Thirty moons around the world

Thirty Moons MapDouglas Carr, from Ingersoll, Ontario rode his bicycle around the world from 1937 to 1939.  It was a trip of over 60,000 miles, including over 41 countries on 5 continents, and his total expenditure over the 30 months was only $1,250.  Mr. Carr was a shoe salesman who embarked on this trip when he was 27 years old.  His intention was only to visit England and witness the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, but then he purchased a bicycle.  He cycled through Scotland, France, Belgium, and Holland, and along eastern Africa from Cairo to Cape Town.  Through cycling, Doug found a mode of transportation that enabled him to experience the customs and conditions of the local people, and he just kept pedaling.  
Doug met the famous Dale Carnegie while travelling in China, and Carnegie was so impressed with him that he later featured Doug and his world travels in his popular Philosophy of Life column in the Daily Mirror.

Following his return to Ingersoll, Doug presented his travelogue, “Thirty Moons Around the World” to local audiences.  In the 1980s, he revived his travelogue as a fundraiser for cancer research, raising $1,000 with an admission price of $1 per person.  A London Free Press article advertising the event noted Doug’s life-long love of travel and his belief that, “money spent on cigarettes would do so much more good if spent on travel instead.” 

Doug died in 1994, but fortunately family members held on to the travel diaries, photographs, letters and other records, including film footage, related to his expedition. In 2011, the family donated the collection to the Archives of Ontario, which resulted in a tax credit that has been directed to cancer research continuing Doug’s legacy of supporting that important cause. During his thirty moons around the world, Doug met hundreds of people and was grateful for the generosity of those who went out of their way to assist him. Doug’s travels inspired his enduring compassion for universal human challenges. In this spirit, the family is pleased to support the important research and treatment provided by the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre ocular oncology program.

Go to to view a multimedia collection of materials showcasing the amazing journey of Douglas Carr.
Reviewed: February 2014