What Were We Thinking? Now available for Kindle

It’s ready! What Were We Thinking? Bicycling the Back Roads of Asia is now available on Kindle. The paper copies are on their way to our house now and will be shipped as soon as we get them.

What Were We Thinking? is the tale of my and John’s bike trek around Pakistan, India, Nepal, and Bangladesh back in 1990/91. We were strangers when we arrived into Pakistan, got engaged six months later, and were married upon our return to the USA.


Nancy and John arrived in Pakistan with little more than bikes and dreams. The ensuing year found them pedaling remote pathways of Asia, over mountains and through deserts, dodging traffic, holy cows – and the occasional rock thrown at them from a cliff by hostile locals.

They explored back roads and tiny villages rarely exposed to western eyes and, after being amazed, repulsed, delighted, shocked, horrified, amused and welcomed by people of many races, these strangers in a strange land melded into the cultures they encountered… and fell in love, both with the beauty of the lands they traveled and, ultimately, with each other.

Join Nancy and John as they wonder what they were thinking as they:

  • experience the traditional hospitality of families of various religions
  • are stranded at 15,000 feet in the Himalayas
  • sleep with holy rats in a temple
  • smell, hear, and see funeral pyres on the Ganges River
  • are mobbed like rock stars in Bangladesh
  • fend off inappropriate and unwanted romantic advances from men
  • are swept away in markets frozen in a time long ago
  • learn that underneath the cultural traditions, people are pretty much the same everywhere

Order your paper or ebook copy here


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 What Were We Thinking? Now available for Kindle

  1. Thomas | Jus Getaway September 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Seems like this could be a great read. Do you have it available for the Nook?

    • Nancy September 15, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

      @Thomas | Jus Getaway,

      I believe the Nook used PDF? If that’s correct, yes, we have it. Please send me an email at familyonbikes at gmail dot com. Thanks!

  2. Lisa Wood September 16, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    that looks like an amazing book – what a journey! Meeting, Riding, Marrying, Travelling, Having kids (later on) and then riding with your boys!!! You guys are my inspiration


    • Nancy September 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      @Lisa Wood,

      I have to say, this really is an amazing book. I wrote it back in 1992 and then didn’t look at it again until 2007. When I came back to it I certainly had fresh eyes – and I loved it!

  3. Jhon October 11, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    Hi Nancy.. i love travelling. And i am interested with this book. I hope this book gives lots of explanations about touring

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