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Mustoe, Anne (1933-2009).  Cleopatra’s needle: two wheels by the water to Cairo.  London: Virgin, 2003.  {51107046}

Starting at the Thames Embankment, Mustoe traveled by wheel to Egypt to the orginal site of Cleopatra’s Needle.  Whenever possible she traveled along the water in what turned out to be two separate journeys on Condor, which totaled 4450 miles.

Oddy, Nicholas.  “Bicycles,” in Jennifer Speake, ed., Literature of travel and exploration: an encyclopedia.  New York:  Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003.  {51817174}

A succinct history of bicycle travel, including a limited bibliography.


Herlihy, David V.  Bicycle: the history.  New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004. {55600627}

Even though Herlihy includes only one chapter on bicycle touring, this lavishly illustrated history of the bicycle’s development is the most comprehensive bicycle book available.

Jenkins, John W.  Catching a dream: A sacred bicycle journey across America.  N.P.: Author House, 2004.

With his wife driving a SAG, Jenkins follows the Trans America Trail from Oregon to Virginia in 1985.  A minister by vocation, he attempts to tie a sense of religion broadly defined to his narrative.  Fifty-five at the time of riding, he combines some history and insight along the way.

Smith, Dwight R. (1921-).  One mile at a time: cycling through loss to renewal.  Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishers, 2004. {53183326}

In three stages, from 1984 through 1986, Smith rode the perimeter of the United States following the accidental deaths of two of his children and then the death from heart disease of his wife.  For perimeter riders, look first at Tom Winder and Jane Schnell.

Stamboulis, Dave (1962-).  Odysseus’ last stand: the chronicles of a bicycle nomad.  Bellingham, WA: Sanuk Press, 2004.

Tired of a traditional life, from the fall, 1992 until January 1, 2000, Stamboulis traveled forty thousand kilometers, going west from California.  He revels in the good and bad times, enjoying the journey for journeying’s sake.  During the first portion of the adventure he rode with Hitomi, a woman he met and married in Japan  while preparing for the trip.

Clark, John Stuart.  After the gold rush: A bicycle journey through American history. Nottingham, UK: Five Leaves, 2004. {195551362}

Sullivan, James (1965-).  Over the moat: love among the ruins of Imperial Vietnam.  New York: Picador, 2004.  {52970244}

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sullivan went to Vietnam with his brother to write an article about bicycling from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to Hanoi on the legendary Route 1.  While in Hue he met and fell in love with a Vietnamese woman.

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