We’re OFF – to the Ends of the Earth!

This is it.  We’re off.

Our plans for the next few weeks are fairly simple – fly to Prudhoe Bay, put the bikes together, and start pedaling southward.  Now if it could only pan out so easily…

We will be out of touch until we arrive in Fairbanks – probably the last week in June.  I will be sure to get an update here as soon as we arrive, but this blog will be strangely quiet for a few weeks – never thought you could shut me up, eh??

These next couple of weeks will be the most difficult of the entire journey in many ways – we are out of shape, it’s a tough gravel road, we’ll be carrying food for two weeks, and it’s very, very remote.  But we know it will also be a beautiful ride, and we’re excited about getting out there!

But I think the most difficult (or perhaps I should say the most nerve-wracking) will be the flight up to Prudhoe Bay.  Although I’ve spent hours and hours on the phone with travel agents and customer service reps for the airlines, I’m still not convinced we’ll be able to get the tandem on the plane.  At this point all we can do is go to the airport and pray they take it – and pray nothing gets damaged or lost in transit.

So – I’ll be back when we reach Fairbanks – whenever that may be!!

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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13 Responses to We’re OFF – to the Ends of the Earth!

  1. Dana June 7, 2008 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m saying a prayer for your safety and that they’ll take the bike ok and that all will be OK! Have a great first part of your trip and we’ll look forward to your checking in when you can.
    Dana

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  2. Theresa June 7, 2008 at 8:05 pm #

    Safe journey! I hope to see you in Fairbanks!!!

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  3. Nancy June 7, 2008 at 11:33 pm #

    I’m rooting for you all! What an incredible adventure you will have.

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Dash. This just broke my heart.
    Give the boys some big squishes for me!

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  4. thePig June 8, 2008 at 1:13 am #

    Congrats on the start of your big adventure. I hope the first few weeks goes smoothly for you. I will look forward to reading your first update.

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  5. Harriet June 8, 2008 at 3:36 am #

    Good luck! We’re looking forward to sharing your journey with you!

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  6. nancy June 8, 2008 at 6:15 am #

    Thanks everyone! We take off from home in three hours – we’re as ready as we’ll ever be!

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  7. Greg June 8, 2008 at 6:35 am #

    HAVE FUN!!!

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  8. Theresa ? June 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm #

    I pray you have a wonderful and safe adventure. I will be checking excitedly checking in.

    Blessings,
    Theresa

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  9. MikeOnABike June 8, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    I wish I could of rode with you all for a while, but I’ll be starting in WA on 07/03/08 and riding down to the LA area. So I’ll be slightly ahead of you all. I’ll post up if I see anything along my route that I think you may like to know or hear about.

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  10. Carolyn June 8, 2008 at 9:40 pm #

    I am excited for you and will be keeping you all in my prayers that everything gets off to a smooth start. Good luck!

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  11. jody June 9, 2008 at 4:49 pm #

    Vaya con dios!!

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  12. Anthony June 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm #

    How cool is this trip! I’ll be in Argentina this year for a few weeks, but via airplane and bus! Hope you guys have a safe ride towards Tierra de Fuego!

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  13. Marcia June 18, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    Hi Nancy John and Boys, I am saying prayers for you all Daily, thinking of you , with you in spirit, coming in here, not to see you at fairbanks yet, but just to keep in touch so to speak,
    LOVE ya, and excited to see the FIRST BLOG of Many in this journey :)
    Marcia

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