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Old 01-30-2005, 03:07 AM   #826
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Old 01-30-2005, 04:04 AM   #827
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Golden Travel Rule defined.....

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Originally Posted by strikingviking
Successful travelers learn early not to stare down at a man when it’s better to look him in the eye. Often I walk away having looked up at him. Wary crowds are handled best by selecting a child to humor. Get him to smile and move on to a better dressed elder and greet him in his language holding forth a hand. Win him and the rest are easy.
Notabene everyone....that's one for the traveller's manual.
Glad to hear you are back on the road again - stay wise and venturous on your dash for the border....whichever border it may be.
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Old 01-30-2005, 04:24 AM   #828
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Great report and pictures

Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 01-30-2005, 09:56 AM   #829
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Thanks for the reports Glenn.

I had an Indian explain the whole suicide bus driver thing to me once. He said when a guy comes in looking for a job driving a bus they give him a driving test. It is a pass or fail test. They place a cow and a baby in the road around a blind turn when the driver rounds the turn if he hits the cow he fails the test if he runs over the baby he is hired.
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Old 01-30-2005, 04:08 PM   #830
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I can't say anything here that hasn't been said several times already other than..

Thank You Glen.
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Old 01-30-2005, 04:54 PM   #831
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With a dozen Islamic countries to cover, the most effective tool in my arsenal is a copy of the Arabic Koran with English translations.
The Saba--34:18. But you've probably read that one before...so you know you're ok. Thanks!
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Old 01-30-2005, 07:06 PM   #832
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Donkey cart surfing


Karachi Customs


On a mission to meet Allah


Pakistan National Highway Patrol feeding the Viking


Photo instead of tea


Punjab village


Punjab village English students


Angry Pakistani villagers


Greeted by hostile crowds in Pakistan


Islamic militants


Mountain road to Islamabad


Punjab cotton cart


Punjab highlands


Sugar cane camels


Yes thats the front
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Old 01-31-2005, 12:45 AM   #833
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Great stuff Glen.

For what it is worth I just finished reading Peter Eagan’s Leanings column in the March 2005 issue of Cycle World. He does a real nice plug for Two Wheels Through Terror.

By Peter Egan LEANINGS March 2005 - Cycle World
A more harrowing account of riding into Latin America is provided by Glen Haggstad’s Two Wheels Through Terror. Heggstad made it into the mountains of Columbia before he was kidnapped by communist rebels of the ELN. He survived five weeks of beatings, starvation and marching through the jungle before he was released in a truce/prisoner exchange. Friends in the U.S. sent him another Kawasaki KLR650, and he continued the trip. This guy is not a quitter. A fine book and with obvious reservations more inspiration to explore the hemisphere to our south. Something I have never done.
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Old 01-31-2005, 07:55 AM   #834
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I scored the Afghan visa and am 45 klicks from the border. Packed food and water for three days just in case. Don't know about Internet access--maybe in Kabul. It's a twelve hour ride through the mountains so I'll roll at dawn. CNN weather forecast is for snow on Wednesday. Keep your fingers crossed on this one.
All the best amigos,
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Old 01-31-2005, 08:06 AM   #835
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I hope you find internet access very soon!
I don't have to wish you courage and I don't have to wish you luck, but I still do
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Old 01-31-2005, 08:11 AM   #836
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Fear is a delayed reaction for me. After getting somewhere safe, is when I get scared shitless. I already told Brad, next time I talk about that personal challenge stuff, tell me to sit down and shut the fuck up.
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Old 01-31-2005, 09:11 AM   #837
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Your best writing yet, Glen. Forcefully crafted, smooth, yet guts, blood and balls still pokin' through.

Not only do I applaud your peace-forging, but I'm sure all of us appreciate your insights into treating humanity with humanity. And of course we all love your inimitable bits o' savvy tips. May all of us ride with digi cams in foreign lands, and win love by taking pictures of lovers.

Keep up the awesome work, my friend. May Allah ride with you always.

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Old 01-31-2005, 09:14 AM   #838
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You realise that the only reason you've managed to make it this far, passed the "angry militants" in the photos, is because as soon as they see you they reckon you are completely insane and they are all scared of you

Keep the insanity thing going man and may those distanzias carry you out the other side....
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Old 01-31-2005, 06:05 PM   #839
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Hi Glen
Once again I come home after work, genuinely disillusioned with people in general only to find a ray of hope in the last place on earth I would have thought it would exist.
But PLEASE be careful in Afganistan, the warlords are back. So if you see fields of brightly coloured flowers maybe ride the other way?

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Old 01-31-2005, 10:45 PM   #840
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Glen, if you were to do it all over again with your 20-20 hindsight, how would you reach Pakistan, given that the shipping experience you had was a big hassle? I will be in that area later this year and am eager to hear your thoughts...
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