Emile Leray was driving through the Moroccan desert in 1993 when his Citroën car broke down. Stranded, Leray considered his options -- and walking back to civilization was not among them. "I could not have gone back on foot -- it was too far," he says.
Luckily, the Frenchman was an electrician by trade, so he decided to MacGyver his car into a motorcycle:
I put myself in what one calls survival mode. I ate less; I monitored my supplies of water and of food to make them last as long as possible.
Twelve days later, Leray managed to escape the scorching African desert on his jury rigged bike, brilliantly engineered from the remains of his car.
He only recently began sharing his story of survival.