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Posts Tagged ‘middle east’

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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Patrizia & Brö

Posted October 10th, 2010

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Patrizia & Brö started exploring the world in 2003 on their tandem bicycle, through parts of Africa and South America, the Middle East, Central Asia and via China and Nepal to Southeast Asia. They took breaks in Switzerland (2006) and Singapore (2008) and now they’re on the third stage of their trip, including Japan and South Korea.

They write: “During the past years we had the chance to get to know kindhearted people, to cycle through lonely and breathtaking landscapes at temperatures ranging from -25°C to +50°C, to visit busy cities and remote villages, to pedal over mountain passes and endless deserts, from 420m below sea level to 5,897m above sea level, to travel by boat, bus, train, yacht, lorry, motorcycle, horse and on foot, wandering, wondering, exploring, admiring. In short, we could – and still can – enjoy our lives as globetrotters, travellers and guests of foreign countries, people and cultures. All this we would love to share with you on these few pages. We are pleased that you are taking part in our journey!”

Somewhere On Earth is their website. Their motto: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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Jodie & Tom

Posted August 13th, 2010

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This picture of Tom & Jodie was taken during their tour from the UK to New Zealand – a journey designed to take them to the Rugby World Cup.

“We are a couple cycling from Twickenham Stadium to Eden Park, NZ in the search of rugby in 25 countries across the world. We are both complete novices and so continue to learn every day we are on the road,” Jodie writes in an email.

Their website is Cycling To The Rugby World Cup.

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Keith Hallagan

Posted June 30th, 2010

Keith Hallagan

Keith Hallagan is on the bike tour of a lifetime, which you can read about in his online journal. He didn’t discover bike touring until his 30s.

“Once on the saddle I was hooked and realised I had a lot of making up to do. So after finishing building my house – that i could at last truly call my own – having spent so much time, money and effort decorating it, I closed the door, sold it (or so I thought), quit my job and jumped on my saddle for an adventure of a lifetime through Eurasia – Europe, the middle East, Central Asia and the legendary Karakorum Highway on a journey of a lifetime that i’m in no rush to forget about,” says Keith.

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Sheri & Stéphane

Posted May 24th, 2010

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Sheri and Stéphane met in June, 1998 and were married 3 years later. They had always dreamed of travelling and in 2003 they set off for a 5 year bike tour around the world. Now back from their trip, they are settled in the United States and run CycloCamping.com – a website selling bicycle touring gear and camping equipment and offering helpful tips and a forum for bike tourists.

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