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After 44 years - on 18th.09.2014 - I decided to stop my researches on: "How were all continents discovered 1885-2014 by motorcycle-travellers?" The reason is that I have been sitting with all my passion behind the computers and reading books and articles for years day and night to come to the knowledge of these sites.
I am still full of other ideas including some travels. Also I want to move a bit more for my health instead of sitting too long behind the computer.

You can use all information for yourself. If you use infos and fotos for any other reason like publications please know, that there is still Copyright on all of it by myself and others.

I am German. I did my best to write most in English. If I missed some ,,,,,,,,, please take some of these and put them on the right place (Churchill)!

Bye Bernd Tesch. Village Hammer in forest EIFEL / Germany / United Europe / Multiversum

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Around-The-World by Motorcycle
= Il giro del mondo al moto (Italian) = La Vuelta del Mundo al moto (Spanish) = Autour du monde avec une moto = Lune de Miel (French) = Rond de Wereld met de motor (Dutch) = Motorcylist kör totalt "runt jorden" (Swedish) = Svetovni popotnik na motociklu (Slovenian) = Trotamundos (Latine) = Motorrad-Weltumrunder (German)
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Copyright Bernd Tesch.Motorcycle-WORLD-Travel-Expert. It is free for you to read this and learn out of it. It is not allowed to take off or to publish any information of this without written permission of Bernd Tesch. This all is a part of the book in work "Motorrad-Welt-Reisen" = Motorcycle-Travels Around-The-World. ISBN  3-9800099-8-x.
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First and largest summary in internet and in literature at all about "Around-The-World by Motorcycle". The detailed stories you will find in my in work being book.

I would be grateful if you could help to keep this update ! So far you find many language and grammar mistakes inside because of lack of time. Pardon. Will be corricated and updated with more Around-The-World-Travellers in future. If you find yourself inside or any lack of information please inform me! Bernd Tesch has been working in this field "Around The World" since 1970. In this times I had to write letters and to phone or to visit the World-Around-Travellers to get contact / information. Since 1985 fax helped. In 1991 I visited the most famous motorcycle-travellers in Denmark, in 1993 in Britain, in 1994 in USA and in between many in Europe (France, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland). In 1999-2000 I visited famaous Mc-Travllers in Australia. In october 2000 I saw Alberto Granada, best mc-travel-friend of Ernesto "Che" Guevara in CUBA. Many of  Motorcycle Travellers Around-The-World have been at my yearly Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers in april. In 1998 there have been 20 within 300 participants. In 2000 11 of them. Nobody knows more World-Around-Travellers in person than Bernd Tesch. I own the largest archive of World-Around-Travellers: 10 file-boxes full packed (90 cm wide).

To find all this and all my activities was a "life-long job" and cost me a lot of money. Since many years I am working in a new book called "Motorrad-Welt-Reisen" = Motorcycle-World-Around-Travels. All books about "Around-The-World" by motorcycle which have been published until 1994 are published in my in German written, but very international understandable book called "Motorrad-Abenteuer-Touren" = Motorcycle-Adventure-Tours (432 pp, 500 pictures / drawings. About 264 Motorcyle World-Tours. ISBN 3-9800099-55-5. € 19.90). I own all this books in all languages.

If you are a World-Around-Traveller or plan to do this or "on the road" already or know anyone who is not listed here, please send my any details, addresses, publications, homepages and most important: best pictures.

YOUR summary: PLEASE give me at first a complete view like this EXAMPLE-BLOCK  in THIS STYLE in English. Copy this and overwrite it with your namw / details:

01.10.2011 - 27.10.2012
Sven Müller (German, born-date??)  and Susan Smith (British, born-date??) your http://www.???
Solo Around the World with BMW R 100 GS. 50.000 kms. Sven rode together with Susan Smith (British) who rode a HONDA 500 XL. Route: Europe 12.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey ....) - Asia 15.000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal. Bike solo by plane to Singapure. I flew to Singapure. Malaysia - Thailand - back to Singapure). - Australia 16.000 kms (I flew together with bike to Darwin. Around  Australia 16.000 kms. Or offer names like: Darwin - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney ...) - North-America (I flew with bike to Los Angeles. LA - New York) - Africa - Europe (Bike by ship to Netherlands / Amsterdam - Germany / Cologne).
Purpose: ?? To find out...
The best:
I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship of  Turkey people. invitation by Pakistani. Climbing the Himalayas........)
The worst: I got Malaria in Nairobi. Attack of soldiers with weapons in Iran.....)...
Important useful informations for others:...
Book or publication (about your tour):...
Earlier motorcyle-travel-expereinces::....

I am very grateful to all the individuals who knew that I am working in this field. They informed me since 1970 worldwide by meeting me, phoning, sending letters, later faxes and emails since 1994 about World-Around-Travellers. Without their help I could not get to this high level. This internet-list had to be done in many days but too quick, because I did not have enough time. So please give me your "pardon" that there are mistakes inside of the information and a lot in my language.
At least you will never have seen such a huge collection of information in internet or literature. Bernd Tesch

Definitions "Around-The-World by motorcycle":

I have had many discussions what you can call a Motorcycle-Tour "Around-The-World". There does not exist only ONE definition. This definition has changed many times by time since 1912 / 3, because the motorcycles who were availbale and the conditions of the known / unknown roads and their infrastructure with water / food / petrol. Some riders thing that you must have done it in ONE tour. Others thing that you must have been in each continent.

American Jim Rogers things that you must have crossed each continent in one tour (covered 6 continents).

Australian David McGonical visited all seven continents (including Antarctica) AND all time-tones with his motorcycle what he did in 1998 !

Ted Simon wrote me during his second RTW tour by mc: I would say that the ideal Round The World by motorcycle would require that the rider and the machine stay together for the whole journey, that the journey is made as one journey, and not as a series of trips, that the distance travelled overland by bike would be at least twice if not three times as long as the distance travelled by other means, that the rider and the bike must cross, at least once, every line of longitude or of latitude (depending on whether it's an east-west or north-south event) and finally that they, the rider and bike, end up at the same place where they started
"Guinness Book for example would not recognize anything that was not one vehicle and one rider and one continuous trip": Information by Jim Rogers.

Kay and Peter Forwood. Peter is the only person who visited all 193 countries of the world by motorcycle. He did it with a Harley Davidson.
"I don't know that there is a need nor a possible definitive answer to what is an around the world trip by motorcycle. Each rider will find a definition that will suit his acheivements, his goals or his conscience. Having said that there are, to me, some plain logical truiths. Doing ten donuts at the north pole does not logically mean you have been around the world ten times, but if it fits your definition, that would be your choice. The distances ridden or not ridden is also an arbitary personal opinion, the number of countries or continents to be visited the same. Anyone claiming to have ridden around the world has their own justification of conscience to consider, a far greater arbitrator than any definition by others. 
Even though our motorcycle finished travelling to all the sovereign countries and inhabited continents in 2008, having covered 500,000 km's along its journey, in our opinion it has only been ridden around the world once, that is a full circumnavigation of the globe above and below the equator (20.07.2011). 

German bicyclist Heinz Stücke (Hückelhoven) started his bicycle-tour when he was 22 in 19??. He returned in 2014 after 52 years. He visited 196 countries.  

