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One Man Caravan
     

One Man Caravan

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by Robert Edison Fulton
 

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Inventor, sculptor, architect, writer, filmmaker, poet, humanist, and world-traveling motorcyclist: they don't make men like Robert Fulton, Jr. anymore. Fulton's legendary journey began in 1932 when he set out on his Douglas twin motorcycle for a eighteen-month odyssey that included Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Sumatra, Malaysia, Siam, Indonesia, China and

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Inventor, sculptor, architect, writer, filmmaker, poet, humanist, and world-traveling motorcyclist: they don't make men like Robert Fulton, Jr. anymore. Fulton's legendary journey began in 1932 when he set out on his Douglas twin motorcycle for a eighteen-month odyssey that included Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, India, Sumatra, Malaysia, Siam, Indonesia, China and Japan--challenging destinations that, even today, would give pause to the most world-weary traveler. Back then, only a special brand of hero would even consider such a journey--but of course, that's exactly what Fulton was. His customized bike had an extra large fuel tank, a secret hiding place for his .32 revolver, and enough room in his luggage for a motion-picture camera and 40,000 feet of film. His entertaining, detailed story tells of falling from a bridge in Turkey, being held up by hundreds of robbers in Waziristan, having his camera confiscated in Afghanistan, being offered a tiger cub (the animal, not the motorcycle) for $2 in Malaysia, put in jail as a smuggler in Indonesia, and being escorted across Japan by 33 motorcycles. Follow the courageous voyage of a modern Renaissance man who, with an enormous appetite for life, did not stop at dreams. You'll discover a fascinating part of our world that's been lost forever, and see it through the eyes of one of this century's greatest spirits.

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Motorcyclist
A fascinating historical chronicle that can be enjoyed by motorcyclists and non-motorcyclists alike.

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ISBN-13:
9780760352670
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
10/01/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
463,053
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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One Man Caravan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Next to Into Thin Air, this is the greatest adventure-travel book I know. As a young Harvard graduate in 1932, on a dare, Robert Fulton became the first man to ride a motorcycle (a Douglas, which he still owns) around the world. He rode through civil wars & exotic lands, overcoming injuries, breakdowns, bad roads, bad officials--you name it. He is a great writer who considers motorcyclists the closest thing to cowboys in a mechanized era. He's filled with humor, respect for humanity, and a sense of grand adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite motorcycle adventure stories. Written by a very humble individual. The motorcycle is the perfect vehicle for this look at people, cultures and geography. There is a B/W DVD companion to this book (filmed by the author) titled "Twice Upon A Caravan" (Whitehorse Press). Another DVD recommendation, by an East Indian rider, is "Riding Solo to the Top of the World".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago