Good News!!

We’re happy campers today!  A quick call to the bike store this morning lifted a huge weight off our shoulders – the bike has only minor damage, and the frame is good!!

The handlebars were bent and the mirror was trashed.  The bottom bracket was also damaged.  That’s it!  YIPPEE!!

The bad news is that they don’t have the right width of handlebars in stock, so we’ll have to have them shipped in – but we can live with that.  We’ve ordered what we need and it’ll be here in a few days.  Then another few days to get the bike put back together and get things organized – and we’ll be back on the road!

We’ve now moved in with a homeschooling family here in Albuquerque with twin 8-year-old boys Forest and Sky, and my boys are in heaven!  We’re up in the mountains above the city, so they have a huge playground with trees and rocks and a big treehouse.  They’ve also got an enormous bucket of Legos – so the boys are good to go!

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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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21 Responses to Good News!!

  1. Jumbleberry Jam November 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm #

    I’m so very, very relieved and happy to hear your good news!!

  2. Jack November 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm #

    I am so happy for you guys. It was scary for a while there. More than anything, I am just happy noone was hurt.

    Take care,


  3. Jack November 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm #

    Opps, sorry about that, looks like I posted a weird link by accident.

  4. Mike Vermeulen November 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Hooray! Glad to see that things are turning in a more positive direction.

  5. lora November 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Wow sounds like you have a good spot to stay in. Your boys are NOT going want to leave. 🙂

  6. nancy November 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    We’re really happy right now – it’s finally looking like things are going our way again!

    The boys are funny – all four of them! They are all playing so happily together it’s fun to watch.

  7. Phil November 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm #

    Nancy and John,

    So glad you guys are all OK — in body and bikes! and am glad you are getting ready to push on. I look forward to the next chapters in your adventure. Give a hug to each other and to Darryl and David.


  8. Elizabeth November 18, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    Superb news!
    My three boys and I are happy to hear of your good news, especially considering the fear we all had for your safety.
    Do you have an estimation on when you will be in Ecuador? We may be traveling to my childhood home in the late spring and would love to find you.

  9. Tiffany November 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm #

    That’s so great to hear! I’m glad things are working out for a quick get away after all. I’m sure the rest is nice to get though so maybe it was a blessing in disguise.

  10. nancy November 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm #

    Thanks everyone! We’re *hoping* to get back on the road Saturday – but that depends on everything working like clockwork between now and then. And you know how likely that is!!

    Elizabeth – we’re not sure when we’ll be in Ecuador, but I’m guessing it’ll be summer or fall. We’re planning on taking lots of time exploring Central America!

  11. aaron Lisco November 18, 2008 at 11:43 pm #


    just stumbled upon your site and I am impressed , what a fabulous way to give a geography , history, cultural, political and economic lesson to your kids and yourselves. I am doing the Americas trip in 2010 , i look forward to reading about your adventures and if it is OK with you I will post your link On my site.

    Aloha Monkey

  12. Kevin Fitzgerald November 19, 2008 at 5:18 am #

    Hooray! I’m thrilled that the tandem is mostly OK. Good luck taping the handlebars! Keep on having fun there in ABQ – sounds like it will be hard to leave this town too! Best wishes,

  13. judi November 19, 2008 at 6:48 am #

    Awesome news….will be looking forward to your next jaunt. Travel safe and watch those big cities. I am so glad all is well for your family!!!!

  14. Disney Teacher November 19, 2008 at 7:24 am #

    We’re glad the bike isn’t seriously damaged! We’re glad that the boys are happy and have made new friends! We hope that you don’t have any more accidents or trouble with the bikes.

  15. Melynda November 19, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    So glad you are on the way to being on the way!

  16. nancy November 19, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    We’re heading out today to run all those errands we needed to run while here in the city – but put off because we didn’t know what was going to happen. It feels good to be moving forward – finall!

    Aaron – good luck with all your preparations! I know howmuch work it is to get it all ready to go!! And sure – link away!

  17. wandermom November 19, 2008 at 2:31 pm #

    Thrilled to hear this great news!
    I’ll be looking forward to hearing more stories from the road in a week or so.

  18. Rev Hans Myors November 19, 2008 at 6:27 pm #

    I am so glad that nobody was hurt really bad and that your tandem is running again. Hopefully, they will be able to get the extra bike parts that you need like the handlebar to you soon.

    I’m five days into my 18th missionary bike tour. I left Americus, Georgia last Saturday. I am heading to the Galveston, Texas area to see what I can do to help out with the recovery effort after Hurricane Ike.

    It is a real surprise to me at how fast the damage done to the Galveston, Texas area has disappeared from the news cycle. It took me over a month trying to find information about ministries and agencies set up to help rebuild the damaged homes.

  19. Grand Canyon Harry November 19, 2008 at 7:25 pm #

    The Vogel Family:

    If you can get on the road by Saturday, timing for Thanksgiving at the Verburg’s in T.or C. is a reality. Mom & I are already making tentative plans. Turkey & all the trimmings!!! What kind of pie & ice cream is the Vogel favorite? No arguments – just do it!!! See or hear from you soon.


  20. Paul November 20, 2008 at 6:24 am #

    So good to hear all is well. Its been fun to track your progress! Keep it up! FYI – I got engaged! … (work in process)


  21. nancy November 20, 2008 at 8:24 am #

    Hans – good luck with it all! I know how quickly everyone forgets about major things – it’s scary!

    Harry – Thank you so much!! Didn’t I tell you about 8 or 9 months ago that we may be knocking on your door for Thanksgiving?? For a while there, it actually looked like we would be early! (*horrors!*) Turkey sounds FABULOUS!! The kids like cherry or apple pies best, but will eat most any fruit pie (although they don’t like my personal favorite – pumpkin!)

    Paul – CONGRATS!! I heard that was going to happen, but didn’t hear the official confirmation!

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