The very first man to cross the entire globe cycling managed to do so in 2 years only!
Thomas Stevens was the very first man, who took a journey around the world on a bicycle. He traveled through several continents and returned home over the course of a couple of years.
Stevens was born in Hertfordshire, UK, in December 1854. He moved to the US in 1871 and settled in San Francisco. While he was working in a mine in Colorado, he came up with the extraordinary idea to cross the globe on a bicycle. Stevens set off on his journey in 1884. The only things he had packed were a revolver, a spare shirt, some socks and one raincoat, which could be modified into a bedroll and a tent. He kicked off his incredible journey on a high wheel bicycle, also known as penny-farthing. The exact date he left from San Francisco was April 22nd 1884. Starting from there he traveled through several states before he continued on his way to Europe. He also crossed several countries in Asia before finally ending his journey 2 years later.
Between April 1884 and December 1886 he didn’t travel only by cycling – he also had to take trains from one place to another on numerous occasions. Throughout his journey across the globe he was refused entrance in several countries. In 1895 he settled in the UK and married a woman named Frances Vanbrugh. Stevens went on to become the manager of the Garrick Theater located in London, UK. He died from bladder cancer at the age of 80 on the 24th of January 1935.
The bicycle he used was preserved by the same company, which once manufactured it – The Pope Company. It was donated to an unnamed scrap drive after World War II ended.