Bernd Tesch thinks that we all should be very tolerant to each other:
The earliest Motorcycle-Travellers had quite different conditions like Clancy in 1912 -13. And although British Martyn Swain rode 4,5 years "in the world" he did not make it in total missing an easy last part. But I think the minimum definition is that "the person and the bike/s of this person must have both gone around-the-world". I even think it is interesting to know who planned to ride Around-The-World, and started but did not finish it for different reasons...

Facts and philosophical thoughts of the world
28th.05.2001 send as a copy to me by my GLOBETROTTER-Friend Christa and Heinz Jansen from Bangkok: Wenn wir die ganze Menschheit auf ein Dorf von 100 Einwohner reduzieren würden, aber auf die Proportionen aller bestehenden Völker achten würden, wäre dieses Dorf so zusammengestellt:
If you would reduce the whole inhabitants of the world to one village of 100 people, but would take the proportions of the peolpe of the world, this village would have this inhabitants:

57 Asiaten (Asians
21 Europäer (Europens)
14 Amerikaner (Americans Nord and South)
  8 Afrikaner (Africans)

52 wären Frauen (Women)
48 wären Männer (Men)
70 Nicht-Weiße (Non-Whites)
30 Weiße (Whites)
70 nicht Christen (Not Christians)
30 Christen (Christians)
89 heterosexuelle
11 homosexuelle

 6 Personen würden 59% des gesamten Weltreichtums besitzen und alle 6 Personen kämen aus den USA. 6 persons (=Americans) would own 59 % of the wealthy of the whole world
80 hätten keine ausreichenden Wohnverhältnisse (do not have enough space to live)
70 wären Analphabeten (cannot read and write)
50 wären unterernährt (do not have enough food)
  1 würde sterben (would die)
  2 würden geboren (would be born)
  1 hätte einen PC (owns a PC)
  1 (nur einer) hätte einen akademischen Abschluss (only one has an academic study finished).

Wenn man die Welt aus dieser Sicht betrachtet, wird jedem klar, dass das Bedürfnis nach Zusammengehörigkeit, Verständnis, Akzeptanz und Bildung notwendig ist. Denkt auch darüber nach.

   Falls Du heute Morgen gesund und nicht krank aufgewacht bist, bist Du glücklicher als 1 Million Menschen, welche die nächste Woche nicht erleben werden.
   Falls Du nie einen Kampf des Krieges erlebt hast, nie die Einsamkeit durch Gefangenschaft, die Agonie des Gequälten, oder Hunger gespürt hast, dann bist Du glücklicher als 500 Millionen Menschen der Welt.
   Falls Du in die Kirche gehen kannst, ohne die Angst, dass Dir gedroht wird, dass man Dich verhaftet oder Dich umbringt, bist Du glücklicher als 3 Milliarden Menschen der Welt.
   Falls sich in Deinem Kühlschrank Essen befindet, Du angezogen bist, ein Dach über dem Kopf hast und ein Bett zum hinlegen, bist Du reicher als 75% der Einwohner dieser Welt.
   Falls Du ein Konto bei der Bank hast, etwas Geld im Portemonnaie und etwas Kleingeld in einer kleinen Schachtel, gehörst Du zu 8% der wohlhabenden Menschen auf dieser Welt.
   Falls Du diese Nachricht liest, bist Du doppelt gesegnet worden, denn 1. Jemand hat an Dich gedacht und 2. Du gehörst nicht zu den 2 Milliarden Menschen die nicht lesen können. Und... Du hast einen PC!

Einer hat irgendwann mal gesagt: Liebt, als hätte euch noch nie jemand verletzt. Tanzt, als würde niemand zuschauen. Singt, als würde keiner zuhören. Lebt, als wäre das Paradies auf der Erde.
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Alles Gute in der Freundschaftswoche

How many countries does the World have?
To answer this question exactly is difficult because this changes many times in the earlier years. I never could read a publication about this. Have you seen one? 1985: Emilio Scotto: The 172 countries that were in the world in 1985 now in 1998 are 215.
1998: Peter Forwood informed me that there are 247 countries in 3 categories in the world according to Rand McNally atlas. There are 191 totally independent countries at all.
2001: The German leading book "Fischer Alamach 2001" says: 193 countries

How many people does the World have?
2001 about 1,2 billion (Milliarden) in the industrial countries
2001 about 4,9 billion (Milliarden) in the not industrial countries
2001 about 6,1 billion (Milliarden) in the world
2050 about 1,2 billion (Milliarden) in the industrial countries (UN supposes this)
2050 about 8,2 billion (Milliarden) in the not industrial countries (UN supposes this)
2050 about 9,4 billion (Milliarden) in the world (UN supposes this)

How many land does the World have?
The world is covered with 71 % of water.

10 Billion-1499

Motorcycle-Travels Around-The-World = Motorrad-Weltreisen. Weltumrundungen. Overland Around-The
-World by Motorcycle and..

The overview

Most of historical and even more actuell views and stories about motorcycle-travels just start with the day when travellers begin their tour. Especially in "modern" websites, blogspots, facebook. Travellers offer their trip as a special one. Sometimes giving the impression that they are the first on "their route". Of course "each route" (if you make one 1 m in another direction..) is new and special and especially for the traveller. With many new adventures! But most of the time it is ignorance of the other travels on nearly the same route. Sometimes under complete other conditions.

But if you are involved longer in travels (my first was in 1955) and life you find out that the movement is the cause for progression. Atoms, molecules, people, motorcyles and big planets move. That is the reason here to start watching movements of motorcycle-travellers in the beginning.

x billion (= Milliarden) years ago. Multiversum.
What has been before the Urknall "Big Bang", which starts the existence of our universe??
An understandable and logical reasoning is that it has given other universe earlier and at the same besides our universe. So we are a part of the MULTIverse. The question of evidence is answered with the reply that there is too much space and time to travel there..

Dauer: 10 hoch -43 S

10-20 billion (= Millarden) years ago (Latest information say that the universe is 12.5 billion old).
The universe started to exist somehow by exploding a black hole in which all the energy was contrated.

10 - 4.5 billion years ago
The Sun and Earth were created. The earth is one of nine big planets of the sun.
There is and was always huge move in the universe. Possibly out of movement there was a change of gravity and magnetisme in the universe. This caused that parts where pressed on each other and then dust attracted each other at first to smaller parts which are getting bigger and bigger. Finally becoming big rocks which attracted each other to big planets. Most of them were attracted by the gravity of the biggest part which IS the sun. The nine planets could escape somehow the gravity of the sun and started to circel around the sun. This growing took about 1 million years. All of the men / women who have been in satelits (astronauts) speak about the "blue planet earth" because about 70 % of the earth is water. Experts say :"Blue IS the desert colour of the sea". The sun is about 150 mio kms away from the earth. But the every moment changing sun influences the earth each moment by sending parts and energy to it.
Since this time when the earth was "born" the earth gives his inner heat from the middle (5-6000 °C) to the outside.
The next neighbour galaxie of the sun is the Galaxie of Andromeda-Nebel. The distance is 2 billion light years. 1 light second is 386.000 kms.

