The Grand Tour

The adventure of the first person to use a motorized vehicle to ride across America is one of inspiration, determination and historic significance.  It is important to remember that in 1903, life moved at the pace of the horse and buggy.  The only exception was the Railroad, which by that time had transformed America in ways we continue to benefit from today.  Motorized personal transportation was in it's exciting infancy.  Automobiles were capturing the imagination and fostering change in the way 1900s America viewed personal transportation.  The motorcycle was seen as a novelty, a toy of young men who wanted to experience the freedom of cruising around the neighborhood and town.

George A. Wyman had a passion for the long ride.  He saw the "motor-cycle" as a means to extend his riding horizons.  Being a competitive bicycle racer and adventurous soul, he would push this new technology beyond its novelty status.  The saga that is his journey lays the foundation for the modern day sport and defines the spirit of the long-distance motorcycle rider.

The George A. Wyman Memorial Grand Tour - "Points Along the Way" is the chronological listing of the 160 waypoints along Wyman's original 1903 route.  The Grand Tour: Rider's Guide, with the companion GPS waypoint file, enables modern motorcycle riders to experience the excitement of following in his tracks and visiting the Wyman points along the way.  The Rider's Guide is available free in PDF form, and is suitable for viewing on laptops, tablets and smartphone devices. 



The self-paced Grand Tour is designed to be ridden by motorcycle enthusiasts during the George A. Wyman Memorial period of May 16 thought July 6.  And, in the true spirit of the Wyman adventure, it is best experienced following the original route starting at Lotta's Fountain, San Francisco and ending at 1904 Broadway, New York City.  There is no charge to ride the Grand Tour, downloading the Rider's Guide PDF or the GPS waypoints and route file.  To register for the Grand Tour please sign up on Ride Master.

Iron Butt Association members seeking certification of the Memorial Grand Tour or Xtreme! Memorial 50cc Gold please sign up via Ride Master "2017 - Wyman Memorial Challenge .  Rules for IBA certification can be found at The George A. Wyman Memorial Challenge.


DOWNLOADThe George A. Wyman Memorial Grand Tour, Points Along the Way, Rider's
Guide PDF.  An overview of each leg of the journey is below.
DOWNLOADGrand Tour GPS Exchange Format GPX File

Listed below are the miles and riding times for routes to each of the Wyman waypoints accessible by paved roads.  The routes follow the paved roads and highways available today that closely match Wyman’s 1903 route.  You may choose any route between waypoints.  Navigating point to point using the “Fastest” GPS route setting may reduce the distances and moving time.  But, you will miss out on a lot of great riding between the points along the way.
Table of Distances and Times by State
STATE
WAYPOINTS
MILES
MOVING TIME
DWELL TIME
TOTAL TIME
California
18
217.3
4:21
2:50
7:11
Nevada
16
482.1
7:50
2:40
10:30
Utah
8
233.3
3:35
1:20
4:55
Wyoming
28
547.0
9:47
4:40
14:27
Nebraska/Colorado
19
474.9
8:54
3:10
12:04
Iowa
13
372.5
7:19
2:10
9:29
Illinois
10
184.1
5:29
1:40
7:09
Indiana
7
171.4
3:27
1:10
4:37
Ohio
11
261.7
6:25
1:50
8:15
New York
15
608.8
11:20
2:30
13:50
TOTALS
145
3,553.1
68:27
24:00
92:27


  (Source: Garmin BaseCamp, map set 2015.2)