Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Wyman Declares Transcontinental Ride

The Bicycling World and Motorcycle Review, April 25, 1903
With the help of the California Motor Company and Goodman publishing, Wyman was finalizing preparations for his epic motor-cycle ride across America.  It is likely this two sentence news clipping was the first public notice of Wyman's attempt.  It would be the beginning of publicity designed to launch The Goodman Company's new periodical, "The Motorcycle Magazine."

"Across America on a Janus Motorcycle"
We are pleased to announce Janus Motorcycles  will join the 2018 - Wyman Memorial Challenge, 'Rendezvous.'  115 years after Wyman's historic 1903 journey, on single cylinder, 200cc motorcycle, Janus Motorcycles is paying tribute to the Wyman legacy by duplicating this challenging ride on their top-of-the-line Halcyon 250.  Janus and riders from around the country will 'Rendezvous' in the San Francisco Bay Area on Memorial Day weekend.  The Grand Tour begins Monday, May 28 and runs through Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Richard Worsham, co-founder of the company will be riding the Janus Halcyon 250 from San Francisco to New York City.  The Janus Halcyon, single cylinder, 229cc, 14 horse power, 5-speed motorcycle is built in Goshen, Indiana.  Janus Motorcycles is the hosting authority for the 624.3 Goshen Wyman waypoint.

Since the California Gold Rush days, the distance between San Francisco and New York City set the standard for cross continent travel.  The completion of the transcontinental railway shortened a grueling eight week wagon journey to a relatively comfortable 83 hour express train ride

Iron Butt Magazine, Spring 2013
Wyman's 50 day motorized journey from San Francisco to New York City represented the next step in the technology of personal transcontinental travel.  Today, on modern motorcycles, members of the Iron Butt Association pay tribute to Wyman's legacy, making the San Francisco to New York City ride in under 50 hours.  

George A. Wyman...
"World's Toughest Motorcycle Rider, circa 1903"

Friday, April 20, 2018

Promoting the Wyman History

The Wyman Journey Poster Campaign has reached a new level.  The Project has shipped 99 Journey poster packages to historical societies, museums and visitor centers along the Wyman trail.  Thanks, to all those who joined the campaign.  Your financial support is the fuel of this very effective promotional campaign.  Let's do more!

Our mission is to promote the Wyman story.  The Journey Poster is designed to tell the Wyman story at a glance.  With this phase of the campaign complete, our new focus will be to send a Journey poster package to the public library in each of the communities along the Wyman route from San Francisco to New York City.

Every Wyman Journey poster hung on a wall creates a visual memorial to the first long-distance motorcyclist.  Let's do more...

"Linking the Past to the Present to Enrich the Future"