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Around the world on a bicycle ..
     

Around the world on a bicycle ..

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by Thomas Stevens
 

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back

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This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book.

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2940017684450
Publisher:
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searles, and Rivington
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NOOK Book
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1 MB

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Around the World on a Bicycle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Pope Company preserved Stevens's bicycle until World War II, when it was donated to a scrap drive to support the war effort.

Thomas Stevens is buried at St Marylebone Cemetery in East Finchley, London.

His other publications include: Some Asiatic Dogs, St. Nicholas Magazine Feb 1890 Wild Pea-Fowls in British India, St. Nicholas Magazine Sep 1888

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