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About the Author

Ted Simon is a journalist and the author of several travel books including the international bestseller Jupiter's Travels.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Jupitalia Productions (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965478548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965478540
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By G. Neuenfeldt on July 24, 2008
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This is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys riding motorcycles, and has had thoughts of riding one to other countries. Ted Simon has wonderful style of writing, and this book does a good job as a stand alone piece, even though it references his previous book of his around the world ride from 1973. He does well in creating images of the people he meets, and places he goes.
My only criticism is I wish he had put maps at the beginning of the chapters showing where he was at that point of his journey. This would have helped me to better understand and visualize the part of the world he was in.
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Ted Simon and the world he rode through have changed...and not necessarily for the good. That was the message I got.

While Jupiter's Travels was an amazing enchanted ride through a time now long gone..."Dreaming" is more of a slog through an over-crowded, disappointing, sense of the loss of youth and place. Everything has gone or changed for the worse. Damned depressing. Its an interesting book and I suppose you should read it if you are a fan of Simon or of motorcycles, but it has very little of its predecessor's magic qualities.

Simon is to be applauded for even attempting to recreate his epic circumnavigation at his tender old age. Unfortunately, Ted knows he is now a "commodity" and his prose reflect this knowledge. That, and his "Global Citizen" philosophizing, grew tiresome. This is not the young Ted Simon who left on a rainy London night in 1972 and returned almost 4 years later a changed man. Like Simon's second time around, I might have been better off not reading this sequel and living in the nostalgic glow of Jupiter's Travels.
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This book helped me to appreciate why my son would want to take up motorcycle touring again after a near fatal accident. It really is a good read. I started with this book sequel, wanting to get the perspective from someone in my age range. I got my feet wet by watching Long Way Round and Down, but this narrative seems more authentic. There is no caravan of over-sized support vehicles. Now, I understand and fully support my son and his adventures.
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To undertake a motorbike ride at the age of 70 and that too a repeat, just brilliant. He writes exactly what he felt or feels and that requires one to be honest. On the flip side, he seems to expect folks to give him everything for free or almost nothing and just doesn't seem to understand that he is being rather irrational 😏. But, reading the first book and now the sequel ..... Was very awe inspiring 😃
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Reading this book makes me want to leave everything behind, load up the adventure bike, and go out to SEE and experience the world the way Ted Simon has had the chance to do... twice! Great world perspective from someone more in touch with his surroundings than most world travelers.
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Excellent read. Much better I felt than the original Jupiters Travels and its sequel Riding High. Having said that you need to read them to put this book in context. I even bought the photography book to go with the original to see how the photos matched the descriptions.
This book seems more personable; Ted gets angry at border officials, frustrated by bad road congestion in cities, road works in Africa and South America, breaks a leg, yet still sees much of a positive nature in the world around us. I have been to many of the places Ted describes as an Afro/Asia overland tour leader, starting ten years later in the 1980's, and noted even then how some countries were changing even over a period of 6 months. Many of the roads in Africa were near impassable even in a 4wd truck let alone a motorbike and the queue at the Iranian/Turkish border hadn't changed since Ted was there in1977. Nairobery has got worse as have the roads. Lots of poor everywhere, I was shocked to see beggars in New York city.
I bought these books thinking of heading off again on some travels and perhaps by motorbike ( a really great way to experience the world and all its smells and sights and cultures) but think I might stick to 4 wheels after being reminded of the gear you need for long distance on a bike.
Travelling is definitely a bug, and once you have it is very hard to give up.
Totally agree with Ted that humans are a cancer on the planet and are somewhat overdue for extinction. But hey, until then, get out there and live life, because you are a long time dead, and no one gets out of here alive !
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If you read Jupiter's Travels you must read this followup where Ted Simon retraces his world tour some 30 years later. So interesting to read the contrasts between visits to the same places and even many of the same people. I couldn't put it down.
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Well, I did enjoy much of the journey. However, like Ted, I found much of it to be less than inspirational. I'm 62 and was looking for the inspiration to make a similar trip on a BMW. Now I'm having some serious second thoughts. Feel a little bad for his difficulty connecting with the gals. He is interesting but the story reads very much like the journey, very rough in spots. I enjoyed the first journey more but I'm still happy to have read this one too.
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