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|Newsletter from Gea van Veen
I'm a gypsy on the road, I'm a child under way
Loosely adapted and translated: Onderweg - Willem Vermandere
Yes! Traveling is allowed!
Let me be clear that if this trip was for a vacation, I wouldn't have gone. And sure there are some elements of a vacation, but it's primarily work.
It was 1894. At a time when numerous global adventures were taking place, Annie Kopchovsky from Boston wanted to prove that women were just as capable as men at achieving great feats. She decided to settle a wager about whether a woman could cycle around the world like Brit Thomas Stevens had about 10 years previously, and aimed to complete a circumnavigation in 15 months.
After learning to ride a bike two days earlier, and wearing a long skirt of the time, Annie waved goodbye to her young family and rode off on a 19kg women's bicycle on June 27, 1894. She carried with her only a change of clothes, a pistol and a placard advertising Londonderry Spring Water; this was part of a sponsorship deal where she also altered her name to Annie Londonderry…
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