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TouratechUSA 04-29-2011 02:06 PM

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!

Thanks, TT

Touratech USA - Made For Adventure

transalprider26 04-29-2011 02:10 PM

Happy Birthday Ted! Thanks for all you've done for motorcycling.

ThomasVolomitz 04-29-2011 02:11 PM

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.

telemark66 04-29-2011 02:13 PM

gratulerer med dagen!
Always loved his books! such a great writer.

Inna 04-29-2011 02:18 PM

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

RickyBobby007 04-29-2011 02:33 PM

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!

SeattleTrails 04-29-2011 02:35 PM

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!

Happy Birthday!


BrassAss 04-29-2011 02:47 PM

Happy Birthday
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:clap:clap

Deseret Rider 04-29-2011 04:10 PM

Ted----Happy Birthday and many more from the guy that inspired your classic "Asshole" essay!

GTMan 04-29-2011 06:04 PM

Truly an Inspiration. You da Man. Happy Birthday Ted:clap

vagueout 04-29-2011 11:22 PM

Happy birthday Ted, keep the wheels turning.:freaky:clap

MarkE 04-30-2011 01:59 AM

Happy birthday
Happy birthday Ted, and thanx for the inspiration.

Tor 04-30-2011 11:06 AM

Happy Birthday, Ted. Read your books. Fantastic.

Christian RA40XT 04-30-2011 11:22 AM

TemeculaRider 04-30-2011 03:11 PM

I cant imagine what is next for Ted but I'm sure it'll be amazing. All the best to you and yours, Ted. :freaky

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