Glen Heggstad

Glen Heggstad was first renowned as the youngest Hells Angel ever voted-in, but he has since left the Angels to become an international martial arts champion. In twenty-five years of active training, he has earned black belt teaching credentials in Chinese kung fu, Shotokan karate, Japanese judo, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Heggstad has spent the last two decades traveling the world solo, from hitchhiking through Ireland to motorcycling the Third World.

Made famous after being captured by Colombian terrorists, he has been featured on CBS News 48 Hours, Larry King Live, MSNBC, a National Geographic Channel docudrama, and NPR. While out on the road, he stays in touch with devoted fans by posting travelogues on his popular Web site, When home in the US, he actively trains and operates Street Grappling, a successful Brazilian judo-jiu-jitsu school in Palm Springs, California. Heggstad is the author of One More Day Everywhere, and Two Wheels Through Terror: Diary of a South American Motorcycle Odyssey (Whitehorse Press). The latter, his latest tells the true story of his motorcycle journey to the southern tip of the world, the edge of sanity, and the brink of death.

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One More Day Everywhere: Crossing 50 Borders on the Road to Global Understanding

by Glen Heggstad

In 2001, martial arts–trained biker Glen Heggstad began a journey from California to the tip of South America on his motorcycle and made it as far as Colombia, where he was kidnapped by local rebels and held captive. Undeterred by more than a month of traumatic incarceration, the “Striking Viking” finished his trip after being released. Three years later he set out into the world on his bike again, this time searching for truth on his own terms in a world that had become strangled by a climate of fear. Starting his trip in Japan, he traveled through Siberia, Mongolia, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Africa, stopping in more than 30 countries to deliver his message of the real United States, as he knew it. Unique stories and gritty adventure fill this quest for new sights and insights amongst extreme temperatures, knee-deep mud, bureaucratic roadblocks, health problems, and loneliness.


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