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

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 trave ...more
Paperback, 167 pages
Published July 15th 2003 by Inkling Books (first published 1894)
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Ian Russell
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
Harshit Gupta
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
Jun 11, 2012 Adam marked it as to-read
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.
Liz Wager
Not the greatest travel writing, but an epic journey and some interesting details of life in late 19th century Turkey and China
Joel Robbins
Interesting to see words I recognize from my two years in Azerbaijan.
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