Viaggio intorno al Globo di un luganese

Dollfus, Ruggero. Viaggio intorno al Globo di un luganese, Ottobre 1900 - Luglio 1901. Lugano: stabilimento tipografico Fratelli Traversa, 1902.

Nell'ottobre 1900 l’egregio nostro concittadino dr. Roggero Dollfus partiva dal Ticino per recarsi a fare un viaggio intorno al globo. Fin dai primi giorni egli prese a scrivere regolarmente alla famiglia le proprie impressioni: le sue lettere, stese in lingua francese e certo non destinate dal suo autore alla pubblicità, portavano un carattere simpaticissimo di sincerità, di freschezza; di evidenza, che avvinse tutti coloro cui fu dato di leggerle. Il sottoscritto si fece ardito a pregare la cortese famiglia Dollfus di permettere la riproduzione nel "Corriere del Ticino" di quelle note di viaggio: non solo il permesso fu accordato, ma la gentilissima signora Laura, la mamma del giovane viaggiatore, si assunse la cura della traduzione in italiano.


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Around the United States by Bicycle

Murphey, Claude Charles. Around the United States by Bicycle. Detroit: Press of Raynor & Taylor, 1906.

Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphey, age 19 and 20 respectively, left Jackson, Michigan, on May 2, 1904, to make a trip by bicycle through every state and territory within the boundary lines of the United States proper, namely, fortv-five states, four territories, and the District of Columbia. The trip was the result of a wager. 

Upon the success of the tour a purse of five thousand dollars would be won by the two contestants providing that they lived up to all the terms and stipulations of the wager. The conditions were that they were to start on this long journey penniless, while on the trip they were neither to beg, work, borrow, nor steal, all the expenses of the tour to be met by the profits resulting from the sale of an aluminum card-receiver or ash-tray, a fac-simile of which is given on one of the following pages.


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Tramping and Camping

Woolf, Dwight Homer, and Woolf. Tramping and Camping. Kansas City, Kan.: S. I. Meseraull & Son, Printers, 1912.

The unique experience of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Woolf, the champion Long Distance Walkers, has awakened general interest throughout the United States. 

In 1909, Mr. Woolf's doctor informed him that he would have to get out in the open and stay there, or he would die. He weighed only 107 pounds, including clothes, and was growing weaker daily. Yet he hesitated about giving up his business as a music publisher - his life work; and it seemed a little short of madness to forego all the luxuries - the so-called "comforts" - of civilization 

But Mrs. Woolf, who was a brave, sensible woman, thoroughly devoted to her husband's interests, agreed with the physician and suggested a walk to the Ozark Mountains. 

That was the beginning of a most remarkable series of trips through Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and up through the north Atlantic States to New York and Boston, then home to Kansas City - in the aggregate, a journey of about 10,300 miles. 

Yet, wherever the couple went there was really but one destination - health. 

Mr. Woolf gained strength and, not long after starting, was able to make twenty-five or thirty miles in a day.


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Around the World on Wheels

McIlrath, H. Darwin. Around the World on Wheels for the Inter Ocean the Travels and Adventures in Foreign Lands of Mr. and Mrs. H. Darwin McIlrath. [Chicago]: Inter Ocean Pub. Co., 1898.

When I consented to the plan of going around the world I intended to make the trip alone, but my wife pleaded so hard to accompany me that I finally concluded to take her. She is a brave little girl, and rather than considering her a burden, I now look upon her as having been of great help to me on our memorable voyage. Aside from the fact that she is an expert wheelwoman, she is also an unerring shot. Nerve she possesses in abundance, as all will agree after reading of the adventures which befell us. 


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A Pedaller Abroad Being an Illustrated Narrative of the Adventures and Experiences of a Cycling Twain during a 1,000 Kilomètre Ride in and around Switzerland

Simond, Chas F. A Pedaller Abroad Being an Illustrated Narrative of the Adventures and Experiences of a Cycling Twain during a 1,000 Kilomètre Ride in and around Switzerland. London: J. Causton, 1897.


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A Pedestrious Tour of Four Thousand Miles

Evans, Estwick. A Pedestrious Tour of Four Thousand Miles. Concord, N.H.: Joseph C. Spear, 1819.


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Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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