Has anyone ever ridden their mountain bike all the way around the world?
Might need to make that one of my goals?
Just 116 years or so ago (I haven't read it yet)
Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride [Hardcover]
Until 1894 there were no female sport stars, no product endorsement deals, and no young mothers with the chutzpah to circle the globe on a bicycle. Annie Kopchovsky changed all of that.
Annie was a Jewish immigrant and working mother of three living in a Boston tenement with her husband, a peddler. This was as close to the American dream as she was likely to get--until she became part of what one newspaper called "one of the most novel wagers ever made": a high-stakes bet between two wealthy merchants that a woman could not ride around the world on a bicycle, as Thomas Stevens had a few years before. Annie rose to the challenge, pledging to finish her fifteen-month trip with a staggering $5,000 earned by selling advertising space on her bike and her clothing, making personal appearances in stores and at bicycle races, and lecturing about her adventures along the way. When the Londonderry Lithia Springs Water Company of New Hampshire offered to become the first of her many sponsors, Annie Kopchovsky became Annie Londonderry, and a legend was born. So began one of the greatest escapades--and publicity stunts--of the Victorian Age.
In this marvelously written book, author Peter Zheutlin vividly recounts the story of the audacious woman who turned every Victorian notion of female propriety on its ear. When Annie left Boston in June 1894, she was a brash young lady with a 42-pound bicycle, a revolver, a change of underwear, and a dream of freedom. The epic journey that followed--from a frigid ride through France to an encounter with outlaw John Wesley Hardin in El Paso--took the connection between athletics and commercialism to dizzying new heights and turned Annie into a symbol of sexual equality.
A beguiling true story of a bold spirit who reinvented herself against all odds, Around the World on Two Wheels blends social history and high adventure into an unforgettable portrait of courage, imagination and tenacity.
This sounds like a great story, and thanks for letting us
know about it.
Then there was Goren Kropp who rode from Stockholm, Sweden to Nepal and then climbed to within 300' of the top of Everest unassisted, helped a doomed climbing party and then summited a couple weeks later. Then rode home in 1995-6. Book, Ultimate High is about him.
Died in Washington in a climbing accident in 2002.
Renata Chlumska was his girlfriend, beautiful.
Last edited by abegold; 08-24-2012 at 02:45 PM.
I used to read this guy's blog as he took this journey
Round the World by Bike | Alastair Humphreys
Had a few chats over email too, nice fellow.
I'm just guessing, but you may need something like this to get across those oceans.
Not a mountain bike, but I suggest reading One Man Caravan, by Robert Edison Fulton jr.
Somebody called his bluff too.
Your fear of looking stupid is holding you back.
Cass Gilbert set off riding from Alaska in July '09 and is now in Peru...who knows where he's going to get to. He's previously ridden all over the world though. The reason I'm posting this is that it's interesting to see how his setup has changed, from when he first set out on his current journey, to now.
The link's here for anyone interested. It's a great blog too, with excellent photos.
- The seasons blow away, but the love is just the same -
There's bikes on feeBay advertised as "Epic world travillin mountain bike take you around world - no reserve" for rides just like that.
Thomas Stevens needs a mention here, first cyclist to do a geo-lap.
It don't mean a feng if it ain't got that