Two Wheels Through Terror: Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey

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Overview

Glen Heggstad is an adventure motorcyclist who seeks out and rides the most rugged places on the planet. He has been a Hell's Angel and a martial arts competitor, but no amount of training or experience was able to prepare him for what he became while riding to the southern tip of South America: a prisoner. This book is the shocking travelogue of Heggstad's journey through Central and South America, including his capture by Colombia's rebel ELN army, and the eventual realization of a dream. Follow along on his ...

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Overview

Glen Heggstad is an adventure motorcyclist who seeks out and rides the most rugged places on the planet. He has been a Hell's Angel and a martial arts competitor, but no amount of training or experience was able to prepare him for what he became while riding to the southern tip of South America: a prisoner. This book is the shocking travelogue of Heggstad's journey through Central and South America, including his capture by Colombia's rebel ELN army, and the eventual realization of a dream. Follow along on his exciting, round-trip to the tip of the world, made all the more amazing by its intermission at the hands of terrorists. Heggstad was ripped from his motorcycle, robbed of everything, and forced to march through strange jungles with assault rifles in his back. He was fed only small amounts of rice and water and forced to carry heavy equipment, heavy packs, and heavy doubts about his future. Even with all the hand-to-hand and sophisticated combat training Heggstad possessed, it was his shrewd thinking, precise planning, and a "do-or-die" last act of desperation that eventually secured his freedom.

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Editorial Reviews

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“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

“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

“If anyone knows determination, perseverance, agony, and terror, it is Glen Heggstad.”  —Jimmy Lewis, editor, Cycle World Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884313493
  • Publisher: Whitehorse Gear
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.31 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Glen Heggstad was the youngest Hells 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. He is an international martial arts champion and the author of "One More Day Everywhere."
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It’s total chaos this morning in Guaymas. Streets not flooded or buried in mud are clouded by a swirling powdery dust suspended in the air above the roadway, making it difficult to see or breathe. Every thick mustached, potbellied public official has different information about road conditions heading south. The bridge is fixed. The bridge is only fixed enough for light vehicles. And the bridge won’t be fixed for weeks and we’re all stranded. Most people I ask say it’s impossible to pass. Eemposeeblay! That’s code for me; whenever someone tells me I cannot do something, what they really mean is, they cannot, but I can.

Saddled up and cinched down, I’m ready to roll and leave the rumors behind. Just when my frustration is peaking from dealing with uncooperative Federales, I met an innovative Mexican in a small pickup truck who knew a way around the checkpoint. Vamos a ver. (Let’s go see.)

Sure enough, after winding our way through the crumbling back streets of Guaymas, we arrived near another connection to the main highway south where there was a mile–long string of traffic about to be permitted through by a different team of Federales. Concerned over further delay, I white–line it to the front of the line and find my way back to Highway 15. The road beyond is empty, with hundreds of cars and trucks now following me far behind. It doesn’t take long to see the damage. It isn’t just a few washed out bridges but rather about thirty partially crumpled concrete overpasses. Work crews have been busy all night reconstructing traffic lanes around flooded gullies while others are filled with gravel. I never would have been able to cross any of these washouts on my bike. The mud is much too deep.

The original double–lane highway was built on top of elevated dirt levees designed to control seasonal rains, but clearly not capable of withstanding hurricanes. The fragile road is now being undermined by rapidly flowing water and ready to collapse at any moment. Buses too heavy for the cantilevered asphalt plunge headfirst into the muddy swamp where they lie like fresh carcasses, ready to be picked clean by bandits of the night. It’s chaos for a hundred miles yet Mexican repair crews juggle and divert cars from both directions to keep traffic moving.

Hopefully, the road stays passable long enough to get me to Los Mochis, my anticipated overnight. CNN weather forecasts promise that new storm; Hurricane Lorena will still be swirling in this weekend. Wherever I wind up tonight could be home for a few days.

Word must have passed that the roads are shot because once ahead of the pack, there is no traffic in either direction. Today the fresh green Mexican countryside belongs to me. I almost forgot how beautiful it is down here and how nice the people are. A simple smile or a Buenos dias, and everyone is my friend. They want to know where I’m coming from and where I’m going. They can’t comprehend that I’m riding to South America on this little green motorcycle so I just respond, “Southern Mexico, maybe Guatemala,” and that alone is enough to shock them.

I arrived in Los Mochis by mid–afternoon, enjoyed a spicy Mexican dinner, and found a new twenty–dollar–a–night hotel with hot water, air conditioning, and color TV. There was just enough time to shower and search for a Café Internet, to send my readers a hearty Buenas noches from Mexico. Life is good.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction 1
The Viking Strikes Out 5
Mexico 7
Guatemala 23
El Salvador 29
Honduras 38
Nicaragua 41
Costa Rica 45
Panama 51
Colombia 53
Detour at Gunpoint 59
Colombia 61
Perseverance 133
Colombia 135
Ecuador 137
Peru 152
Bolivia 170
Chile 189
Argentina 201
Brazil 224
The Long Road Home 261
Panama 263
Guatemala 265
Mexico 267
United States 270
Acknowledgements 275
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  • Posted May 31, 2012

    this book really surprised me by how you never know what is goin

    this book really surprised me by how you never know what is going to happen next. There are so many different places that he travels in the book and its interesting to see where he goes and what happens. In the book there are times when you might not think that he is going to make it out alive but in the end he somehow prevails and continues his journey. i would definetly recomend this book to anyone who likes an unpredictible adventurous book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2007

    ABSOLUTELY AMAZING !

    This is a fabulous must-read !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Must read

    This is a must read for any adventure rider

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Must-Read This Book

    Glen captures the essence of travel, of human nature, and personal struggle. I would ride with him anywhere, and read anything he writes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2005

    What a great book!

    This is the kind of book that draws you in and makes you want to read it. Its always great to read what Glenn writes, amazing stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    A 'must' for evey motorcyclist

    Whatch out! Book is highly adictive and Motorcyclists with a hidden longing for long-distance-adventure-travels might not feel better at home after the reading of this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Addictive!

    If you want to sit on someones shoulders while he is living a dream and do not want to put the book down, then this is for you! Glen's writing style is unique! HIGHLY recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2004

    Best new writer in a long time

    An incredible story, this guy is an American hero and defines the word perseverance. I don't ride motorcycles and still loved the book. I couldn't stop reading. Can't wait until his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    Amazing

    I started reading this book around 12 in the afternoon next thing I knew I finished it. I read the book from beginning to end. This is not a book you can just put down . This guys story is amazing. You must read this book. Amazing

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