Archival Adventure: North Star 6.11.82

Friend Michael sent me a link to this flickr photoset of an early-1980s North Star Bicycle Tour organized by the Bikecentennial.

Per the notes from the flickr set, the North Star tour traveled in 1982 “from Missoula, MT to Anchorage, AK via a route that was over 3,000 miles (1,400 or so were unpaved) and took 68 days to complete.”

I recommend reading through each image in the flickr set. The photographer provides detailed information about the route, equipment, dining options and travelers met along the way. My favorite caption describes the U.S.S. Titan, the photographer’s trusty Schwinn Paramount which was chromed and retrofit w/touring-specific braze-ons for the trip.

Other vintage bicycle touring trips on flickr by Hammerhead2:
A link to a 1976 Palo Alto catalog from which to purchase clothing and equipment necessary for your own nostalgia bicycle tour:
And a source for your own stars and stripes cycling cap (in wool or cotton).

Randonneurs USA cap (by Walz)

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