Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Vogel family traveling from Alaska to the southern end of Argentina

We met John and Nancy Vogel and their boys as they passed through Santa Cruz on a three year bicycle journey from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina.  They have been on the road for over two years, home schooling their 12-year-old twin boys along the way.   They are getting a good bit of national and international press during their journey.  When the trip is completed their boys will be the youngest to have ever completed this 18,000 mile journey.  The day I met them, they were even being interviewed on Good Morning America.  We invited them over for a family meal and then later in the week they spent several nights in our Agua Yaku guest house.  On Monday morning I accompanied them by bicycle out of town as they continued to make their way south toward Argentina.  It was a lot of fun hearing their stories from the road.  Surprisingly, or maybe not, they have had very few problems with robberies or violence on their trip.  They even rode straight through Colombia without problems.  I've always wanted to make a trip like this and really admire their courage and adventurous spirit.  Maybe someday (if I can convince Vanessa to give it a try).  You can follow the Vogel's on their blog at: www.familyonbikes.org.

1 comment:

nancy said...

Thanks so much for all your support! We really enjoyed our stay in Santa Cruz - wonderful people there!