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Top Customer Reviews
Guess who Charlie and Ewan met along the way, yes Ted Simons.
Before Marriage and Kids, Ted did my dream.
A book that you can't put down.
Ted Simon drove a motor cycle around the world. Easy. But he spent four years on the journey. Okay - still pretty easy. But the journey he made was within, and more so than any other travel book I have ever read, he used the metaphor of true to life travel as the means of showing more than any writer that I have read or met (I met Ted one time, in 1985) that the real journey is in the head. If you like travel books - read this one now. If you like to travel - read this book now. If you think travel might one day broaden your mind, read this book before you leave - you may save yourself a lot of money and a lot of soul. And if you like Kerouac or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and have never read this book...WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? Really - this is a life-changing and life-charging read, so get moving....
Simon's writing style is superb and kept me riveted throughout. I give the guy top marks, not just for his writing skills but also for sheer endurance in completing a journey that took him through so many ups and downs over a staggering period of four years.
If you want adventure, humour, deep insights and moving experiences buy and read it now. It's not aged one jot in the 24 years since I first read it.
Ted, in 1973 at least, was a complex character, but he writes candidly with the educated eye of a traveller rather than a tourist. The book opens with "......I let the bike roll off the asphalt onto the grass under a shade tree. I tucked my gloves into my helmet and stood by the bike looking up and down the country road and across the field of green wheat wondering who was going to help me this time, and what it would lead to". And it goes on, Ted relishing chance, master of the art of communication and invoking the sympathy of the secure and settled.
London, France, Italy....Zambia....Brazil....Sri Lanka....Afghanistan and on. You are travelling not with some blue eyed all English super hero of popular fiction but with a person much more real and closer to his reader. Unsure, sometimes ill at ease, occasionally supremely confident as you follow the peaks and troughs of solitary travel. All justified as in 1973, in different ways from today the world was no safe place. The book is an unbiased testament to an age, all the better for being on a triumph of course, whose fortunes came and went en route. And today Ted is back on the road. As he travelled Pinnochet was imprisoned in Weybridge. Back in the 70's Ted faced a firing squad in Chile. How things change. The world population has exploded; there has been mass urbanization, the growth of the global economy and the collapse of communism. Are those green fields of wheat that wafted in the breeze in the opening of the book now an industrial estate? We shall have to wait and see.
Gone are the days of telegrams back to England and probably the feeling of remoteness.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought this as a present for a motorcycle fan and one that wants to plan an expedition of their own. I think this book has helped and inspire. A truly classic story.Published 16 days ago by Charlotte
A book not only about travel but self discovery . A once in a lifetime adventure well writtenPublished 22 days ago by Rick
I can't praise this book highly enough. If you've ever considered travelling on a motorbike then you need a copy of this book. You will fly through it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jMiR
Somehow it's the mother of all (commercial succesful) motorcycle travel books and I admire Ted Simon for what he did in times when managing such a journey was far more difficult... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Dirtbiker