The Washington Times - August 14, 2008, 11:54PM

By Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Allow me, if you please, to give you a tour of our bikes.  I know you’re wondering about the logistics of all this, so I’ll do my best to satisfy your curiosities…

On our bikes, we have steel racks in the front and rear on which we attach panniers.  Panniers are saddlebags for bikes that have hooks on top and clips on the bottom that attach to the racks.  We have a variety of styles and sizes – a very mismatched set, if you ask me.  In our panniers we carry mostly small items, which are all wrapped in plastic bags so they don’t get wet in case of rain.

The Vogel Family ride with their bikes loaded

On my and Davy’s rear racks, we have large yellow drybags.  Drybags of made of some kind of thick, waterproof material and close securely so no water can get in.  In those we carry our sleeping pads and sleeping bags – items we simply afford to get wet.  They are strapped to the rear racks with nylon webbing.

John and I both pull trailers.  I have two smaller drybags in mine, while John has one large drybag in his.  We try to put most of the weight we carry in the trailers in order to keep the weight off our bikes to prolong the life of both the tires and the wheels themselves. 

I carry all our food, which means I’m packed to the gills at times and nearly empty at other times.  John carries all our technical gear – the laptop and a whole mess of peripherals.  He also carries a sleeping bag or two.

Our tent travels on John’s rear rack so that it’s readily accessible in case we have to set up camp in a hurry.  With the four of us working together, we can have the tent set up in a grand total of about three or four minutes – quite handy if it’s pouring rain.

Every morning we stuff our sleeping bags, roll up our sleeping pads, and take down the tent.  It takes us approximately 45 minutes to break camp and get on the road.  In the middle of the day we try to find a nice stream where we stop for a few hours to cook our main meal.  In the evening, when we are tired, we look for a clearing with a flat spot for the tent.  In other words, our days have been reduced to simplicity.


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

Home Sweet Home - John and Daryl set the tent.  (Photo by 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

Finding Santa Claus - The Vogels Reach North Pole, AK

August 4th Chat with the Vogels - Click Here