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    • I'm guessing the obvious book that most would choose would be by my friend Ted Simon's, Jupiter's Travels. It's and interesting, sometimes quirky and definitely enlightening read.

      All about his travels on his four-year journey through 126,000 km across 45 countries on a Triumph Tiger 100, 500cc motorcycle from 1973 to 1977.

      He received a boost in notoriety when he was mentioned and then appeared on Long Way Round with Ewan McGregor.

      ...and then the follow up book, Dreaming of Jupiter, where Ted, 24 years later, at the age of 69, decided to retrace his journey. How much had the world changed? How much had he changed?

      Another good read is Lois Pryce, Red Tape and White Knuckles.

      Riding Solo, unafraid of a challenge, Lois Pryce began the kind of adventure most of us could only ever dream of. She put on her sparkly crash helmet, armed herself with maps and a baffling array of visas, and got on her bike. Destination: Cape Town - and the small matter of tackling the Sahara, war-torn Angola and the Congo Basin along the way - this feisty independent woman's grand trek through the Dark Continent of Africa is the definitive motorcycling adventure.

      ...but to me the book by Robert Edison Fulton Jr, One Man Caravan, about his solo round-the-world tour on a two-cylinder Douglas motorcycle between July, 1932 and December, 1933. First published in 1937 tops the list.

      For some reason the book on Amazon has a very premium price right now, but if you can find a secondhand version in a book store it is definitely worth the read.

      If you can find the movie that was created from his 40,000 feet of film shot called Twice Upon A Caravan, that brings it all alive and is narrated by Fulton which also adds to the films character.

      Here is an small extract of the movie

      Sadly he died in 2004 but there is a very interesting Wiki page on him, and his life, family and some of the 70 patents he created.


      In 1919 after the end of World War 1, RAF Captain C. K. Shepard travels to New York and purchases a 4 cylinder Henderson motorcycle and rides it across America, covering ~4500miles.
      This at a time where only roads in the center of the bigger US cities are sealed and everything else is at best a horse and cart track.

      Shepard had to do multiple rebuilds of the bike himself, including at one point making wooden pistons.

    • Once upon a time, maybe a decade ago, I had a book with your last image on the front cover or front page - I recognized that image immediately, but I can't seem to find it in my library which I thinned a couple years ago -

      I did find it, it is "The Long Journey Home" an Essay by Alexandra Rowley with photographs by Robert Fulton Jr It is a collection of his photographs in an 8"x10" landscape format, which I purchased on June 7, 2001.

      Fulton's bike was stolen briefly somewhere between El Paso and Dallas Texas - but recovered several days later in Amarillo. He rode it on to New York from Amarillo.

      I still posses "The Longest Ride" by Emilio Scoto, and "10 Years on 2 Wheels" by Helge Pedersen, who I met briefly many years ago when I was still riding.

      I always loved "The Perfect Machine" by Melissa Holbrook Pierson

      And "Ghost Rider" by Neal Peart

      And "Alaska by Motorcycle" by Dr. Gregory Frazier

      Great reading in all of those.

      The first book I ever read about a long distance motorcycle trip was "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert Pirsig, first published in 1974, who was another interesting traveler in many ways.

      It was a little hard to follow exactly where they were on the gound, but "GuideBook to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" by DiSanto PhD, and Steele PhD, published 16 years later, helped answer a number of questions raised in Pirsig's book. This was followed in 2008 by Mark Richardson's "Zen and Now" attesting to the persistent interest in Pirsig's rambling book.

      A quick google of Pirsig's Motorcycle route ->

    • Closing my search engines for the last post down, I found that Pirsig's Honda Super Hawk motorcycle is now in the Smithsonian Museum. Interesting, my first motorcycle was a Honda CB 450, which I upgraded a year later to a Kawasaki 900cc Z-1 - that was a ride!

    • There is a similar 'ride report' on ADVrider about a guys I think in the teens or twenties that rode across the country. IIRC an inmate bought a house or was given the journal as he was a rider and he wrote it out word for word in Ride Reports.

      Problem is with 35,000+ ride reports and not knowing the title I'm not sure how I would find it, maybe @Chris has a way, it was a very interesting read

      Whether you wanted it or not you were going to have an adventure back then for sure

    • The Long Journey Home

      I had heard about that book but never saw a copy. But then a few years back riding a Germany a rider had the DVD and we watched the movie. So i bet him images were great as he had a 'good eye' for an image, even though he didn't realise it at the time

    • Another good one is Around the World on a Motorcycle.

      I met the riders great grandson (IIRC) who was the one who translated the book from Hungarian to English in the early 2000's when he was living in Florida.

      We met at a Horizons unlimited event in NC where he was promoting the book to fund his future travels following as much of the original route as possible and to write up a follow up book, I guess similar to Ted Simon.

      Sadly a few months before his departure date he was killed in a motorcycle accident in Florida and never got to realize his dream

    • I think I actually replied in that thread - older guys riding Harleys and Indians, on gravel and dirt roads and double track in the Colorado high country??. I haven't been on Advrider for some time but I'll take a look

      Is this the thread you were thinking about?? The Weber family of riders in mud and snow, getting airborne on heavy road motorcycles - great thread! Much of the riding was done in the Colorado back country, getting Harleys and Indians flying.

      "The Long Journey Home" is still available in hardback on Amazon, for $29.95, just a moment ago. Yes, the images are B&W, some are from movie film I suspect, but some were probable 2 1/4 square also and his images of people and buildings are pretty cool.

