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Old 06-24-2004, 05:21 AM   #151
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Signed almost the full five thousand books.
It must be nice to have 5000 friends you can count on
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Old 06-24-2004, 01:34 PM   #152
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I'm sure your graphic, violent descriptions are reassuring him to no end
Yeah.......I was starting to wonder if he was reassuring him, or scaring the crap out of him.

Just remember that it doesnt even come close to childbirth, so I'm sure you will be just fine.
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Old 06-24-2004, 01:39 PM   #153
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Well Glen, I ordered our copy. We both wish you the best of luck and a most excellent Adventure. I will be sure to keep tabs on your progress, and look forward to another book when you arrive back home.

Congratulations, Love and Safe Adventures to you.
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Old 06-24-2004, 01:51 PM   #154
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... HOWEVER.. when I did finally piss I almost passed out. You know how it feels if you poor tequila on an open wound? Multiple that by 1000 and make the fire/burning sensation INSIDE. :)
Holy crap man, I almost passed out just READING this!!

SV, hope your better soon and have a safe trip. Enjoy the journey , I"m looking forward to reading about your journey when you return.
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Old 06-24-2004, 07:55 PM   #155
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I already had the crap scared out of me in Colombia thank you, but kidney stones are a close second. I go back in Saturday to get the other four stones that are too big to pass. My doctor is a former military pilot and adventurer also. He understands the madness involved and has been pulling strings and jumping through hoops to get me well. I have never seen a doctor with so much concern for a patient.

I will be delayed another week but they will be able to remove the stints on both sides before departure.
Thanks again to you all.
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Old 06-25-2004, 07:25 AM   #156
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Sounds to me lie you are going to need another going away party!





Get well Glen!
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Old 06-28-2004, 10:52 PM   #157
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The Striking Viking is alive and well after the second round of surgery with only a slight complication that required an overnight stay at the hospital. All existing rocks got electronically pulverized and a second stint was inserted to allow the kidney to drain. This is a most miserable experience but the doctor seems to think the stints can be pulled earlier than normal (This Friday) and I'll be able to keep my twice re-booked flight to Tokyo on Monday.

I can't help but think how lucky I am to have got this handled here instead of Mongolia or Africa. I generally travel alone and I couldn't imagine enduring something like this in BFE.

I stopped the bike from being airfreighted at the last second because I was not sure of my medical situaton but since all appears well, have given them the thumbs up to ship. JAF (Japan Auto Club) has been writing to me regarding clearing my paperwork in advance so I might get lucky and go from the terminal directly to pick up my bike and head off into the sunset.

The stock windshield on the 05' Dakar, although touted to be far superior to earlier models, was not effective at all. Since there are only a few of these bikes out at the moment so no one has come up with an aftermarket screen yet. Enter the folks at Cee Baily--they asked me to send in the stock one and four days later Fed Xed their version of taller and wider for me to hand carry on the plane. Photo in the morning.
Thanks to you all again for the emails. locovikingman@yahoo.com

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Old 06-29-2004, 10:18 AM   #158
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hey you big dummy you scare people when they click on the thread and the most recent post is about surgery. I thought maybe you crashed. kidney stones? we can live with that. hey yo, since you've got time, I was thinking, can I go with you on this trip? I can ride on the back, and take pictures, even rub your shoulders when you get tired. let me know.
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:36 AM   #159
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hey you big dummy you scare people when they click on the thread and the most recent post is about surgery. I thought maybe you crashed. kidney stones? we can live with that. hey yo, since you've got time, I was thinking, can I go with you on this trip? I can ride on the back, and take pictures, even rub your shoulders when you get tired. let me know.
Now that is a nice mental image.
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:47 AM   #160
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Ouuuucccchhhhhh!

Glad to here that you're feeling better.
I feel you pain man...
When I had my first stone I saw God.
That's the reference point that I used with doctors now as the "ten" on the "one to ten scale" as the worst pain I've ever experienced.
Two female friends who have both had children and kidney stones say that they would rather have a kid again rather that experiencing the stones.

