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Jupiter's Travels [Hardcover]

Ted Simon
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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February 1980
In the late '70s Ted Simon 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 far 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 MacGregor - it provides an inspiration they would never forget.
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A compelling narrative that moves, sometimes at breakneck speed, over some of the world's most beautiful and mysterious terrain ? packed with fascinating detail, splendid characterizations, and hair-raising adventures. (Boston Globe)

Vivid description of driving under conditions that were often ferocious. (NY Times)

Extremely readable, full of keen observation, perceptive insight ? conveying action, drama, tension and danger. (LA Times)

The best motorcycle travel book ever written. (Motorcycle Sport)

By all means TAKE THE PLUNGE. (Rider Magazine) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ted Simon was raised in London, studied chemical engineering but went to Paris where he fell into journalism. He has ridden twice around the world on a motorcycle, and published five books on travel and other matters. He now lives in northern California. He has one son. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As someone who managed to put 36000 miles on his BMW motorcycle in two years I was interested in the story of a man who took it beyond the "next level". I enjoyed the book, but thought that Ted did not always get to the point and got sidetracked in his thinking process. Ultimately it boils down to his style of writing and a matter of personal taste... I recommend the book, but keep in mind that there will be pages one has to just chew through...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before it was cool March 21 2014
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Ted Simon rode an old Triumph around the world. Well, it wasn't old at the time, it was just a long time ago. He proved that you don't need a big touring bike to get around. Nor much experience. It does help if you are a little clever, curious and very genuine. This book is packed with adventure and insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book is as described Jan. 27 2014
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Thanks for the book, one of the best reads I've had in a long time. Should be required reading for anyone planning a long, multi-country trip.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip though consciousness and space. Dec 23 2013
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Way more than expected. Mr. Simon asked questions that cannot be properly answered. Any one can ride around the world but very few can bring it back with them. His book Dreaming of Jupiter exposes the truths that change with time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ride Oct. 16 2013
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I rode a 650 triumph in the early 70s and always thought about a long ride, this ride is something else, a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars skippy Aug. 8 2013
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Overall I liked the book, I didn't care for the "forward" I didn't think it invited one to keep reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Read June 12 2013
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This is a very interesting and inspiring book to read. Just to think that at the age of 42 (I wonder what Douglas Adams would say about that), with no riding experience, no cell phones, Internet, GPS, not to mention using one of the less reliable machines in motorcycles history, the author sets out on a motorcycle journey around the world. Considering those facts alone made me want to do it as well, right now! :)
The descriptions of the world that was are lively and realistic and I have identified with many of the writer opinions.

I recommend this book to any motorcycling and / or adventures enthusiast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jupiter's Travels revisited Dec 7 2009
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Having been a motorcycle rider for most of my life, (many years of it spent as a Motorcycle Patrolman,) I was naturaly interested to see what Ted Simon originally had to say about his long ride.
The book kept me fascinated throughout, - his calm, unhurried 'matter of fact way' of relating his adventures kept me absorbed for many an hour. His story was read and read again, and often shared with others. I also decided to purchase a copy for a friend and give it as a gift. To my surprise and delight, although still in paperback format, it was a larger size, and even contained more photos than the original. An enjoyable read, and well worth the time and money spent.
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