2 girls, 2 bikes, and 1000 miles

Thelma and Doris graduated from college in 1944 and decided to spend the summer touring on bike from Buffalo, New York to Cairo, Illinois. Thelma’s Victory Bike had one speed, Doris’s bike had two speeds. They carried sleeping bags, clothing, cooking gear and other supplies strapped to rear racks and in handlebar bags.

Thelma and Doris

I haven’t read the whole story yet but it looks like a good read.

8 Comments

  • Ron Callahan
    October 13, 2008 - 10:10 am | Permalink

    The one on the right reminds me of my Mom, cateye glasses and all. 'Course she was only 10 years old in 1944.

    She's a pretty tough broad. Yesterday, we were on a bus that was filled up. She had to stand. About 5 guys offered her their seat and she didn't know what all the fuss was about.

  • Ron Callahan
    October 13, 2008 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    The one on the right reminds me of my Mom, cateye glasses and all. 'Course she was only 10 years old in 1944. She's a pretty tough broad. Yesterday, we were on a bus that was filled up. She had to stand. About 5 guys offered her their seat and she didn't know what all the fuss was about.

  • -p
    October 13, 2008 - 2:21 pm | Permalink

    I checked out the story, great bike touring journal for any generation.

  • -p
    October 13, 2008 - 9:21 pm | Permalink

    I checked out the story, great bike touring journal for any generation.

  • Yokota Fritz
    October 13, 2008 - 2:24 pm | Permalink

    @p – I thought so too!

    @ron – I had to stand in a packed trolley on Saturday and whined the whole way.

  • Yokota Fritz
    October 13, 2008 - 9:24 pm | Permalink

    @p – I thought so too!@ron – I had to stand in a packed trolley on Saturday and whined the whole way.

  • bikesgonewild
    October 14, 2008 - 12:05 am | Permalink

    …hey…i think i rode w/ those chicks…

  • bikesgonewild
    October 14, 2008 - 7:05 am | Permalink

    …hey…i think i rode w/ those chicks…

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