Please don’t accept the status quo. We can do better.

Welcome to our blog! Here you’ll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview hereI am seriously shaking my head over this one. [...]

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Top Ten reasons for becoming a Bicycle Mom

I love connecting with other moms who bike. I love how we all have our own, distinct reasons for spending time on the bike. Today, I would like to introduce you to Rima Gerhard, a Florida mom who uses her bike as her primary means of transport. Here are Rima’s top reasons for choosing a [...]

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How to perform regular bicycle maintenance while on a bike tour

I know a lot about riding a bike around the world. I can figure out a route and know what to look for in panniers. I know a lot – and I know when I’m out of my league. Bicycle maintenance is one of those areas where I will readily admit my ignorance. Yes, I [...]

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Taking a gamble: Terror in Pakistan

It was 1990 when I took perhaps the biggest gamble of my life. That year I arrived into Islamabad, Pakistan with little more than a bicycle, a dream, and a man I didn’t know. I had met John through a magazine and spent a grand total of one hour chatting over a Coke at Dairy [...]

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Out & About in Boise, Idaho

You all know that we now live in Boise. It’s where I grew up, where my sons were born, and where we decided to make home after our big journey. I love it here, and am thrilled to call it home. Periodically, I get emails from people passing through, wondering what there is to do [...]

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Why not do it now?

I love it when I hear from other bloggers who want to write about their journey toward making their dream life happen. Every time I read their stories, I’m inspired anew. Today, I introduce you to Sofie from Wonderful Wanderings – I’m sure you’ll enjoy her inspirational message about jumping in with both feet even [...]

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The best of 2013 on Family on Bikes

2014 is nearly here! I figured the beginning of a new year was a good excuse to look back through the old one. And so – here are what I consider to be my best posts of 2013. Enjoy! January Can we all really follow our dreams?    February The universe will conspire to help [...]

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Our ongoing health care saga and the Affordable Care Act

One of the unintentional running themes in my blog has ended up being health care. In Albuquerque, John and Daryl were hit by a car.  John refused to go to the hospital for treatment because of the cost. In Nicaragua, John sprained his thumb and needed to get it x-rayed to see if it was [...]

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Things to do in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Many of you know that we lived in Ethiopia for seven years. Our sons were born during that time, and they spent the first 4.5 years of their lives in Addis Ababa. If you are planning a trip to East Africa, here are my recommendations for things to do in Addis Ababa and Ethiopia. Addis [...]

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Fatigue and body aches after the expedition

It was only 30 months ago that we finished our journey. 30 months ago I was healthy and strong. 30 months ago, I could ride my heavily-laden bicycle long distances against horrific winds. And yet now, I can’t. Last week, I posted an article here on my blog about my health struggles. It didn’t take [...]

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How Do Volcanoes Form?

Volcanoes dominate the landscape in Nicaragua and Costa Rica – big, massive volcanoes rising up out of nowhere. Occasionally, steam or glowing red lava seeps out of tops. How do volcanoes form, anyway? Most volcanoes are formed by the movement of tectonic plates on the surface of the earth. These plates are basically huge pieces [...]

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My doh moment: Taking the long way home

It was one of those moments. One of those doh moments. One of those times when you smack yourself upside the head and say, “I can’t believe I did that.” But that comes later in this story… The year was 2006. We had cycled two months before I got word that my mother was unwell [...]

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Llamas vs Alpacas

Llamas and alpacas are hooved mammals native to the Andes of South America. It is believed they are descendent of the guanaco and vicuña and were domesticated by the Quechua Indians many centuries ago. They were further domesticated by the Incans. Llamas have been bred as pack animals, while alpacas have been selected for their [...]

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Cycling in Breckenridge

The beautiful city of Breckenridge is calling you to experience its magic. Situated high in the Colorado Rockies, it’s breathtaking beauty is something you will never forget. For cyclists, there is something for everyone. With plenty of mountain bike trails, and a nice network of roads, cycling in Breckenridge is a great way to spend [...]

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Life cycle of Penguins

Penguins are social birds and live in communities of up to 150,000. Their bodies are covered by a thick layer of fat to protect them from the cold water. They have oiled feathers to keep water away from their bodies. A gland near their neck produces oil, which they spread throughout their body. Penguins are [...]

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Maruti beads: A review

A while ago I got an email in my inbox. I  was wondering if you would like to review our beads on your blog. I will be happy to send you a free bead mix pack. Ummm… free beads? You bet! A few weeks later I got a package in the mail. Although I had [...]

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