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Posts Tagged ‘epic’

Paul Tolson

Posted May 24th, 2012

Ride & Glide

“I am an overweight, unfit, 50 year old Occupational Therapist, ex-teacher and gliderpilot. For my 50th birthday I decided I would embark on a series of journies that would see me visiting every gliding club on the planet.”

“I am about to embark on the first stage of the journey, a ride from Germany down through to South Africa. I am hoping to raise funds for charities connected with assisting disabled people. More details on www.rideandglide.co.uk - find out why I chose a bicycle over a motorcycle for the journey.”

“One bit of advice – hills are great on a fully loaded touring bike ……. when going down them!”

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Thomas Stevens

Posted April 16th, 2011

Thomas Stevens

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.

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John Foster Fraser

Posted April 16th, 2011

John Foster Fraser

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.”

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Francis Birtles

Posted April 15th, 2011

Francis Birtles

Francis Birtles left Fremantle, Western Australia in December, 1905 to cycle to Melbourne. This was a great trip for the age, and attracted a lot of interest from the public. In 1909, he published Lonely Lands, the story of his journey.

His other adventures included setting a cycling record for the Fremantle to Sydney crossing, and riding around Australia several times. By 1912, Birtles had circumnavigated Australia twice and crossed the continent seven times.

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Mirjam Wouters

Posted February 7th, 2011

Mirjam Wouters

Bike touring has become a way of life for Mirjam. She’s been on the road since 2001 and you can read about her travels on her blog, Cycling Dutch Girl.

“After a couple of years hitchhiking my way around Europe I picked up a bicycle and never looked back. I don’t have a strict plan, but ‘around-the-world’ sounds good to me…” she says.

“I’m not very fast, in fact I’m probably the slowest long-distance cyclist around because I get distracted easily… There is just so much to see and do! So far, I’ve cycled all around Europe from Morrocco to the North Cape and around the Baltic States to Istanbul. In 2007, I left Europe and made it to Australia in 2009, where I still am (told you I was slow). Anyway, the plan is to keep going untill I find something better to do.”

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