Find out what your stones are from, avoid it in you diet, and hydrate the piss out of yourself.
Your body makes stones so you'll probably go through this, albeit not as severely, again.
Cheers,
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Old 06-29-2004, 10:58 AM   #161
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Well, I did beef up my suspension with an Ohlins...and those Siberian nights might be lonely...
Please make it your motto: What happens in Siberia stays in Siberia.

Hope you heal up better than new.
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Old 06-29-2004, 11:07 AM   #162
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Well, I did beef up my suspension with an Ohlins...and those Siberian nights might be lonely...
Well, we all know that Nachtflug is the authority on GSes that suck, but does Nachtflug suck?

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Old 07-02-2004, 07:58 AM   #163
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Words worth a thousand pictures...

"TONAMI Air-Service Sekine" Add to Address Book
To: "Glen Heggstad"
Subject: Re: Re: Carne de Passage for motorcycle Glen Heggstad
Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2004 16:59:49 +0900


Attn: Mr. Glen san
1st: Cargo(Motorcycle) Arrived at Narita Airport.
and Y/day My Visit to J.A.F./TYO Office (Mr. Yamauchi) and Already Cleard of
JAF All Documents. and Our This Goods of Customs Clearance on July 05th.

Yr Arrival on July 06th P.M. But Same Day Motorcycle Pick-up Very Difficult,
Take-Off Packing Materials(Steel Pipe Packings), Also, This Packing Materials Used for
Re-Export Time(Depart on the Kishiki Ferry) ??? or Abandon at NRT. ???
Please Advice Reply.
P.S. Our NARITA OFFICE Details:
New Tokyo Int'l Airport. Cargo Agent Bldg. Room 302.
Attn: Mr. Yokota
TEL: 0476-32-8387. FAX: 0476-32-8366.

Best Regards
From: Tonami Air Service/TYO. Sekine.
----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Heggstad
To: TONAMI Air-Service Sekine
Sent: Thursday, July 01, 2004 2:39 AM
Subject: Re: Re: Carne de Passage for motorcycle Glen Heggstad


I will be arriving at 3:00pm this Tuesday and my motorcycle will arrive this Friday, (tomorrow). Do you think that my paperwork will be ready on Tuesday so I can go directly from the passenger terminal at Narita to your office and pick up my motorcycle?
Thank you,
Glen
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Old 07-05-2004, 06:53 PM   #164
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I'm planning a little salute to you Viking. Just browsed this thread start to finish. The brunette? You'll circle the globe without topping her.

But before we start ogling Olgas and whatever other strange named women you come across, I have to say, the list of countries you posted reads like a list, for me, of countries I'm too chicken to change planes in. Not that I fly much. But you're going to ride across them. When I head west in 2 weeks, I'll be crossing scary places like Ohio, Iowa, or maybe the southern route through Missouri and Oklahoma. Who cares. You're looking at Lybia, UAB, Siberia etc etc.

Hats off to Striking Viking, and all the other global riders. Some of us, (I started it) bashed Mariola pretty good awhile back, and you came to her defense, and you the man for it. Outside of Europe, which I'll probably never do, I haven't the guts to circle the globe on a bike, even if I was handed a route, an itinerary, and someone elses Visa card.

When it looks uncertain, remember, there's 275 million lazy boring ass mo fo's back in the US eating MacDonalds and watching Survivor on TV. Joe Montana, Barry Bonds, Dale Earnhardt Jr, or Tiger Woods couldn't shine your shoes.

Good luck on the trip. Send pictures. Brunettes if possible.

Your moral support pit crew.

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Old 07-05-2004, 07:42 PM   #165
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I'm planning a little salute to you Viking. Just browsed this thread start to finish. The brunette? You'll circle the globe without topping her.

(snip)
Good luck on the trip. Send pictures. Brunettes if possible.

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Nachtflug.
Wow Flug...that was a nice post.
I'm kind of stunned. Is this the turning of a new leaf for you or have you been drinking?!
Whatever the cause I'll second flug's sentiments...Good luck Glen!
Cheers,
Jorge
PS Maybe Flug can teach manners to the dope-posters in Jo Momma...I dare to dream...
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