Family on Bikes

A Family Cycles from the Arctic to Patagonia

familyonbikes

familyonbikes
Location
Boise, Idaho, USA
Birthday
August 31
Bio
Our family of four (with 13-year-old twin boys) dreamed the impossible dream and reached the unreachable star! On March 21, 2011 we pedaled the final mile to arrive at the end of the world in USHUAIA, Argentina! We spent three years cycling 17,300 miles through 15 countries starting in Alaska to get there.

MY RECENT POSTS

Familyonbikes's Links

Salon.com
AUGUST 10, 2012 1:04PM

Why travel ISN’T wasted on kids

A while ago a reader pointed me in the direction of an article on MSN Travel about how travel is wasted on kids. I didn’t even have to read the article to know I seriously disagreed with the author.

The author, Bibi Lynch, said, “I don’t know how to break this… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2012 12:03PM

Kia Rio: A Review

Kia Rio

We enjoyed using ;this Kia Rio for running errands. It’s a great little city car.

Sometimes I love having this blog. There are times when I get overwhelmed by the amount of work and all that, but when somebody arrives on my doorstep to drop off a car for a week… Read full post »

cottage“Where do I even start?†I thought as I stood before our brand new cottage. We had made the decision to take it the evening before and, as I stood there in the bright daylight and all the cottage’s faults glared at me like a massive sore thumb in the wilderness,… Read full post »

AUGUST 1, 2012 8:00AM

Losing Simplicity | Finding Comfort

Gabi Klaf and her family have been nomadic for quite some time now and have learned quite a few life lessons along the way. One of those, that seems so obvious yet is hard to accept, is that every time we make a decision to DO something, we choose NOT TORead full post »

It all started with a simple email

“Sadly, Ginny and Allen have decided that they want to get rid of their cottage.  It needs a total renovation. It would be awesome if you would want to take that on!”

cottage in ConnecticutJohn’s elderly aunt and uncle had decided it was time to give… Read full post »

I’ve often said that slow travel is the way to go. In this post, Molly McHugh from South America Living tells us why.

Molly and her sonNot only is staying put for extended times in one location the most affordable way to travel – solo or as a family – it is the most… Read full post »

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

vogel family bike touring

Arriving at the end of the Alaska Highway after cycling 2000 miles was a big

Read full post »
JULY 19, 2012 3:44AM

Capture the Color

Our friends over at Santa Fe Travelers have nominated us to participate in the Capture the Color photo contest. Here are my entries for the colors of the rainbow.

BLUE

Andes Mountains

Andes Mountains

 

 WHITE

Ecuador carnival

Carnival in Ecuador

 

RED

monk in burma

Monk in Burma

 

GREEN

ethiopian child with gun

Ethiopian child

Read full post »

As a former travel agent, I’ve learned a thing or three about finding the best deals.

The truth is, many travel agents do have tools (and connections) to help them find the best deal anywhere. They’re also armed with industry knowledge of routes, hubs and the best supplier for each.

But… Read full post »

JULY 16, 2012 8:00AM

Learning Spanish the TAMALE way

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

roadside restaurant mexico

We ate at small roadside restaurants like this throughout Mexico

“Mommy! Mommy!  Read full post »

JULY 12, 2012 8:00AM

My Seven Super Shots

Emiel from Act of Traveling tagged me for this travel meme, and it’s been a challenge. Seven best pics. Out of thousands. How does one go about choosing? In the end, it came down to a coin flip for some of these, but what was important was the trip down Memory… Read full post »

Space Shuttle Atlantis Flying Part 2Today’s post features Guest Blogger Ben Reed from adventureswithben.com.

*****

I’m writing today to tell you that achieving your dreams is easy. It’s not rocket science.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Family on Bikes story. The Vogel’s trip from Alaska to… Read full post »

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

selling mangoes on Honduran chicken bus

Selling mangoes on a Honduran chicken bus

An old school bus that had long ago… Read full post »

manifesto

I’ve got great news for Family on Bikes readers! UPrinting.com has offered to give away 100 postcards for one of our readers! You will be able to design your own postcard printing to fit your own business. To enter, just comment on this post answering this question:

What would you… Read full post »

“Let’s go to Denver,†John said. I did a double take. Did I just hear him right? Denver was two hours away; getting them back to the trailhead in the morning would be a challenge.

“Let’s go,†he repeated. “Let’s go to Denver.â€

I was confused. All I had planned to… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2012 9:00AM

What is Freedom?

Freedom

America. The 4th of July. Hot dogs. Apple pie. Rugged individualism and hardy cowboys.

Freedom

That’s why our forefathers came to America, isn’t it? Freedom to live life the way they chose? To be free from tyranny? To live the American Dream? To be free?

As I traveled around our… Read full post »

I was riding a bus in Ecuador many years ago when the woman sitting next to me quietly pulled out some kind of pen, fiddled with it a little bit, then pulled up the hem of her skirt a few inches and gave herself a shot.

“Insulin,” she said. “I’m diabeticRead full post »

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

cycling the Bolivian altiplano

The altiplano is a high flat plain the length of Bolivia between the two arms

Read full post »

You will fail to live your dream because… unless…

Aw, shoot. Just watch the video. It’s awesome.

Enjoy this Post? Join 60,000+ Monthly Readers
Don't miss the inspiration!

Subscribe to our
RSS feed
Like us on
Facebook
Follow us on
Twitter

Read full post »

JUNE 25, 2012 8:00AM

Unexpectedly crashing the party

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

The plan was to get over the pass on the highest paved road in Ecuador… Read full post »

hiking colorado trail

Hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango

“You’re a loser, Nancy,†said the Niggling Little Voice roaming around my head.

“No, I’m not,†I replied. “Do you see this hill I’m climbing? Two miles straight up! I am strong. I am invincible. I am WOMAN!â€

“But look at how… Read full post »

Today’s guest post is from Bret Love from Green Global Travel. In it, he addresses the thing that holds most people back from living their dreams – fear.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.Read full post »

Today’s guest post is from Shannon Entin from Road Trips for Families. She’s summed up my feelings perfectly. Kids learn many life lessons from travel.

Traveling means many things to many people. Some value entertainment and night life. Some value relaxation or adventure. And some, like m… Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2012 8:00AM

Highs and lows in Costa Rica

==This post is an excerpt from my upcoming book, One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road. While we are hiking the Colorado Trail from Denver to Durango this summer, I’ll post an excerpt every Monday.==

entering Costa Rica“Congratulations Daryl,†I said. “You’ve just entered your eighth country.â… Read full post »

It’s no secret that teaching has been good to me. I spent 21 years in classrooms in various countries and have had many experiences throughout my teaching career. Here, Lillie Marshall from TeachingTraveling.com explains some of the reasons becoming a teacher might be a wise career move for youRead full post »