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College of the Mainland
National Library Week
News Release
Monday, April 04, 2011

COM to celebrate National Library Week

College of the Mainland will celebrate National Library Week April 14 at 7 p.m. in the library with speaker Johanna Liska.

Liska’s father, Danny, was the first person to travel by motorcycle from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America. He rode a BMW R60/2. He began his journey in the summer of 1959, reaching his northern-most point, Arctic Circle City, Alaska, in August. When the days began to get shorter, he returned to his home in Niobara, Nebraska for the winter. In the Spring of 1960, he headed South and made it to Panama City on Thanksgiving Day. He shipped his bike from there to Medellin, Columbia, then walked across the Darien Gap on "the Smuggler's Trail." He retrieved his bike in Medellin, rode throughout much of South America, and made it to the end of the road in Ushuaia, Argentina in 1961.

This is a major feat today, but in 1961, it was unheard of. BMW was so pleased, they gave him a brand new motorcycle, which he rode from North Cape, Norway to South Cape near Capetown, South Africa. His motorcycles will be on display in the library April 12 through April 14. For more details contact Tillie Henson at 409-933-8205.

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