MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson rode 5,641 miles from Minnesota to Alaska when he was 17

MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson photo
Promo image MacGyver

"Probably on a bike he made from toothpicks, paperclips, and some floss."

Here's the cool bike fact of the day, which happens to also be celebrity trivia: According to his IMDB bio page, actor Richard Dean Anderson, best known for his roles as MacGyver and Colonel Jack O'Neill on SG-1, was quite the long-distance cyclist:

"Richard was very much a restless teenager, having had many adventures hitchhiking on the open road. This sense of adventure is most evident from his 5,641-mile bicycle trip from his home in Minnesota to Alaska. Though accompanied by several friends at the beginning of this trip, he traveled the last thirty-three days alone. This experience gave him a more centered sense of direction in his life."

How badass is that?

MacGyver bike ride mapGoogle Maps/Screen capture

The exact route taken by Anderson is unknown. The map above just shows a semi-random path on Google Maps. I dragged it around until it reached about 5,000 miles, which is still 600 fewer miles than MacGyver rode.

I'll leave you on the classic MacGyver coffin-jet-ski...

Via Reddit, IMDB

See also: The MacGyver Approach to Winter Biking (Zip Ties!)

MacGyver actor Richard Dean Anderson rode 5,641 miles from Minnesota to Alaska when he was 17
Though accompanied by several friends at the beginning of this trip, he traveled the last thirty-three days alone.

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