Augusta and Adeline Van Buren - Women's First Solo Transcontinental Motorcycle Journey

100th anniv ride
New Book- Grace and Grit
Leaving New York
Preparations for the long trip
On the Trail
Through Colorado and on to Utah
Salt Lake to San Diego
Induction into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame
Induction into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame
The 90th Anniversary Ride & Fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
90th Anniversary Ride Map &Daily Status
Photos Part I - 90th Anniv Ride
Photos Part II - 90th Anniv Ride
Contact the Van Burens

     The  90th Anniversary Ride for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
and now, ...a new book...GRACE & GRIT... Note Card Sets...
         ...and the 100th anniversary ride in 2016

It was the summer of 1916.  Women didn't have the right to vote, nor were they considered equals to men. But they did have the same tenacity, courage, and creativity that women have always had, regardless of the recognition they received for their talents and abilities. This is the story of Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, two sisters who journeyed from New York to California, the first women to do so on solo motorcycles.

Gussie and Addie were intelligent young women in their 20s when they set out from Sheepshead Bay in New York City to begin their transcontinental journey. They left on July 4th and arrived in Los Angeles on September 8th after traveling 5,500 miles over hazardous roads.  There were no superhighways in those days. They would have to be content with dry weather, although washouts, heavy rains, and mud were often the conditions that they had to accept.

Augusta and Adeline during the 1916 Journey
Augusta and Adeline during the 1916 Journey

We'll take you on their journey, through the cities and the mountains, on the following pages. Their accomplishment was great, their attitude was gracious, and their intent was on to learn why the Van Buren Sisters tackled this difficult and trying journey.   

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Augusta and Adeline...Two Courageous Women
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