Gottfried Rodriguez: around the world on a 1910 Marsh Metz in wooden shoes
This photo was in a 1910 issue of Motorcycle Illustrated. The caption states:
“Gottfried Rodriguez has left Brockton on an M. M. Special to make a tour of the world. When last heard from Rodriguez, who is a Holland newspaper man, was at Syracuse. Rodriguez intends to spend nine months touring the United States and hopes to visit practically every city of importance.”
Notice his wooden shoes?
It seems that he made a wager that he could travel all the way around the world without any money. He left Holland with no luggage and saw Europe, the United States, Japan, China, Siberia and Russia. During his travels, he spent a bit of time granting interviews with various journalists and groups on the East Coast of the US. His bet allowed him to use any form of transportation, except a train. It is not known how he became the owner of the M.M. motorcycle, possibly Marsh Metz allowed him to use it as a form of advertising for the maker. During those good old days, travelers such as he were well received, and I’m sure he was fed well during his speeches to groups such as the Harvard Cosmopolitan Club.
I was able to find one additional article about Mr. Rodriguez, in the book “Physical Culture, Vol. 23” published in 1910 by Physical Culture Publishing Co. :