Eleanor cycled 10,000 miles around China, Taiwan, and into Tibet – mostly solo – in 2011. She then ‘took a rest’ by traveling with a backpack and hitch-hiking/local buses through Xinjiang and into Kazakhstan. What’s up next? Check her blog for the latest updates: 2wheels4girls.com
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“We are Sam and Francesca, and we’re pedalling from London to China and beyond for a year or so. We are avid cyclists in London and have taken that ethos to the roads of the world. We have passed through 20 countries, ranging from chilly Europe to inferno Central Asia.”
See Sam & Francesca’s blog: www.odycycle.wordpress.com
Thomas Stevens is one of the best known early bike tourists, and was the first person to go around the world by bicycle. His trip began in 1884, when he set off on a penny farthing built by the Pope Manufacturing Company of Chicago.
He carried a handlebar bag with essentials like socks, a spare shirt and a rain jacket that was also his tent. His journey took him across Europe, through Iran and into Afghanistan, across India, China and Japan, before he returned by steamer to San Francisco.
You can read about his adventures in his book, Around The World On A Bicycle.
John Foster Fraser left home with two of his friends in 1896 to bike around the world. When they returned, they wrote a book about the trip called Around The World On A Wheel and the preface always makes us smile. It starts:
“We took this trip round the world on bicycles because we are more or less conceited, like to be talked about, and see our names in the newspapers. We were stoned by the Mohammedans because they alleged we were Christians, and we were pelted with mud in China because the Celestials were certain we were devils.”
“We slept in wet clothes, subsisted on eggs, went hungry, and were enforced teetotalers. We had small-pox, fever, and other ailments. There were less than a dozen fights with Chinese mobs. We never shaved for five months, and only occasionally washed. Our adventures therefore were of a humdrum sort. If only one of us had been killed, or if we had ridden back into London each minus a limb, some excitement would have been caused. As it was we came home quietly.”
This is David with his bike Milana, in front of Rome’s Plaza de San Pedro.
They’ve been rolling together in Scotland (2007), from Madrid to Beijing (2008), Japan (2009) and China (2010).