THOSE WHO CAME BE­FORE

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BEAU­MONT WASN’T ALONE IN BE­ING IN­SPIRED BY JULES VERNE’S STORY. OTH­ERS HAVE DONE THIS STAG­GER­ING JOUR­NEY TOO; AND WHILE NONE OF THEM USED BI­CY­CLES, THEY ALL FACED THEIR OWN CHAL­LENGES IN GET­TING AROUND THE WORLD IN UN­DER 80 DAYS. JOUR­NAL­IST NEL­LIE BLY’S at­tempt to em­u­late the trip was the first recorded, in 1889. She did it for her news­pa­per, the New York World, and fin­ished in 72 days, meet­ing Verne when her jour­ney took her through France. She also wrote a best-sell­ing book about her ex­pe­ri­ences.

In 1903, arts pro­moter

JAMES WIL­LIS SAYRE did the trip – and set a record for cir­cling the world in the process, com­plet­ing the task in 54 days. His en­tire jour­ney was done us­ing only pub­lic trans­port.

MICHAEL PALIN, of Monty Python fame, took on a round-the-world-in-80days chal­lenge for a TV travel show, in 1984. He did the en­tire trip with­out us­ing air­craft, and fin­ished in 79 days.

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