Ted Simon: Jupiter's Travels

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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.