The Washington Times - May 27, 2008, 08:26PM

by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

Boise, Idaho (May 27, 20078)… My mom always said I never did anything the normal way.


I was a fiercely independent child who grew into a fiercely independent woman. I marched to my own drummer and thought outside the box. Heck – Mom even said I couldn’t even do kids the normal way! (I had twins.) So why would I do a family vacation the normal way?

Most people think of a family vacation as a couple-week venture at a beach somewhere. Adventurous people might even consider a family vacation hiking in the mountains for a couple days, white water rafting some afternoon, or perhaps even spending a week at a dude ranch.

But riding bikes 20,000 miles? I doubt it.

Yes, that’s right. Riding bicycles from Alaska to Argentina. My husband and I, along with our ten-year-old twin boys, will pedal away from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska on June 8. We’ll keep our handlebars pointed south until we reach the southern tip of South America in about two and a half years.

“What?” you ask. “Are you crazy?” I suppose in some ways I am.

But mostly, I’m just a mom who loves being with her kids. Traveling by bike is, bar none, the best way to see the world, and I consider myself privileged to have the opportunity to do so with my children. In 2006-07, the four of us traveled 9300 miles around the USA and Mexico.

In our time on the road, we pedaled through nineteen US states and four Mexican states. When we arrived home one year after pedaling out of our driveway, all four of us had been touched by angels and beguiled by magicians’ charms.

We had been irrevocably changed by our experiences – in a good way. Now we are ready to do it again, and there is no doubt in my mind that we’ll arrive back home changed even more. And that’s a good thing.

Here, my twin boys explain our trip.  I will file blogs from the road, when and where I can and hope you will check back often to find out just where the Sathre-Vogel Family is!




Read all about Nancy’s Journey at


On the road again – Part 1

On the road again – Part 2

On the road again – Part 3

On the road again – Part 4


Nancy Sathre-Vogel is no stranger to international travel or bicycle touring.  In the ten short years since her twins were born, she’s lived in four countries and traveled in fourteen.  She and her family are currently pedaling their bikes from Alaska to Argentina and will, no doubt, have plenty of tales to tell from their adventures.  Donne Tempo will be watching the family’s journey, sharing their stories and blogs here at Donne Travels and at Family on Bikes