In summer 2010, Linda, Phil and 2 year old Luca set off around the world by bike. Their trip is taking them through Europe, southeast Asia and North and South America. Follow the adventure on Around The World With Luca.
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Igel, Paola and Rambo (their rat terrier dog) have been cycling around the world since 2001. By 2009, they’d covered 29 countries, mostly in the Americas.
Now (in 2011) they’re heading from Germany to Asia, and they are going to change their vehicles as well: the next leg of the big journey will be on trikes with two dogs, with Rambo and his daughter Caramba! Follow their epic journey on their website: Grenzenlos (No Borders)
“I want to see as much of the world as I can in the slowest way possible.”
This is the motivation behind Rob’s bike ride around the world.
“On a bicycle you can travel slowly enough to appreciate all that’s around you, yet it’s quick enough to get you from one place to the next. I’ve never been happy with the conventional way of seeing a country, rushing from one city to the next in a coach or train, sleeping with your head banging against the window while music plays in your ears until you reach the destination. I want to see all that stuff in the middle that your average traveller on a 10-day holiday misses.”
“On a bike you become a part of the environment, life is literally in your face every day as it can never be when you are travelling on a bus or train. It might not be for everyone but for me there is no better way to see the world and you burn fat not fuel.”
In this picture, Anne Mustoe is seen leaving St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1987 on her first bicycle tour. She was 54 years old and had just retired from a career as a headmistress.
Over the next few decades, Anne became one of the world’s most famous bike tourists. Her initial round-the-world trip was followed by many more journeys, often tracing a historical theme or route. As well as becoming known for her adventures, Anne was famous for knowing very little about bicycle repair. If she had a flat tire, she always found someone to fix it for her. She was more interested in the people and the journey than the mechanics of the bicycle. She also didn’t carry a tent, preferring instead to stay in hotels.
She set off on her last ride in May 2009, making it all the way to Syria by bicycle before falling ill and dying in hospital.
This husband-and-wife pair pedalled 28,000 miles on a world bike trip, making Hattie one of the first women to go around the world by bicycle (Annie Londonderry is often cited as the first).
The 3-year voyage took them from their starting point in Chicago to San Francisco, then to Japan by ship, through Asia and Europe. The journey ended in 1898 and the resulting book details their packing list, including 3 guns!
“All of our luggage was carried in a leather case which neatly fitted the inside angles of the bicycle frames. Our personal apparel consisted merely of a change of underwear, as we depended upon the stores in towns along our route for new clothes whenever we should need them. The remainder of our luggage cases contained photograph films, medicines, repair outfits, etc. My “artillery,” for which there was great use as it afterward happened, consisted of two 3S-caliber and one 44-caliber revolvers.”
You can read about this amazing journey in a free online book: Around the world on wheels for the Inter ocean: the travels and adventures in foreign lands