Ted Simon is one of the people I blame for having left my home country (Germany) to look around the world, which then resulted in not going back to Germany but taking a job with an international organization, moving across the world, settling in an African country and call it home after finding my wife and starting a family.
I have to thank him for that....
I always yearned to pick one of my bikes and follow his example, even if only limited to travelling up and down the African continent.
It was fun reading his newest account of his travels in which he confirms my suspicion that the hustle at the borders, fight for visa, trouble with corrupt officials and dangerous traffic somewhat took the fun out of the travelling by road.
Maybe I have to thank him for this easy excuse, too..
I was somewhat surprised reading that Ted was not smarter when dealing with some of the officials in some of the 'unfinished countries' especially when he is chasing a schedule that involves meeting with film crews flying in from abroad. I think he would be smarter than 'p....ng off officialdom and then worry about not making the deadlines. Probably a sign that one turns grumpy when turning old.
Probably another excuse I can use...
After all, the new book is an interesting read, not much of an advice for travelers, but a confirmation for those of us who believe that we, the human race, are slowly but surely killing the planet. Since he has a first hand comparison between then and now, it is sad to see my own observations confirmed and not only for Africa.