Around Croatia on a Bicycle

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around Croatia on a bicycle.

Around The World on a Bicycle – Thomas Stevens (1887).

My Life and Times

by Jerome K. Jerome

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June 1885 – Published 1887.

Around the World on a Bicycle.

“From San Francisco to Teheran” was the first illustrated volume of 29 year old English immigrant Tom Steven’s pioneering ride around the globe. The book covers the first half of the novice rider’s journey on his fifty-inch Pope “Columbia” high-wheeler, with a handlebar bag containing socks, a spare shirt, a raincoat that doubled as a tent and bedroll, and a pocket revolver.

Leaving California, on 22nd April, 1884, he became the first cyclist to cross the United States in the process, sailing from New York to Liverpool, and continuing his journey in May 1885 through Europe, was accompanied by Svetozar Igali, “a noted cycle tourist” in Budapest, crossing into modern day Croatia at Branjin Vrh (then in Hungary) and Osijek – the capital of Slavonia.

Together they pass “through villages where a bicycle has never been seen” to Šarengrad, and onward into modern day Serbia and Belgrade, where Stevens’ journey continued alone towards Iran,

  • By Thomas Stevens.
  • Published by Sampson, Lowe, Marston, Searle and Rivington, London.

July 1886 – Published October 1887.

Wanderings: On Wheel and On Foot in Europe.

Setting out from Glasgow on the 3rd July, 1886, to catch the steamer to Hamburg, Hugh Callan details his 1,500 mile, high-wheeler, 33 day journey “on wheel down Europe from the German ocean to the Aegean Sea”, entering Sclavonia (Croatia), along the Danube from Budapest, to Osijek and continuing onward through Sremska Mitrovica in Serbia to Athens, Greece.

The second part of the book is dedicated to his earlier July 1885 trip “on wheel up the Rhine Valley, from Amsterdam to Geneva, and back by Antwerp,” while Part Three follows his six week walking tour “‘on the tramp’ in Belgium and France,” in 1881.

  • By Hugh Callan.
  • Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, London.


“Were a man to go suddenly flapping his way through the streets of London on the long-anticipated flying-machine, the average Cockney would scarce betray the unfeigned astonishment that is depicted on the countenances of these Croatian villagers as we ride into their midst and dismount.”

Around The World on a Bicycle, Thomas Stevens (1887).

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