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Title: Jupiter's travels
Tagline: One man, one motorbike, one planet
Author: Ted Simon
Website: http://jupitalia.com/
ISBN: 9780140054101
Review copy: Amazon
Published: First published 1979
Language: English
Country/Region: 
RTW
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This is truly the be all end all of adventure travel books.
The inspiration for Ewan and Charley's Long way round/down journeys and probably countless others.
Ted quits his job as a journalist and heads out on a four year and 63000 mile journey around the world and as this is taking place in the 70's it is a vastly different world out there than the one we have today.
Or as he himself so eloquently puts it in a passage in the book: How was I to know the world was about to change, I hadn't been there yet.
As a full-time cynic the quasi-philosophical parts of the book makes this a bit of a hard read at times but as it was written in the late 70's I guess you can't really blame him for being a child of his time.
An inspirational epic journey and must read for any aspiring motorcycle adventurer.

 
 
 
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Title: Biker's Britain
Tagline: Britains Best Routes for Bikers
Author: Simon Weir
Website: n/a
ISBN: 978-0749573966
Review copy: Book Depository
Published: December 1 2013
Language: English
Country/Region: 
Britain
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I actually bought this before the trip that eventually took us through the Balkans in 2015 because our original plan back then was to do the British Isles.
That fell through because of the lack of space on the DFDS ferry but it turned out alright I think and I still got some use for it on the 2017 trip.
The book contains 70 routes and tours in or through England, Wales and Scotland and is written by the Editor of Ride Magazine, Simon Weir.
I painstakingly transferred all these routes into Basecamp with the intention of including them fully or in part in my own routes.
In the end I didn't end up using more than parts of a couple of routes.
The routes seem nice, they are well documented and there are even directions if your a hundred years old or just a luddite.
There are even tips on what to see and do in the are of the routes.
It was just not very useful for me.
The routes are for the most part loops where you start and end up in the same place and thus are more oriented around a nice Sunday or weekend ride out with your friends and not towards cross-country travel.
This will most likely be more appealing and helpful to UK residents than visitors to the country.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Title: Red tape and white knuckles
Tagline: One woman's motorcycle adventure through Africa
Author: Lois Pryce
Website: http://www.loisontheloose.com
ISBN: 9780099513599
Review copy: eBay
Published: 5 February 2009
Language: English
Country/Region: 
Africa
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Lois Pryce follows up her 2007 adventure book Lois on the loose with an epic journey through the heart of Africa.
What makes this stand out a bit from other African overland crossings is that she has chosen not to go along either the west or east coast but rather through the more troubled regions of central Africa like Congo, DR Congo and Angola which to say the least makes things a bit more interesting for both the author and the reader.
The fact that she's chosen to do this crossing despite suffering from extreme heatstroke from just a short stint in Morroco is either proof that she is incredibly dedicated or very foolish, even after reading I'm not really sure which to be honest.
And apart from not choosing the obvious path she's doing this on a Yamaha TTR250 trail bike.
Lois has her own quirky narrative style and shares her journey in a very enjoyable way and really doesn't hold anything back when it comes to sharing her inner thoughts and even prejudices (after all whether we admit it to ourselves or not we all have them).
As she dedicates the narrative to mostly her thoughts and experiences along the way this might not be the most informative book if you're looking to read up in preparation for your own trip.
Apart from the mention of an oil change there really isn't much in the book about the practicalities of motorcycle travel.
I guess it's possible she got through the entire continent of Africa without so much as puncture but I think it's more likely that she's chosen to omit those parts because she'd rather tell her story.
It is an immensely enjoyable read none the less.