5 Milliarden
Getting colder the earth gets a solid crust.

4 billion years ago

Oxygen (Sauerstoff = O) did not exist. Oxygen came out of plants (= Stromatoliten, Bakterien, Einzeller) as a waste. Oxygen went up in the air and protected the earth against harmful Ozon. There was always enough H2 in the Air. So both connected to H2O which fall down on earth as water. This is the reason that now 2 / 3 auf the earth is full of water.

1-3 billion years ago
First signs of life on the earth. 
After the earth got colder the first cells grew in microbe "Archeos" (= das Ursprüngliche, the basic). The vision that the cells came by meteroits from other planets or developed on earth is not proved. Identical one-cells developed to more-cells. These animals specialised later into animals with head and tail and eyes. The gene organises everything of the specialisation from inside.

700.000 - 600.000 mio years ago
The earth probaly was a "total snowball". The beginning of the first Ice age 550 million years ago

630 mio years ago
After the first "Einzeller Stromatoliten" problay the first "Mehrzeller Euakara" came into the sea. The number of animals in the sea exploded then. The reasons were that the vulcanoes brought back the heat to the earth, snow and ice melted on the earth and the CO 2 from the vulcanoes in the air allowed the sun to bring more heat to the earth. The temperature changed from -50°C to + 50°C.

600 Mill:
Nachdem die Kruste aussen erkaltet ist, beginnt der Ur-Kontinent "Pangea" auf dem flüssigen Inneren langsam auseinander zu driften.
600 Mill: After the crust is cold outside, the primordial continent "Pangea" on the liquid inside slowly begins to drift apart.

400 mio years ago

Plants concered at first the earth. Before there was only life in the sea.

370 mio years ago
Out of fishes the first amphibien developed by getting legs. They discovered the mud-land.

320 mio years ago

Insects became wings.Today insects represent 50 % of the animals. Most are still ants.

250 Mill:
Der Ur-Kontinent Pangea hat sich geteilt in den Nord-Kontinent Laurasia und den Süd-Kontinent Gondwana
250 Mill: The Ur-continent Pangea has divided into the northern continent Laurasia and the southern continent of Gondwana

170 Mio years ago
The One-Piece-Continent Pangea (surrounded by the ocean called Panthalassa) separated in two big blocks
. The northern part was called Laurasis and included N-America, Europe Asia and the North Pole. The southern Part was called Gondwana and included Africa , South America , India , Antarctica and Australia .

160 Mio years ago
Madagasgar seperated from Africa and started there for his own development

150 Mill: Das Auseinanderdriften des Nord- und Süd-Kontinentes in einzelne große Landmassen dauert Millionen Jahre.
150 Mill: The drifting apart of the northern and southern continent in single large land masses takes millions of years.

150 mio years ago
First animals discovered the land
(carbs = Pfeilschwanzkrebse). The big "Dinosaurier" developed.

135 mio years ago
Trennung des ersten Gesamtkontinentes Pangea in den Nordteil Laurasia und den Südteil Gondwana.

100 mio years ago

Mit 100 Mio - 1 Mio wird der Zeitraum der "Erdgeschichte" im Lexikon angegeben, wo sich das Leben besonders entwickelt.

65 mio years ago
Nordamerika und Eurasien hängen noch zusammen, driften aber an den heutigen Alpen auseinander.

South America separates from Africa.

India has become detached from Africa and moving towards Eurasia.
Theory: In a total of another 500 million years ago, the majority of the Earth's land mass could be due to continental drift back together to push supercontinent "Pangea Ultima"

An asteroid killed all Dinosaurier and most animals in the whole world. The Dinosaurier have been in some continents.
From the southern part on earth (called Gondwanaland) Africa and India separated.

40.000 Mio (?) years ago
"Australia" splitted up from Gondwanaland as an own part and drifted north.

25.000 years ago
The "homo sapiens" exists.

13.000 years ago

in North-West-India between the rivers Indus and Sarawah a civilisation started. They had houses with three floors and flewing water in 8.000. This civilisation in India stopped about 1.500 before Christ for unknown reasons. Possibly a change of the climate was the reason. This was long before the Egypt civilisation.
Later the Indogerman people came from the north and the inhabitants went south.

1 million - 1800 BC Stone Age
1 million - 8000 BC Paleolithic
Primitive stone tools. Hunters, fishermen, collectors. 500,000 BC

8000 - 4000 BC Mesolithic
Stone tools as small devices, called "micro-Lite" (often only 2-3 cm tall) are characteristic of the Mesolithic period. Better hewn stone tools. Start of pottery. Livestock. Grain crops (barley). Pits to catch wild animals. Dog.

4000 - 1800 BC Neolithic
Very well worked stone tools. Often, ground and polished. Stone drill. Agriculture. (Gerste. wheat. Millet. Legumes. Flax). Loom. Spindle. Often decorated pottery (tape and Schnürkeramik)

6.000 years ago
In this time in the desert Sahara were growing plants. Human beings were making flour out of cereal with the "cereal-mill" like above. This "cereal-mill" was 7000 years before 1978 in the Neolithikum.
This was found by Dr. J.-Peter Frahm in march 1978 ca. 60 kms west of Djanet in Algeria in Erg d´Admer. J-P. was later biological professor at the university of Duisburg. He took part in one of my very first survival-trainigs in 1978. J-P. wanted to find out the daily "menu" of the stone-human-beeings.

Approx. 750-450 BC: "Early Iron Age"
The "Indo-Europeans" (or outside of Germany "Indo-Europeans" called) speak languages ​​that strongly match the vocabulary and form of education: From the Indians to the Germans.
The ethnic group speaks an Indo-European language of the Celts.
People mostly spread from east to north Arica Africa (Egypt and less via Spain) and Asia to Europe. From mountains of Caucasus thes moved to all sides like central Europe and China.

Around-The-World by Motorcycle 10-20 billion - 1799
(Summarises by year of start) Plan or experience? You can talk with 300 high experienced Motorcycle-Travellers who rode all continents so far yearly once on the "Tesch-Travel-Treffen for motorcycle World-travellers. In German: Motorrad-FERNREISE-Treffen.
with a yearly changing main subject

How to move by power ?
The idea to move with power of others is very old. In the earliest times pepope used trees, drafts or boats on the water. Next step possibly was to move by a sledge (= Schlitten) on ice. In the forest then people found out to use a tree on the earth to transport heavy things. Later came the wheel out of it and finally the waggon. Carried by oxes and later horses. But how to use power of machines for move and transport?

The Greek word "automobil" means ("Autos" = selbst = self. "Mobil" = Bewegen = to move) that the thing moves by itself. The question was only how? So people tried many ways: Vehicles moved by power of clocks (= Uhrwerksantrieb (1870 ?) or power of mills (= Windmühlenantrieb) (1760). Vehicles moved by feathers (= Federn), who where wind up and gave power back. People used steam (= Dampf) or gunpowder (= Wasserstoffgas (Schießpulver)) to move .

