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Posts Tagged ‘Round the World’

Arian & Monieke

Posted January 22nd, 2012

Arian & Moniek

“After a few holidays on bikes, we realized that there’s no more freedom than that. In 2009 we cycled all over Denmark and in 2010 to Vietnam. Both totally different but both extremely beautiful to cycle!”

“Due to these trips we decided to cycle to Sydney Australia, starting on 3 March 2012 in Breda, the Netherlands. The trip of our lifetime!!! Yahoo!!!”

Follow Arian & Monieke at World By Bike.

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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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Patrick & Rachel Hugens

Posted March 21st, 2011

Patrick & Rachel Hugens

Patrick & Rachel met in Nelson, New Zealand in 1993. Patrick, a Dutchman was cycling around the world. Rachel from USA was independently cycling NZ & Australia.

In 1994, they met up in Capetown South Africa & cycled to Nairobi, then onto Gibraltar cycling back to Holland. They settled in Boise, Idaho in 1995 and since then have quit their jobs twice to cycle tour. First in 1999 for 8 months in South America and then 2006-2007 cycling through Indonesia, Southeast Asia, Yunnan (China), Eastern Tibet and Lhasa to Katmandu, returning home from the Arctic Circle.

In the words of Jimmy Buffet, cycle touring allows you to ‘go fast enough to get there and slow enough to see’. There is nothing that compares to seeing a country by bike where you become part of the scenery rather than having it framed from a vehicle.

See their beautiful bike touring photos.

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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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