Day 232: “Lost Cyclist” author visits local bookstore

23 08 2010

The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance


A book I’ve had on my “to-read” list for quite a while is David Herlihy’s “The Lost Cyclist.” I had first learned of the book on Tim’s blog, An Old Guy on Two Wheels. Here’s the description of the book: 

“In the late 1880s, Frank Lenz of Pittsburgh, a renowned high-wheel racer and long-distance tourist, dreamed of cycling around the world. He finally got his chance by recasting himself as a champion of the downsized “safety-bicycle” with inflatable tires, the forerunner of the modern road bike that was about to become wildly popular. In the spring of 1892 he quit his accounting job and gamely set out west to cover twenty thousand miles over three continents as a correspondent for Outing magazine. Two years later, after having survived countless near disasters and unimaginable hardships, he approached Europe for the final leg.  He never made it. His mysterious disappearance in eastern Turkey sparked an international outcry and compelled Outing to send William Sachtleben, another larger-than-life cyclist, on Lenz’s trail. Bringing to light a wealth of information, Herlihy’s gripping narrative captures the soaring joys and constant dangers accompanying the bicycle adventurer in the days before paved roads and automobiles. This untold story culminates with Sachtleben’s heroic effort to bring Lenz’s accused murderers to justice, even as troubled Turkey teetered on the edge of collapse.” 

I’m almost finished with the current book I’m reading, so I plan to start “The Lost Cyclist” next. I hope to finish it in time for the author’s visit to Carmichael’s, one of our local bookstores, on Sept. 9. 

Today’s food journal: 

— Whole wheat light English muffin = 1 point
— 1 Tbsp peanut butter = 2 points
— 1 small banana = 1.5 points 

— Veggie hotdog = 1 point
— light hot dog bun = 1 point
— small apple = 1 point 

— 3 slices Amy’s organic cheese pizza = 9.5 points 

Life’s a journey. Enjoy the ride! 

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9 09 2010
Day 249: “The Lost Cyclist” author David Herlihy at Carmichael’s Bookstore « Cyclingproject365

[…] his latest book, “The Lost Cyclist.” (I’ve talked about this in earlier posts here and here.) Carrick and I planned to ride our bikes to the bookstore, but by the time we got home […]

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