Jupiter’s Travels chronicles Ted Simon’s 78,000-mile trip around the world over the span of four years and 45 different countries. This book begs to be brought to film. “Over Mountains, through jungles, across deserts and oceans, living with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, through wars and revolutions; experiencing the depths of fear, the heights of euphoria, and the rewards of love.”

Simon does an outstanding job of keeping readers eyes glued to the pages while stirring a wanderlust in their hearts of adventures of their own. Most famously, Ewan McGregor has been quoted as stating Jupiter’s Travels inspired his documentary and book, The Long Way Round. Maybe someone should ask Ewan if he would be up for playing Simon in the film adaptation?

  • azicat

    Telemovies, documentary, or direct distribution flicks to arthouse and niche audiences, perhaps; but I doubt they have enough appeal to mass cinema audience without some narrative embellishment. A lot of these books are in the biographical or travel journal form, and lack the protagonist/antagonist figures and sensationalist appeal so loved by Hollywood these days.

    • BMelPel

      See Deryl Clark above. “Stealing Speed.” That’s a story! And a true one. And one with multi-dimensional real-life characters.

      • azicat

        The Ernst Degner story certainly fits the mould. It’s an incredible tale.

  • JMDGT

    I would add Journey to the End of the World by Alfonse Palaima (Author), Colin Evans.

  • Deryl Clark

    Sorry to break the news to you but you have no clue.
    Compared to “Stealing Speed” these are all bad romance novels.

  • Starmag

    I don’t know about movies, but this is an excellent motorcycle reading list. As you first point out, reading lets you create your own word pictures. There’s a few in here I don’t have yet, but will soon.

  • Mahatma

    @3: That could be awesome if done right.The best book on HA I’ve read,to be fair the only other book is by the founder of HA and Thompsons protagonist in his book Hells angels mr Barger.

    Thanks for reading list.Bookmarked.

  • Bmwclay

    “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”

    • Johnny Blue

      I hope not! That book is different… that book needs to be read.

      • Tom Pava

        Could not agree more!

  • Keith Spicer

    If you want to up the ante and step outside of travel journals, how about “Two Wheels Through Terror”, by Glenn Heggstad.

  • David Kraft

    Motorcycle Camping made easy. Lol, it’s the only cycle book I have read!