Postcard from 1974: Hemistour Crosses the Equator

April 27, 2011

Adventure Cycling was established as Bikecentennial in 1974 by two couples: Dan and Lys Burden, and Greg and June Siple. Simply put, they were visionaries who wished to bring the joy of bicycle travel to more people. Here's a postcard from Hemistour -- mailed 37 years ago -- written as Greg and June crossed the equator in Ecuador, May 7, 1974! (Click on the image to go to the original on Flickr if you need larger type.)

Hemistour crosses the Equator May 7, 1974

Photo by ddsiple on Flickr


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trailturtle April 27, 2011, 11:34 AM

Thanks to Winona and the Siple family for sharing this gem of history.

[Remember mail is as important to us as food and tires to keep us moving!"] ---Any long distance touring cyclist will have a hearfelt understanding of that quote :))....even if one might need to put an "e" in front of "mail" these days :))!

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