“I probably did too much thinking in India. I blame it on the roads, for they were superb…”
Robert Edison Fulton Jr. lived one hell of a life. A professional photographer, an inventor with other 70 patents – including a flight simulator and “airphibian” car that was flown by Charles Lindbergh – and an accomplished adventurer, Fulton Jr.’s most incredible journey is documented in his book One Man Caravan. The journey was conceived out of an incredible coincidence. When Fulton averred to a friend that his post-college plan was to travel the world on a motorcycle, he had no idea that he was sitting across from Kenton Redgrave, owner of Douglas Motorcycles. Redgrave offered him a free machine to ferry him on his odyssey, and Fulton Jr. packed his bags and hit the road. The 18-month adventure on a customized Douglas motorcycle boasting just six horsepower, took a young Fulton Jr. deep into terra incognita. His wild tales of the trail include being shot at in the Khyber Pass by tribesmen, racing away from Iraqi bandits, spending a night in Turkish jail, and being the guest of Indian rajahs. The terrain of post-WWI, pre-WWII Europe is an entirely different world, and this motorcycle books is as transportive and otherworldly as it is page-turning.