(London Telegraph) When Juliana Buhring rode out of Naples in the summer, saying she was off to cycle around the world, hardly anyone believed her. But yesterday the 32-year-old English language teacher returned to a hero’s welcome in the Piazza del Plebiscito, having pedaled more than 18,000 miles alone.

She had been on the road for 152 days, traveling through 18 countries on four continents and fighting off sickness in India, dogs in Turkey and even birds in Australia.

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