20.09.1519 - 07.09.1522
Magellan (= Magalhaes, Fernando de) (Portuguese)
+ Around-The-World by ship first time. Im Auftrage des spanischen Königs Karl I verließ Magellan Spanien mit fünf Schiffen. Er wollte die von Portugal besetzten Molukken (Gewürzinseln) für Spanien zurückholen. Deshalb wollte er diese auf einem neuen Seeweg westlich um die Erde erreichen. Maggelan und dann Elcano umsegelten als erste die Erde.Von fünf Schiffen kam eines zurück, von 237 Mann Besatzung nur 18. Die Gewürze reichten, um die gesamte Fahrt zu finanzieren. Die Fahrt erweiterte gewaltig das Wissen um das  Erdbild, seine Entfernungen und bewies die kugelige Gestalt der Erde.
Route: Spanien (Sanlúcar) - 12.1519 an Rio de Janeiro - ab 10.01.1519 versuchte er vergeblich über die Flußmündung La Plata Amerika zu durchqueren - den Winter verbringt er in der Bucht von San Julián in Patagonien, wo er eine Meuterei niederschlagen muß - bei der Weiterfahrt umsegelt er beim "Kap de las Virgines" in 21 Tagen die etwa 600 km gefährliche Felseninselnstraße, die SAmerka von Feuerland trennt. Sie wurde später nach ihm "Magellan-Straße" genannt -  am 28.11.1520 segelt er in das große Meer ein. Er nannte es den "Stillen Ozean", da er in drei Monaten und 20 Tagen Seegelzeit keinen Sturm erlebte - am 06.03.1521 erreichten er die Ladronen (Diebsinseln, heutige Marianen) - 16.03.1521 an Lazarusinseln (Philippinen) - Magallan versuchte mit Gewalt das Christentum einzuführen, aber Magellan wurde bei einem Kampf am 27.04.1521 auf der philippinischen Insel Matan getötet.  - Unter dem Kommando von Sebastian de Elcano erreichten die beiden verbliebenen Schiffe über Nordborneo (Nordkalimantan) die Maluku (Molucken). Obwohl die Insel von Portugiesen besetzt waren, konnten sie die erwünschten Gewürze tauschen.  Mit nur noch einem seetüchtigen Schiff  "Victoria" traten sie die Heimfahrt an, indem sie die von Portugiesen benutzen Seewege meideten. - Kap der Guten Hoffnung - Kapverden - Spanien (Sanlucar).
B.T.: Maggelan and Elcano were the first humans who circled the world by ship. 1577
Drake, Francis (British)
+ Around-The-World by ship. First British RTW - tour by ship. Francis started with 5 ships in Plymyth, sailed to the Southern Tip of South America, maid it secretly to pass the islands of  Tierra del Fuego, but lost 4 of his ships.

1800 - 1900

Erste Laufmaschinen in Paris. Diese hatten zwei Holzräder, waren nicht lenkbar und schwere Modelle.


Forstmeister Baron Freiherr Drais von Sauerbronn ( +1851) präsentiete die erste "Laufmaschine" mit Lenkung. Das nennt man die Geburtsstunde des Fahrrads. Manheim. Er war so schnell wie ein Pferd. Er benannte sein "Holzrad" nach seinem Namen: Draisine.

Ernest Michaux stellt er auf der Pariser Weltausstellung ein leicht gebautes Holzzweirad mit Tretkurbeln vor: „Michauline“. Erste Fabrik..

Jules Verne (French)
Around-The-World vision. The very well known French writer Jules wrote the phantastic novel (Roman) in which Phileas Fogg won the bed to circle the world in 80 days. This novel became very famous and was translated in many languages. The journey was the expression of dreams of people of that time "to circle the world" after the British finished a railway in India:
B.T. 22.07.2000 This is the first famous book about "Around the world" as a vision.

1. Zugfahrt 6 km 17,5 km in 13 Minuten von Nürnberg nach Fürth mit einer Dampf-Lokomotive.

1. deutsche Fernbahn "Laxona" (deut. Produkt)

1870-1871 Appr.
James McGurn
This book traces how the upper-class passion of the early 1800s for the Hobby-Horse, the fastest vehicle of its day.

Jihn Weiss: In that book, McGurn writes about Wheels and Woes by "A Light Dragoon" on page 49 and gives the year of publication as 1870 or 1871. The date the book was published and the author's real name do not appear in the book. A cycling historian researched the author and discovered that his real name is Charles Wyndham. 
I'm guessing the book was published in late 1869 or 1870 because the word "bicycle" came into usage before 1871 and replaced "velocipede." .


At first there was a bicycle with a big front wheel and a small rear wheel to which a trailer was attachted. I have seen an example of this in the "Museo Internationale del SIDECAR" in Cingoli, Italy. Then an American had a pantent: He fit a sidecar to a bicycle with a big front wheel and a small rear wheel.
07.09.01 1st information by Costantino Frontanili.

left: copy out of in 2014 . Right: Thomas Stevens in Wikipedia

12.04.1884 - 17.12.1886
Thomas Stevens (British, 24.12.1854 - 24.01.1935)
+ Around-The-World by bicycle. 20.000 Meilen mit dem Hochrad Zweirad um die Welt. Von San Francisco nach Teheran. Erste Weltumrundung auf einem Fahrzeug = Fahrrad. Thomas hatte bereits ca. 1885  ca. 8000 miles gefahren, der längste Fahrrad-Trip bisher. 1886 will er es ausdehnen bis er die Welt umrundet hat. Von San Francisco radelt er bis Boston 3700 miles mit einem Fahrrad
Dieses ist die erste Durchquerung Amerikas mit einem Fahrzeug.
Da Thomas die Idee einer Weltumrundung hatte, wurde er als Korrespondent bezahlt. Karl Kron hat 8 Monate mit Thomas Stevens in N.Y. während dessen Aufenthalt dort gesprochen. Die offizielle railroad von S.F. nach N.Y. war damals 3416 miles. Steven schätzt, daß seine Entfernung ca. 200 km länger war. Während dieser Strecke war Stevens gezwungen sein Hochrad 1/2 bis 1/3 des Weges zu schieben.
Route: America- Europe- Asia -America
Earlier experiences: N-America (USA (In april 1884 by bicycle from San Francisco - Boston (appr. 4000 miles (6400 Kilometer) in 104 days).
Book: 1888. Von Teheran nach Jokohama (in German)
Book: 1984. Around the world on a bicycle (in English)
Book: 1984. 20.000 Meilen mit dem Hochrad um die Welt 1884-1886. Verlag: Thienemanns. Germany. Stuttgart. ISBN 3-??
421 S. DM 39,00 (in German)

(+D) Stevens, Thomas (1854-1935).  Around the world on a bicycle.  Volume I.  From San Francisco to Teheran.  London: Century, 1888.  {17621343}
The first person to ride a bicycle around the world, Stevens describes his journey across
North America, Europe and the Middle East.  Beginning in the spring, 1884, he spent the winter in New York and Boston before sailing to England, where he rode across Europe and the Middle East to Teheran where he spent his second winter.

(+D) Stevens, Thomas (1854-1935). Around the world on a bicycle.  Volume II.  From Teheran to Yokohama. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1888.  {1581155}
The conclusion of Stevens’ epic ride.  He left Teheran in the spring of1885, only to be
arrested attempting to cross Afghanistan.  He managed to ride across India, coastal
China, and Japan before returning triumphant to San Francisco in January, 1886.

B.T. 1991: The first known tour by bicycle Around-The-World.

First Motorcycle (called Motor - Rad) from Gottlieb Daimler
1 - Zyl. Viertakt - Motor. 264 ccm. 0,5 PS (0,37 kw). Max 12 km/Std.

