Effie and Avis Hotchkiss
First transcontinental female motorcyclists
Effie Hotchkiss a Wall Street banking clerk in 1915 had dreams to see America on her way to San Francisco and the Panama Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Using money left to her after her father’s death, Effie bought a Harley and rigged the V-Twin with a sidecar for her mother, Avis, who insisted on going along.
Leaving Brooklyn in May, the gritty pair took two months to complete the journey of over 5,000 miles. Along the way, they persevered through sweltering heat, blown tires, uncertain weather and an unpredictable terrain laced with narrow, muddy and dangerous roads.
After having some time enjoying the Pacific ocean the two simply got back on their Harley and headed back to New York. On the return trip, they logged another 4,000 miles on the odometer before arriving back home in October. Along the way they almost ran over a man but as faith would have it he would turns out that man would later become Effie’s future husband. – Source Harley Davidson Archives
In honor of this on June 5 2015 Lisa Brouwer and Kris Haase retraced the route taken by Effie and Avis Hotchkiss 100 years earlier.