Across America by Motor-Cycle: Fully Annotated Centennial Edition

Across America by Motor-Cycle: Fully Annotated Centennial Edition

by Mark Hunnibell, C.K. Shepherd

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Overview

In 1919, Charles Kenilworth (“C.K.”) Shepherd—a veteran of World War I and former British Royal Air Force Captain—took some “time off” after his service. He traveled to the United States to “trot ’round America” on a brand new, top-of-the-line Henderson 4-cylinder motorcycle he dubbed “Lizzie.” Just eleven days after arriving in the States, Shepherd and Lizzie headed west on a pioneer adventure. He journeyed to California on America’s “highways,” which he soon realized consisted of dirt roads—several of which were impassable. After arriving in San Francisco two months later, he sold his motorcycle on the street. In 1922, he memorialized this journey for eternity in his book Across America by Motor-Cycle.

Shepherd’s tale is an informative and engaging reflection of the trials and tribulations of an Englishman’s solo adventure across the United States when there were no such things as interstate highways or even good street maps. His honest observations about America’s roads, history, and culture—through the lens of a British “observer”—are revealing and often humorous. One hundred years later, Shepherd’s book remains a classic.

Mark Hunnibell—a former United States Air Force Captain—discovered Shepherd’s book while beginning to restore his own “basket case” 1919 Henderson motorcycle that his father had given him decades earlier. Realizing it was the same make, model, and year owned by Shepherd, Hunnibell imagined retracing Shepherd’s journey. But Hunnibell realized such a major feat would go well beyond mechanical restoration. He had to get the old Henderson functioning like new to contemplate such an arduous expedition, but he also had to deduce Shepherd’s path when the British adventurer had not included a map or specific itinerary. Hunnibell set about analyzing the book word-by-word in a bold attempt to discover, document, and reverse-engineer the smallest details of Shepherd’s ride.

As the research progressed, revelations of Shepherd’s route and other amazing details emerged while Hunnibell also became fascinated by C.K.’s cultural reflections. Hunnibell also realized that the British explorer had an occasional tendency to embellish, apparently hoping it would make his book even more appealing.

It occurred to Hunnibell that readers of C.K.’s 1922 book—and even new ones—would be even more inspired and entertained by the journey if they had the benefit of a complete and accurate explanation of as many details as possible. He sought to answer fundamental questions such as: Who was “C.K. Shepherd” and what was his background? Why did he embark on this trip? Whatever happened to him?

This Fully Annotated Centennial Edition contains nearly 1,000 exhaustively researched notes, original photographs (many previously unpublished that had been taken by Shepherd himself), illustrations, and rich period details and explanations. It also contains a foreword by C.K.’s son, Dr. Charles Drury Shaw, who has graciously supported this celebration.

Although some details of Shepherd’s journey will forever remain a mystery, this Fully Annotated Centennial Edition—which includes the complete text of the original bookstands as the definitive work on the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948181495
Publisher: AABMC Publications, LLC
Publication date: 04/01/2020
Edition description: Centennial, Annotated ed.
Pages: 494
Sales rank: 690,055
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Captain Charles Kenilworth "C.K." Shepherd was born on May 31, 1895 at home at 108 Oakfield Road, Balsall Heath, Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The youngest of seven children of Timothy Shepherd and Elizabeth Dale, he served in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force in World War One and received a field commission and promotions to Captain an Equipment Officer assigned to the Aircraft Engine Repair Shops (ERS) in Pont de l'Arche, near Rouen, France. Following the War, C.K. arrived in America in June 1919 and spent the next two months driving his brand-new Henderson motorcycle from New York to San Francisco. In 1922, he published an instant classic about his journey: Across America by Motor-Cycle.

C.K., as he was known to all who knew him, married Ursula Mary Edwards in September 1922, the same year his Across America by Motor-Cycle book was published. C.K. and Ursula had two daughters (one of whom remains living today), but Ursula died from cancer in 1938. The next year, C.K. changed his name by "deed poll" to Charles Kay Shaw, a name he used for the rest of his life. After Ursula died, he married again, to Honorah Tarpey, and had two children with her.

C.K. was an architect, engineer, author, artist, father, vagabond, and was a strong proponent of "life after death," so when he passed on January 16, 1971, he believed he was just moving on as an enduring spirit.

The above information was supplied by former U.S. Air Force and retired airline Captain Mark Hunnibell, who undertook extensive research into C.K. Shepherd and included much of the information about in his new book, Across America by Motor-Cycle - Fully Annotated Centennial Edition (ASIN: 1948181495) which provides nearly 1,000 new photos, notes, and details about C.K.'s journey in 1919 plus a complete biography of C.K. and a foreword by C.K.'s only son. For more information about C.K. Shepherd and his 1919 trip across America, read the Fully Annotated Centennial Edition and also go to: https://acrossamericabymotorcycle.com

Table of Contents

About This Book, by Captain Mark L. Hunnibell

Foreword, by Charles Drury Shaw, Son of Captain C. K. Shepherd

Maps and Navigation

Preface

Prologue


  1. TRAFFIC IN NEW YORK
  2. NEW YORK TO PHILADELPHIA
  3. PHILADELPHIA TO WASHINGTON
  4. EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT
  5. ACROSS THE ALLEGHANIES
  6. THE DIXIE HIGHWAY
  7. CINCINNATI AND ONWARDS
  8. INDIANA AND ILLINOIS
  9. STORMY WEATHER IN MISSOURI
  10. RESULTS OF A BREAKDOWN
  11. THE SANTA FÉ TRAIL
  12. THE ROYAL GORGE OF ARKANSAS
  13. IN SOUTHERN COLORADO
  14. NEW MEXICO
  15. SANTA FÉ
  16. THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY
  17. THE PETRIFIED FOREST OF ARIZONA
  18. THE GRAND CANYON
  19. THE MOHAVE DESERT
  20. I REACH THE PACIFIC COAST
  21. LOS ANGELES TO SAN FRANCISCO
  22. EPILOGUE


Acknowledgements

About the Author: Captain Charles Kenilworth Shepherd

About the Author: Captain Mark Leslie Hunnibell

Bibliography

Index

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