That slow motion bicycle crash your child just had? It might be worse than you think.

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 hereA few weeks ago I received an email from [...]

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10 Ways to stay on the road longer than you can imagine

Today I would like to introduce you to the Polish duo Agness and Cez, travel companions and founders of eTramping.com, a blog focusing on cheap travels under 25 bucks a day. They have been enjoying their lives on the road since 2011 trying to inspire another to follow their steps. Here are their best tips [...]

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Life is a gamble – and it doesn’t always go your way

You may or may not be aware of a rescue happening now on the high seas, but I’ve been gripped with this story since I heard of it. A family of four, with two small children, set out in their boat to cross the ocean. One thousand miles from the Mexican coast, their boat was [...]

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Have you chosen your life? Or has your life chosen you?

Sorry guys,” I apologized as I handed my sons a bag of potato chips and a can of ranch dip.  “This is all I have for breakfast.”  Their eyes lit up, not quite believing that their mother, the one who worships all things good and natural and organic, would hand them a bag of chips [...]

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Avoiding burnout: Finding your pace during long term travel

“I’m tired, Mom,” Daryl mumbled as we pedaled a remote Oregonian highway. “I want to sleep.” “I’m sleepy too,” Davy added. John and I figured the boys were just whining – they were eight years old, after all. We figured once we arrived at a town park the boys would be off and running, because… [...]

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

I am seriously shaking my head over this one. I try hard to understand where people are coming from, but in this case, I just can’t. 90% of cyclists in his community are eventually hit by cars, and he thinks that’s acceptable?   After his mother was seriously injured while riding her bike, Matthew Cutrone [...]

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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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