Li: Ein Hochrad. Re: In 1880 Herr Springorum in Hellenthal / EIFEL mit einem Hochrad. Das hat nichts mit dem Bericht zu tun, sondern soll nur einmal solche ein Fahrrad mit Person zeigen. Leider kann ich die Quelle des Bildes nicht mehr finden. Das Foto war in einem EIFELbuch. - Re: Hochrad gesehen in Australien 2005 irgendwo stehen. Vermutlich ein Nachbau.

Li: State Library of Victoria Collection, CC BY-NC.
Re: Hochrad wie 1889. Gesehen in Western Australia. Foto B.T. 2004.

Literatur über frühe und.. Fahrrad-Bücher "Around-The-World".

Literatur frühe und.. Fahrrad-Bücher "Around-The-World":
Buch; 15.03.2021: Abschnitt Around-The-World. Fotos mitttig von Joh Weiss. The Self.Propelled Voyager von Duncan R. Jamieson. 2015. S..82. courtesy of John Weiss. + D. + BT owns the book mm. ISBN 978-1-4422-5370-4.

01.11.1888 Start - 14.121889  Australia and Overland
(G)eorge W(illiam) Burston (Australian, 1859-1924) and H.R. Stokes (Australian. 1860-1918)
Kopierfehler ?? Tomas G. Allen and William L. Sachtleben (Americans)
+ Around-The World by bicycle. They were the first Australians who cycled “Around-The-World” on bicycles (Hochrad).
High wheel bicycle of the 'ordinary' or 'spider' type with a 1.422m (56-inch) wheel. This 'Victory' model was assembled in Melbourne from Imported components by Henry Bassett & Co., Melbourne in 1888-89. The frame was nickel-plated.
- Burston and Stokes left Melbourne on a hot day in November, on their way to Sydney. They had various adventures on the way. They ran into bushfires. They got lost. They both carried pistols, and one of the things they did was shoot the odd goanna and I think practically anything else that moved - that was the way of young men in those days. They got to Sydney, where they were given a dinner by the Sydney Bicycle Club, and then they moved to Brisbane, where they took a mail steamer, and went to what is now Indonesia but was then the Dutch East Indies. They had trouble with the Customs there, but from there, they got on another boat, and rode up through Burma, from thence to Calcutta and a ride up into the Himalayas through tiger-infested country. Back south and across India to the other side.
- Another steamer, and to Egypt, which they didn't like, and didn't want to ride much in, and then to Palestine, where their adventures, over the mountains, were quite hair-raising. Then they went to Damascus - they were quite religious people and they were interested in St Paul, and from thence to Sicily by boat, and then on the toe of Italy, where they went to Rome and they were arrested, for riding bicycles in Rome, but got off that with the aid of a man who had been in Australia and knew them.
- Then they went north, crossed the Alps, rode through Germany, and Holland, and came out in time, to attend the Derby in England. They were interested in comparing it to the Melbourne Cup, which they felt was a much grander event. They rode around England then, but it was by then 1899, and the world depression was beginning. One of them, and it isn't clear which, had to come home. So they went through America by rail, and steamer home to Melbourne. So they actually did go around the world, but not all of it by bicycle. - Transcript of interview with the granddaughter of Burston.
Route: Melbourne in 1888-89. Australia (Melbourne-Sydney (ca. 878 km). By steamship to Brisbane? - By ship to Asia (-Batavia- around Java- by ship to Singapore- by ship to India (Calcutta). After riding in India they travelled by ship to Egypt and rode in Palestine and Syria. This was followed by another sea voyage to Turkey)- by ship to Europe (Italy (Sicily and Naples)- through Italy- Switzerland- Germany- Holland- by ship to Britain and rode extensively in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland). – By ship to the United States. By rail through USA. They did not ride there. By ship to Australia.
Publication: 1890: Book: Round about the world on bicycles: the pleasure tour of G.W. Burston and H.R. Stokes, Melbourne Bicycle Club, Australia. Burston, G. W. viii, 315 p. 1 port. 19 cm. George Robertson. 1890. For Private Circulation Only. English. 1890 in Australasian außerdem veröffentlicht.
09.08.2000 1st information by Professor Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing in his book new edited book in German language: Horstmann, Heinrich: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". = "My bicycle tour Around-The World 02.05.1895-16.08.1897)". ISBN 3-931965-06-6.
1888: Im November 1888, mit HR Stokes, unternahm er eine Weltreise: sie waren die ersten Australier dieses zu tun, und gehört zu den wenigen weltweiten Radfahrern, die Fahrt auf Hochrad-Maschinen zu erreichen. G.W. Burston helped to found the Melbourne Bicycle Club in 1878, and in 1893 the League of Victorian Wheelmen. Er machte noch mindestens drei weitere Radtouren als Auslandsreisen.
2016: Transcript of interview with the granddaughter of Burston. Summary out of:
26.10.2014: BICYCLE TRAVEL AND TOURING RESOURCES: Duncan R. Jamieson, Ph.D. Professor of History. Ashland University, Ashland, OH

Route of Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben. Map out of book: ISBN: 9 781587 420214. Inkling Books

14.06.1890 - ca. 03.06.1893 (again in N.Y)
Thomas Gaskell Allen, jr. (American, born 1868, later British citizen) and William Lewis Sachtleben (American, died 13.12.1953 in Laudeedale, Florida)
+ Across Asia on a Bicycle and + Around-The-World. A bicycle tour Around-The-World by two American students Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben. They were inspired by Thomas Stevens two books; "Around the World on a Bicycle".
A 15.044 miles tour RTW with two "Humber Safety Bicycles". Their 8.000 miles trip through USA and Europe is not described in their book. - They took 2.500 fotos of their trip. But they are lost somehow until 2014.
Evald Bengtsson in Sweden: During the journey through Turkey did they ascent of Mount Ararat. With Iran on the pilgrim route to Mashad. Furthermore, through Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and into China at Kuldja. They went through the Gobi Desert where one leg of 400 miles was headwind of storm strength and loose sand so they were forced to lug the bikes. Until Komna they had no soles on your shoes and clothes in rags. They reached the end of the Great Wall of China at Dyou-my-shan.
In China they overnighted in filthy mud huts among lice and flies. Upon arrival in Beijing was the bikes in scrap condition. They were the first riders in a country where there are now many hundreds of millions of bicycles. They performed, without maps and signposts, a journey on roads that at best it was camel trails.
The whole trip was on a budget and they lived on the same food as the population. They must constantly learn them most necessary phrases in the language of your areas passed. The book describes a lot of people who live by the distance and the living conditions as well as some historical facts."
Purpose: To add practical experiences to the book knowledge of the university.
Route: North America (USA (Wasington University, St. Louix, Montana somehow to - New York) - by ship from N.Y. on 23.06.1890 to Europe (Liverpool, Great Britain (by bicycle first time from Liverpool - London) - France (Normandy - Paris - Bordeaux - Marseilles) - Italy (they left Brindisi 31.12.1890) by ship to - Greece (Corfu - Patras - Athens. Here they stayed in wintertime) - in springtime by ship to Asia (Turkey (Konstantinopel (= Istanbul) - across Turkey to mountain Ararat (near Iran border) - Iran (via Pilgrimways to Teheran - Mashhad (Meshed) - Turkmenistan - Uzbekistan - Tadjikistan - Kasakhstan - China (from border Gulja, Ili, Xinjiang overland to Peking it is appr. > 4000 km - Shanghai) - by ship to Japan - by ship to North America (by bicicyle in USA (San Francisco - Arizona - New Mexico - Texas - New York).
Publication: Books. The total journey was 15.044 miles. But the book is about the hardest part, Constantinople to Peking, covering 7000 miles. The European part is published in: Penny Illustrated Paper. See "Old Letter Tells", chapter 8. In English language.
- Thomas Gaskell Allen, jr. and William Lewis Sachtleben: Across Asia on a Bicycle
The original book was published appr. 1894 by publisher T.Fisher Unwin (1895) in London. Or: Century Co. in N.Y. New York.
- Thomas Gaskell Allen, jr. and William Lewis Sachtleben: Across Asia on a Bicycle
With addtional notes by Michael W. Perry. ISBN: 9 781587 420214. Inkling Books (1. Juli 2003). Inkling Books Seattle 1894/2003.
ISBN: 1-58742-020-1 or 9781587420207 (paperback,168 pp.) . - ISBN: 1-58742-021 (hardback). in USA.
- Thomas Gaskell Allen, jr. and William Lewis Sachtleben: Across Asia on a Bicycle
Paperback: A replication of a book originally published before 1894.
Published in "Book on Demand" (1. Januar 1894). Englisch. ISBN: 978-1275311732 (all infos out of
The book-authors say:
They were the first American who climbed the mountain Ararat in Turkey.
They were the first travellers after Italian Marco Polo who made this tour through Asia in China!

