Jupiter's Travels -Ted Simon's astonishing 4 year motorbike journey around the world
The book that inspired Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round
In the late 1970s Ted Simon set off on a Triumph and rode 63,000 miles over four years through fifty-four countries in a journey that took him around the world. Through breakdowns, prison, war, revolutions, disasters and a Californian commune, he travelled into the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria.
He met astonishing people and was treated as a spy, a welcome stranger and even a god. For Simon the trip became a journey into his own soul, and for many others - including bikers Charley Boorman and Ewan McGrergor - it provides an inspiration they will never forget.
This classic text, which has informed a whole genre of travel writing in the thirty years since it was first published, will never be bettered for sheer adventure, passion, humour and honesty.
Brought up in England by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early scientific career in favour of journalism, and he has worked for several newspapers and magazines on Fleet Street and elsewhere. Ted Simon is also the author of Riding Home and The Gypsy in Me.
Attempting to understand the World
An inspiring epic tale. I can't help but think we would all be better off if we saw each other in such intimate ways as described within this book. Captivating from start to finish.
One of the best books I have ever read
For aspiring travellers/motorcycle enthusiasts, this is a must read!
Bought this last year for my holiday as I'm into motorbikes, was not disappointed I couldn't put it down. This is my first book review all i can say is read it, you don't even need to be into motorbikes it's all about his journey and experiences. When I finished this book it made me want an adventure of my own, too bad there's bills to pay!