Pedestrian culture through the ages
In the long history of pedestrian endeavours like constrained walks, psychogeography and peripatetic drifts 'Captain' Robert Barclay Allardic stands out as the one who had to suffer most. In the summer of 1806 Barclay successfully betted that he could walk one mile in each of 1000 successive hours. This incredible challenge was met with great interest of the London public, whose fascination had less to do with admiration for the severe sleep deprivation and physical exhaustion Barclay had to go through than with the reward of 16.000 guineas that was at stake, 320 times the average year wages.
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