I am incredibly flattered and honoured to have become one of 100 Jupiter’s Travellers of the Ted Simon Foundation.
In 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.
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.
On 1st May Ted Simon turned 84 and the foundation celebrated one wonderful milestone with another in announcing a selection of new travellers from 6 countries to support the creative endeavours of a total of now 100 Jupiter’s Travellers.
Ted Simon’s books and long distance riding later inspired the actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman in their journey from London to New York on motorcycles (Long Way Round), during which they arranged to meet Simon in Mongolia.
Ewan McGregor: [Said to camera when bumping into Ted while in Mongolia] “This is Ted Simon who wrote Jupiter’s Travel’s, our hero and guru, and the reason why we’re all here. Ted Simon wrote Jupiter’s Travel’s and if you haven’t read it yet you should go and buy it now.”
Ted’s books about his journeys, Jupiter’s Travels, Riding High and Dreaming of Jupiter, continue to serve as an inspiration to other travellers who seek to know the world, and their place in it, through personal adventure.
The Ted Simon Foundation believes that individuals of good will, moving among foreign cultures and making themselves vulnerable to the beliefs and customs of strangers, have great importance in promoting world understanding, and even more so when they can distill the essence of their experiences into a form that can be absorbed by many.
The Ted Simon Foundation is a 501©(3) non-profit organization and our work is entirely dependent on the generosity of our members, donors, sponsors and other supporters.
Jupiter’s Travellers are people who seek to understand the beauties, mysteries and tragedies of our world, and their place in it, through personal adventure. They are inspired and motivated to develop their observations and insights into something of value for the rest of the world to share, whatever their medium of expression might be