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A Family Adventure


The Vogel family (mom, dad, and 8-year-old twin sons) explores North America on a triple and single bicycle

9,354 miles (15,054 km) over 357 days from June 18, 2006 to June 9, 2007

Topic: Bicycle Touring  
Categories: Tour diaries, Tandem, With kids, Extended, Grand Canyon Connector, Pacific Coast, USA Coast to Coast, North to South, USA East to West, USA West to East, Canadian Rockies
Locales: North America, United States, Canada, Mexico, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Estado de Baja California, Estado de Baja California Sur, Estado de Sinaloa, Estado de Sonora, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey
Years: 2006, 2007
Keywords: Santana, kids, bicycling, biking, Boise, twins, children, cycling, triplet

Permalink: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/familyadventure

Copyright © 2006-2014 By John Vogel and Nancy Sathre-Vogel - (contact)

Status: Completed Jun 2007Featured Journal #233
Last update: Saturday August 2, 2014 08:58 (US/Pacific) (edited Sat 2 Aug 2014 09:19 (US/Pacific))
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We were fighting the wind like mad right here. Our friend Harry took this photo as we approached the campground - I don't think I've been this happy to arrive in a campground ever!!


Table of Contents

Countdown to Departure

      Who Are We?
      Why?
      AHOPE for Children
      Getting Ready
      Where are we going?
      The Final Countdown: Our triple arrives
      Saying Goodbye: The last few hectic days

We're OFF!!!!

      Made it to Oregon!!
      We've survived this far!!: Burns, Oregon
      Now I know why so many people died on the Oregon Trail: Bend, Oregon
      Northbound!!: Madras, Oregon
      We're rained in....: Madras, Oregon
      I love the little unexpected treasures America is throwing at us!!: Viento State Park in the Columbia River Gorge
      Big City Blues: Scappoose, Oregon
      We made it to the coast!!!: Astoria, Oregon
      Reflections: Klipsan Beach, Washington

Exploring the Puget Sound

      R & R day!!: Long Beach Penisula
      Headed NORTH!!!: Montesano, Washington
      Rained in again!: Montesano, Washington
      Again!!: Montesano, Washington
      Back in my college town...: Tacoma, Washington
      Hanging Out in Tacoma: At the Russums
      At the Nunes: Paulsbo, Washington
      Puget Sound: Riding the Ferries
      A Magical Day: San Juan Islands
      It's COLD!!!: Olympic Peninsula
      The beach is BEAUTIFUL!!!: Ocean Shores, Washington
      The GRAND DETOUR is over - heading into uncharted territory: Long Beach Peninsula (again)

Finally heading SOUTH!!: along the coast

      Made it back to Oregon!!: Astoria
      Too many options: Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon
      Spectacular Ocean Views: Pacific City
      We'll NEVER make it to California at this rate!: Newport
      More tidal pools!!: Cape Perpetua, Oregon
      Oregon Sand Dunes: Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area
      A Rest Day: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
      Riding in the Clouds: Sunset Bay
      Riding the Winds: Humbug State Park
      Another beautiful day: Golden Beach
      Our last night in Oregon: Brookings
      2 months, 2000 miles, and CALIFORNIA!!!!: Crescent City
      The boys on their own
      Update on Mom
      One less person: Crescent City
      Amongst the Giants: Redwood National Forest
      Elks galore: Redwood National Forest
      The Kids are in Heaven: Eureka
      Being a single parent is tough!
      Avenue of the Giants: Weott
      Avenue of the Giants: Redwood National Forest
      Aughust Heat: Leggett
      Day Off: Leggett
      Back in the Fog: Fort Bragg`
      Rest Day: MacKerricher State Park
      Happy Birthday! Happy Anniversary!!
      Pygmy Forest: Van Damme State Park
      Riding the High Cliffs: Manchester
      Drier Climate: Woodside Campground
      More Precipitous Cliffs: Badega
      Much encouragement: Samual Tyler State Park
      Staying at a real house: San Rafael
      At the Gilbert's: San Rafael
      At the Gilbert's II: San Rafael
      Mom update
      Fog shrowded Golden Gate Bridge: San Carlos
      Alcatraz: San Francisco
      At the Gundunas's: Half Moon Bay
      When Things Go Wrong: Santa Cruz
      Body Surfing: Santa Cruz
      Artichoke Heartland of America: Monterey
      Monterey Bay Aquarium: Monterey
      More Precipitous Cliffs: Big Sur
      YIPPEE!!! YEE-HAW!!!: I'll rejoin my boys soon!
      Waiting for Mom: Pfeffer Big-Sur State Park
      D'oh!! Mommy's back!!: Big Sur
      First day back together: South of Big Sur
      We caused an accident!
       We are what the cat brought home!: San Luis Obispo
      We made the news!!: Still in San Luis

A "Grand" Detour - to the Grand Canyon!!

