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Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking [Hardcover]

Thomas Gaskell, Jr. Allen , William Lewis Sachtleben , Michael W. Perry

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Book Description

July 10 2003
Between 1891 and 1893, two young men would travel over 15,000 miles by bicycle in what was then the "longest continuous land journey made around the world." In this book they describe their trip across Asia through areas few outsiders ever visited. The book also describes their climb of Mount Ararat, the first ever by Americans. This book has been out of print for over a century, and this edition contains additional notes about the background to their trip.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Inkling Books (July 10 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158742021X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587420214
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g

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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Tale of Fortitude Dec 5 2008
By Mark Frank - Published on Amazon.com
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What an incredible story these young men had to tell! The book picks up with the Asia part of their journey and while reading their accounts of the people and places they saw I was transported back to a time when all travel was "adventure" travel. Included is the account of their insane-by-today's-standards summit of Mt Ararat. This book is for cyclists and non-cyclists alike and is compelling reading - giving a world view and pre-World War perspective on the people of the middle and far east. These young men from America were the first to demonstrate the "safety" bicycle to the Asian people and may very well have sparked the common use of bicycles throughout the world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biking in foreign lands long ago. Aug. 2 2008
By C. Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
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A fast moving narrative, interesting and full of twists of fate. Two young men take on the world in bygone times, when nations allowed such things. Riders of today will wonder at the challenge - but the same lure that drives cross-country cycling today is certainly in these pages.
2.0 out of 5 stars The bicycle isn't the story. Sept. 12 2012
By Cycling Roberto - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really disappointed me. I was hoping for an account of what riding a bicycle across Asia would be like around the end of the 19th century. What I got was more of a social studies read. The story is loosely jointed with rambling descriptions of side trips, dignitaries, and mobs of locals. We hear very little about the bicycles they rode. The theme of how amazed the locals would be when they came into each new place is repeated endlessly. I wanted to know how the bicycles performed, how they were maintained, how they dealt with weather. If you want to read a rather prismatic view of emerging cultures, this is for you. If you want to read about a bicycle adventure, skip it. After all the author says they only chose bicycles out of convenience. No passion here.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. March 21 2011
By VTIVX - Published on Amazon.com
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Had heard about this book a few years ago and wanted to get it after traveling in some of the areas they traveled in. It helped fill in some of the gaps in understanding what I saw / experienced from a historical perspective. Would definitely recommend. I only wish I had the guts those guys had.

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