Archive | September, 2010

Sugar cane

Burning Cane (Guemes, Argentina)

Ash is everywhere.  Everywhere.  The sidewalks are covered with little black bits blowing in the wind.  Our bikes sported a thick layer of burnt chunks of ask this morning.  This stuff is everywhere. Apparently this is the time of year to harvest sugarcane – and they burn the fields first to get rid of all […]

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Math time

Siesta time and bitty bugs (San Pedro, Argentina)

“We’d better buy what we want now,” John said as we pulled into town.  “If we wait til we’re checked into a hotel, the store will be closed.” We’re learning fast – Argentinians take their siesta seriously.  Everything – absolutely everything – is closed from 1 – 6.  If we want food, we need to […]

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Long Day (San Martin, Argentina)

106 kilometers.  In the heat.  ‘Nuff said. Kilometers today:  106 Kilometers to date:  22586 (Unfortunately, John accidently deleted today’s photos from the camera before downloading them to the computer, so they’re lost forever.)

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Cycling northern Argentina

Technology (Embarcaciòn, Argentina)

“What would happen if all the technologuy in the world suddenly failed?” Davy asked as we pedaled through pancake-flat northern Argentina today.  “What do you think the world would be like?” What a thought! As we worked through the ramifications of such an event – no cell phones…  no internet… no fancy cars…  no electricity… […]

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Davy’s Journal September 25

Today we crossed into Argentina. It feels good being in the last country of the trip. It took a long time to get across the border because we had to be checked for drugs that are apparently being brought across the border. When we left the border the main person there gave us a little […]

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Daryl’s Journal September 25

Today we woke up in a hotel that supposedly included a buffet breakfast. When we went up to the breakfast area to get our breakfast a lady gave us a plate that had bread, butter, jam, and juice. We ate that and went to get more but, because they had given us a discount, we […]

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On the Bolivian side of the border

Country #14 – ARGENTINA!! (Tartagal, Argentina)

“How do you think Argentina will be different from Bolivia?” I asked Daryl last night. “Well, it’s a richer country,” he responded. “How will that affect our lives?” I prodded. “I think our lives will easier there – things will be more expensive, but I think the roads will be better.” He was wrong on […]

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John being interviewed

On the border (Yacuiba, Bolivia)

Hell must be freezing over. Or the end of the world is near. Have the rivers started running uphill or did pigs begin to fly? Something must be happening because Davy ate meat. And then he ate some more. Davy – my avowed vegan – has never eaten meat. Even when he was a baby […]

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rickety bridge

(Not quite) Busted (Pajoso, Bolivia)

“If I had known the wind would be this bad,” John said as I pulled up to where he was siting  under a tree taking a break, “I would have stayed another day in Villa Montes.” Danny, our missionary friend in Santa Cruz summed it up perfectly.  “It’ll be hot with tailwinds all the way […]

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At the equator

Roadschooling: What materials do you need to homeschool on the road?

There are people out there who equate a mountain of teaching materials with a good education.  Experience has shown, however, that you can provide an awesome education for your children with relatively few supplies.  For roadschooling families with limited space, this fact is a godsend. While I will be the first to admit that a […]

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Attacked (by a virus)

We panicked.  Seriously panicked if you know what I mean.  Our site had been hacked and now sported some sort of virus. We had no idea what to do.  No freakin’ clue. Enter Twitter. “Anybody know how to help us with a virus? Please help!” Robert to the rescue. As far as we know, our site […]

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Acceptable Level of Risk

I was chatting on Facebook the other day with a fellow traveler, Jeanne Dee.  She made a comment that left me speechless, horrified, and quaking in my boots.  Her daughter has not been immunized.  Against anything. Ever. “People get sick because their immune system is weak,” she told me.  “My daughter is very healthy.” Now […]

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The Vogel Parade

Ouch! (Villa Montes, Bolivia)

((sigh)) Yet another tour of the local hospital… We’ve gotten an intimate view of hospitals in every country since Panama so far. I had hoped we would give it a miss here in Bolivia. Nope, didn’t happen. “I… I… I…,” Davy stammered through his sobs. “I hit a rock or something and fell.” He held […]

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The Bolivian chaco

Underpants (Machareti, Bolivia)

“Hey Dad!” Daryl shouted as he brandished a stick with some brightly colored something dangling off the end of it. “Want some underpants?” I wonder about these people who drive down the road throwing underpants out their windows. It seems to be a common practice in this part of the world though. At least it […]

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Does Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

For years now I’ve noticed how different my sons are when they are active in the out-of-doors from when we stop cycling for a while and they gravitate toward the TV or computer screen.  When we’re cycling, they appear to be more creative, more alert, and more social.  On the other hand, when they spend […]

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Tips for bike touring safely

“Isn’t it dangerous?”  We hear those words all the time and, frankly, I’m always a bit confused when I hear them.  Dangerous in what way?  What should we be afraid of? Yes, what we are doing is dangerous.  We could be hit by a car, bitten by rattlesnakes, die of food poisoning, or slip in […]

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