      Hills, hills, and more hills!: Somewhere between San Luis and California Valley
      Now we know why California is the "Golden State": McKittrick
      The BIG city!!: Bakersfield
      Good things can come from a wrong turn after all!: Bakersfield
      Up into the High Desert: Sequoia National Forest
      The Highlights: according to the kids
      Blowout: Walker Pass
      Mojave Desert: Ridgecrest
      Thank God for Tailwinds!: Trona
      The Precious Gift of Water: Wildrose
      Doowwwnnnnn hill!!: Furnace Creek, Death Valley
      Ways to Keep Cool: Furnace Creek, Death Valley
      Dancing in the Moonlight: Death Valley Junction
      Battling the wind: Pahrump, Nevada
      Hanging out again...: Pahrump, Nevada
      What a Circus!!: Las Vegas
      Not what I expected...: Las Vegas
      I'm tuckered out!
      Still Sittin' in the Lap of Luxury!: Las Vegas
      Saving Mr. Turtle: Lake Mead National Recreation Area
      A Real, Live Tarantula!: Logandale, Nevada
      Lightning Storm: Mesquite, Arizona
      Cabin Fever: Mesquite, Arizona
      Through the Gorge: St. George, Utah
      Uneventful Day: St George
      Rainy Panic!: Zion National Park
      Shaky Legs: Zion National Park
      A Much Needed Rest Day: Zion National Park
      Whirls, Twirls, and Swirls: Mt. Carmel Junction, Utah
      Adaptation: Escalante National Monument
      Jack Frost paid us a visit!: Page, Arizona
      Hanging Out: Page
      Blah: Bitter Springs, AZ
      Sand Storm!!: Cameron, AZ
      Longest Night Ever: just outside Grand Canyon National Park
      It was all worth it: Grand Canyon
      4 for 4: Grand Canyon
      All we Need are Pinecones: Grand Canyon National Park
      Us Snowbirds are Heading South!: Tusayan
      Halloween Hero: Williams, Az
      Temperature Extremes: Kaibab National Forest
      Disappointment: Prescott, Az
      TV Stars!!: Prescott, Az
      Almost, But Not Quite: Yarnell, AZ
      Saguaro Country!!: Gladden
      Tied our Record!: Parker, AZ
      Take it apart, put it together....: 10 miles out of Parker
      Water Worries (or not): Middle of Nowhere, CA
      Wind Warriors: 29 Palms
      Rock Climbing Heaven: Joshua Tree National Park
      Granite Splendour: Joshua Tree, CA
      Cactus Spines: Indio
      Dragged Home Again: Thermal
      Are We There Yet?: Salton Sea
      Out-Foxed by a Fox: Borrego Springs
      Exploring Borrego: Borrego Springs
      Montezuma's Revenge: Santa Ysabel
      Downhill to the Ocean: San Diego
      At the Beach: San Diego
      Mingling with Mickey: The Magic Kingdom
      Wine, Candles, and Hot Tubs: San Diego
      Getting closer: Chula Vista
      Giving Thanks: Chula Vista
      Goodbye USA!: Chula Vista

A Baja Kind of Adventure

      Police Escort: Tijuana, Mexico
      No Bicicleta!: La Fonda
      Just in the Nick of Time!: Ensenada
      Yet Another Rest Day: Ensenada
      Ho Hum...: Santo Tomas
      Dang That Wind!!: San Vicente
      Baja is supposed to be warm!: Camalu
      A Different World: San Quintin
      Sometimes ya gotta do it...: San Quintin
      The Boonies: El Rosario
      Treasure Hunt: Rancho El Descanso
      Battling the Unbeatable Foe: 12 miles from Cataviña
      Biking Through Wonderland: Cataviña
      The Little Things: between Cataviña & Punta Prieta
      I Just Want to Relax: Punta Prieta
      Variety: Punta Prieta
      The Coast Again!: Jesus Maria
      Civilization at Last!!: Guerrero Negro
      What a smartie!!: Guerrero Negro
      Learning Lots: Guerrero Negro
      No Gas!!: Vizcaino
      Limping along: San Ignacio
      Pitiful Pass: Bonfil
      Transitions: Bonfil
      Sea of Cortez!!: Santa Rosalia
      Baffled: Santa Rosalia
      Posada!: Santa Rosalia
      They remembered!: San Lucas
      Hanging Out: San Lucas
      Twas the Night before Christmas: San Lucas
      Christmas Day: San Lucas
      Tailwinds!: Mulege
      Culture Shock: El Coyote
      Underwater World: El Coyote
      Back to the Desert: Middle of Nowhere
      Hungry!: Loreto
      Bah Humbug!: Loreto
      Happy New Year!: Middle of Nowhere
      Abrupt End: Middle of Nowhere
      Hmmm...: Ciudad Constitucion
      Explorations: Ciudad Constitucion
      Killing time...again: Ciudad Constitucion
      Imagination: Ciudad Constitucion
      It Ain't Fair: Santa Rita
      To the Fort!!: Pochitas
      Exhausted: Middle of Nowhere (again)
      Whiskey: LA PAZ!!!
      Big City!!: La Paz
      Happy Birthday!!: La Paz
      Hurry up and Wait!: on the ferry

