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Longest Ride: My Ten-Year 500,000 Mile Motorcycle Journey [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Emilio Scotto
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15. März 2007
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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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 224 Seiten
  • Verlag: Motorbooks (15. März 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9780760326329
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326329
  • ASIN: 0760326320
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,2 x 22,8 x 28,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 472.623 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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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,

“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.”


On a 1100 Honda Gold Wing, Scotto travelled from his native Argentina across the world: earthquakes in Mexico, attacked by Sierra Leon cannibals, blessed by the Pope, given money by Muhammed Ali, fleeing Somalia on a freighter, crossing Checkpoint Charlie...This is a true-life adventure story unlike any you have ever read before: the ride of a lifetime!

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Ungalublich !! 2. Februar 2009
Von B. Hopf
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
'Long way round' (McGregor/Boorman)ist toll, unterhaltsam und inspiriert, aber 'The longest ride' ist einfach unglaublich ! Was Emilio Scotto auf seiner ueber 10 Jahre langen Reise erlebt, wie er nie aufgibt und immer glaubt und davon ueberzeugt ist (und andere davon ueberzeugt), dass seine Reise weitergeht, ist unwahrscheinlich feselnd und beeindruckend.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Unfassbar!! 1. Januar 2008
Von L. Rene
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Dieses Buch, oder besser gesagt die Reise von Scotto ist einfach unfassbar!! Der Argentinier entdeckt in 10 Jahren am Stück die ganze Welt und seine Erzählungen sind derart erfrischend und gleichwohl spannend, dass es fast unmöglich ist, das Buch unfertig gelesen zur Seite zu legen. Es sind aber nicht die Texte und schon garnicht die qualitativ eher schlechten Bilder die einem packen; Es ist der pure Wahnsinn dieses Trips, die schiere Unmöglichkeit und das blinde Vertrauen Scottos darauf, dass es schon irgendwie weitergehen wird. Eine 10-jährige Reise, nein, ein Lebensabschitt, beginnend in Argentinien 1985 mit gerademal 300 US$ in der Tasche! So etwas macht man einfach nicht und doch hat es Scotto geschafft, ganz rund rum, durch Länder von denen ihm Jede und Jeder abgeraten hat auch nur einen Fuss hinein zu setzten. Sehr eindrücklich; Die Beschreibung seiner Erlebnisse beim Ausbruch des blutigen Krieges in Somalia. KAUFEN!!
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39 von 44 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
3.0 von 5 Sternen Mixed results 15. Mai 2007
Von SilverRider - Veröffentlicht auf
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The first half of the book really shines. It is an excellent narrative of what might be one of the worst prepared for trips around the world in the history of exploration! Emilio's personality is such that strangers offer help when most of us would be out of luck. He is either the luckiest person alive or has an overworked guardian angel. His description of crossing the railroad bridge ahead of all out war in El Salvador is just one example.

The second half of the book reads like his editor reminded him of a deadline that was rapidly approaching. It is very terse and reads like a chamber of commerce brochure. The "you are there" feeling is gone - replaced by "I went here, then did that, and then there..." This cost my review 1 star.

A big disappointment was the author's choice to include a rather graphic depiction of his first carnal experience with his then girlfriend in the introduction. It is something more appropriate to a back rack porno magazine. I have an extensive collection of motorcycle and adventure literature that my young nephews love to read - this one is definitely not "age appropriate." What a shame too, because it added nothing to the experience of his story - this cost the review a second star.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The best ride report ever? 22. März 2007
Von Thor Hammer - Veröffentlicht auf
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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Started Great and Then Fizzled 17. April 2008
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This book started off really well with lots of interesting narrative and great pictures. Although it was obviously written in spanish and translated to English, the strange wordings add to the fun of the book.

But as time goes on, he writes less and less and relies on pictures to tell the story - whole countries pass with barely more than "then I went to...". By the time he gets married, there is almost no narrative at all, so it seems that he lost interest in the book and had a publisher's deadline to meet.

The first half of the book is 5 star, the last half 1-2 star, so I give it a 3 star rating overall.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Starts well, finishes badly, don't waste your time 13. November 2011
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Like other reviewers I was engaged in the story telling for the first half of the book.

You can but only admire the sheer tenacity and will the guy obviously posesses to achieve what he has over this time period in terms of the distance travelled.
The writing varies from poor to passable for a guy who is obviously not a writer.

The second half of the book as quite a few reviews have stated is a disjointed, poorly written account
of his last 5 years comprising mainly photographs and narrative he seems to have googled to fit the photo.
Nothing to reflect on about life or in fact anything much to do with his travels through China, Australia,
New Zealand just to name a few of the many countries he seems to have gone through and glossed over.

Some reviewers suggest perhaps a loss of interest or an editors deadline. Given the book was published over ten years after his adventure ended
I don't really see why he would have rushed to get the book out at the expense of leaving it the completely unsatisfying work it became.

It appears his adventures pretty much came to an abrupt end the moment the love of his life joined him on the trip.
Not one exciting story to tell about her or the both of them in the final 5 years? The cynic in me suggests having a witness to verify accounts
may have restrained the colorfull writing evidenced in the first half of the book.

Or the other very possible option is that he did not even write a word of the second half of the book. Finished of by his publisher writing some captions to his photos?

I came away feeling a bit cheated, having invested myself in his adventure only to see he could not be bothered with completing the task of writing
the book. I wouldn't bother buying it. Maybe check it out at the library
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Longest Ride 27. Juni 2007
Von Frederick J. Brownbill - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book started out well, and then it seemed, near the end, that he ran out of time to write about the second trip. He just started putting in photographs, which, while interesting, I would have rather he continue the written story. Still, it was interesting.
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