Round the World on Bicycles
We have had by cable from time to time announcements of the progress made by the two adventurous Australian bicyclists, Messrs Burston f.nd Stokes, who some months ago started on a riding tour round the world. The ' Daily News 'of April 22 has the following remarks :—" It appears from the narrative of Mr G. VV. Burston of his travels on a bicycle all round the world that there are yet portions of this planet where a wheelman on his machine is aa object of wonderment and curiosity. From Alexandra Mr Buraton and his party went to Jaffa, and ' 'cycled to Jerusalem' snd back, finding themselves the centre of attraction in every town they visited. The mountains of Lebanon were rather more in the way of laborous climbing than the 'cyclers ' had bargained for.' From the summit, after gazing their fill at the vast landscape, they ran down some 2,oooffc to Shtora, and then, ascending the antiLebanon, sailed merrily along on the down grace for twenty miles to Damascus, where the authorities—who, like Mr Rider Haggard's mystic Princess, ' must bo obeyed'— requested them to ride for the gratification and amusement of the people. This they did with an excited rabble at their heels. At Baalbec they were treated 'like victorious generals,' but were constrained to give another exhibition for the amusement of 4,000 to 5,000 spectators. ' Riding back,' Bays the rider,' was quite impossible, owing to the narrow road and immense crowd; hundreds of people waited round the hotel till midnight, and all the villages on the plains posted watchmen to signal our approach.' Those who would follow this example are warned that travelling through countries where a European is rarely seen has its disadvantages and discomforts; but in India they were everywhere treated with kindneß3. It speaks well for the Indian roads that in eighteen days the cyclists were able to cover 1,641 miles, when, owing to an attack of cholera, the trip was brought for awhile to an abrupt stand. Their best days work in India is recorded as 137 miles in cleveD and onetighth hours, including stoppages. Mr Burston's letter is dated * Beyrout, 27 th March.' It informs us that the party were then going round the coast of Asia Minor to Constantinople, intending thence to visit Greece before landing in Italy, and sojourning awhile in Home, all which is deemed consistent with a hope to be in London by the end of May. It is not every one, or even every cyclist, who could find a pleasure in a Bpin of 137 miles in one day upon the roads of India ; but it is impossible to read Mr Burston's exhilarating narrative without feeling what a valuable means the horse that wants neither corn nor stable has provided for remedying that most obvious defect of our human faculties—man's miserably limited powers of locomotion."
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Round the World on Bicycles, Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement
Round the World on Bicycles Evening Star, Issue 7940, 22 June 1889, Supplement
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