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Nearly Ready

I think we are just about ready to hit the road – still scared that my endurance may not be where it needs to be, but we think I’m well enough to head out slowly.  We will put my trailer on Davy’s bike for now and plan on short days.  Fortunately, there are quite a […]

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John being interviewed

On the border (Yacuiba, Bolivia)

Hell must be freezing over. Or the end of the world is near. Have the rivers started running uphill or did pigs begin to fly? Something must be happening because Davy ate meat. And then he ate some more. Davy – my avowed vegan – has never eaten meat. Even when he was a baby […]

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rickety bridge

(Not quite) Busted (Pajoso, Bolivia)

“If I had known the wind would be this bad,” John said as I pulled up to where he was siting  under a tree taking a break, “I would have stayed another day in Villa Montes.” Danny, our missionary friend in Santa Cruz summed it up perfectly.  “It’ll be hot with tailwinds all the way […]

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At the equator

Roadschooling: What materials do you need to homeschool on the road?

There are people out there who equate a mountain of teaching materials with a good education.  Experience has shown, however, that you can provide an awesome education for your children with relatively few supplies.  For roadschooling families with limited space, this fact is a godsend. While I will be the first to admit that a […]

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Attacked (by a virus)

We panicked.  Seriously panicked if you know what I mean.  Our site had been hacked and now sported some sort of virus. We had no idea what to do.  No freakin’ clue. Enter Twitter. “Anybody know how to help us with a virus? Please help!” Robert to the rescue. As far as we know, our site […]

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Acceptable Level of Risk

I was chatting on Facebook the other day with a fellow traveler, Jeanne Dee.  She made a comment that left me speechless, horrified, and quaking in my boots.  Her daughter has not been immunized.  Against anything. Ever. “People get sick because their immune system is weak,” she told me.  “My daughter is very healthy.” Now […]

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The Vogel Parade

Ouch! (Villa Montes, Bolivia)

((sigh)) Yet another tour of the local hospital… We’ve gotten an intimate view of hospitals in every country since Panama so far. I had hoped we would give it a miss here in Bolivia. Nope, didn’t happen. “I… I… I…,” Davy stammered through his sobs. “I hit a rock or something and fell.” He held […]

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The Bolivian chaco

Underpants (Machareti, Bolivia)

“Hey Dad!” Daryl shouted as he brandished a stick with some brightly colored something dangling off the end of it. “Want some underpants?” I wonder about these people who drive down the road throwing underpants out their windows. It seems to be a common practice in this part of the world though. At least it […]

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Does Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

For years now I’ve noticed how different my sons are when they are active in the out-of-doors from when we stop cycling for a while and they gravitate toward the TV or computer screen.  When we’re cycling, they appear to be more creative, more alert, and more social.  On the other hand, when they spend […]

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Tips for bike touring safely

“Isn’t it dangerous?”  We hear those words all the time and, frankly, I’m always a bit confused when I hear them.  Dangerous in what way?  What should we be afraid of? Yes, what we are doing is dangerous.  We could be hit by a car, bitten by rattlesnakes, die of food poisoning, or slip in […]

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Good Morning John!

Relaxing Ride (Camiri, Bolivia)

I love days like this.  Lazy days.  Sleeping-in days.  Leisurely-packing-up days.  Short mileage days when the road is mostly downhill.  Yep – days like today are bliss. We knew we only had 43 kilometers to Camiri, so took our time packing up this morning.  The boys lit a campfire even though it was already hot […]

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Buying water at local house

Hot Meals (Ipati, Bolivia)

“I like a hot meal for dinner,” Davy said.  “During the day, I’m fine with sandwiches or snacks, but I really want a real meal in the evening.” I think we’ve gotten spoiled. For ages and ages, we ate our main meal of the day at a restaurant at some point during the day – […]

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Hills, Again (Ipita, Bolivia)

Well, dang!  I had hoped our tailwinds would continue.  Last night was yet another of those “Nancy!  It’s raining!” nights.  We scrambled into action to put the flys on the tents and get the bikes under shelter. “I hope this doesn’t mean the end of our tailwind,” John mumbled as he crawled back into the […]

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Leaving Santa Cruz with Danny

TAILWINDS!! (Cabezas, Bolivia)

Tailwinds – love the sound of that word. As we packed up this morning, wind was whipping around the courtyard and I hoped it would be the tailwinds so many people had told us we would have. Danny, our missionary friend, escorted us out of town.  As we wound through the neighborhood, we battled the […]

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Davy’s Journal September 13

Today we left Santa Cruz.  It was very easy riding – flat with a STRONG tailwind.  We ended up going 123 km.  We could have gone farther but we got up early and we were very tired.  All I had to eat for breakfast was two bowls of cereal.  We are currently camped in the […]

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Daryl’s Journal September 13

Today I woke up really tired because Daddy stayed up doing something with Davy’s math book and kept me up.  After I got up, I brushed my teeth.  Then I ate a bowl of cereal and filled water bottles.  We said goodbye to the people we were staying with and left with a missionary.  He […]

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