Toys, Toys, and More Toys (Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico)

The boys crack me up.  They’ll go for months totally ignoring the toys they’re carrying around.  But then, for some reason I’ll never understand, all of a sudden they rediscover them and spend hours and hours playing.  They’ll dig down to the darkest recesses of our panniers and drag their long-forgotten toys out and play and play and play.  This phase will last a couple of days – and then the toys will be relinquished to the panniers once again.

This is the first time since somewhere around Utah that these toys have seen the light of day – and boy are they seeing the light right now!  And they’ve gotten some new playmates too.  Way back at Thanksgiving Harry gave each boy some money for a Christmas/birthday gift.  They’ve both carried that money with them all this time – being very, very careful not to lose it.  But they wouldn’t spend it.  Until today. Our hotel is a mere two blocks from a major Wal-Mart type store, so the kids ran down there this morning to spend their money on action figures.  All day we’ve had action figures jumping around the room calling out in those voices only little boys can make.

A television crew came to interview us, and Daryl stood there in front of the camera with his Power Ranger in hand – ready to attack whomever needed to be attacked.  As soon as the interview was over, they dashed back to the room so all the toys could be reunited once again.

They generally alternate between their action figures, their stuffed animals, and their gameboys, but a few times I’ve seen them mix them all together – their creative minds never cease to amaze me!

I’m actually quite enjoying seeing the kids play with their toys – I know it won’t be long before I don’t see them again for a long time.


The boys playing with some of their toys

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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3 Responses to Toys, Toys, and More Toys (Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico)

  1. Brian DesJardin January 25, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Groovy, guys. Davey and Daryl rock! I`m just wondering about something- from reading about some of your earlier trips and from what I`ve seen so far of this one, it seems that Nancy speaks a good bit of Spanish and the rest of you pretty much leave the translating to her. Is that the case? If so, are you learning a lot now with the prospect of passing the next year and a half in a Spanish speaking world? Just wondering. Keep on pedalin´!

  2. Kevin Fitzgerald January 26, 2009 at 7:15 pm #

    Hi! Great job on the video! Thanks! Now I can finally see what Mexican traffic looks like. It looks funny to see “ALTO” on the familiar red octagon.

    I coudn’t help but remember when one of my tandem stokers, Dukes family grandson Vince, bought an action figure during BRAG 1998. Since we were on my Rans recumbent tandem, he could ride with no hands and play with the action figure while we rode. That was fine with me, as long as he kept pedaling!

    Montas con cuidado,


  3. nancy January 27, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Brian – you are right. I speak a decent amount of Spanish, but the others don’t speak at all. They are all trying to learn and are making progress – some faster than others. We are hoping to put all three in a language school somewhere, but we don’t know where yet.

    Hey Kevin! When we first crossed the border that red ALTO certianly threw me for a loop! Daryl actually spends most of his time on the tandem sitting up without holding on with his hands. John tells him when he’s going through a tricky area so Daryl can hold on then.

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