The Washington Times - August 14, 2008, 07:16PM

By Anne Jones, Fort Nelson, B.C. Canada,

 Daryl and David Vogel study geography and history every day. Not only in books but also within their everyday lives.
 
The ten-year-old twins are on a two and a half year bicycle trip from Prudhoe Bay (the most northern point in Alaska, about 805 kilometres from Fairbanks) to the most southern tip of Argentina with their parents, John Vogel and Nancy Sathre-Vogel.
 
 “It’s a great education for them,” John Vogel said. “They’re learning about people and places.”
 
 The boys are entering Grade 5 by correspondence, but they don’t get a summer vacation from their studies chuckled John Vogel.


Outside the Woodlands, Inn, Fort Nelson, B.C. - Christine Harwood, Asst. Mgr. Woodlands, Inn, Nancy, Davy, Daryl , John Vogel and manager David Moore (Photo courtesy Tom Lockhart)
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The pleasantly unorthodox family, who reside in Boise, Idaho when not living road side, spent a few nights in Fort Nelson this past weekend on the way south.
 
The lure of a grocery store got them into town before 1 p.m. on Friday. They stayed at the Westend Campground Friday night, but were hosted by David Moore, General Manager at the Woodlands Inn Saturday and Sunday nights.
 
“The Woodland Inn was proud to have this family stay with us,” David Moore, General Manager The Woodlands Inn said. “It is fun for us to be a part of this epic journey.”
 
This Family-On-Bikes’ route will take them from Forth Nelson through Jasper, Banff, the Rocky Mountains and through Mainland, Mexico, on their way to Argentina.
 
John Vogel jokes that the family decided to embark on the journey because his wife wanted to however the catalyst behind the journey is the twin-boys quest to break the Guiness World Record for youngest cyclists to complete the 20,000 mile Pan-American highway.
 
This is not the family’s first journey and John and Nancy have ridden throughout 16 different countries.  Their most previous journey took the family on a yearlong trip around Mexico and the U.S.
 
Since much of their route has been sparsely populated so far, the family has had no choice but to camp along the way.
 
“We don’t go that far [each day],” John says. “It could be 200 kilometres between campgrounds.”
 
Sathre-Vogel and Vogel’s bikes have trailers, which have lots of carrying capacity, holding a laptop computer, clothes, lots of food, and a cookstove.
 
“This last stretch was incredible,” Nancy Sathre-Vogel says that it was the family’s second longest distance between towns: Watson Lake to Fort Nelson at about 530 kilometres. Their longest distance was their trek from Prudhoe Bay to Fairbanks.
 
Nancy Sathre-Vogel says it takes two to three weeks for your body to get used to the all-day cycling without getting sore, but after that, the experience is worth it.
 
You can keep track of the Vogel family on their website Family on Bikes.
 
Anne Jones is a contributer to the Fort Nelson News and the newest member of the Donne Tempo Magazine writing team!  Welcome to our pages Anne!

The Vogel Family has reached Ground Zero, Dawson Creek, B.C. Canada completeing the first of many milestones and seeting a world record for Daryl and Davy as the youngest cyclists to complete the Alaskan Highway

Daryl and Davy watch the Buffalo Roam (Photo courtesy Nancy Sathre Vogel)

Read all about Vogel’s record setting Journey at:

Family on Bikes

– Part 1

– Part 2

– Part 3

– Part 4

- Part 5

- Part 6

- Part 7

- Part 8

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