The best of 2013 on Family on Bikes

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 here2014 is nearly here! I figured the beginning of [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 4 }

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 10 }

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 9 }
hiking the colorado trail

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 12 }

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }
triple bike

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
hiking in Colorado

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
maruti bead with tassel

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 [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }
adrenal fatigue

My journey back to health

(Edited to add: I’ve had quite a few people ask me for a more detailed description of signs and symptoms. I’ve written that here.) I’ve been unwell. For a long time. There – I said it. ((whew!)) I haven’t mentioned this in my blog because… well, I’m not sure why. My life has always been [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 53 }
winter cycling

The kindness of strangers: A safe place to sleep

It was a long day in rural Texas. We had battled stiff headwinds for 50 miles already and were more than ready to call it a day. For ten miles we had been searching for a spot to pitch our tent, but Texan roads are known for their vast stretches of miles and miles and [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 5 }
halloween costume

A traveler’s Halloween to remember

Halloween. It’s every kid’s dream, but can be difficult when traveling. Where do you go trick or treating? What do we use to piece together costumes? For us, as a family traveling on bikes, Halloween has provided some wonderful memories. The boys and I were talking about Halloween the other day, and our conversation brought [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 0 }
banish your fear

3 Steps to overcome fear and live the life of your dreams

Fear. It’s enough to stop us in our tracks. And kill dreams, unfortunately. What dream do you have? You know that dream you’ve stashed into the deepest recesses of your brain? The one you keep hidden because it scares the pants off you? Yeah, that one. I want you to pull it out, blow away [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }

6 Things to look for when buying a second hand bicycle

Bicycle sales worldwide have shot up over the past few years; and are predicted to reach nearly $80 billion by the end of 2015. The surge in bicycle sales can be attributed to a number of different things which make bicycles a favorable mode of transportation: riding a bicycle improves cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 2 }
cycling peru

When is it time to call it quits?

Is there a point where you have to accept defeat? I’ve written a lot about how you need to hang on to your goal, have single-minded determination, and fight like you’ve never fought before in order to make your dream a reality. But is there a point where you accept that it’s not going to [...]

Continue Reading Comments { 3 }