      Here's a post of mine to Wes Weber the original poster in that advrider thread you mentioned, written about 18 years ago - Hmm - not wanting to post up

      Here is an image of me I posted in that thread to Wes

    • Is this the thread you were thinking about?? The Weber family of riders in mud and snow, getting airborne on heavy road motorcycles - great thread! Much of the riding was done in the Colorado back country, getting Harleys and Indians flying.

      The original adventure riders (and bikes!)
      On Thanksgiving Day, as most of America was watching football, the Weber household was sitting around talking about bikes. We started looking though...

      No this thread wasn't that one, there weren't any images at all, and the period was a lot earlier, I think Wes' was 40's onwards

    • great thread ! I’ve read ted Simon’s first book.

      Mondo enduro book and movie are worth’s a look - film quality isn’t “long way round” standard but I think that makes it more authentic.

      I did enjoy long way round, crossing Mongolia probably my favorite part, hope to do it when covid Fecks off.

      Mike o's ride report and Sean’s took a little ride on advrider hooked me from the start.

      Another classic ride report was the one on Angola.

    • Great conversation idea, Paul! While I have reviewed the classics mentioned above and may come back with more comments, I think worth mentioning this one about John Ryan who was a staple of long distance rider community.

      I was fortunate to have met the man when I was redoing a bike suspension at a custom shop in NJ.

      Here is an article about the book, which I see now has had another edition issued..

    • Fantastic thread. I got an email yesterday from Helge and he’s willing to do one of my weekly live streams and I think Charlie Boorman is too, although probably best when the long way up comes out. Anyone know Helge? Would he be interesting enough? His book had a profound influence on me when I started ADV.

      Anyone else you’d recommend? Paul, I’ll ask the mods about your thread.

    • Helge Pedersen was one of the first inspirational travelers I started avidly following when I began dreaming of world motorcycle long distance traveling, years ago. Doesn't hurt that his Photography is also awesome..

    • I did some filming with MOTOTREK and they had previously done a video with Helge, it came out really well, but they said it took double to triple the time expected, Citing he is a little slow to get his point across so multiple retakes were needed. I'm guessing a strong accent had a bias there.

      I had spoken to him a few times years ago on the phone and I didn't get that impression, but he was trying to sell me a tour so very enthusiastic.

      Sterling Noren (someone I interviewed) made a film about him and his 10 years on 2 wheels

      Egle interviewed Charley a few years back when we were in Ecuador and he is a great person to talk to.

      Others I would suggest would be Nick Sanders, I spoke to him and he is very willing, and right now Simon and Lisa Thomas are staying at the same place so could be a good group.

      Another would be Neduro, Ned Suesse, I've done a couple of interviews with him and he's great to talk to.


      Sam Correo, TAT pioneer?

      Kevin Saunders?

      KTM Mitch

      ...basically most of the riders I have interviewed in inmate series, lol and a few more.

    • I wonder if they knew that bike had a potential value of $100,000 - $250,000 today if it would still have been ridden?

      Looks like and interesting read I'll have a look

      Another rider of the same marque is TE Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, i'm sure there are some good stories of him riding his Brough written somewhere, and of course not forgetting he died on his SS100, two months after getting out of the service

    • I know it is less of a travelogue than a personal memoir, but to any fan of Rush, "Ghost Rider" by Neil Peart is necessary reading.

      When tragic things happen, we have to find some way to "the healing road". Peart got there on the back of a motorbike.

    • Fans of Rush, might also like Neal Peart's other book "R30 - Roadshow; Landscape with Drums, A Concert Tour by Motorcycle"

      Not all travelogues are carried out on 2 wheels, some are done with four wheels, or even bicycles, feet, or trains.

      William LeastHeat Moon's "Blue Highways" written while travelling and living in an Econoline van are worth considering if you are willing to even consider reading about someone travelling with four wheels....

      And if you are willing to be entertained by travellers with four wheels, travellers on foot may offer interest as well - especially if they are crossing a desert with only the water they can find in the desert landscape.

      Craig Childs is an author who has wandered the desert southwest of Arizona, Utah, New Mexico for many years, frequently in search of water. His book "The Secret Knowledge of Water" is worth a spin if you ever spend much time travelling in desert country.

      He reminds us that the most likely water related cause of death in the desert southwest in the USA, is not thirst, but drowning.........

      I should warn you, Craig Childs has about 8 other books about his travels in the desert southwest that might entice you like Charybdis. They did me.

    • I just finished reading Melissa Pierson's "The Man who Would Stop at Nothing" - A great tale about John Ryan's long distance exploits on a motorcycle and Ms Pierson's return to riding after her marriage dissolved and she was struggling. John Ryan helped get her back on two wheels. Great story. He rode 5641 miles from the Arctic Ocean to Key West in 86.5 hours - do the math....

      And he was stopped for an hour and a half at the International border checkpoint. Not much sleeping for almost 4 days straight

      Ms Pierson is a great writer, I was glad to find her more recent book about two wheel adventure

      I am now reading "Why We Drive" by Matthew B Crawford - an investigation into why some of us enjoy riding or driving and will not be happy in a world of autonomous vehicles, and an exploration of some of the unmentioned costs and/or losses of freedom we will experience in a world of autonomous vehicles.

      If you enjoy being a rider or a driver, you really need to read this book - very interesting and engaging!

    • I just realized that Neal Peart died in January of this year - I had just finished "Far and Wide" and liked it so well I moved back to read "Far and Away"

      He had so much to say and said it so well, in so many ways.

      A great many of the places he mentions riding to I have experienced at different times also.

      Maybe other readers already knew of his passing, but I will miss knowing he is no longer with us on this mortal sphere. One more sad fact added to the legacy of 2020.