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5.0 out of 5 stars Most compelling book i've ever read
I came to this site, trying to find out what happened to Ted Simons. I've just read this book again, probably 7th time now over the last 15 years and find it impossable to put down every time. The first time it enspired me to go on my own overland travel experience which i will be eternally grateful to Ted SImons. A fantastic book, try the subsequent book "Riding...
Published on 10 May 2001 by j.m.elmes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Curate's egg
I found Ted's book good in places and mediocre in others. When he's not trying to write well, he's at his best. His reports about his encounters with people are much more effective than some of the purple prose in his landscape/flora/fauna descriptions.

I was very aware too that much seemed to be kept hidden - especially about his Californian love affair...
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Joe Mcnally


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5.0 out of 5 stars just great, 17 Aug 2014
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This great read by Ted Simmons so many years ago is timeless and is by far the best for me so far, and there have been many.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong man for the right journey, 24 Aug 2009
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This review is from: Jupiter's Travels (Paperback)
You have to hand it to him - Ted Simon was a trailblazer, and has had an amazing journey at a time when motorbikes were as unreliable as Third World country governments.

However, the way Ted Simon refers to "natives" as a some sort of a nuisance and I couldn't help but feel that he would have found his journey infinitely more enjoyable if all the countries had been populated by Brits (or French). His mentality seems to be as closed-minded as that of an English bureaucrat working at the Viceroy's office in colonial India. His decision to pack a white linen suit "for receptions in the gardens of overseas British Embassies" should give you an idea that this is not much of an adventurer at heart, but rather someone who's riding between one large city to the next.

Also, he seems to face the challenges of riding with just too much caution, and seems to be negative to the point where you wonder why the hell doesn't he just jump on a plane and fly home to his local pub.

I would agree with the other reviewer on his idiotic dribble about being some sort of a god on a motorbike. It just made me angry at how, despite having spent 3 years on the road, he came back not a more modest human being, but a preposterous individual.

He should have stuck to his trip's narrative instead of offering the reader his corner store philosophy at the expense of skipping various countries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift, 8 Aug 2014
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Bought as a gift for a retired biker because I heard good reviews about it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended and inspirational, 23 July 2014
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Steve Bradeley "Steve Bradeley" (Stoke on Trent and São Paulo) - See all my reviews
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Read and planning my trip now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 21 Aug 2014
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Brilliant read
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gift, 5 Dec 2012
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I've just ordered this book for my boyfriend!
He's a big fan of bikes, hope it comes in time - before Xmas & he's gonna like this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Present, 30 Nov 2012
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Bought this as a Christmas gift after watching McGregor/Boardman travels. This was the book to inspire McGregor to do his trip. Arrived in good time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars jupiter, 5 Aug 2012
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This book started well but then seemed to run out of steam as if the author got fed up keeping his journal.but stillworth a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 20 Aug 2014
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quite good
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12 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm just not sure..., 22 Mar 2007
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I was inspired to buy this book by the exploits of Ewan and Charley in Long Way Round and expected that Ted would have been an early pioneer of the 'lets travel round the world by bike' clan. However, much as I enjoyed the trip, I felt that the inner workings of Ted's brain were concerned with surviving the trip rather than enjoying it. He is quite intense, often saw problems in everything and to some degree this set the tone to the whole book. 400,000 copies later you have to give the guy massive respect for taking on such a journey - its a pity it wasn't seen through the eyes of someone who could have bought it to light more...
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