What’s next for Family on Bikes?

John and I have always had the parenting philosophy that our job is to expose our children to as many varied experiences as we can. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of that.

  • 1998/99 – lived in Ethiopia | traveled in Egypt & USA
  • 1999/00 – lived in Ethiopia | traveled in Zanzibar, Thailand, Vietnam, & USA
  • 2000/01 – lived in Ethiopia | traveled in Thailand, USA & Canada
  • 2001/02 – lived in Ethiopia | traveled in Kenya & USA
  • 2002/03 – lived in Taiwan | traveled in Malaysia & USA
  • 2003/04 – lived in Taiwan | traveled in Bali & USA
  • 2004/05 – lived in Malaysia | traveled in Burma & USA
  • 2005/06 – lived in Idaho
  • 2006/07 – traveled USA & Mexico on our bikes
  • 2007/08 – lived in Idaho
  • 2008/09 – traveled Alaska – Argentina on our bikes
  • 2009/10 – traveled Alaska – Argentina on our bikes
  • 2010/11 – traveled Alaska – Argentina on our bikes

baby with monksWe’ve given our children the world; now we want to give them a home.

Our goal for right now is to put down roots in Boise and help our sons become part of a more stable community. We want them to understand American culture and ways. We want them to feel a part of the country they are from.

To that end, Davy and Daryl have become involved with a couple of organizations here in Idaho. They are loving Boy Scouts and all it entails. They live for their monthly campouts and have a blast at every single Boy Scout meeting or event.

Mindstorms Lego robotThey have also recently gotten involved with a FIRST Robotics club. The kickoff event for this year’s competition is this coming Saturday. Kids all around the world are anxiously awaiting to hear what task this year’s robot will need to accomplish. Once they know what kind of robot they need to build, the team will have six weeks to design, build, and program the robot. Needless to say, it’ll be an intense six weeks! The team will head to Salt Lake City in March to compete against 55 other teams.

After many hours trying to figure out what we want to do next summer, we’ve finally decided we’ll trade in our pedals for hiking boots. Summer 2012 will find us hiking from Denver to Durango along the Colorado Trail! We’re very excited.

hiking bootsIt will be a hike of 500 miles climbing a total of 89,354 feet – that’s like climbing Mt. Everest three times! We’re taking daily walks now to get our feet and legs ready for the challenge.

Beyond the Colorado Trail? We have no plans. At this point, we have no idea what next school year will look like. We’ll take one day at a time.

We wish you the very best and hope 2012 is your best year ever!

Nancy, John, Davy, Daryl

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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7 Responses to What’s next for Family on Bikes?

  1. Nate January 4, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    But we know you so well as “Family on Bikes”, what will we call you now “Family in Boots”?

    • Nancy January 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      We’ve played around with that a LOT on Twitter! #familyonacouch

      I kinda like #familyinboots – has a certain ring to it, no?

  2. Robyn January 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Yeah! I’m so excited for this plan! I hiked the CT the first time in ’91 with friends, then did it solo in 2000. It is a beautiful, backcountry experience. You guys inspire me so much.

  3. Beaches in Florida Keys January 13, 2012 at 3:15 am #

    You really inspire and motivate me a lot, everytime i read your articles it passes on a fabulous piece of energy to me. Great to hear from you..!

  4. LouAnn January 15, 2012 at 2:46 am #

    Nancy, We didn’t mean to just drop things. Life just took a faster turn. We nearly burned our house down–well, there was really just damage to one room–that was right when Ivan finished helping you, and we had to do some work to repair. Then other busy things happened. I’ve thought about visiting your blog so many times when I was away from the computer. I just got way off track from my routine. We’d like you to come over sometime. Have time? When would a good time be?

    • Nancy January 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

      Email sent LouAnn! Let’s get together SOON!

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