Until 1893 they made with their 15.044 miles tour on the bicycle the longest continious land journey ever made around the world.
They mentioned that America Thomas Steven took the leg via India which was not so dangerous than their leg overland through India.

2013 First information of the travel and a book by Swedish Evald Bengtsson
05.10.2014 Detailed information by internet. through BT.
08.10.2014 Book of InklingBooks arrived
08.10.2014 Letter to W. Perry to make sure the row of the book-publications and the ISBN of th nw books.
09.10.2014 Last summary above.

04.06.1892 - 1894
Frank G. Lenz (German - American, 1867 - 1894)
- Planned to circle the world by bicycle. Was murdered in Turkey!
Purpose: In this time it was "in" to circle long distances like the tour RTW of Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben 1890-1893.
(from Pittsburgh) planned 20.000 miles. He was a correspondent for Outing magazine.
: USA (New York) - Germany - Kurdestan. Here he was murdered by 5 Kurdistan people.
09.08.2000 1st information by Professor Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing in his book new edited book: Horstmann, Heinrich: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". ISBN 3-931965-06-6.
Vorgeschichte: Schon 1891 erregte Lenz mit einer Fahrradfahrt von Pittsburg nach New Orleans Aufsehen. Gesponsert vom Magazin Outing und von der Overman Bicycle Company, startete er am 4. Juni 1892 seine Weltumrundung.[1] M. Reymond schrieb dazu in dem Buch Illustrierte Länder und Völkerkunde: „25 Jahre alt und von kleinem, gedrungenen, äußerst kräftigen Körperbau, besaß Lenz eine außerordentliche Ausdauer und vermochte selbst in hügeligem Terrain und auf sandigen Straßen 100 englische Meilen an einem Tage zurückzulegen, ohne besondere Müdigkeit zu verspüren.“[2]
Reiseroute: Im Gegensatz zu seinen Vorgängern, die aufgrund der vorherrschenden Westwinde die Durchquerung Amerikas in West-Ost-Richtung durchgeführt hatten, startete Lenz in New York und durchquerte Amerika in Richtung Westen, wobei er einen Umweg nach Kanada nicht scheute. In San Francisco schiffte er sich nach Yokohama ein.
Er war der erste Radfahrer überhaupt in Nord-China, über das damals in der westlichen Welt noch wenig bekannt war, und die New York Times schrieb später über seine Reise durch jene Gegend: „His experiences in that country were most remarkable, and his achievements on that trip in that territory alone would well crown a man's life. Probably no Caucasians, except missionaries, ever traveled over that territory in Northern China.“[3]. Über Shanghai und Burma fuhr er mit dem Rad nach Indien und weiter nach Persien. Die letzte Nachricht von ihm stammt vom 2. Mai 1894, als er Tabriz in Richtung Istanbul verließ.
2014: Book by David Herlihy Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe. 18. Juni 2010.
24.01.2020: Lenz, Frank G. (1867-1894).  “Around the world with wheel and camera,” Outing, XX (Aug., 1892), 339-346; Sept, 482-487;  XXI, Oct, 68-75; Nov, 149-156; Dec., 204-211; “Lenz’s world tour awheel,” Jan., 1893, 286-290; Feb., 378-383;  Mar, 444-449; XXII, Apr, 73-76; May, 133-335; June, 214-219; July, 306-311; Aug, 362-365; Sept, 415-419; XXIII, Oct, 49-55; Nov, 112-118; Dec, 241-248; Jan, 1894, 324-331; Feb, 383-387; Mar, 427-431; XXIV, Apr, 37-44; May, 128-135; June, 206-211; July, 284-91; Aug, 360-366; Sept, 432-439;  XXV, Oct, 35-40; Nov, 152-158; Dec, 236-243; Jan, 1895, 317-323; Feb, 417-421; Mar, 478-483,  XXVI, Apr, 57-60;  May, 143-150; June, 224-228; July, 295-300; Aug, 359-364; Sept, 467-470; XXVII, Oct, 51-55, Nov, 141-144, Dec, 226-230; Jan, 1896, 313-316; Feb, 382-387; Mar, 467-470;  XXVIII, Apr, 47-51; May, 134-139; June, 209-214; July, 295-300; Aug, 386-390; Sept, 456-462; XXIX, Oct, 57-61; Nov, 150-152; Dec, 267-271; Jan, 1897, 382-387.
            The articles Lenz sent to Outing detailing his journey.  He rode alone across the United States from east to west before riding through interior China to Burma and then across India and Persia.  He left a small Kurdish village in Asiatic Turkey, only to be murdered before he reached Erzurum.  Following an investigation with attracted national attention, conducted in part by William Sachtleben, the Turkish government paid his mother an indemnity. - These Infos out of the bookliste of Ducan R. Jamieson.

10.01.1894 brachten Heinrich Hildebrand und Alois Wolfmüller ein Fahrzeug an den Start, das das Erfinderduo „Motorrad“ taufte.
In war der 125. Geburtstag.

