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Around the World on a Bicycle - Volume 2

Thomas Stevens

Book Overview: 

Thomas Stevens was the first person to circle the globe by bicycle, a large-wheeled Ordinary. His journey started in April 1884 in San Francisco from where he cycled to Boston to take a steamer to England. Crossing England, France, Central Europe and Asia Minor before he was turned back at the borders of Afghanistan. He returned part of the way to take a ship to Karachi, from where he crossed India. Another steam ship brought him from Calcutta to Hong Kong, and from Shanghai he set over to Japan, finally ending his journey after actually cycling 13.500 miles in Yokohama, December 1886.

This is the second volume (of two) relating his travel experiences, detailing the part of the journey from Teheran to Yokohama.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There is nothing particularly interesting about the Governor's apartments, but Mardan Khan's palace is a revelation of barbaric splendor entirely different from anything hitherto seen in the country. In contradistinction to the dazzling, silvery glitter of the mirror-work and stuccoed halls of the Teheran palaces, the home of the wealthy Timuree Chieftain is distinguished by a striking and lavish display of colored glass, gilt, and tinsel.

Mardan Khan is a valued friend of Mirza Abbas Khan and a man of powerful influence; besides this, he is a pronounced admirer of the Ingilis as against the Oroos, and my reception at his palace almost takes the character of an ovation. News of the great tomasha has evidently been widely spread, crowds of outsiders fill the streets leading to the palace, and inside the large garden are scores of the elite of the city, mollahs, seyuds, official and private gentlemen; the numerous niches of the walls are occupied by gr. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A tale of an amazing journey across Europe and Asia. The language is a little dated, but the story is timeless. Very inspiring.

Historically interesting

Very interesting read, in my opinion, chronicling the late-19th century around the world journey, on a high-wheeled bicycle no less, of an English-born American newspaper reporter. The journey began and ended in San Francisco.

This man had amazing pluck, an entertaining narrative with dated attitudes. Quite descriptive and reflective.

Mr. Stevens continues his trip around the world, providing a very colonial perspective of the different cultures of the eastern hemisphere. Pretty appalling in some places, also a lot of traveling by boat, all things considered.

A classic.