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Around the World on a Penny Farthing Bike

In 1887 Englishman Thomas Stevens became the first person to cycle around the world on his penny farthing bike, donning a jacket that doubled as a tent and bedroll. His handle-bar bag only contained fresh socks, an extra shirt, and a 38 Smith & Wesson.


After riding from San Francisco to Boston, he set out from England and headed east through Europe and the Ottoman Empire, continuing on to Persia, Afghanistan, India, China and Japan, before returning to San Francisco.


You can read his letters to Harper’s Magazine, in the best-selling two-volume book “Around the World on a Bicycle.”