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'Overlooked No More: Annie Londonderry, Who Traveled the World by Bicycle'

Old 11-07-19, 08:46 AM
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'Overlooked No More: Annie Londonderry, Who Traveled the World by Bicycle'

'She cycled away from her Boston home and into stardom, leaving a husband and three small children for a journey that came to symbolize women's independence.'
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/o...verlooked.html I had never heard of her
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Hmm. Need to read the book, I suppose. I don't doubt it was a riping adventure, but as cycletours go, looking at her map, it's more like an ocean cruise with a bicycle ride across France and from Boston (NYC?) to Chicago.

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Hmm. Need to read the book, I suppose. I don't doubt it was a riping adventure, but as cycletours go, looking at her map, it's more like an ocean cruise with a bicycle ride across France and from Boston (NYC?) to Chicago.

wonder if they used a trainer during the commute across the water, that'd be favorable for being accountable.
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wonder if they used a trainer during the commute across the water, that'd be favorable for being accountable.
Why a trainer? I built a wheel for a tanker captain who rode laps on deck during his off hours while at sea.
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Why a trainer? I built a wheel for a tanker captain who rode laps on deck during his off hours while at sea.
You could get some interesting hill climbing work during bad weather.
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Why a trainer? I built a wheel for a tanker captain who rode laps on deck during his off hours while at sea.
because that's what I typed in my response to this thread.
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Hardly inspiring, maybe a little daring in those places. IMO.
Seems to be more Barnum and Bailey to her story than anything real.
Maybe 2,000 miles in those days was a bit challenging, if she went that far.
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She dumped her husband & kids. Why is she a hero?
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She dumped her husband & kids. Why is she a hero?
She didn't "dump" them. She came back to them at least $10,000 richer. That was huge money in the 1890s.
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Interesting. I'm not sure that I understand her motivation, though, and I would really like to. It sounds like there is much uncertainty about any wager or prize money. It's fascinating that a young girl in her early 20s would come up with such an idea.

I reckon that I'll have to read the book, though it is not a first person account like that of Thomas Stevens, who made a round the world journey on a Columbia Ordinary a few years before.
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