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Pyle - Around the World by Bicycle - Heinz Stücke


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Around the World by Bicycle - Heinz Stücke (A48) Pyle (enroute Cardiff to Swansea) - 01 June 2006


Pyle (A48), South Wales, UK


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About Heinz Stücke

Heinz Stücke at Pyle Thursday 01 June 2006
Born in Hovelhof, Germany in 1940, Heinz Stücke's worldwide adventure began in November 1962 and up to the present day he has been cycling and travelling around the world non-stop.

Heinz Stücke's Motto

There is a motto around the German flag to the rear of Heinz's bicycle - it reads...
    Be Carefree - Be Mad - Be a little bit bad
    Its the unknown around the corner that turns my wheel

Exclusive Chance Meeting with Heinz

A chance meeting on the roadside on the A48 at Pyle on the evening of Thursday 01 June 2006 with Guinness Book record holder (Epic Journeys) Heinz Stücke.
Kenfig.org had an exclusive interview with Heinz Stücke on the A48 at Pyle on his epic round the world journey by bicycle. He was travelling from Cardiff to Swansea on part of his UK adventure when we encountered him at the roadside. From Swansea he was heading towards West Wales then onto Ireland.
We spoke on a number of different topics for around ½ hour - what an amazing character. We asked him what he would do in the event of mechanical problems with his bicycle when miles from knowhere - he replied... I carry a hammer in my saddle bag and just hit it back into shape until I can get it fixed properly. His journeys are meticulously planned well in advance so as to avoid these situations arising in the first place. Heinz is a keen and experienced photographer and our conversation included that of photography as I had a digital camera with me on our meeting.

Heinz and the Internet

Heinz Stücke on A48 Pyle
One amazing topic arose which was associated with the Internet - Heinz spoke of this as an amazing tool for learning, yet thought that there was just too much information now available online and that people could loose the art of face to face communication through this medium as time goes by. [ A valid point from someone well conversed with worldwide communication skills ]
Our conversation with Heinz was diverse and lengthy [ too long to publish here ]. We feel highly privilaged to have met such an interesting, learned and well travelled person. We are including this on Kenfig.org as this was history in the making for both parties, Heinz's epic around the world journey by bicycle and the fact that Heinz actually travelled through Pyle on the A48. The Kenfig.org website is a local historical site documenting history throughout the entire Kenfig and surrounding areas both past and present.
Heinz presented Kenfig.org with a signed brochure entitled Around the World by Bicycle by Heinz Stücke. He signed a map of South Wales with my name, together with the date and time of our meeting, he said he keeps a daily diary of events which someday he is hoping to publish.
It was a great privilage & inspiration to have met Heinz in person, we wished him a safe and fruitful journey and watched him as he peddled off into the evening sunset.
Rob Bowen - (Owner/Author/Webmaster) Kenfig - The Complete History (e-Resource)

Some Facts & Figures

The following information is taken from the Heinz Stücke's brochure

Heinz Stücke's bicycle - Rear View Heinz Stücke's bicycle - World Map
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460,000 Km - Cycled
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192 Countries visited
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64 Territores, Regions, Associated States etc. seen
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40 Years on the road
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80-120 Kms per day (when cycling)
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40-50 Kgs - Luggage
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1 only 25 Kg 3-speed bicycle
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5 (times) Bike stolen and recovered
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4 Car accidents
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15 Passports filled
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16 Frame breakages
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80,000 Slides / Photos taken
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80,000 Booklets sold
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1940 Year of Birth
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1963 Met Emperor Haile Selassie
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1969 Honorary Citizenship of Jackson, Alabama
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1994 Became Godfather of Jack Stroud, London
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1995/99 Guinness Book record holder (Epic Journeys)

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Acknowledgements


Bibliography

  • Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2006

Webpage Author

  • Rob Bowen - Kenfig.org Local Community Group, 2011



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