Around the World on a Bicycle


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University of Georgia Press
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5.8 X 8.3 X 1.4 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author

FRED A. BIRCHMORE (1911-2012) also completed a twelve-thousand-mile trip around North America, a forty-five-hundred-mile trip through Latin America (on a tandem bike, with his newlywed wife), and a four-thousand-mile trip through Europe. In addition, he completed a number of long-distance hikes, such as the Appalachian Trail and Long Trail in the United States, the Inca Trail in Peru, and the Milford Track in New Zealand. These experiences are chronicled in Birchmore's other memoir, Miracles in My Life. Birchmore served as a gunnery officer in the North Atlantic during World War II, and while always pursuing a life of adventure, he worked as an attorney, pilot, college professor, summer camp director, real estate broker, scout leader, and a gratis lecturer for countless groups and occasions. He was chosen as a torchbearer for the 1996 Olympics in recognition of his many achievements and his commitment to public service.


The first time I read Around the World on a Bicycle I was about twelve, and my critical judgement was that I had just read the best book ever written. It had everything: an astonishing adventure, an intrepid hero, rough travel through exotic locales, great risk and great achievement. And on top of all that, a bicycle much like my own. All these years later, the story of Birchmore's epic ride is still one of my favorite travel books and a fascinating artifact of a time when the world was a much larger place.--Charles Frazier "author of Varina"
Any fireside globe-trotter, as well as any person with youthful adventuring spirit, will delight in the exciting travel experiences of Fred Birchmore.-- "Review of Cycling"
To lovers of adventure, history, and geography, it is whole-heartedly commended.-- "Savannah Morning News"
An excellent tale of an extraordinary holiday.-- "Baltimore Sun"
The book is one of sheer adventure-- "Palm Beach Post-Times"
Birchmore must have been endowed with more than his share of wanderlust-- "Bookdealers' Weekly"
Great book. As an undergrad in the late 1980s I found it in the stacks at the UGA Science Library. Many miles of my own bike adventures followed. Glad it's back in print!--Philip Juras "author of The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island"