Introducing… Twenty Miles per Cookie: 9000 Miles of Kid-Powered Adventures

Twenty Miles per Cookie: 9000 Miles of Kid-Powered AdventuresIt was a year of adventure, a year of fun. A year of good time and bad, of highs and lows, of good weather and bad. But mostly, it was a year of magic – together as a family.

“The Vogel’s story is remarkable because they actually did it.” – Clark Vandeveter

“It seems that in the darkest of times, the goodness within humanity becomes the most evident. For the Vogel family – cycling for a year around the US and Mexico – those encounters with kindness came to represent their journey almost as much as their own personal growth.” – Michael Turtle

“This book is a pleasure to read – for although it details a journey most of us won’t ever take, the life lessons can be extrapolated to any family. From cold, rain, muck, and headwinds, to the kindness of strangers and the extraordinary beauty of nature, the Vogel family kept on. Life lessons can be read here, without biking those 9,000 miles – keep your head down, don’t complain, keep going, work together, learn together, don’t push TOO hard, and enjoy the journey.” – Jessie Voigts

“One prominent theme in this book is the “Road Angels” the family comes across. In a time when we are all adding a second deadbolt to our door, telling our kids to trust no one and monitoring every second of their lives on the web, the Vogel family learned to have a little trust in their fellow man. – Keryn Means

Did it inspire me to take my own year long bike riding adventure with my family?  Well….No.  I don’t like riding my bike that much!  But it did help me to understand that we continually underestimate ourselves and that whatever we can dream we can accomplish if we only believe in ourselves. – Amy Sztupovszky

“This family dared to dream, and then take action on that dream.” – Lisa Wood

Nancy is a confident writer that left me giggling throughout the book as she shared the ups and downs of daily life on the road. She shared a few memorable disputes with her husband (it was reassuring to know they are normal, at least in that way), and had me grinning from ear to ear when they came across Road Angels that lightened their load and made the journey more bearable and enjoyable. Americans and Mexicans alike went out of their way to bring sunshine to their days! – Alisa Lybbert

But I think most will agree with me about this, the most amazing thing about this story is simply that someone did it. That people leave their jobs and homes and BEDS with two kids and just get out there and live their lives to the fullest. This should not be surprising, but it’s really shocking. I feel like walking to my mailbox is a huge hassle most days. Much less camping out almost every night for a year in a tent with three dudes.Yet they did it, and they loved it.  – Edification

This is a family adventure story that will leave you inspired to experience more with your family- even if it takes place locally.  Jody Halsted

This is the story of our first major family adventure – one year cycling 9300 miles through the USA and Mexico. Our sons were eight years old when we pulled out of our driveway in Boise, Idaho.

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Read the first two chapters here.

Family cycling in New Mexico

We traveled for a whole year on these bikes. John and the boys were on a three-seater, while I followed behind on my own bike.

Leaving home

We started off from our home in Boise, Idaho

Crossing our first pass

We celebrated small triumphs - like crossing our first pass. Exciting times!

Triple bike with redwood tree

Our enormous triple bike was dwarfed by the ginormous redwood trees.

Camping in Baja

Camping out was a highlight for us. The boys loved roaming the deserts of the west every evening.

Crossing a river in Mexico

In some parts of Mexico, bridges were non-existent. Life was always an adventure!

Family cycling in Baja

We made it to La Paz, Baja, our southern terminus! It was so exciting to reach the bottom after 5000 miles.

Cycling Texas

Cycling Texas. What more can I say?

Finish at Grandma's house

One year, 9300 miles, 19 US states and 5 Mexican states. We finished our adventure at Grandma's house in Connecticut.

Twenty Miles per Cookie: 9000 Miles of Kid-Powered Adventures


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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2 Responses to Introducing… Twenty Miles per Cookie: 9000 Miles of Kid-Powered Adventures

  1. Justin January 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m reading it now and continue to be amazed at how “real” your adventure plays out on paper. As I think of doing something like this with my own kids, this book has given me all the perspective, reality, and encouragement I need.

    I am really enjoying it! Thanks!

    • Nancy January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

      One thing I’ve always tried to do was convey the ups and downs. I don’t want to sugarcoat our travels as so many bloggers/writers tend to do. The truth is that living your dream isn’t easy and it isn’t all fun. It’s all wonderful though – maybe just because of the lessons you learn through the hard times.

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