Whirlwind in the Valley (McAllen, Texas, USA)

Yes, we’re still here in McAllen – and we’ve been busier than I could ever have imagined!  So busy, in fact, that I haven’t even written my daily journal entries.  I’ll do the best I can to remember the past few days!


Yesterday we headed over to Mission to ride their mountain bike trails.  Mission Trails, another bicycle club in the valley, has created a wonderful network of single track crisscrossing a paved bike path in Mission, and Jack graciously offered to take us out on the trails.  We had a blast – even though it was a short ride.  Davy especially enjoyed the trails and couldn’t get enough of zooming up the hills, then barreling down.


Our ride was cut a bit short for a couple of reasons – a TV crew was waiting, and I had to get to Austin.  Channel 5 here in the valley did a great story about our journey, and were very thorough in their interviews.  As soon as we finished that, I raced over to the airport to rent a car for the five-hour trip to Austin.


Davy has been growing like a weed lately, and has nearly outgrown his bike.  Since we started our trip seven months ago, we have raised his seat over two inches.  And the seat can only go up another 1.5 inches.  We figured his bike would last  – at most – another year, and very possibly less than that.  The easiest thing to do was to get another bike now, before we left the USA.


John spent a day looking at the bike shops in the area, but there was nothing here.  REI up in Austin, however, had the same bike Davy is now riding (Novara Safari), but in a size bigger.  The easiest thing to do was to drive up there to buy it.


So Daryl and I raced over to the airport, rented a car, then drove up to Austin.  At midnight, we pulled up to the house of one of Eric’s friends, and collapsed into bed.


This morning, we were at REI when the store opened, bought the bike, then turned around and dashed back to McAllen.


But then – disaster struck.  Davy has grown more than we thought – and the new bike is still a bit too small.  Yes, one could argue that I should have taken Davy with me, but he didn’t want to go and we never, ever, considered the possibility that an 11-year-old kid would possibly fit on a size large bike.  That’s the same size bike John needs!


So the plan is to rent a car again on Monday and take the bike back.  Davy will go with me this time so he can test the large and make sure it will work.  I’m not looking forward to hours and hours in a car again, but I suppose that’s the easiest solution to the problem.

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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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3 Responses to Whirlwind in the Valley (McAllen, Texas, USA)

  1. Jonathan January 12, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Can you imagine how they would grow if they just got some exercise and fresh air once in awhile? ;.)

    Actually, I just wanted to wish the boys a Happy Birthday! and wish you all a safe, enjoyable learning experience in Mexico and beyond.

  2. Greg Mangum January 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm #


    If you haven’t got to Austin yet and need a place to crash, let me know.

    Your Dryden friends.

  3. nancy January 17, 2009 at 1:06 pm #

    Thanks Greg! I though about contacting you, but it was such a whirlwind trip up there to grab the bike and get back so I had no time.

    I hope you can find more time to get out to the ranch – it´s a very special place!!

    You know Jonathan, I think they might start growing if we could only get them out…

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