In the midst of this GWR madhouse, I’m continually being brought back to the reason for our journey. We didn’t ride our bikes from Alaska to Argentina to break a world record. We didn’t sweat, shiver, grunt and push our way through the Americas for a piece of paper to hang on the wall. I’m […]
Archive | July, 2011
Dear Guinness World Records, I think that because we followed all the requirements you gave us to the letter you should formally acknowledge us as the youngest people to have cycled the Pan-American Highway. Then you can do whatever you want with the record. While the record was a secondary thing all along we still […]
Dear Guinness World Records, I think it was very unfair that you denied us the world record. You knew that we were on our trip from Alaska to Argentina, but you didn’t bother to tell us you changed your policy until Mom sent in the documentation. We went through a lot of trouble to get […]
I talked with the boys a lot and they both want to challenge this. Davy because he wants the certificate and Daryl on moral grounds because he feels they were just wrong in denying it after they followed all the guidelines. So – we’re doing it. I will be very, very careful to shield them […]
We just got word from Guinness World Records that our claim has been denied. Here’s their reason: Thank you for sending us the details of your recent record attempt for ‘Youngest Person to pedal the length of the Americas’. We are afraid to say that we are unable to accept this as a Guinness World […]
You’ve heard of the “Six Degrees of Separation” thing. But have you put it to the test? This is the story of the night I tested the theory. Granted, when you’re in Bogota with your children and have no place to stay probably isn’t the best time to test a theory, but sometimes… well, sometimes […]
How do I choose a route for my upcoming bike tour? What are the best maps for bike touring? How do I know where to go? Cyclists new to bike touring often wonder about how they’ll find their way around, and especially how to figure out where to go in the first place. Really, it’s […]
I just posted an article over on the Washington Time Communities about what it takes to live your dream. Do you really need to win the lottery or receive a large inheritance to manage it? Anyway – it’s a great article. Please check it out and leave comments!
Never doubt your child Never, ever doubt your child Remember that kids are capable of lots more than you think Make distances kid-friendly Keep kids in the loop Eat frequently Make sure bike and clothes fit properly Keep snacks in cut-off water bottle on handlebar Make list of daily chores Have kids help […]
*BINGO* I got it! Today – after agonizing over this for ages – I finally figured out this homeschool stuff. YAY for me! All along I figured I had a whole year to figure out what we were going to do for high school for the boys – they are just entering into Grade 8 […]
I feel like I’m lost – I’m standing there looking at the pile of rubbish scattered around my feet and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it. This home improvement learning curve is steep. Now I know what others feel like when they are just starting out on a bike tour. We […]
I’ve been having so much fun reading through various bloggers’ 7 Links posts, I’ve had a hard time staying focused to find my own. What’s this about, you ask? It’s about digging back through your blog and finding seven buried posts that deserve to see the light of day again. So – without further ado, […]
If I’ve learned anything from pedaling thousands of miles around the globe, it’s that sometimes the unreasonable actually makes sense. A few years ago if you had asked me if it made sense to fly back to the USA in order to pick up a bicycle wheel, my response would have been along the lines […]
Here’s what other traveling parents look like! Edventure Project Drew Gilbert Almost Fearless Travels with a Nine-Year-Old Our travel lifestyle Wandermom Snaps and Blabs Livin on the Road Raising Miro on the road of life
In the end, the answer comes down to priorities. We will make time and money for the things that are highest on our priority list.How does one go about making the decision to drop out of everything that’s expected to go ride bicycles around the world? How is it possible for two middle-aged school teachers […]
Depending on what you want, it may be just fine to allow the wind to blow you where it will. If you want something specific, however, you need to define your destination and know what it will look like when you get there. When my family set off from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on our bikes, […]
What are we doing now?
Nancy is an artist and metalsmith making wearable art from recycled metal and antique components.
John is busy either hiking or planning his next long-distance hike.
Davy is studying Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Boise State University.
Daryl is studying Computer Science and Software Engineering at University of Texas Dallas.