40th Anniversary News Worth Celebrating

Horizons Unlimited

The Foundation celebrated 40 years of Jupiter's Travels last month at the Horizons Unlimited travellers' meeting in California. The event was an overwhelming success, leading to the announcement today of two new Jupiter's Travellers and two new members of the Committee of Advisors.


Nestled on a cypress-clad hillside, with stunning views of the Pacific, and accompanied by a sea-lion chorus, Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California, played host to the annual west-coast gathering of overland adventurers organised by Foundation media and event partner, Horizons Unlimited.

Executive Director Iain Harper with Advisors Nicole Espinosa, Sam Manicom & Paul H. Smith

Executive Director Iain Harper with Advisors Nicole Espinosa, Sam Manicom and Paul H. Smith

The four-day event began on October 24th and was attended by enthusiastic adventure motorcyclists from across North America and as far afield as Australia and the UK. The Foundation was represented by Ted Simon and Iain Harper, along with many Advisors, Jupiter's Travellers and Jupiter's Companions, all of whom were there to help us mark the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Jupiter's Travels in October 1973.

Ted introduced his new book, Jupiter's Travels In Camera, and gave several interviews about the past 40 years and the continuing legacy of his original journey. Watch part of his conversation with Sam Manicom in the video at the top of the page.

Carla King - Travel Writing Lecture

Carla King shares her travel writing wisdom

In his pecha kucha presentation, Iain spoke about the unique opportunity adventurers have to be storytellers and how the Foundation supports people in that endeavour. The books published by Bernard Smith, Helen Lloyd and Geoff Thomas were given a special mention, along with the journeys undertaken by Damien Fauchot, Claire Elsdon and the AdventureTrio of Terry, Sandy and Jack Borden. The audience particularly enjoyed watching the trailer for Somewhere Else Tomorrow, the superb film by Daniel Rintz.

Horizons Unlimited and all the authors and trade stands at the event donated raffle prizes to help raise funds for the Foundation. Particular thanks are due to Al Jesse of Jesse Luggage Systems, whose generosity went far beyond the call of duty, and of course to everyone who contributed to a grand total of $1590 being raised. The funds were split 50/50 between the Foundation and one lucky prize draw winner.

Ted Simon with Advisors Jeremy Kroeker and Sam Manicom, plus new Jupiter's Traveller Danell Lynn

Ted Simon with Advisors Jeremy Kroeker & Sam Manicom and new Jupiter's Traveller Danell Lynn

The presentations continued with fascinating and entertaining offerings from Foundation Advisors Carla King, Sam Manicom, Nicole Espinosa, Paul H. Smith and Grant Johnson, as well as Jeremy Kroeker and Ben Slavin, both of whom have very kindly volunteered to lend their experience and expertise to the Foundation as the newest members of the Committee of Advisors.

Further news emerged on October 27th that couldn't have been a better or more appropriate way to draw the memorable event to an equally memorable close.

Jack Borden and Jeffrey Polnaja

Jupiter's Travellers Jack Borden and Jeffrey Polnaja

Following discussions over the course of the weekend, the Foundation is delighted to welcome Danell Lynn from Arizona, USA, and Jeffrey Polnaja from Indonesia as the latest storytellers to become Jupiter's Travellers. Danell has already published her first book, Philanthropic Wanderlust, and is currently planning a new journey around the backroads of America in 2014, while Jeffrey has just entered the 79th country on his Ride for Peace journey around the world.

Our grateful thanks to Horizons Unlimited, all those involved in organising the Cambria event, and everyone who showed their support and encouragement for the work of the Foundation. It certainly was an anniversary worth celebrating.

HU Cambria

Jupiter's Travels In Camera - Special Limited Editions

Jupiter's Travels In CameraAs a unique way to mark the 40th anniversary and to help raise funds in support of the Foundation, Ted has very kindly offered to create a small quantity of special limited editions of Jupiter's Travels In Camera - the new photo-hardback published to coincide with the 40th anniversary. They'll contain a personal dedication handwritten by Ted (and a signature of course) and we intend to offer them as a package that will include a signed poster-size print of one of the photos from the book and lifetime membership of the Foundation as a Jupiter's Companion. Details of the package will be finalised and announced in the next few weeks, but we expect the price to be $400 (around £255 or €300).

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