For long distance and adventure motorcycle riders, Ted Simon needs no introduction. In 1970, Ted jumped on a Triumph motorcycle and spent 4 years traveling around the world, living adventure after adventure. Ted, a journalist, knows how to pen a word or two, wrote the enormously popular book entitled "Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph". But that was in the 1970's........
Now, Ted has decided to ride his motorcycle again, this time on a BMW R80 GS (definitely not new, and upgraded to 1000 cc), more or less along the same route he took 30 years ago. except ... he's 70 years old!!!!! Not only has he done it, after 59,000 miles over 3 years, 2 broken bones and 1 romance, he wrote another book. Called "Dreaming of Jupiter", this is another motorcycle classic.
Ted trades his Triumph for a BMW (Triumph were not able to help him), and apart from an occasional visit by a German documentary film crew, sets off on his own, reliving his past trip. But after 30 years many things have changed. People, places and roads are no longer what they used to be. But one thing that remains, the adventure and human endurance on RTWRound The World rides.
No matter where you are, no matter how bad the circumstances, you'll always meet the most interesting people, see the most incredible places and have the most amazing adventures. Ted's story is no exception, in fact, it sets a standard. Imagine how tough life is on the road at 30 years of age, now think about it at 70! Have you ever lifted a fallen down BMW GS? Did you try it at 70? This book has put me to shame, balking at next week's 2000 km ride to Italy...
WARNING: This book could have a drastic impact on your retirement plans!
The book is a very easy and good read. It's a page turner, and before you know it, it's past midnight. Ted knows how to write, and his slightly sarcastic tone makes it fun to read. This is one book that should be on your summer holiday reading list. My only issue with the book is, that there are not enough photos. Click here to access Ted's website. (remember that this is the man that inspired many adventure riders, such as Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman).
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