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One More Day Everywhere: Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding Paperback – 19 Nov 2009
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"If anyone knows determination, perseverance, agony and terror it is Glen Heggstad. And that motorcycles are fun! Straight to the point with moods and emotions that come right off the page, I'm surprised I haven't seen a movie on this book already." --Jimmy Lewis, editor, "Cycle World Magazine"
"Heggstad's factual account is entirely possible . . . it is certainly a nice way to spend an evening." "--Motorcycle Consumer News"
"When you read his book, start it on a Friday evening, because you'll spend all weekend traveling with him. You won't be able to put it down" "--Cycle World Adventures"
"A spectacular and gripping read. In it, Heggstad manages to illustrate the joys and hardships and benefits and drawbacks of two-wheeled global travel to some of the most difficult places on the planet." --Friction Zone
"This is a story of extreme travel at its finest. Everyone, especially riders, will appreciate the extremes this man went to in pursuit of his ultimate journey." --"Road Runner"
About the Author
Glen Heggstad is the author of "Two Wheels Through Terror." He was the youngest Hell's Angel ever voted in and his story of harrowing capture by Colombian rebels has been featured on "48 Hours," "Larry King Live," MSNBC, a National Geographic Channel docudrama, and NPR.
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Positives-Glen offers some unique and interesting perspectives as he travels the world. He sometimes acts like a frat-boy that didn't grow up, but I think a lot of that is just playful writing to help the book sell (I don't blame him). I particularly enjoyed the political and cultural commentary regarding the middle and far east, Japan & Germany, and his final days in Africa. Very insightful. As expected, not everyone hates Americans, and not everyone is like Fox or CNN describes. But, some places in the world actually do suck, and you probably shouldn't visit them. I think Glen hits these points right on the head.
Negatives- A number of people I've talked to all tend to agree that some of this can come across as ego-centric or "me, me, me me....". This guy also kind of abandons everyone in his life that matters to go to his own thing. He also uses makes some really poor decisions regarding his health along the way. None of this offended me, but I know some who really just couldn't get on board with his mind set, and it made the book very hard to read.
In summary, I've read a lot of these motorcycle adventure books, and many are the same- (I yearned for adventure, I left home, I learned about the world, but I came back because.... blah." While many of those elements are present in his book, I'd say his take is a lot different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Heggstad himself must be semi-insane. Like every world cyclist, he insists on going through Siberia. China is essentially closed to wanderers and he explains how before you would be allowed to ride a bike around China, the government would want to know where you're going, whom you're seeing, what you're writing about them, and more importantly, you're not allowed private, foreign vehicles there for fear you'll sell them. Therefore China gets excluded from everyone's "adventure" itinerary. But Heggstad also failed to spend much time driving around Europe. He zipped into Munich, popped over to Czech and Hungary, and then almost straight to Istanbul. You can read between the lines when he gets to Thailand, the tone of the book changes and he gets giddy. Apparently the sex can't be beat as he's getting blown and happy endings every time he steps off his bike, perhaps even while on the bike! He definitely did not want to leave Thailand, and can't wait to get back. He even debates whether to pay a hefty fine to remain over his expired visa!
His dime store wisdom could use more historical study, but he's right that god-belief and gold/control of resources is the root of all evil. Still, his belief that "People get along, governments do not" is clearly illustrated throughout the pages. Over and over, you see that muslims are the source of violence throughout developing regions. When dealing with shy people or government bureaucrats and border patrols, his Will Rogers' "Aw shucks, how is everybody!" gets him out of the toughest jams over and over. I recommend this book to anyone, and I can't wait to buy another Heggstad title.
1. Purely as an interested reader learning about cultures and societies
2. As a fellow rider
So here goes:
for #1: He does a great job illustrating that "people are people" no matter where he goes in the world. For the most part, they show him kindness, support and enthusiasm. He is innundated with invitations for tea, lodging, meals etc. While he does have some negative experiences with theft and less than welcoming governments, overall the folks he meets wish him success and safe travels. It's a testament to the human spirit.
for #2: I also recently downloaded "Ghost Rider:..." by Neil Peart. Neil's journey was a little different and filled with a little more cynicism (sp). Neil took to the road to 'find himself' after the tragic deaths of his daughter and wife within a year of each other. Given that Neil is an incredible lyricist, as 30+ years of RUSH has shown, his descriptive narrative is phenomenal. I wish that this book had more descriptive narrative of the places visited. Peart decribes the Artic circle, Alaskan wilds, and the warmth of Coastal Mexico and Belize with such incredible imagery that (as a rider) you yearn to hop on your bike and ride there to see it yourself.
having said that, this book is a great choice for a relaxing day on the beach, by the pool, on your hotel balcony, or while flying/in airports. Highly recommended!