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Around the World on a Bicycle

«“The first time I read Around the World on a Bicycle I was about twelve, and my critical judgement was that I had just read the best book ever written. It had everything: an astonishing adventure, an intrepid hero, rough travel through exotic locales, great risk and great achievement. And on top of all that, a bicycle much like my own. All these years later, the story of Birchmore’s epic ride is still one of my favorite travel books and a fascinating artifact of a time when the world was a much larger place. Any fireside globe-trotter, as well as any person with youthful adventuring spirit, will delight in the exciting travel experiences of Fred Birchmore. To lovers of adventure, history, and geography, it is whole-heartedly commended. An excellent tale of an extraordinary holiday. The book is one of sheer adventure Birchmore must have been endowed with more than his share of wanderlust Great book. As an undergrad in the late 1980s I found it in the stacks at the UGA Science Library. Many miles of my own bike adventures followed. Glad it’s back in print!”»

This classic, once hard-to-find travelogue recalls one of the very first around-the-world bicycle treks. Filled with rarely matched feats of endurance and determination, Around the World on a Bicycle tells of a young cyclists ever-changing and maturing worldview as he ventures through forty countries on the eve of World War II. Les mer

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This classic, once hard-to-find travelogue recalls one of the very first around-the-world bicycle treks. Filled with rarely matched feats of endurance and determination, Around the World on a Bicycle tells of a young cyclists ever-changing and maturing worldview as he ventures through forty countries on the eve of World War II. It is an exuberant, youthful account, harking back to a time when the exploits of Richard Byrd, Amelia Earhart, and other adventurers stirred the popular imagination.In 1935 Fred A. Birchmore left the small American town of Athens, Georgia, to continue his college studies in Europe. In his spare time, Birchmore toured the continent on a one-speed bike he called Bucephalus (after the name of Alexander the Greats horse). A born wanderer, Birchmore broadened his travels to include the British Isles and even the Mediterranean. After a lengthy, unplanned detour in Egypt, Birchmore put his studies on hold, pointed Bucephalus eastward, and just kept going. From desert valleys to frozen peaks, from palace promenades to muddy jungle trails, Birchmore saw it all on his eighteen-month, twenty-five-thousand-mile odyssey. Some of the people he encountered had never seen a bikeor, for that matter, an Anglo-European.As a good travel experience should, Birchmores trip changed his outlook on strangers. Always daring, outgoing, and energetic, he now saw an innate goodness in people. In between bone-breaking spills, wild animal attacks, and privation of all kinds, Birchmore learned that he had little to fear from human encounters. That he traveled through a world on the brink of global war makes this lesson even more remarkableand timeless.

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Forlag
University of Georgia Press
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780820357294
Utgave
3. utg.
Utgivelsesår
2020

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«“The first time I read Around the World on a Bicycle I was about twelve, and my critical judgement was that I had just read the best book ever written. It had everything: an astonishing adventure, an intrepid hero, rough travel through exotic locales, great risk and great achievement. And on top of all that, a bicycle much like my own. All these years later, the story of Birchmore’s epic ride is still one of my favorite travel books and a fascinating artifact of a time when the world was a much larger place. Any fireside globe-trotter, as well as any person with youthful adventuring spirit, will delight in the exciting travel experiences of Fred Birchmore. To lovers of adventure, history, and geography, it is whole-heartedly commended. An excellent tale of an extraordinary holiday. The book is one of sheer adventure Birchmore must have been endowed with more than his share of wanderlust Great book. As an undergrad in the late 1980s I found it in the stacks at the UGA Science Library. Many miles of my own bike adventures followed. Glad it’s back in print!”»

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