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10 March 2007


In 1914 Erwin "Cannonball" Baker rode an Indian motorcycle across America, from San Diego to New York, in a record 11 days, 12 hours and ten minutes.  Since then the popularity of motor cycles as a long distance touring machines has become stronger and stronger.

Sandi Toksvig rides along with three people who have an undeniable attachment to the motorbike as means of getting, not just from home to the office, but all over the world.  Ted Simon has completed two solo trips all the way round the globe.  Lois Pryce has motorcycled from Alaska to Patagonia and from Tunis to Cape Town.  Ken Ball, Chair of the International Motorcyclist’s Tour Club, has biked in both North and South America as well as in New Zealand and all over Europe.

Presented by Sandi Toksvig

Lois in the Namibian desert

Photo: Lois in the Namibian desert 
(courtesy/copyright Lois Pryce)

This week's guests:

Ted Simon motorbiked round the world in 1973 and wrote about his 4 year journey in a book entitled Jupiter’s Travels.  At the age of 69 Tom repeated the experience and set off from Dorchester at the end of January 2001.  This time he completed his trip in two and half years and recounted his adventures in Dreaming of Jupiter.

Dreaming of Jupiter
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN-10: 0316732273
ISBN-13: 978-0316732277

Jupiter’s Travels
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN-10: 0140054103
ISBN-13: 978-0140054101

Lois on the Loose is an account of Lois Pryce’s journey from Alaska to Buenos Aires down the west side of the continents in 2003 by motorbike.  Lois travelled on a trail bike, a Yamaha Serow 225cc, at one time dismantling it and putting it in a small crate to freight to Alaska.   She has also just come back from a crossing of Africa, from Tunisia to the cape of Good Hope, which she started last October.

Lois on the Loose: One Woman, One Motorcycle, 20,000 Miles Across the Americas
Publisher: Arrow
ISBN-10: 009949356X
ISBN-13: 978-0099493563

Ken Ball is a Civil servant and also the Chair of the International Motorcyclists Tour Club. In 1932 as a result of an advertisement in ‘Motor Cycling,’ a small group of motorcyclists who had been spending their holidays touring on the continent to Europe individually, met in a pub in London with a view to exchanging information of experiences abroad.  Two of the participant Ida Crow and Marjorie Cottle, who had been into motorcycle sports in the interwar years, founded the I.M.T.C with the aim to promote and encourage foreign touring by motorcycle.

IMTC (International Motorcyclists Tour Club) 

BMF (British Motorcyclists Federation)

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