Ian Hibell

Ian Hibell, a long-distance cyclist, died on August 23rd, aged 74

While I’ve never heard of this man before, I find his adventures/travels to be extraordinary. I’m going to have to dig up more on him.  Read his obituary in the economist below:

In the course of his 40-year travelling life he went the equivalent of ten times round the equator, covering 6,000 miles or so a year. He became the first man to cycle the Darien Gap in Panama, and the first to cycle from the top to the bottom of the American continent. He went from Norway to the Cape of Good Hope and from Bangkok to Vladivostok, wheeling or walking every inch of the way. Every so often he would come back, showing up at STC (from which he had taken, in the beginning, only a two-year leave of absence) with vague murmurings of an apology. But pretty soon the panniers would be packed, the brakes checked, the tyres pumped, and he would be off again.

Ian Hibell | | The Economist

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~ by mz on September 16, 2008.

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