An Easy Day? (Nachicocom, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

“I say we sleep in tomorrow, then have an easy day,” John suggested last night.

I couldn’t agree more.  After two of the most difficult days of the trip, I was more than ready for an easy day.  Besides, we only had 120 km to Chetumal, so we could afford a 50 km day and still make it in the next day.  I fell asleep dreaming of a lazy morning.

“Nancy!” John shook me awake at 5:00.  “What do you want to do?  It’s nice and cool out right now – we could get some good miles in.”

Why, oh why, can’t that man sleep in?  Every single day John gets up at some ungodly hour – and expects the rest of us to do the same.  The other three of us, on the other hand, greatly prefer to have a relaxing, leisurely morning even if it means we miss the sunrise.

So we took off much earlier than I wanted, but at least I still had a short 50 km ride to look forward to.

But somehow John couldn’t do that either.  At 52 km, we stopped for lunch – then kept going.  Granted, the wind had nearly completely died down and rain clouds overhead kept things relatively cool, but still – I had been looking forward to a short day!

At 72 km, I revolted.  I was ready to stop.  In fact, I had been ready to stop for 20 km.

I swear I’m going to find some of the biggest, heaviest rocks I can find to fill John’s panniers.  Maybe, just maybe, that’ll slow him down a bit!

Kilometers today:  72
Kilometers to date:  11899

The Yucatan goes on and on and on and...

The Yucatan goes on and on and on and…

 The neighborhood kids were fascinated by our tent.

The neighborhood kids were fascinated by our tent.

They were also fascinated by the fact that I write in my journal every night.

They were also fascinated by the fact that I write in my journal every night.

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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6 Responses to An Easy Day? (Nachicocom, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

  1. Rachel Hugens March 14, 2009 at 9:09 am #

    Oh, Nancy, I totally understand!!!

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  2. Nancy March 14, 2009 at 9:11 am #

    Is that a male trait or what?

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  3. Rachel Hugens March 14, 2009 at 9:19 am #

    I just told my husband about how it was supposed to be a late start, then a 50 km day that turns into 72 kms….
    he just grinned

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  4. Rachel Hugens March 14, 2009 at 9:20 am #

    I also love how you become someone’s “TV” or tourist attraction on the road

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  5. Nicky Stade March 14, 2009 at 7:55 pm #

    Wow Nancy! My jaw just drops everytime I hear about your story. I’m going to share your website over at The Homeschool Lounge, if that’s okay!

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  6. nancy March 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    Absolutely Nicky!! I would have liked to hang out there, but just don’t have time. Maybe once I get back home in a couple years….

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