Family on Bikes

A Family Cycles from the Arctic to Patagonia


Boise, Idaho, USA
August 31
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.


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Dulce de leche – an Argentinean delight.  Think caramelized sweetened condensed milk.  Think caramel apples.  Think decadence defined.

Argentineans are proud of their dulce de leche – with good reason.  It’s an incredibly decadent sweet that is used in a wide array of treats throughout the… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 9:42PM

Schwalbe Tires

Have I mentioned before how much I love our Schwalbe tires?  I was reminded again just now.

I left Alaska with two new Schwalbes on my bike.  I’ve had to replace my rear tire a few times already, but the front one was the Energizer Bunny of bike tires -… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 1:27PM

Daryl’s Journal October 8

This morning we had a newspaper interview. What happened was we took our bikes out and they took a bunch of pictures of them. When that was done they interviewed Mommy while Daddy brought the bikes inside.

When that was done Mommy, Davy, and I went to the mall. When… Read full post »

OCTOBER 8, 2010 1:22PM

Davy’s Journal October 8

We’ve had a few very quiet days lately. Today we had a newspaper crew come and interview us. It took a very short time. I had to do my math while we were waiting for them and I got done with half of it.

After they left, Mom, Daryl,… Read full post »

I was browsing the Lonely Planet forum the other day and stumbled upon an interesting question:  “Do you have any regrets about taking an extended family vacation?â€Â  The poster was considering heading out with her family for a year or more and was wondering if any of us would make… Read full post »

Argentina!  Country #14!  The land of Tierra del Fuego – end of the world.  Although we will still cross into Chile at least once, Argentina will be our last country – and we’re here.  Wow.In many ways it seems like we are nearly there – Ushuaia is just aro
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OCTOBER 6, 2010 12:23PM

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OCTOBER 5, 2010 9:08PM

Daryl’s Journal October 5

Today we left Leigh and Noah’s house. It was good staying at their house. They had this cute dog named Mani. He was a 7 month old golden
retriever. He was big enough to be full grown though. After I met him I knew he was a puppy because of his… Read full post »

OCTOBER 5, 2010 8:14PM

Davy’s Journal October 5

Today we said good bye to Leigh, Noah, Lila, and Mani. Leigh and Noah are the parents of Lila and Mani is their pure bred golden retriever.

We rode for a while on a bike path before we got to the center of Salta. We went to the casa de… Read full post »

John and I have known for years that travel is one of the best gifts we could give our children – after our time, that is.  Our sons have been traveling since they were a mere six weeks old and have been to something like twice the number of countries… Read full post »

There are a lot of things I enjoy about blogging, but meeting new friends through our blog is one of the best!

It was something like a year and a half ago that I first got an email from Leigh.  “I know it’s a long way off,” she wrote, “but… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 11:13PM

Burning Cane (Guemes, Argentina)

Ash is everywhere.  Everywhere.  The sidewalks are covered with little black bits blowing in the wind.  Our bikes sported a thick layer of burnt chunks of ask this morning.  This stuff is everywhere.

Apparently this is the time of year to harvest sugarcane - and they burn the fields first… Read full post »

“We’d better buy what we want now,” John said as we pulled into town.  “If we wait til we’re checked into a hotel, the store will be closed.”

We’re learning fast - Argentinians take their siesta seriously.  Everything - absolutely everything - is closed fr… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 11:26PM

Long Day (San Martin, Argentina)

106 kilometers.  In the heat.  ‘Nuff said.

Kilometers today:  106

Kilometers to date:  22586

(Unfortunately, John accidently deleted today’s photos from the camera before downloading them to the computer, so they’re lost forever.)

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 11:13PM

Technology (Embarcaciòn, Argentina)

“What would happen if all the technologuy in the world suddenly failed?” Davy asked as we pedaled through pancake-flat northern Argentina today.  “What do you think the world would be like?”

What a thought!

As we worked through the ramifications of such an event - no cell ph… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 8:23PM

Davy’s Journal September 25

Today we crossed into Argentina. It feels good being in the last country of the trip.

It took a long time to get across the border because we had to be checked for drugs that are apparently being brought across the border. When we left the border the main person… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 8:20PM

Daryl’s Journal September 25

Today we woke up in a hotel that supposedly included a buffet breakfast. When we went up to the breakfast area to get our breakfast a lady gave us a plate that had bread, butter, jam, and juice. We ate that and went to get more but, because they had… Read full post »

“How do you think Argentina will be different from Bolivia?” I asked Daryl last night.

“Well, it’s a richer country,” he responded.

“How will that affect our lives?” I prodded.

“I think our lives will easier there - things will be more expensive, but I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 5:09PM

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… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2010 11:41PM

(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.â€

Danny, our missionary friend in Santa Cruz summed it up perfecting.  “It’ll be hot… Read full post »

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 wi… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 4:59PM

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… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 11:18AM

Acceptable Level of Risk

I was chatting on Facebook the other day with good friend and 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… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010 11:06PM

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… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 11:03PM

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?â€

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… Read full post »