TED SIMON (b 1931 )
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 6 October 1973, at the age of 42, Ted set off on what became a four-year solo motorbike journey around the world, covering 64,000 miles through 45 countries. 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.