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The Amazing Fred Birchmore – 25,000 Miles Bicycling Around the World!

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fred-birchmore-jr-cycles-around-worldOh…and did we mention he did it in 1934?

The Athens Banner-Herald recently told the story of the Amazing Fred A. Birchmore, Jr., an Athens, GA, resident that just celebrated his 98th birthday.  He’s lived the life many of us dream of, full of adventure, and as the story goes:

“He is most famous, though, for his world bicycle trip in 1934 and 1935. The trip began in the summer of 1934 by touring Europe. Then he studied international law at Cologne in Germany, October 1934 through February 1935, after which he resumed the journey: down through the Alps, to Egypt, across Central Asia, then 1,300 miles down the Grand Trunk Road to Mandalay, below the Burma Road to the Malay Peninsula, through Thailand and French Indo-China. After taking Asian freighters to the Philippines and then to California, he pedaled across the United States back to Athens. Just about 25,000 miles!”

He still regularly works out at the local YMCA.  Rock on Fred!

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Richard Pollette
Richard Pollette
14 years ago

Seeing that you have done a story about a Georgian, maybe you could do another one. I’ve got a friend here in Americus, GA staying with me who is a pastor and he has traveled over 196,000 miles by bicycle since 1993. He is a pastor and his name is Hans Myors. He has a ministry named Pedal Prayers and his website address is ;pedalprayers.org. Hans stays with between his bicycle trips and will be here in Americus, GA till middle of March before he heads off on his next trip around America. Hans rides on a recumbent named Alice because it is made out of aluminum. Hans email address is pprayers@gmail.com . Maybe you could have him write a couple of articles. He has been written up in a lot of newspapers around the country and been on our local tv station.

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