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Awesome Rider with a Strong Mind

I was watching some of the Banged Up Abroad/Locked Up Abroad episodes from National Geographic and ran across an amazing story/interview of a man (Glen Heggstad) who was riding from the USA to the Southern tip of the South America when he was kidnapped by Colmbian rebels.

You aren't going to believe what he does once he gets free... obviously someone who loves biking, but his reasoning is something bigger than riding.

One of the strongest and most creative minds I've seen/learned of in a long time.

If you have an extra 45 minutes, this link should take you to part 1 of the episode and automatically to part 2,3,4... If you try to watch the movie directly through the forum, it will quit after part 1, so I recommend clicking the link if you're planning on watching it.


I was absolutely amazed. Let me know what you think.

"I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death."

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Thanks, I'll check it out.
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Just watched the whole thing, amazing that he decided to keep going after that whole ordeal! great watch.
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Two things about him continuing shocked me: 1) the simple fact that he decided to continue and 2) the FBI allowed him to do it... I thought they would make him go back to the USA for sure.

You never know when that motorcycle key might come in handy...

"I refuse to tiptoe through life only to arrive safely at death."
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His book is here,
http://www.amazon.com/Two-Wheels-Through-Terror-Motorcycle/dp/1884313493/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1279387806&sr=8-3

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When I watch a movie I want to care about the characters. When I read a book I want to care about the characters. I read his book; in the end there was too much ego for me to feel much sympathy.
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His other book about crossing 50 borders sounds like a good read.
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When I watch a movie I want to care about the characters. When I read a book I want to care about the characters. I read his book; in the end there was too much ego for me to feel much sympathy.
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I haven't read the book, I formed an opinion based off of the TV show about him. Based on that, it appears as though he has a more creative brain than 99% of the population and a strong desire to continue on with his trip. Most people, myself included, would've ended up dead or back at their houses, crying to their families right after they were released. My 2 cents.

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I read the book several years ago. There are those who believe there's a significant amount of fiction in his story. There are others, especially at advrider.com, who treat him like a god. He's certainly a legend in his own mind.

Whitehorse Press is going out of business so it's time for a final sale. Signed copies of my book are now $10 with free shipping in the U.S. while they last.
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Legends: some are born and some are made. Nice video and hope he is still riding.

wouldn't want to be in that situation.
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You white people are crazy!

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Off topic, but since Fasto posted, I thought I'd drop him a line.

Fasto, we are holding off on moving overseas. I was offered a consulting job in Calgary and took it, so I'll be down there for a couple of years anyways.

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