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The First Woman to Bicycle Around the World … Kind Of

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Channel: Great Big Story
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Annie Londonderry gained infamy for being the first woman to bicycle around the world—all in only 15 months. But the story is a little more complicated than that. During a time when very few women rode bicycles, legend has it that Annie accepted a wager to circumnavigate the world on two wheels. As the story goes, she traveled the globe, hunting tigers in India with royalty, sustaining a gunshot wound to the shoulder, and even being interned in a Japanese prison. But her incredible tales are more myth than truth …


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