“This is a wonderful story of a real adventure undertaken quite genuinely on a shoestring and a prayer a ‘few years ago’; brave people with a fantastic feel for the narrative and beautiful expression of what they did, ignoring the dangers and possible odds that they were up against…when telephones and mobile communications, which we now take for granted, were not even thought of. Many twists and turns in a real-life situation, not escorted by camera crews and backup parties and loads of sponsors. This is the real deal! Compulsive reading!”—Amazon review by Peter R Gouws
I love getting fan mail like this! Julius is a great example of being able to triumph over adversity.
Book was great ! I felt like I was with you. I was one of those guys that just did what my parents told me to.
Having been hit by a car and lost my right leg when I was 7 they were overly protective. Understandable …
I have always loved bikes but did not get up the nerve to go get one till I was 35. I am now 67 and have a Harley Road Glide Ultra. I am envious of people like yourself that knew what they wanted that early in life. I thought I did but that is a different story. I am in business for myself now and love it.
I just feel that I missed so much not getting a bike 40 years ago, but that is life and not to worry over. I feel that I get to pick up what I missed by reading books like yours.
After responding to Julius, he sent the following:
It really frustrates me that the first thing many people do is try and find 50 reasons something can’t be done.
Most people are very surprised when they learn that I have an artificial leg.
“I parked my Indian next to a BMW motorcycle that looked fully loaded for long distance travel. A moment later, the owner came out, speaking to me in English. He was asking me all sorts of questions about how to ride in the snow. Proudly, I showed him the Indian’s tires, explaining the advantages of a wider base. I also explained how I had let out some air from each tire to increase their surface area and provide better traction in the snow. Excited with what he had learned, the man let out air from each tire, leaving them both rather flat, and rode off to the South. I watched him leave, a bit concerned.”—Tracks and Horizons Chapter 13, “Touring Europe” Switzerland - March, 1966
“Throw on an old Dylan record, turn the volume on low, make yourself some mate and enjoy! This well-written tale follows an adventurous man who celebrates the exploration of the unknown and a remarkable deterministic spirit. Take it from me, a traveler who meandered for a year through the dusty towns of Central America - pick up this book. Whimsical, fresh, insightful and funny… That being said, my favorite aspect of this book is the way it made me feel; I want to embark on another adventure. Thank you, Carlos!”—Steve N. Amazon reader
“One morning, as had become my routine, I stepped out onto the balcony and stared down to the street to check on the Indian. To my utter shock and horror, she was gone. Stolen. My heart was pounding from panic, anger, and sadness. I couldn’t help but think that it had to be a group of thieves that had stolen it because it would take many men to be able to lift a bike of that size onto a truck. It would have been nearly impossible for them to start the bike since I had rigged it with three hidden electrical bridges that needed to be switched on before the starter would even work. It was my own anti-theft system, made specifically to prevent things like this from happening.”—Tracks and Horizons Chapter 13, “Touring Europe”
Great read for the meaning of true adventure. As an Indian rider for the past 25 years, I am drawn to stories of people who actually ride the vintage machines.
Carlos brings some of the challenges of riding old iron and the common sense necessary to meet these challenges to the readers in an entertaining manner. In reading his adventure, it brought back many memories of my own trips, and I suspect it will have the same effect on others as well.
Buy the book-the only disappointment is waiting for the movie !!
“Open your heart and enjoy the trip! As a shoe-string traveler in my youth and an aspiring writer in middle age, I met a kindred spirit in the young Carlos Caggiani. This book struck a powerful chord within me as I enjoyed the rare privilege of viewing the world of 1966 through such an insightful perspective. I was particularly struck by his perspective of the United States in the not-so-distant past and the changes that have occurred and are still going on. I don’t read Spanish but can only assume that the translation in to English was well done as the book certainly captivated me.”—David C. Reid Amazon reader
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“Christmas came just like any other day. I was sad that I would be travelling alone from this point on. Manuel and I never argued about anything. With everything we’ve been through, I would miss him terribly.”—Tracks and Horizons Chapter 12, “To Europe”