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Account of the first man to ride a bicycle around the world
* A classic first published in 1887 In 1884, Thomas Stevens left San Francisco on a Columbia high-wheeler with the outrageous goal of becoming the first man to ride a bicycle across the United States. When he reached Boston, he decided to continue around the world, and soon sailed to London for the ride across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The high-wheeler was heavy and cumbersome, his supplies were limited to ...
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Account of the first man to ride a bicycle around the world
* A classic first published in 1887 In 1884, Thomas Stevens left San Francisco on a Columbia high-wheeler with the outrageous goal of becoming the first man to ride a bicycle across the United States. When he reached Boston, he decided to continue around the world, and soon sailed to London for the ride across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The high-wheeler was heavy and cumbersome, his supplies were limited to socks, a spare shirt, and a slicker that doubled as tent and bedroll, and much of the country he traversed was wild. Yet he persevered, recording his colorful and often harrowing adventures during the three-year odyssey in a classic of 19th century adventure and travel writing. Thomas Pauly is a professor of English at the University of Delaware. He has written on a broad range of subjects, including books on Elia Kazan and the musical Chicago.
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  • BN ID: 2940017275238
  • Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner''s Sons
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1894 volume
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    Around the world on a Penny-Farthing

    <p> A voracious reader of travel literature, in 1872 Thomas Stevens left the home of his parents and moved to the United States were he held a number of assorted jobs before becoming a miner in Colorado. <p> In 1884 he acquired a black-enameled Columbia 50-inch Standard model penny-farthing built by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Chicago and struck out across the country, carrying socks, a spare shirt and a slicker that doubled as tent and bedroll. Leaving San Francisco at 8 o'clock on April 22nd 1884, he traveled eastward, reaching Boston after 3700 wagon trail miles, to complete the first transcontinental bicycle ride on August 4th, 1884. <p> As reported in Harper's: Eighty-three and a half days of actual travel and twenty days stoppage for wet weather, etc., made one hundred and three and a half days occupied in reaching Boston. <p> From that point, Stevens traveled to New York and continued through England, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Armenia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Hong Kong and Japan circling the globe and returning by steamer to San Francisco, on 24 December, 1886. <p> Stevens' travels through Japan were reported in the Jijishinpou newspaper. Along the way, Stevens sent a series of letters to Harper's Magazine detailing his experiences and later collected those experiences into this book. <p> The Pope Company preserved Stevens's bicycle until World War II, when it was donated to a scrap drive to support the war effort. <p> Thomas Stevens is buried at St Marylebone Cemetery in East Finchley, London. <p> His other publications include: <ul> <li>Some Asiatic Dogs, St. Nicholas Magazine Feb 1890</li> <li>Wild Pea-Fowls in British India, St. Nicholas Magazine Sep 1888</li> </ul>

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