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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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Nicaragua & Costa Rica video!

OK, ok – so we’re just a *tad bit* behind on our videos, but John managed to get this one done today!  Enjoy!

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cycling Nicaragua

Newsletter – Cycling in Nicaragua and Costa Rica

June 25, 2009 It’s hard to believe that just six weeks ago I wrote from my Peace Corps home of Choluteca in southern Honduras. Now it is a bit more than a month later, and we are in southern Costa Rica – which means we’ve cycled a grand total of about 700 kilometers since then. [...]

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Bloody Hot (Rivas, Nicaragua)

It’s hot.  It’s bloody hot. All four of us struggled today.  Big time.  This heat saps our energy like an SUV guzzles gas.  It’s hot and I’m miserable. I’m convinced it’s not earthly possible to drink enough water to stay hydrated in this heat.  I’m carrying seven water bottles on my bike – seven! – [...]

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Davy’s Journal June 10, 2009 Year Mark!!

We have now cycled for one year!  It’s really exciting.  I’ve heard June 10th a lot on this trip and today it is June 10th!!  Tonight is also going to be our last night in Nicaragua.  Tomorrow we will enter Costa Rica!

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Daryl’s Journal June 10, 2009

Today we made it to Rivas. We also re-met up with a person named David. Not only that, but we have been riding for one year now.  I was planning on spending my allowance on one hour at an internet cafe here but never got the chance. Today is our last day in Nicoragua. Tomorrow [...]

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Fritter Away the Time (Grenada, Nicaragua)

How in the heck do we do this?  How can we possibly take all day to go 55 kilometers?  It just doesn’t make sense. We didn’t get out of Managua til late – our bikes were at the church at the south side of town but we were staying on the north side.  By the [...]

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One Year on the Road

As I think back upon this year on the road, I see fleeting glimpses of images rolling beneath my wheels: * the sheer beauty of snow-lined Atigun Pass * Arctic Circle sign * Santa Claus * entering Canada – our first crossing * buffalo, bears, and bighorn sheep * the end of the Alaska Highway [...]

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Images of a Year on the Road

When we started this journey one year ago, I knew we were in for the ride of a lifetime. I knew we would climb hills and descend into valleys – both literal and figurative. I knew we would fly on the highest highs imaginable and creep through lows lower than Death Valley. And that’s exactly [...]

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Hijacked…or Waylaid (Managua, Nicaragua)

“I was thirteen when I made the decision to leave home,” Ubense told us. “I grew up on a farm where my dad was a machetero (one who uses a machete to cut crops) and I knew I didn’t want to do that the rest of my life. I had never really had the opportunity to [...]

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Daryl’s Journal June 5, 2009

Today was probably the most eventful since we stayed in Managua. First Daddy started complaining about his hand. He said it really, really hurt so we went to the doctor to see what was going on, I’m not sure what happened but they said it wasn’t broken. So we decided to move over to a [...]

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Expect the Unexpected (Managua, Nicaragua)

“Expect the unexpected,” John always tells the kids. And then he throws a stick at them or some other silly thing. But the idea is there – one can never know just what might happen – especially when you are traveling. So the other night we just kinda, sorta… stumbled into Hosanna Church here in [...]

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Another Road Angel (Managua, Nicaragua)

100 kilometers against a killer headwind – but that was the least of our problems… We arrived into Managua exhausted after battling the headwind all day. Just outside of town, Silvio – who had invited us to his university to talk with the students – met us to guide us in. Unfortunately, the university was [...]

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Trust (Leon, Nicaragua)

Maybe I spoke too soon… “I’m getting worried,” John said. “Davy’s still not back.” Davy had left 20 minutes earlier to buy some soda – and we hadn’t seen him again. “Do you know where a store is?” John had asked. “Yep! Sure do!” Davy replied. We figured his would go to a small store [...]

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Smokin’! (Leon, Nicaragua)

“What do we do now?” I asked.  “There is no way we can find a hotel this early.” It was 8:00 in the morning and we had just arrived into Leon for the day.  It was sweltering hot, all four of us were drenched in sweat, and we were done for the day.  At 8:00 [...]

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Homing Devices (Chinandega, Nicaragua)

I think back on this past year on the road and I’m filled with wonder.  Wonder at how much my boys have changed – at how they’ve grown.  It seems like a mere year ago, they were babies.  Now they are young men.  They are intelligent, confident men who are capable of taking on the [...]

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