70-YEAR OLD TOURIST CROSSES U. S. ON BICYCLE (Jan, 1929)

70-YEAR OLD TOURIST CROSSES U. S. ON BICYCLE

AN ORDINARY bicycle with a special baggage support above the front wheel is the equipment used by M. C. Plummer of Portland, Maine, in touring the United States. Mr. Plummer is 70 years old but he covers from 50 to 150 miles every day on his bicycle, depending on the weather and the nature of the country to be traveled. The sack of bedding, food and clothing which he carries on his handlebars weighs 80 pounds but is so well balanced that the 70-year old tourist has no difficulty in controlling his two-wheeled automobile. Mr. Plummer recommends this system of traveling as a health builder. He does not try to cover any specified distance each day, but sleeps wherever he happens to find himself at sunset.

3 comments
  1. Dave says: November 23, 20094:24 am

    Wonder what happened to him? Touring the US during the depression can’t have been the most safe… Did he carry money? Did he work to pay his way? Did he beg?

  2. hailee says: January 16, 20106:22 pm

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  3. Steven Scharf says: March 14, 201012:59 pm

    The article was from Janaury 1929 so he was actually doing this in 1928, before the crash happened in October of 1929. The crash itself only really affected those who got sucked in to investing all of their money in the market.

    It precipitated the depression over the next couple of years.

    Steven Scharf
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