The Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey

Overview

For his eighth birthday, Emilio Scotto received a World Atlas. Promptly he announced his plan to make a route that would pass through all the countries of the world, a route he named BLUE ROAD ONE. When, some years later, he found himself astride a black 1100 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, Blue Road One beckoned, and Scotto set off on a journey that would last more than a decade, take him virtually everywhere in the world, and land him in the Guinness Book of World Records. This is his story, a thrill ride that ...

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Overview

For his eighth birthday, Emilio Scotto received a World Atlas. Promptly he announced his plan to make a route that would pass through all the countries of the world, a route he named BLUE ROAD ONE. When, some years later, he found himself astride a black 1100 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, Blue Road One beckoned, and Scotto set off on a journey that would last more than a decade, take him virtually everywhere in the world, and land him in the Guinness Book of World Records. This is his story, a thrill ride that begins in his native Argentina, crosses Panama in the tumultuous time of Noriega, Mexico in the midst of an earthquake, and finds him broke in L.A. where, in a chance meeting, Muhammad Ali gives him fifty dollars and a signed book. Breaching the Iron Curtain, crossing the Berlin Wall at Checkpoint Charlie, being blessed by the Pope, set upon by cannibals in Sierra Leone, fleeing Somalia on a freighter, Scotto's adventures would be unbelievable if they weren't true. His tale of touring the world from Tunisia to Turkey, Petra to Afghanistan, Yugoslavia to Singapore, traveling miles enough to take him to the moon and back, is unlike any ever told. Come along, for the ride of a lifetime.

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Editorial Reviews

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Sun Media’s Newspapers, Dec. 9, 2007

“The following list is in no special order of preference, except for one book in particular that topped the list hands down: The Longest Ride.”

Cycle World, May 2007

F650.com,

“If you are only going to read one book this year, it should be this one … I have just read the first few chapters, but I'm totally hooked. Scotto is a great story-teller ...

I definitely recommend it.”

“Motorcycle travel writer Emilio Scotto’s book The Longest Ride chronicles his amazing 10-year, 500,000-mile journey around the world on the 1980 Honda Gold Wing he dubbed ‘The Black Princess.’ In his native South America and almost everywhere else, Scotto took lots of compelling photos and tells even more compelling stories about the 279 countries and territories he visited.”

Emilio, today I will say a prayer for you and your Black Princess. You both have my blessing.

Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, 1987

Friction Zone, July 2007

“Scotto is a natural born story-teller who is able to effectively relate much of the excitement of his trip into the Longest Ride.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760346501
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 12/8/2013
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 615,149
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Emilio Scotto began his professional life as a pharmaceutical salesman. But a long-simmering dream to travel the world eventually got the best of him. In 1985 he set out on a motorcycle journey around the world that would last a record-setting 10 years. Emilio lives with his wife Monica in Los Angeles, California.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: Guinea, West Africa, Bijagos Archipelago

Chapter 1: In the Beginning

Chapter 2: The Journey around the World Begins

Chapter 3: Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

Chapter 4: The Wrath of God

Chapter 5: Steel, Aluminum, and Bolts

Chapter 6: The Amazon

Chapter 7: Manaus

Chapter 8: El Dorado

Chapter 9: Soul of the Lowlands

Chapter 10: Central AmericaSmallLand, Big Hell

Chapter 11: War along the Pan-American Highway

Chapter 12: Gateway to the Past

Chapter 13: The Land of the Big Hats

Chapter 14: Into My First First World

Chapter 15: On the UFOs Highway

Chapter 16: Flying over the Atlantic

Chapter 17: Third Continent—Europe

Chapter 18: Sahara

Chapter 19: Black Africa

Chapter 20: Dakar

Chapter 21: The Swamp Where the World Ends

Chapter 22: Into the Covas

Chapter 23: Trucking

Chapter 24: Something to Forget

Chapter 25: Liberia—The Lower Level of Hell

Chapter 26: Congo

Chapter 27: Down in the Dark

Chapter 28: The CameroonTrain

Chapter 29: Equatorial Guinea—And Macias Was God

Chapter 30: Down with Malaria

Chapter 31: Mongomo

Chapter 32: The South of Africa

Chapter 33: The East Coast of Black Africa

Chapter 34: Mombasa

Chapter 35: Somalia

Chapter 36: War! Ground Zero

Chapter 37: The Gobwein

Chapter 38: Khartoum

Chapter 39: Goodbye Africa

Chapter 40: Reunionwith the Angel

Chapter 41: Marrying an Angel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Around The World On A Wing & A Prayer

    Emilio Scotto is an adventurer extraordinaire. His ride around the world on a Honda Gold Wing over 10 years and 500,000 miles set a Guinness World Record. You name it, it's happened to him - shot at, robbed, thrown in prison, and struck by no fewer than three major illnesses. All of it is captured in honest prose, amazing colour photographs, and enough inspiration to send you packing for your own RTW ride. Here's a guy who's got one hell of a repertoire of road stories!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    This is the best book on motorcycle adventure travel

    This is the best book on motorcycle adventure travel I have read so far. It's about this crazy Argentinian who sets out to ride around the world on an 1100 GoldWing (!), with hardly any riding skills, and even less mechanical skills. He starts out carrying "everything" (up to and including full scuba gear!), but gets robbed of it all after a few days. The rest of us would have gone back home, but Scotto continues his journey with $53 or so in his pocket, no gear, but an impressive ability to charm his way to free meals, beds (with and without company) and gas money.

    Scotto is a great story-teller, and I easily forgive him the spices I am sure he must have sprinkled over his stories. Some of you may remember a "teaser" in the 2005 edition of Cycle World Adventures magazine, where he more or less carried the GoldWing through the jungle in Guinea, West Africa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Hard to believe

    If I were at a party and Scoto showed up I would dive for cover. Either Scoto has the most God awful luck or the most vivid imagination to ever find refuge in the human mind. This guy, if to be believed, attracts trouble, then good luck, then females like a magnet. His average day appears to be a combination of insurrections, mechanical breakdowns, illness and a variety of attacks ... all before noon! As my Grandfather said ' If you can't improve on a story don't tell it' and 'If that isn't the truth, it should be'. Both fit this 'tale'. Scoto leaps forward about 2/3rds of the way through as though anxious to finish ... a feeling I shared.

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    Posted November 3, 2008

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