Old Men Can't Wait

Old Men Can't Wait

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. 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.

'Enlightening, involving, inspiring' Overland Magazine

'Flash wheels and support vehicles are for wimps, as 73-year-old Simon Gandolfi proves as he rides a Honda 125' Guardian

'An epic, amazing, and frankly mind-boggling journey -and trust me, that description barely covers it' LondonBiker.com

'Gandolfi has a pleasingly robust attitude to guide books and pays little head to warnings to keep to the safe tourist trail' Sunday Telegraph

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Published: 
05 Jul 2013
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9781909807242
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Old Men Can't Wait

Old Men Can't Wait

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. 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.

'Enlightening, involving, inspiring' Overland Magazine

'Flash wheels and support vehicles are for wimps, as 73-year-old Simon Gandolfi proves as he rides a Honda 125' Guardian

'An epic, amazing, and frankly mind-boggling journey -and trust me, that description barely covers it' LondonBiker.com

'Gandolfi has a pleasingly robust attitude to guide books and pays little head to warnings to keep to the safe tourist trail' Sunday Telegraph

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9.99
Paperback
Published: 
15 Jul 2015
ISBN: 
9781910050613
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About the author

  • Simon Gandolfi

    Simon Gandolfi

    I was born in London in 1933. I have one brother, older by two years. Our father's death in 1938 and being sent for safe keeping to South Africa during World War 2 were major impacts on our childhood.  If I have writing genes, I inherited them from my maternal grandfather, F S  Oliver (Alexander Hamilton, The Endless Adventure, The Anvils of War) while antipathy to intrusive Government is a Recusant tradition.

    Dyslexia blighted my school days and I left early to work on a ranch in what is now Zimbabwe. I returned to England aged 18 for military service and served as a subaltern in the 16th/5th Lancers.  Racing across open country in a Centurion tank is fun! So were my mid to late twenties back in Africa which included a moderately insane trip to the then Belgium Congo crocodile hunting, and a year running a trading schooner on the East African coast before joining Desert Locust Control for which I worked in Kenya's Northen Frontier Province, Somalia and the Ogaden Province of Ethiopia - imagine a vast game reserve. Being shot at occasionally went with the territory.

    Early friendships with the co-directors of the cult movie, Performance, Nick Roeg and Donald Cammel, introduced me to the wider world of the arts and actor Antony Quail encouraged me to write my first novel, Even With The Shutters Closed. Locust Control and the Ogaden were the background. Well reviewed, it earned me £80! Undeterred, I have been privileged in making writing and travel my primary occupations in an already undeservedly long life, and have been fortunate to live in and experience a varierty of cultures: Spain/Ibiza, Greece, France, Afghanistan and the Indian subcontinet, the Dominican Republic and, finally, Cuba for four years before returning to our cottage here in my beloved Herefordshire. 

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