Annie Londonderry. out of:

1894 ( 25.06.1894 - 24.09.1895 an Chicago)
Anny Londonderry (= Anna Kopchovsky, American, 1870 oder 1871 in Lettland; † 11. November 1947 in New York))
+ Around-The-World by bicycle. She made a bet of  US $ 10.000 that she could circle the world by bicyle starting without any money and come home with Mark 40.000.
09.08.2000 1st information by Professor Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing in his book new edited book: Horstmann, Heinrich: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". ISBN 3-931965-06-6.
Purpose: Der angebliche Grund für ihre Reise war eine Wette zwischen zwei Geschäftsleuten aus Boston, die behauptet haben sollen, dass eine Frau eine solche Reise nicht schaffen würde. Diese Wette ist allerdings genau so wenig verbürgt wie die Bedingungen, nach denen sie ohne Geld losfahren, aber 5000 Dollar mit zurückbringen sollte. Um dieses Geld zu verdienen, machte Anna Kopchovsky Werbung, unter anderem für ein Mineralwasser namens Londonderry, weshalb sie für die Fahrt den Namen Annie Londonderry annahm.
Route: N-Amerika (USA, Boston-Chicago. Für diese Strecke brauchte sie vier Monate, was zum einen an falscher Kleidung (langer Rock, geschlossene Bluse) zum anderen am falschen Fahrrad (zu schwer) lag. So gelang es ihr nicht, vor Wintereinbruch die Berge in Richtung Westen zu überqueren. Deshalb beschloss sie, in die entgegengesetzte Richtung nach New York in geeigneter Kleidung (Pluderhosen, Männerjacke) und mit einem leichteren Fahrrad zurückzufahren. - Von New York bestieg per Schiff nach Frankreich. Per Fahrrad von Le Havre nach Marseille - per Schiff....bis ??. Am 23. März 1895 kam sie in San Francisco an. Welche Städte und Länder sie in der Zwischenzeit besuchte und welche Strecken sie mit dem Fahrrad fuhr, ist nicht genau nachzuprüfen. Sicher sind Stationen wie Singapur und Saigon, aber ein von ihr behaupteter Abstecher auf die Schlachtfelder des Japanisch-Chinesischen Krieges ist eher unwahrscheinlich – so wie viele andere Geschichten, die sie unterwegs oder nach ihrer Rückkehr erzählte.
Publications: She did not write a book. Nach 24. September 1895: Es erschien noch ein von ihr verfasster Bericht in einer New Yorker Tageszeitung. Danach gerieten sie und ihre Großtat ins Vergessen.
Books: Peter Zheutlin: Around the World on Two Wheels. Annie Londonderry's Extraordinary Ride. New York 2007. ISBN 978-3-931965-07-5. Publisher Citadel, Hardover. 260 pp. English. ISBN-10: 0806528516. ISBN-13: 978-0806528519. Size: 20,8 x 14,7 x 2,5 cm.
The Italian edition, Il Giro Del Mondo in Bicicletta: La straordinaria avventura di una donna alla conquista della liberta was published by elliio edizione, Rome, Italy, 2011, ISBN 978-88-6192-204-4, paperback 330 pages.
I can't even read the title in Korean! The ISBN is 978-89-94142-06-7. Mizibooks 2010. Paperback  256 pages. With google-translater: "1884 Annie Londonderry rode bike around the world"
U.S. in 2007. Although the rights for  German edition were sold to a small publisher in Germany (the same one that  published some of Prof. Lessing's books), they never did publish the book. There are Korean and Italian editions, and one yet to come in Czech.

Out of:
Annie Londonderry on June 25, 1894, the day she officially began her trip
“I bet twenty thousand pounds . . . that I will make the tour of the world in eighty days or less,” declares Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s 1872 classic Around the World in Eighty Days. By the 1880s, several real-life daredevils had sworn that they could do Verne’s hero one better. In a publicity stunt that captured attention around the world, an enterprising journalist named Nellie Bly combined the hot topics of around-the-world travel and women’s liberation by circling the globe in just seventy-two days; Thomas Stevens, meanwhile, took advantage of the cycling craze and did it on two wheels (though the trip took him 103 days).

And then there was Annie Kopchovsky. Neither a dashing journalist nor an accomplished athlete, Kopchovsky was a Latvian immigrant living in a tenement in Boston with her husband and three young children. Spying the unlikeliest of business opportunities for someone in her position, she boasted to the press that she intended to bicycle around the globe in fifteen months, raising money for her journey along the way. To give her braggadocio additional spice, she claimed that two businessmen had made a wager on whether or not she would succeed. By the time she left Boston in 1895, Kopchovsky had attracted enough attention that the Londonderry Lithia Spring Water Company paid her $100 to adopt the surname “Londonderry” for the duration of her trip.

From Trinidad to Jerusalem, the newly global media covered Kopchovsky. In the end, she may have done more bragging than biking—often as not, it seems, she took the train. But her audiences, like Verne’s, were spellbound by her real and fabricated tales of adventure.

The legend of Annie Londonderry had been largely forgotten by the time Kopchovsky’s great-grandnephew, Peter Zheutlin, a journalist and avid bicyclist, discovered her story. He also discovered Mary, a distant cousin, who filled in the details missing from the public record—like the fact that Kopchovsky’s daughter scandalized the family by converting to Catholicism and becoming a nun. His new book, Around the World on Two Wheels, recounts Annie’s private and personal tales.
Erhard Lessing: The first known tour Around-The-World  by bicycle by a woman.

28.10.2014 Amazons words for the book: 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 

Mit dem Fahrrad um die Welt : Die außergewöhnliche Radreise der Annie Londonderry anno 1895 / von Peter Zheutlin

Erste Frau, die mit dem Fahrrad die Welt umrundet

Annie Londonderrys 15-monatige Odyssee rund um die Welt in den Jahren 1894 und 1895 war ein waghalsiges und beispielloses, schillerndes, fantastisches, wenn auch verworrenes, Kapitel in der Geschichte des Fahrradfahrens. Es gibt wirklich keinen Weg, den Einfluss von Annies Abenteuer auf den großen Kampf um Gleichberechtigung zu messen und herauszufinden, wie viele Frauen davon begeistert und beflügelt wurden. Annies Reise verkörperte in perfekter Weise das Zusammenwachsen der Frauenbewegung mit dem Fahrrad-Boom und ist deshalb ein kleines, aber aufschlussreiches Kapitel in der Geschichte der Frauen um die Jahrhundertwende.
Annie Kopchovsky war eine jüdische Einwanderin und berufstätige Mutter bis sie sich an „einer der ungewöhnlichsten Wetten, die je gemacht wurden“ beteiligte: Zwei Kaufleute hatten gewettet, dass eine Frau nicht fähig sei, die Welt auf einem Fahrrad zu umrunden. Die unglaubliche Summe von 5.000 Dollar sollte durch den Verkauf von Werbeflächen auf ihrem Fahrrad und ihrer Kleidung sowie Vorträgen über ihre Reise-Abenteuer verdient werden. Aus Annie Kopchovsky wurde Annie Londonderry, und eine Legende war geboren. So begann eines der größten Abenteuer und der größte Werbefeldzug des Viktorianischen Zeitalters. Als Annie im Juni 1894 Boston verließ – „Ich hatte keine Lust, mein Leben zu Hause zu verbringen, jedes Jahr mit einem neuen Baby unter der Schürze.“ – war sie eine kecke junge Frau mit einem etwa 42 Pfund schweren Fahrrad, einem Revolver, Unterwäsche zum Wechseln und einem Traum von Freiheit. Die lange, abenteuerliche Reise schuf eine neuartige, schwindelerregende Verbindung von Sport und Kommerz und machte Annie zu einem Symbol der Gleichberechtigung. Eine bezaubernde, wahre Geschichte über eine Frau mit Wagemut, die allen Widrigkeiten zum Trotz ihrem Leben einen neuen Sinn gab und die die viktorianischen Vorstellungen von Schicklichkeit über Bord war.

