A Piece of Advice

This is for all of you who have written asking for advice about touring.  Take this one to heart – it’s come from hard-earned wisdom.

Don’t, under any circumstances, ever carry a dead mouse in your trailer when it’s 100 degrees out.  Seriously – don´t do it.  I promise you’ll regret it.

So this morning I packed up my bike in the dark so we could hit the road at first light.  We rode a few kilometers, then decided to check into a hotel for the rest of the day.  Since we are in a hotel, I don´t need anything from my trailer so didn´t bother opening it.  My bike sat out in the parking lot of the hotel – in the baking sun all day.

But then an hour ago I wanted something  out of said trailer.  And there he was – a little gray dead mouse – stinking to high heaven.  The problem is that our pillows were in that trailer and I fear the pillows will be unusable for the foreseeable future…

But really, that mouse is the least of our problems right now.  This time Davy is sick.  He was fine all morning.  He ate breakfast and was OK.  We arrived at the hotel and all was well.  But as we unpacked our bikes, he started complaining about his stomach.

He headed up to the room and climbed into bed – and hasn’t gotten out yet.

It’s so frustrating.  Normally we wouldn’t really mind being held up,  but we are so close to the Verhage’s.  They are now a mere 230 km away – but we can’t seem to get there.  First Daryl was sick, now Davy.  How long can it take us to pedal these few kilometers?

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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5 Responses to A Piece of Advice

  1. 331miles March 31, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I’ve been following your blog since you were in Texas, and it makes me feel bad to know the kids are sick. Hope they get well soon. I worked in Mexico, and I know how bad “intestinal distress” can be!

  2. Kevin Fitzgerald April 1, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    My best get well wishes to Davy. I hope he gets better fast, and that Daryl stays well!
    That was dreadful about the mouse! Phew!
    I’m amazed at the heat/dust/mud stories.
    Better miles to you,

  3. Ellen April 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Nancy, I am feeling EVERYONE’s pain right now. Your posts have been graphic to say the least – but I look forward to them daily – or every 3 days – or weekly – you get the idea! GET WELL SOON Vogels!

  4. Tiffany April 1, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    How frustrating for you guys, but for the boys especially! :o( I hope no one else comes down with anything nasty before you get to meet up with the Verhage’s.

  5. JustAReader June 1, 2009 at 9:07 am #


    Sounds like you could use a break yourself.

    You are so focused on meeting your distance goals, but seem to be missing out on what should be the real concern here — your sons health issues! Honestly, this posting comes across as whiny, selfish, and immature.

    Personally, if those were my sons, their health would be my #1 priority. Not when you will finally arrive in some town to meet the Verhages.

    A bit more maturity and motherly concern seems in order!

    Get your sons the fluids and rest that they need. Monitor them, and make sure they are 100% before pushing them beyond their limits. If they need medical help, get them the medical help they need.

    Just please stop whining about missing your goals, and start focusing on your boys.

    Be safe

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