An elderly woman crosses America from north to south on a bicycle

10 July, 2022
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An elderly woman crosses America from north to south on a bicycle

A 72-year-old woman entered the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest person to cycle America (from north to south) when she completed the 2,083-mile journey in 43 days.

Guinness World Records stated that Linea Salvo was 72 years and 27 days old when she completed her journey in San Ysidro, California, 43 days after the start of her journey.

Salvo's voyage along the Pacific Coast was only part of her larger project to create a GPS image of a peace signal across the United States and Canada.

The cyclist previously held the record for the oldest person to cross America by bike when she rode from Oceanside, California, to Bethany Beach, Dell, at age 67 in 2016. 

She also held the record for the oldest person to cross Canada by bicycle when she walked across the country at the age of 68 years and 340 days in 2018.

"Since my records are age-related and not speed-related, I don't have to go fast, so I don't suffer from the speed fatigue of cyclists," Salvo told Guinness World Records, adding that her peace sign project is dedicated to her brother John Thomas West, who passed away. He was 28 years old when his plane crashed in Laos.

Salvo said she hopes her peace sign will eventually earn the record for largest bike GPS drawing (singles).



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