|04-29-2011, 03:06 PM||#1|
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Celebrating Ted Simon's 80th Birthday
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Ted Simon, a British journalist best known for his books Jupiter's Travels and Riding High, will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday, May 1st.
In late 1973, sponsored by The Sunday Times, Simon began traveling around the world on a 500 cc Triumph Tiger 100. Over the course of four years he traveled more than 64,000 miles through 45 countries.
The first half of his journey took him from Tunis to Capetown, then around South America from the tip of Brazil to the Argentine Pampas. From there he traveled to Chile and then north through Panama to California.
During the second half of his trip, Simon rode around Australia and then from Singapore overland to Europe through India, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey.
After returning home, Simon wrote his first book, Jupiter's Travels, which highlights his 'Round the World' motorcycle journey. A few years later he released his second book, Riding High, what was essentially a collection of stories not told in Jupiter's Travels.
Years later, Simon's books would go on to inspire actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman to attempt their own 'Round the World' motorcycle trip, which they documented in the television series Long Way Round.
In 2001 Simon began a new motorcycle journey on a modified BMW R80GS, that roughly followed the same route he took in 1973. He was around 70 years old at that time and completed the journey in three years. His latest book, Dreaming of Jupiter, details this journey.
To celebrate his 80th birthday and to thank Ted for inspiring so many people the guys at Touratech-USA decided to send him a little birthday gift!
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|04-29-2011, 03:11 PM||#3|
New Old Stock
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: NE Ohio
Ted's the greatest. I have finished the first two books, rereading Jupiter's Travels a second time, first time 1983. Truly inspiring. Reading Dreaming of Jupiter now. Great prose.
Still Riff Raff
|04-29-2011, 03:18 PM||#5|
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Seattle, WA (Republic of BDR)
Happy Birthday Ted!
You are an inspiration to us all! If it wasn't for your books, we would have never made it to Ushuaia.
Next time you are in Seattle, the invitation to the Russian Vodka Dinner #2 is always open.
Inna + Matt
|04-29-2011, 03:33 PM||#6|
Go Jonah 2012
Joined: May 2009
All the best on your 80th B-Day
I'll raise a glass in your honor on Sunday. Many thanks for all of the inspiration over the years. Hope to see you at next year's Overland Expo. Until then...Cheers!
|04-29-2011, 03:35 PM||#7|
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Seattle and Roslyn, WA
Inspiration for all of us!
Ted, thanks for sharing your stories of motorcycle adventure. You have inspired many more people than you know - and for generations now!
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|04-29-2011, 03:47 PM||#8|
Lost, but not forgotten
Joined: May 2008
Happy Birthday Ted,
Thanks for sharing your adventures with us and I can only dream to do some of the things you have accomplished. Happy 80th
|04-29-2011, 05:10 PM||#9|
Joined: Mar 2008
Location: East Central Utah (Deseret)
Ted----Happy Birthday and many more from the guy that inspired your classic "Asshole" essay!
|04-30-2011, 04:11 PM||#11|
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur
I cant imagine what is next for Ted but I'm sure it'll be amazing. All the best to you and yours, Ted.
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|04-30-2011, 06:44 PM||#12|
Joined: Jun 2006
He is an awesome rider and adventurer. And an inspiration. His books are great.
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|05-02-2011, 09:50 AM||#13|
Vagabundos del Moto
Joined: May 2010
Location: Central Coast, CA
A heads-up for all you Ted Simon fans, Ted will be speaking at the Horizons Unlimited California Meeting in October. For details click the link in the signature line.
Mike & Sandy
|05-02-2011, 10:38 AM||#14|
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: San Diego, CA
Happy b-day Ted. Yer an inspiration.
Yup, a very inspiring guy. I thoroughly enjoyed his cameo in Long Way Round where he met up with Ewen and Charley in Mongolia.
He's a true trailblazer whose books, full of storied adventures, put a lot of guys (and gals) on lengthy road trips to far-off lands on bikes...
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
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