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

Across Asia on a Bicycle The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking In two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then new invention the modern bicycle In they returned have covered over miles at that time the longest c

  • Title: Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking
  • Author: Thomas Gaskell Allen Jr. William Lewis Sachtleben Michael W. Perry
  • ISBN: 9781587420207
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then new invention, the modern bicycle In 1893 they returned, have covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the longest continuous land journey ever made around the world This is their account their trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China It described their adventures traveIn 1890, two American college graduates set out to travel around the world on a then new invention, the modern bicycle In 1893 they returned, have covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the longest continuous land journey ever made around the world This is their account their trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China It described their adventures traveling along through regions few outsiders ever visited Out of print over a century, this book is now back in print with additional notes and maps.

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    1. Two young men set out in 1890 to bike across Asia. They encounter difficult weather and road conditions, curious people, language barriers, unusual customs, setbacks with illness, equipment breakdowns, and acquiring necessary documents. The bicycle was previously unseen in many of the areas and curious people demanded demonstrations. In some places they are required to hire guides that refuse to guide, lodging owners who try to extort tremendous fees for a stay, and hosts who require they share [...]

    2. Dated history and a little slow in places, but still a good window in the conditions of how people lived in the 1890s asia vs how we live in the USA. Broadens ones perspective.

    3. As already mentioned amongst these reviews, Across Asia On A Bicycle is available for eReaders to download free from Project Gutenberg Online. The advantage with this is many of the unusual and archaic words can be quickly defined by the inboard wiki.Having said that, it's is no dried-up and dusty read. The prose has modernity and life. Sure, it's probably lost relevance as a travelogue. For one thing we know China has embraced the bicycle and no longer would refer to one as the devil horse, and [...]

    4. In the 1890s, Thomas Gaskell Allen and William Lewis Sachtleben, upon their graduation from Wash U. in St. Louis, biked around the world. They wrote this fascinating book about the 1-year-long Asian leg (Istanbul-Peking) of their journey. Everywhere they went both bicycles and Americans were totally unknown. This proves that young men back then are crazy as those today. Circumnavigation was not enough, so they also ascended Mt. Ararat. This book abounds in interesting details. They wintered in T [...]

    5. This could have been a much better book had the authors made more commentary about the peoples and cultures they passed through. They also seemed to run out of descriptive steam the further east they went. Lots of descriptions as they went through Turkey. Hardly a thing about eastern China. Still, what a fascinating idea to ride a "devil's machine" or "iron horse" across Asia. How shocking the lowly bicycle was to the peoples who had never imagined such a thing! How brave to ride through areas w [...]

    6. I recently bought an ereader and this was a free book I read from Project Gutenberg. It was fantastic. A great adventure and trip across 19th century Asia by two eccentrics whose descriptions of the people they meet and the cultures they encounter are both innocent and curious.

    7. Discovered this when the authors walked through a flashback in Vladimir Nabokov's THE GIFT. The book is in the public domain and available as a free ebook in almost every format.

    8. This describes quite an accomplishment and an amazing adventure but somehow I did not find it very interesting and never got a good feel for the 2 men.

    9. A task that looked impossible. And experiences from it. With some interesting details that tell you what a part of the world used to be like a century ago.

    10. Not the greatest travel writing, but an epic journey and some interesting details of life in late 19th century Turkey and China

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