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Hidden Gems

Travel bloggers around the world are uniting to create one big ol’ list jam-packed with information about the world’s best hidden secrets. I am honored to add these three gems of my own. The Arctic tundra I’ve tried to put my finger on exactly what I liked so much about the tundra, but that’s hard [...]

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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 Campeche

We’ve taken advantage of our down day to get some videos made and uploaded. We’re still behind, but we’re making progress! Cycling Campeche, Mexico from John Vogel on Vimeo.

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Armed and Dangerous? (Orange Walk, Belize)

“We need to get to bed, kids,” I announced last night.  “We’ll be getting up early to hit the road again.”   The kids and I climbed into bed, while John went out to the bar to hang out with Jack for a while.   A few minutes later, he came barging back into the [...]

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Please Mom! (Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

“Please Mom!” Davy pleaded.  “Can we stay here today?” John and I had gotten up bright and early and had our gear nearly packed and ready to go before we got the kids up. The first words out of Davy’s mouth were, “Can we stay?” I suppose we needed a day like today – a [...]

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Newsletter – Cycling in the Yucatan Peninsula

March 14, 2009 This is it – our last day in Mexico. We arrived into the border town of Chetumal yesterday after a grueling 400-km jaunt across the southern part of the Yucatan peninsula. The headwinds were howling, heat was extreme, and we faced the first hills we’ve seen in I-don’t-remember-how-long. But we’re here – [...]

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Goodbye North America! (Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

It’s funny how those major milestones can get lost when you are smack dab in the middle of them… Yesterday I was simply so plum thrilled to get off my bike for a day that I failed to recognize the significance of getting here – to Chetumal, to the border with Belize.  As I lay [...]

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Palenque

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On the Border (Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

A city!  A real, live city! After cycling across the Yucatan, through remote jungle for four days, it was great to pull into a city and indulge in all the luxuries a city affords.  We’ve got an air-conditioned hotel room (ahhhhh….), a warm shower, junk food from a supermarket…  What more could we ask for? [...]

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An Easy Day? (Nachicocom, Quintana Roo, Mexico)

“I say we sleep in tomorrow, then have an easy day,” John suggested last night. I couldn’t agree more.  After two of the most difficult days of the trip, I was more than ready for an easy day.  Besides, we only had 120 km to Chetumal, so we could afford a 50 km day and [...]

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Heat + Hills + Headwind = Excruciating (Xpujil, Campeche, Mexico)

Old Zofuenizer just won’t let up.  Yesterday I was sure he was blowing with the full force of his mighty lungs, but today proved me wrong. We battled the fierce headwind all day long with no relief whatsoever.  By early afternoon the wind, heat, and hills had beaten me down – I was fried.  Toast  [...]

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Hot Dragon’s Breath (Conhuis, Campeche, Mexico)

There’s a dragon up there – I can see him in my mind’s eye.  I sneak around a corner and spy him – his ample girth covers the entire road and his scales glisten in the sunlight.  I’ve named him Zofuenizer – Neez for short. Neez appears to be sleeping, but as I approach, the [...]

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Cycling Tabasco, Mexico

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The Flames of Hell (Escarcega, Campeche, Mexico)

It’s hot.  The flames of hell sounded quite appealing today.  This heat makes a bike ride on the surface of the sun seem like a cakewalk.  It was so hot today I started dreaming of cooling off by jumping into the wicked witch’s cauldron.  In other words – it’s hot. I drank water by the [...]

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Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

I just finished reading Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone remotely interested in learning what life is like in Mexico. The story follows a young woman named Juana as she struggles to deal with extreme poverty and events that occur because of it. Along the way, [...]

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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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