Raised in London by a German mother and a Romanian father, Ted Simon found himself impelled by an insatiable desire to explore the world. It led him to abandon an early career in chemical engineering to go to Paris where he fell into journalism.

On 6th October 1973, at the age of 42, Ted set off from London on a 500cc Triumph Tiger motorcycle on what became a four year solo journey around the world, covering 64,000 miles through 45 countries.
Most accounts from his trip are detailed in his book, Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph, while some of the book’s gaps are filled in its second part, the book Riding High.

 

With the aim of discovering how the world had changed in the intervening 28 years, on 27th January 2001, aged 69, Ted embarked on a second journey. This time he rode a BMW R80 GS over 59,000 miles through 47 countries. Dreaming of Jupiter, is the book he wrote detailing this second journey.

 

His books and long distance riding has inspired many people, among other the actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman for their journey from London to New York on motorcycles (Long Way Round), during which they arranged to meet Simon in Mongolia.

Sources: Jupitalia.com, Wikipedia