27 August 2021

Published August 25, 2021 by rochellewisoff
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The following photo is the PHOTO PROMPT, a cool picture for hot days, depending on your side of the globe. Where does it take you? Tell us in a hundred words or less. 


I’m doing it again. Taking a story out of mothballs and republishing it for Friday Fictioneers with a new photo prompt. It’s proving to be a crazy-busy summer and my muse is giving me the silent treatment. A few of you might remember this one from 2013.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Word Count: 100


            The surgeon told her she’d never walk again.

            Not long after that, Grandpa Farthing came for a visit. “How’s my favorite cyclist?”


            “Pity-party? Here, celebrate with this.” He tossed a book into her lap.  “I enjoyed it as a boy.”

            “‘Around the World on a Bicycle’?”

            “By Thomas Stevens. Rode it on a big-wheeled contraption called a Penny Farthing.”

            “You’re joking.”


            Two years later, inspired by Stevens’ determination, she labored to prove the doctors wrong and registered for her first Penny Farthing race.

            The official stared at her signature. “You’re joking.”  

            “Nope, Miss Penelope Farthing at your service.” 

You can find more about Thomas Stevens who rode what was then known as an Ordinary Bicycle  by clicking here . For more in depth reading the book is available on Amazon.com.

Around the World on a bicycle

The  ordinary bicycle was nicknamed “Penny Farthing” for its shape:

Penny Farthing Bicycle Diagram
thomas Stevens
Thomas Stevens

58 comments on “27 August 2021

    • Dear Trent,

      I always love the human interest stories on the news about those who triumph over disabilities or other obstacles. As for me, you’ll never find me trying to mount one of those contraptions. 😉 Thank you.



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      • You’re welcome, Rochelle. This read like a true story. I loved it and was greatly inspired by it. Yes, there are so many heroes and heroines out there who give us hope and the courage to achieve the impossible.


    • Dear Jan,

      There are so many of these kinds of stories in the news…well, maybe not enough. 😉 They do give us hope, don’t they? As for the ordinary bike—it’s doesn’t look so ordinary to me. Thank you, m’luv.


  • I wasn’t around in 2013, so it’s brand new to me. I’m glad you brought it back. I enjoyed your story.

    I’ve never heard them referred to as “penny-farthings,” but I’ve always wanted to ride one of those bicycles or at least see someone mount one. How do they get way up there?

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  • Oh, I love it! Did I ever mention my own attempt at riding a Penny-Farthing bicycle??? It was hilarious. only my toes reached the pedal at it’s peak, forget the down stroke. Needless to say, I didn’t get far without a hefty push. Still, it was fun to give it a try. Very hard to balance one.

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      • Well, you know how I am… I’m game to try about anything once. The construction of this bike was really fascinating to watch and I do feel it was a privilege to be one of the first to ride it. I don’t know how ladies of the era ever managed. Shabbot Shalom, Bear


  • Hi Rochelle,
    We have a regular Penny Farthing rider here. Apparently he and his friend rebuilt it.
    My effort is very short and sweet this week. I wrote it, and thought it didn’t need anything else! Hope it’s OK.


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