I'm on Ted Simon's email list and it appears that he will be coming to the meet in Wisconsin. Ted was the author of Jupiter's Travels back in the 70's, probably the first account of a motorcycle adventure. He took 3 years as I recall, to circle the globe on a Triumph Tiger Twin. He later did it again about 8 years ago on a airhead GS. Classic Bike was doing montly reports from him. We first met on the Brit Iron list when I lived in China. I asked if he would speak at a Chowderhead meeting in NYC. He accepted and even stayed at my house for a few days. He was at the Rhinebeck meet and we got to meet up again.
One of the best stories he told was about a group of people he met while stranded in the African desert. These folks didn't have two sticks to rub together, but they put him up for a few days. When he was ready to leave, they had taken up a collection for him. He was overwhelmed of course, but did not want to refuse this kind jesture. He also remarked that repairs were really not that difficult on the road. If the road was really bumpy with big pot holes, etc. There was always a guy beside the road with a arc welder. Ted must be in his late 70's by now, but is planning another trip with a GS 650. You won't want to miss meeting him.