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A summary of our journey

I’ve been working on getting all my old newsletters online along with slide shows for each one – it’s been a massive task!  I am now almost completely done – only the very most recent one is left.  So – for those of you who haven’t been with us from the beginning, I hope this [...]

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A Day in the Water (Sabancuy, Campeche, Mexico)

The kids can never get enough. I swear those two are part fish (and the other part monkey!).They rolled out of bed this morning and fell right into the pool at the hotel. A few hours later we jumped in a ¨taxi¨and headed over to the beach, where they spent the whole afternoon in the [...]

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The Music (Sabancuy, Campeche, Mexico)

I hear music in my ears – and no, it’s not the music blaring from the political rally across the street. It’s the music of the road – the gentle hum of my tires rolling on the pavement, the annoying click in my pedals, the peaceful roar of waves on the white sand beach, he [...]

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Hospitality (Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico)

“Yo les invito a comer,” Hijinio invited. “Come on in and eat.” John, as usual, was riding ahead of me and Davy. While he waited for us to catch up, John started talking with the owner of a restaurant. As soon as we arrived, he invited us all for lunch Oh my! People have been [...]

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Toys, Toys, and More Toys (Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico)

The boys crack me up.  They’ll go for months totally ignoring the toys they’re carrying around.  But then, for some reason I’ll never understand, all of a sudden they rediscover them and spend hours and hours playing.  They’ll dig down to the darkest recesses of our panniers and drag their long-forgotten toys out and play [...]

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Cycling Texas

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About the Border Wall…

I’ll admit I’m like most Americans – I had heard about a border wall, but didn’t pay much attention.  “If they think it’s necessary, I guess it’s OK,” I thought.  Or maybe I didn’t think anything at all. When we arrived into El Paso, we started hearing about the wall. “You’ll be pedaling right beside [...]

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John’s Journal January 11

It was a strange thing to see sticking out of the waters of the Rio Grande River.  The other kayakers said they found an SUV down the river a ways so I paddled that way to check it out.  I didn’t see it until I was just about on top of it since there was [...]

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Fun on the Rio Grande (McAllen, Texas, USA)

I’m wiped out – but in a good way.  It’s been a crazy, hectic day, but we’ve had loads of fun.   John and I headed out early this morning to cycle the canal trails with a bunch of local cyclists.  Eric, our host here in McAllen, is trying to establish the canals as official [...]

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Daryl’s Journal January 11, 2009

Today we went to some state park.  First we had a barbeque.  I liked it.    Then we went kayaking. My favorite part was when I got to ride a kayak down a hill to the river.  The bad thing was that when we got down I fell off the kayak and I forgot to [...]

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Davy’s Journal January 11, 2009

This morning we woke up with a note on the table.  It said, “We’re out riding.  Will be back later.  Love you!  Mom & Dad”  Mom and Dad rode with some people along the canals.   Last night Channel 5 did a story on us.   Later, we went to a park for a picnic.  [...]

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Whirlwind in the Valley (McAllen, Texas, USA)

Yes, we’re still here in McAllen – and we’ve been busier than I could ever have imagined!  So busy, in fact, that I haven’t even written my daily journal entries.  I’ll do the best I can to remember the past few days!   Yesterday we headed over to Mission to ride their mountain bike trails.  [...]

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Planning Mexico – John’s Journal January 10

“You haven’t asked for anything!”   That was GJ’s response after he and his friend, Claudio, kept offering, giving, and heaping commitments and gifts upon me, one after the other after the other.  I commented to them that I thought I was asking too much.  Their only response was that I hadn’t asked for anything [...]

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Team McAllen Does it Again (McAllen, Texas, USA)

Wow!  Team McAllen did it again.  What a day!   Al, one of the Team McAllen members, had managed to arrange an interview with the local TV news crew.  And we had managed to make contact with a local middle school teacher who invited us to present to her class.  The two were destined to [...]

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Daryl’s Journal January 7

Today we went to a school.  I don’t like answering questions.   Then we went to a restaurant called Taco Palenque.  It wasn’t that great, but not bad.   Then we went to a barbeque.  They had a Wii there.  First we played Sonic Mario Olympics.  I like the dream race the most.  Then we [...]

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Davy’s Journal January 7

Today we went to a school.  We were on Channel 5.  It was kind of fun talking with the kids there.  Daryl doesn’t like talking so he actually hid.  We had lots of pictures taken of us.   Then, we went to Taco Palenque.  All of us had a cheese enchilada.  Me and Daryl played [...]

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