If you haven't heard of Ted Simon join the club. Liz, my wife, bought me Jupiters Travels by Ted Simon for Christmas as she had read that it was one of the books that inspired Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor to get on the road to adventure. I'm glad she did because I couldn't put it down.
If you long for that motorcycle adventure but haven't got the nerve or the cash then read Ted's epic journey which started in 1973 and lasted 4 years. His budget was less that 3,000 pounds!
As the book cover says Ted Simon, "63,000 miles .... 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 in to the depths of fear and reached the heights of euphoria."
This geezer either had some bottle or was completely barking and his book is fascinating. Buy it and read it.