Young adult rides 11,000 kilometres for North Korea

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At the tail end of an 11,000-kilometre bicycle ride journey across North America, twice, Levi Ammundsen was in Prince Albert last week to replenish his supplies. 

Prince George, BC, resident Levi Ammundsen, 21, is seen replacing a bicycle tire on Saturday, during a break in an 11,000-kilometre journey to raise awareness about human rights violations in North Korea. 

At the tail end of an 11,000-kilometre bicycle ride journey across North America, twice, Levi Ammundsen was in Prince Albert last week to replenish his supplies.

Staying with family friends, he also spent some time relaxing, after having spent almost four months travelling about 100 kilometres per day.

The first leg of his journey took him south, from his Prince George, BC, home to Washington, where he had some challenges keeping enough supplies to sustain him.

“You pass through some fairly desolate country,” he said.

The next leg brought him across the United States to New York, northwest to Quebec and then across central Canada to Prince Albert.

The main motivation behind this journey is to raise awareness and funds for those going through hardships in North Korea.

“It’s the second worst violator of human rights on the planet,” he said. “Most of their supplies go to supporting their military, so they have widespread starvation throughout much of North Korea.”

One source of inspiration to his trip has been the book Escape From Camp 14, the alleged true story about a young man born in a North Korean prison who managed to escape.

This book, coincidentally, is also the subject of the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library’s debut book club reading, to be discussed on Sept. 11.

The library has ordered extra copies of this book, with the book club meeting set to take place at the library at 7 p.m.

Ammundsen is keeping a Twitter feed during his journey, with updates posted at http://twitter.com/LAmmundsen .

After leaving Prince Albert on Sunday morning, he tweeted that he’s back on the road, with his next major destination North Battleford. 

Organizations: Prince Albert, John M. Cuelenaere Public Library

Geographic location: North Korea, North America, Prince George Washington United States New York Quebec Canada North Battleford

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  • Samael
    November 15, 2012 - 14:10

    I bet had to go through a bunch of parts to make that trip.

  • Michael Glendinning
    September 10, 2012 - 21:21

    "the alleged true story about a young man born in a North Korean" There's nothing alleged about it.