Zheutlin, Peter.  Around the world on two wheels: one woman; one voyage; one unforgettable journey.  New York: Citadel Press, 2007  {16626760}
Annie Kopchovsky (nee Cohen, 187?-1947) assumed the name Londonderry to travel around the world with a bicycle.  As Zheutlin discovers, she invented much of the story, including the supposed wager, riding little of the land distance, traveling rather by means other than wheeling.  Even though it is not a bicycle journey, it is a fascinating story.

Heinrich and Wilhelm Hildebrand and Alois Wolfmüller founded the first Motorcycle-Fabric.
Until 1896 they build more than 1000 Motorcycles: Wassergekühlter 2 - Zyl. Viertakt - Motor. 1488 ccm. 2,5 PS (1,85 kw). Ca. 40 km/h. Glührohrzündanlage.
B. T.: The first motorcycle build in series.

Book-Cover. Second edition (Cover from John Weiss). - Heinrich Horstmann after his tour Around-The-World (out of Wikipedia)

02.05.1895 - 08.16.1897
Heinrich Horstman (German, 30.10.1875 - 04.05.1945)
+ Around-The-World by bicycle.  20-years old Heinrich cycled solo Around-the-World by biycycle in 27 months.
Route: Germany (Wuppertal)  - Belgium - England - USA - Hawaii - Japan - Hong Kong - Singapore - India (Kalkutta) - by ship to Egypt - Italy - Slowenien - Austria - Germany (Wuppertal)
This in German written book was edited by H.-E. Lessing again in 2000. 320 pp. DM 39,80. Verlag: Maxi Kutschera. Book: Book: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". Verlag: Darmen. 1897. 296 S.
There should only be ONE original book exist in the library of town Wuppertal.
2000: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". ISBN 3-931965-06-6. This in German written book was new edited by Prof. Dr. H.-E. Lessing again in 2000. 320 pp. DM 39,80. Verlag: Maxi Kutschera. Germany . Leipzig. Tel.  0049 (0) 341-4011884. Fax 0049 (0) 341-4011881. Email
Erhard Lessing: The first known tour Around-The-World  by bicycle from a German.
12.1998 1st information by Professor Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing about the original book.
31.07.2000. 2nd information by Corinna Gehring about the new book.
27.10.2014 BuchCover send from John Weiss.
28.10.2014 Infos in WIKI:
28.10.2014 John Weiss: ... that Horstmann did not ride around the world, but actually across Europe and the United States. His book is mostly about the journey across America.

< 1898
McIlrath, H[arold] Darwin (1870-1912). Around the world on wheels for the Inter ocean:  the travels and adventures in foreign lands of Mr. and Mrs. H[arold] Darwin McIlrath. Chicago: Inter Ocean Publishing Co., 1898.  {23442762}.
The McIlraths’(H. Darwin and his wife, Hattie [Harriet, 1873-] completed the longest around the world ride in the late 1890’s, riding with the sponsorship of Chicago’s Inter Ocean newspaper.  Their letters appeared regularly in the Sunday edition of the paper as well as in book form.

John Forster Fraser (American, 1868 - 1936)
+ Around-The-World by bicycle. Round the world on a wheel.
John fuhr mit S. Eduard Lunn und F.H. Lowe in 774 Tagen mit dem Fahrrad durch 17 Länder in drei Kontinenten und bewältigte 19.237 Meilen.
Book: Foster Fraser, John - Round the World on a Wheel. Being the Narrative of a Bicycle Ride of Nineteen Thousand Two Hundered and Thirty-seven Miles Through Seventeen Countries and Across Three Continents by John Foster Fraser, S. Edward Lunn and F.H. Lowe. First published 1899. London : Methuen & Co., 1899. 558 pages.
Reprinted in 1982 by Chatto and Windus; OUT OF PRINT. ISBN: 0701126094
Ab 07.1896 fuhr er auch durch Sibirien.
Book: 1. edition 1899. Verlag: Thomas Nelson und Sons (in English).
Book: 1989. 512 pp. 41 chapters. Papeback. Verlag: Futura Publ. England. London. ISNM-0708842682. (in English).
08.10.1993 1st information by Paul Pratt.
15.03.2021: Bild entdeckt in Buch: The Self.Propelled Voyager von Duncan R. Jamieson. 2015. S..82. courtesy of John Weiss. + D. + Own.

Cavallerizze 600/800
1889 Nellie Bly ed Elisabeth Bisland
1894 Annie Londonderry
1896 Margaret Valentine Le Long - da New York a San Francisco in bicicletta
1913 Humphreys Mrs. Harry - prima attraversa gli USA, da San Francisco a New York, per proseguire nel giro del mondo che doveva toccare tutte le capitali.
1916 Augusta e Adeline Van Buren attraversano gli Stati Uniti in moto, da New York a Los Angeles
1931/32 Tibesar Justine (Belgio) Saigon-Parigi solo in moto
2018.03.27 First Info by John Weiss, USA.

W. Schwiegershausen, Around-The-World.
W. Schwiegershausen
 left Leipzig, Germany in the summer of 1899 for an around the world ride and was the first world cyclist to ride in South America, though only briefly. Traveling from Mexico he arrived at Laredo, Texas in the fall of 1903 and pedaled to Detroit and then New York City where he arrived in June 1904. He carried eight books of signatures, letters and credentials to prove he had visited the places claimed.
11.04.2021: 1st information and foto by John Weiss (USA).

Around-The-World tours on foot since 1900: Most did NOT write a book:
2018.03.27 First Info by John Weiss, USA.

NSU. In the first  year of production of  Motorcycles of the firm NSU (NeckarSUlm, founded in 1892) they produced 100 motorcycles and 7000 bicycles. NSU invented the suspension of the front fork and sold later huge peaces of  NSU-motorcycles.

Jean de la Hire (pseudonym of the Comte Adolphe d'Espie. French, 28.01.1878-1956)
During his lifetime, he authored more than 300 novels and short-stories, some published with more than 100,000 issues, the most popular being his super-science works.
Book or publication ??: "Le tour du Monde de deux enfants". Coll: Les Aventures Illustree, Ed. F. Férenczie et Fils. Paris ca. 1900. Motorrad-Reise ??
02.09.2011 First information by Rudolf von Bergen. He does NOT own this.
02.09.2011 Acknowledgement of B.T. This can be only a vision (Roman) of a motorcycle-tour Around the World.
Even if this is a vision (science fiction) article or book or illustration-book. It would be the very first book about RTW.
But after my recherches in internet it has nothing to do with motorcycles and was published in 1922 first time, not in 1900
02.09.2011 First request for exact translation To Dr. habil Ute Rogner. And if she can organise a good copy for me. Best would be a scan.
02.09.2011 B.T. read what is written in
I cannot find this title above.
02.09.2011 Aus internet: "Tenez-vous bien : je viens d'être contacté par un éditeur turc qui recherche le détenteur des droits du roman "Le tour du monde de deux enfants" de Jean de La Hire, paru chez Ferenczi en 1922".
bounce Des idées ?
Jean De La Hire: "Around the world zwei Kinder":
Aus Internet:
Novel in 71 Lieferungen Format 15X24 cm.