Thursday, March 22, 2007

Around the World on a Bicycle -- in 1884

Here's a nice piece of audio from NPR's Weekend Editon of Jan 20·

Thomas Stevens was the first person to ride a bicycle around the world. He left San Francisco in 1884 on a high-wheeler. Upon his return in 1887, he wrote a book: Around the World on a Bicycle. Thomas Pauly of the University of Delaware wrote the introduction to a reissue of that book and spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about Stevens' adventure.

4 comments:

Granny's 30 said...

Had to add the image, cause it makes it even more dramatic that the dude used a penny farthing for his globe trekking. Believe it or Not.

BikingBis said...

Not only did he ride a penny farthing, but he had few roads to ride and generally pedaled alongside railroad tracks.
And all he carried was some food, socks, a shirt, a bedroll, a slicker than doubled as a tent, and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson.
What an amazing fellow.

Granny's 30 said...

thanks for the info bb...truly amazing

53rd Tooth said...

He didn't even have a chamois. Ouch.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Around the World on a Bicycle -- in 1884

Here's a nice piece of audio from NPR's Weekend Editon of Jan 20·

Thomas Stevens was the first person to ride a bicycle around the world. He left San Francisco in 1884 on a high-wheeler. Upon his return in 1887, he wrote a book: Around the World on a Bicycle. Thomas Pauly of the University of Delaware wrote the introduction to a reissue of that book and spoke with NPR's Scott Simon about Stevens' adventure.

4 comments:

Granny's 30 said...

Had to add the image, cause it makes it even more dramatic that the dude used a penny farthing for his globe trekking. Believe it or Not.

BikingBis said...

Not only did he ride a penny farthing, but he had few roads to ride and generally pedaled alongside railroad tracks.
And all he carried was some food, socks, a shirt, a bedroll, a slicker than doubled as a tent, and a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson.
What an amazing fellow.

Granny's 30 said...

thanks for the info bb...truly amazing

53rd Tooth said...

He didn't even have a chamois. Ouch.