Our Next Big Thing

If you know the Denning family, you’ll know they are always working on some big thing. As if driving a veggie-powered truck from Alaska to Argentina with five kids isn’t big enough, they’re working on all kinds of projects. Their latest project is a massive attempt to help others figure out how to fund their dream. It sounds very cool and I encourage you to read about it here.

Rachel’s post is part of a networking event among bloggers and writers, and she’s tagged me to go next. Here’s to our next big thing!

What is your ‘Next Big Thing’?

What happens when a couple decides to chuck it all, jump on bikes, and pedal from Alaska to Argentina … with their two kids?Our Next Big Thing is the release of my book about our Pan-American journey. It’s titled

Changing Gears
A Family Odyssey to the End of the World

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your project?

What happens when a couple decides to chuck it all, jump on bikes, and pedal from Alaska to Argentina … with their two kids?

What else about your project might pique the reader’s interest?

This story is a mother’s perspective of a fantastical journey through the Americas; the story of a mother who overcame her fears to help her children reach for the stars.

When will your project be available?

It was March 21, 2011 when we arrived at the end of the world. My hope is that we will be able to release my book on the two-year anniversary of our arrival. We’re working like mad to have it edited and formatted by March 21, 2013!

What inspired you to write this book?

family in andesThroughout our entire three-year journey, people asked for a book recounting our adventures. As you can probably imagine, a family cycling over 17,000 miles through fifteen countries would have more than a few interesting experiences. I wanted to share those with the world – the highs and lows, the good times and bad. I hope that our adventures will inspire others to chase their dreams wherever they lead.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started working on the book in earnest last October, which means it’s been about a year. Just yesterday I finished editing the manuscript and have now turned it over to others to read. From here on out, it’s mostly out of my hands.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Ummm… probably the human kind 🙂  Seeing as how I don’t watch either movies or TV, I have no clue who would play us in a movie. Please leave a comment with your suggestions and I’ll be sure to pass them on to the director 😉


Family on Bikes

Here are some excerpts from the book:

Learning Spanish the TAMALE way

Experiencing a Honduran chicken bus

A 400-mile detour in Bolivia – on bikes

Unexpectedly crashing the party

Highs and lows in Costa Rica

Being our own example

It is my pleasure to introduce you to a couple other bloggers who are working on big things!

Jennifer Chasalow VanBenschoten is a beader friend who is working on a series of paintings/bead embroideries she’d like to introduce. You can follow her blog at www.vanbeads.blogspot.com

Darryl Kotyk from Loving the Bike has recently moved to Grenada and is opening a bicycle cafe – that’s his Next Big Thing!

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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6 Responses to Our Next Big Thing

  1. Living Outside of the Box November 15, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I love the movie actors question…haahaa! I’m still pushing for your experiences to become a movie…it’d be awesome!!

  2. Darryl is Loving the Bike November 23, 2012 at 8:04 am #

    This is so awesome. I can’t wait to read your book. Thanks for tagging me in this post and I’ll have my article about my Next Big Thing up very soon.


  3. Art Wickersham December 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    We too, faced our fears and sold our house, cars and took off on our tandem bike for a tour arond the world 2005-2009. Check out our website wanderingwickershams.com Now we are touring on our small 250cc cruiser motorcycles. Art

    • Nancy Sathre-Vogel December 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      @Art Wickersham, I am always amazed at how many people head out to live adventures of various sorts. It’s always so exciting to meet up with them both online and in real life.


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