Thursday, May 25, 2023 – Going the distance 

At 77, Simeon Gipson is preparing to embark on a bicycle journey of more than 1,000 miles from Tahlequah, Okla. to Pittsburgh, Pa. Once there, he plans to compete in the National Senior Games. The thousands of miles Gipson has covered over the years started when he was nearing 70 with a last-ditch attempt to improve his declining health. He’s one of many Native elders and others that embark on epic journeys and inspire the rest of us along the way.


Simeon Gipson (Cherokee and Choctaw), 77 year-old bicyclist

Chief Gary Harrison (Ahtna-Athabascan), chief of Chickaloon Village

Dustin Martin (Diné), executive director of Wings of America

Kelly Linklater (Pukatawagan Cree Nation), canoeist

Jolie Valera (Tule River Yokut and Paiute), founder of Indigenous Women Hike

Break 1 music: Rumble (Remastered) (song) Link Wray (artist) Rumble (Remastered) (single)

Break 2 music: Beautiful Flower (song) Cree Confederation (artist) Kihtawasoh Wapakwani (album)