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Old 02-01-2005, 01:33 AM   #841
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Best post yet

Keep those wheels spinning brother.
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Old 02-01-2005, 10:22 AM   #842
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Safe journey to Kabul. I'm on the edge of my seat. Be careful.
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Old 02-01-2005, 02:42 PM   #843
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Say hello to the Germans...

In case you bump into them in Kabul....based in Camp Warehouse.

Be safe and remain travel-wise as you have proven to be. Enjoy
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:45 PM   #844
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Thank you Glen for taking us along with you. Your posts are like little keyhole views of the middle east and I feel lucky to get a peek. With what's going on in the world today, the timing of your ride is incredible. Follow your instincts, they seem to have taken care of you so far.

Good luck man . . . Chris
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Old 02-01-2005, 06:57 PM   #845
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S.V. - This Wasn't A Good News Story

This is a few years old, but it may be of interest. This guy broke down, Taliban met up with him, end of story.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orfeo_Bartolini
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:17 PM   #846
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Old 02-01-2005, 07:43 PM   #847
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Good luck Glen.
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:03 PM   #848
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It's eight in the morning here and I'm scheduled to meet my escorts at nine. In ten minutes, I'll call the RSO for last advice. If there is the slightest hassle, I'll turn around and head for India. My main concern at this point is that everyone knows I'm coming. Forty five klicks is a long way today.
Thanks for that article, it just scared the piss out of me and that is a good thing at the moment. May come down to a coin toss.
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:40 PM   #849
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Keeping all my fingers and toes crossed for you, big man.
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:45 PM   #850
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I just got off the phone with the RSO after asking for unofficial man to man advice. He said it was questionable at best yesterday but since they all know that I'm coming today, it's certain disaster. The Viking will head for in India this morning instead.

I realize most people don't understand my reasoning, but this was an extremely difficult decision to make. My guts are churning. It will likely haunt me for a long time.
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:51 PM   #851
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I just got off the phone with the RSO after asking for unofficial man to man advice. He said it was questionable at best yesterday but since they all know that I'm coming today, it's certain disaster. The Viking will head for in India this morning instead.

I realize most people don't understand my reasoning, but this was an extremely difficult decision to make. My guts are churning. It will likely haunt me for a long time.
Not going was the right decision. At the best of times it is a dangerious place with all the warring factions. Since 9/11 with OBL on the running around it is near suicide without some serious backup ie military etc. Going would have been crossing the line from hard ass to dumb ass IMHO. Enjoy India.
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Old 02-01-2005, 08:52 PM   #852
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I realize most people don't understand my reasoning, but this was an extremely difficult decision to make. My guts are churning. It will likely haunt me for a long time.
It'll just give you a reason to go back someday - you know you will.
Best to live to ride another day, my friend.
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:01 PM   #853
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indeed, this article suggests its a very unstable place. also mentions the italian who was shot in april 2003...
http://outside.away.com/outside/news...2_kabul_4.html

me thinks you've made the right choice.
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Old 02-01-2005, 09:18 PM   #854
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Kudo's glen, remember that we support you in which ever direction you take.

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Old 02-01-2005, 09:23 PM   #855
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I just got off the phone with the RSO after asking for unofficial man to man advice. He said it was questionable at best yesterday but since they all know that I'm coming today, it's certain disaster. The Viking will head for in India this morning instead.
Good call IMO. Chances of you getting FUBAR seem genuinely high, after all those dudes don't mess around, they're the "shoot first ask questions later" type. Actually, probably more like "shoot first, there are no questions" type. Besides, if you got killed, we get no more trip updates and that is unacceptable!
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