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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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Cycling Texas

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The border wall is at least 20 ft high all the way along and is totally ugly!

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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Riding the canals

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 with GJ and Claudio

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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Davy on the ice machine

Killer Bees (McAllen, Texas, USA)

Gosh!  Team McAllen is really treating us like royalty! A local bicycle club heard about us coming and have really welcomed us to the city in a grand way!  Tonight they arranged for us to see a pro hockey game with the team.  It was great! I figured we would go to the game and sit […]

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End of the Road (McAllen, Texas, USA)

“Do you realize this is our last riding day in the USA?” John mentioned as we pedaled southward. It seems unreal that we are actually at our crossing point – after following the Rio Grande for weeks we’re finally at the place we’ll cross. We’ve cycled through our second country – two of the largest […]

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John’s Journal January 4

For months on end we’ve been in the desert. We first entered the desert as we descended the pass just south of Flaming Gorge in northern Utah.  It was just a few days ago, a few miles out of Laredo, where we left the desert and entered the coastal plains on a road the signs […]

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Unique toys in the campground

Heat Wave (Roma, Texas, USA)

“Hey Mommy,” Daryl asked, “do you remember that lake I jumped in up in the Arctic tundra?” “You mean the one with ice still floating in it?” I questioned. “Yeah – that one.  I wouldn’t mind jumping into that lake right now.  I’m hot!” Our bodies are sorely unprepared for this head and humidity – […]

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