As if this guy didn’t already have enough interesting stories about decades spent cycling essentially nonstop around the world, here’s one more:

For almost 44 years, Heinz Stücke traveled the world on his beloved three-speed black bicycle. After 335,000 miles (539,100 kilometers), the “most traveled man in history” had his bike stolen in Portsmouth, southern England as he slept in his tent.

Luckily for Stücke, the thief reads the paper. In an interview with the Portsmouth News, he said he would do anything to get his bicycle back.

“I am very emotionally attached to my bike,” Stücke told the paper.

Just a short time later, police found his prized two-wheel companion in a nearby park. Stücke told BBC radio on Wednesday he was rejoicing …

The German cyclist left his home in Hövelhof in 1962 and has never returned. He has traveled through more than 200 countries and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Dang, that just makes it sound so easy.

“Dear Grist Management,
Went out cycling …

–Todd”