‘Old Men Can’t Wait’ by Simon Gandolfi
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Run down by three trucks, leg in plaster, not a good first day…
So begins septuagenarian Simon Gandolfi’s ten-month ride on a pizza delivery bike, from the tip of South America to New York. This epic exploration of thirteen countries takes Gandolfi across desert and over mountains, through the Amazon forest and the length of the Appalachians. Guide books may warn of thieves, bandits, corrupt police and border officials; Gandolfi writes of the remarkable kindness and generosity he encounters. Courtesy, patience and good humour are his passports while hurry is his anathema. Whether in village or city, his joy is in leisurely conversation. Gauchos, oil workers, peasant farmers, officials, owners of vast haciendas, Venezuelan revolutionaries, students at Texas A&M – all excite his curiosity and he faithfully records their opinions while submitting his own thoughts, beliefs and fears to an often merciless inspection.
[quote]Gandolfi has a pleasingly robust attitude to guide books and pays little head to warnings to keep to the safe tourist trail.[/quote] Sunday Telegraph
[quote]An epic, amazing, and frankly mind-boggling journey -and trust me, that description barely covers it.[/quote] LondonBiker
[quote]Flash wheels and support vehicles are for wimps, as 73-year-old Simon Gandolfi proves as he rides a Honda 125.[/quote] The Guardian
[quote]A classic in every sense of the word.[/quote] Motofoto
Above all this is a jubilant chronicle of hope and understanding, of new friendships, glorious country, sublime architecture, good food, and ultimately, an old man’s determination to surmount his years. Outrageously irresponsible and undeniably liberating, Gandolfi’s travels will fire the imaginations of every traveller, young or old.