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The story of three adventurers at the end of the 19th century who attempt to travel around the world.   

Thomas Stevens who had been working in the mines but then started bicycling.  He first bicycled across the United States, and then attempted to cycle around the world on the difficult-to-ride old-fashioned bicycle with one larger wheel known as a penny farthing. 

Nellie Bly, (who would one day become one of the inspirations for comic strip and comic book characters Jane Alden, Invisible Scarlet O’Neill and Lois Lane)  who set herself the task of beating Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.  The men running the New York World newspaper did not like her idea, but eventually came around to having her attempt it.  Her race became a national obsession and sold many newspapers for them.   

and Joshua Slocum who in 1985 restored an old sailing vessel in a time when sailing was becoming outdated.  Then all on his own, he set off to sail around the world, becoming the first person to sail around the world alone.  These three adventurers all have their own reasons for circumnavigating the globe, but they are united in their attempts.

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