Peter and Charlene Kesling depart
from the bottom of the Mark a centruy after Horatio's historic drive.
Drive: America's First Road Trip is acclaimed documentary filmmaker
Burns' 2003 account of the first transcontinental (SF to NY) expedition by
horseless carriage a century earlier. Nearly forty years before Bob Hope
and Bing Crosby took the Road to Singapore and fully eight decades before
Chevy Chase set out for Wally World in National Lampoon's Vacation, Dr.
Horatio Nelson Jackson hit the road from San Francisco in a 1903 Winton
Touring Car. Three days earlier, on May 19, 1903, a debate over the reliability
of America's new horseless carriages had raged at the University
Dr. Jackson, a 31 year-old retiree from Vermont, accepted a $50 bet that
he couldn't drive from the City to New York in 90 days. Dr. Jackson and
Sewall K. Crocker, a 22 year-old bicycle repairman, left San Francisco
at a time when there were only 150 miles of paved roads in the entire country.
Along the way, Jackson and Crocker picked up a mascot, a bulldog named
Bud. They arrived in New York on July 26 - 63 days after rolling out of SF. What happened along the way can
be described in its full breadth only by PBS and master documentarian Ken
Burns. Tom Hanks provides the voice of Dr. Jackson. On June 17, 2003, Dr. Peter Kesling and his wife Charlene pulled out of
the driveway of the Mark Hopkins Hotel
in a 1903 Winton on a commemorative cross-country road trip sponsored by
General Motors. The Keslings reached their destination in New York on July 26.
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