen. There were two mountains I had to run about a mile in 2nd gear. I don’t feel tired now at all but I guess tomorrow morning I will be right stiff. I am going to leave early and try to get to Columbia, Ohio tomorrow night.

Your son,



May 31, 1924

Bridgeport, West Virginia to Indianapolis, Indiana – 304 miles

I left Bridgeport West Virginia bound west at 7:30 a.m. after having to change all my haversacks from the rear of my motor to the handle bars because it was too much vibration on the rear. After passing through Cambridge, Ohio all the country was level making it possible to see sometimes ten miles of straight, level good road. All the roads so far have been brick, cement or asphalt. I arrived here in Indianapolis, Indiana at 5:30 p.m. standard time and found out that the time had changed at Dayton, Ohio to Central Time, making my time of arrival 4:30 p.m., one hour difference. I covered 304 miles today and am staying at the Indianapolis YMCA.

June 1, 1924

Indianapolis, Indiana to Terre Haute, Indiana – 70 miles

It rained in Indianapolis all morning until about 11:30 a.m. I left the city about noon but only succeeded in getting to Terre Haute, Indiana before the rain started again. I was about two miles from the town, so I spent the night in a barn, getting my supper and breakfast from the farmer after talking about the East with him. I hit the hay about 6:00 p.m. and slept very well. I covered about 70 miles in the day over good roads.

“I went on the Indianapolis Track the day after the race and turned the 2 1/2 miles track in 2 minutes and 43 seconds and I mean that’s rolling”

June 2, 1924

Terre Haute, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri- 177 miles

I woke this morning at day break (3:30 a.m.) and started on the road, getting to St Louis, Missouri at 10:00 a.m. The Mississippi River runs right by city. I spent most all afternoon riding on the double-deck buses and streetcars. I worked out in the gym of the Y about 2 1/2 hours getting down to my wrestling weight of 159 pounds. The match came off at 8:30 p.m. sharp in the Y building at Grand Ave. and Sullivan St. I was matched with a local Y man who had much more ex- perience that I. We wrestled for 18 minutes and they decided it a draw. There were six other bouts and then the judges asked that the draw be wrestled off. We went on the mat again for 18 minutes and the judges gave the decision to my opponent, Mr. George R. Littleton, of St. Louis, Missouri. In the days ride I covered 177 miles, all was good but 1 mile of mud.

June 3, 1924

St. Louis, Missouri to Calwood, Missouri – 110 miles

I left St. Louis, Missouri at 6 a.m. and had fine roads for about 25 miles. From the end of the paved road to Calwood, Missouri the road was nothing but mud. I had a hard time getting through and took quite a few spills but did not hurt me much. I covered 110 miles in 12 hours. I am staying at a hotel here in town.

June 4, 1924

From Calwood, Missouri to Columbia, Missouri – 32 miles

I left Calwood early in the morning in a sea of mud. I only covered 25 miles and burnt my clutch on [the] motorcycle out. Had to be towed by a mule for 7 miles to Columbia, Missouri to a motorcycle garage where I telegraphed to St. Louis for parts. The roads in most places had just been graded and they said it had rained every day for 3 weeks. I am staying at the Y.M.C.A here.

June 5, 1924

From Columbia, Missouri to Marshall, Missouri – 70 miles

From Columbia to Marshall is all dirt roads like the others, but I covered 70 miles after getting my motorcycle repaired. I camped out in Marshall in a camping grounds. Had no trouble with the motorcycle after getting on the road.

Week Two

One Response to Baltimore, Maryland to Marshall, Missouri

  1. Mr Ezy says:

    Great post!

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