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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Around the World in 44 Years -- on a Bike

Life, People

Heinz Stücke is a German adventurer who has claimed the title as "Most Traveled Man in History" in the Guinness Book of Records between 1995 and 1999. He has traveled over 335,000 miles in 211 countries over four decades, on a bike. He has survived being shot in Zambia, stung by bees in Gambia, arrested in Cameroon, and even being hit by a truck in the desert of Atacama in Chile. He lives on $4,000 a year, which he makes through journalism and photography

Stücke has been riding on the same bike since 1962, and after all of his travels, he recently pitched a tent and was fast asleep in the seaside resort of Portsmouth, England, on Monday, when his ancient cycle went missing. Stücke had even taken the precaution of covering his bicycle with a canvas, and tying it up with string and bungee cords. Local athourities were ready to donate a new bike to him when police found his bike in a nearby park.

Thanks ABC News

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