Mainland Meanderings

      Bickering: Mazatlan!!!
      Chores: Mazatlan
      Chatty McChatter McChattington: Mazatlan
      Snowbirds: Mazatlan
      Vacation??: Mazatlan
      Three Generations on One Bicycle: Mazatlan
      Bummer!: Mazatlan
      Looking better...: Mazatlan
      Big Bummer!: Mazatlan
      On hold: Mazatlan
      Significant Downgrade: Mazatlan
      Waiting...: Mazatlan
      Up in the Air: Mazatlan
      The Countdown Begins...: Mazatlan
      A "Golden" Adventure: Quelite
      It ain't the condo anymore: Dimas
      Desperation Averted: Estacion Obispo
      Flashbacks: acampamiento near Costa Rica
      KA BOOM!!!: Culiacan
      Waiting: Culiacan
      Contradiction: Caimanero
      Por El Viaje: A Toll Booth Somewere in Mexico
      Boys' Fascination: Guasave
      Knee´s OK!!!: Los Mochis
      Rugged Mountains: Creel
      Another Wounded Warrior: Creel
      Backroads on Singles: Creel
      The Call of the Canyon: Posada Barranca, Copper Canyon
      Back to the Lowlands: Los Mochis
      Chore Day: Los Mochis
      Unmoved: Los Mochis
      Back to the Corn: Sonora/Sinaloa border
      The Rumors were True!!: Navojoa
      Whew!!: Cuidad Obregon
      Cooties: Cuidad Obregon
      Tied Our Record, Again: Guaymas
      We're Famous!: La Pintada
      #&%?@#¿¡ !!!!: Hermosillo
      ARRGGH!!: Hermosillo
      Rest Day: Hermosillo
      Playing: Mozocahui
      Rural?: Aconchi
      Fiesta or Rodeo?: Banamichi
      Its Not Broken: Banamichi
      Subida...Bajada: Arispe
      Racoon w/Chile: Bacoachi
      Reflections on a Memorable Ride: Almost Cananea
      A Rude Awakening: Cananea
      Headwind from Hell: Junction for Naco
      Brutal: Douglas, Arizona

Atlantic Bound

      Luxury Accomodations: Douglas
      It's a Bird!: Rodeo, New Mexico
      Nighttime Surprise: Hachita
      Empty Road: Columbus
      Transitions: El Paso, Texas
      Cast Off!: El Paso, TEXAS
      Naughty Winds: side of the road somewhere
      Holed Up: Cornudas
      So Close, Yet So Far: Guadalupe Mountains National Park
      Battle: Carlsbad Caverns
      750 Under: Carlsbad Caverns
      Uninspired: West of Hobbs, NM
      New Record: Seminole, TX
      Kid Contingent: Gail
      Morning Fog: Snyder
      Another Tourist: Anson
      Texas Winds: Albany
      Chicken Soup: Palo Pinto
      Slippin' Through: Weatherford
      Digging Deep: Lillian
      Crisis: Lillian
      Freckles: Lillian
      Bad Weatherman!: Lillian
      Back to School: Lillian
      HEAVY Rains: Lillian
      Ooey, Gooey, Muddy Mess: Kaufman
      Would we like a what!?!?: Lake Tawakoni
      Adventure: Leesburg
      Warm Showers, part 3: Linden
      Gone Fishin': Linden
      Just Rewards: Texarkana
      Winter Already?: Prescott, ARKANSAS!!
      Shanghai'ed Again!: Arkadelphia
      Crashing the Party: Hot Springs
      Lost Hearts: Paron
      Poop Soup: Perryville
      Cheaters: Harrison
      Play Day: Harrison
      The Weatherman was Right: Harrison
      Brrrrrrr.....: Harrison
      7500/70: Branson, MISSOURI
      Porking Out: Springfield
      The Price We Pay: Bolivar
      Katy Trailhead: Clinton
      Slavedriver: Pilot Grove
      A New Beginning: Rocheport
      The Magic is Back: Hartsburg
      Special Places: Tebbets
      No Services: Marthasville
      A Fond Farewell: St. Charles
      At the Zoo: St. Charles
      Close, But No Cigar: Alton, ILLINOIS
      Rollercoaster: Carlysle
      ...SUPERBIKERS!!!: Olney
      (no-so-super) BIKERS!!: Lawrenceville
      Summer Heat: Shoals, INDIANA
      Mystery Flats: Seymour
      Thunderstorm!: Madison
      Confused: Madison
      Thank you
      RIP Juanita W. Sathre
      Future Plans
      Alone Again: Madison, Indiana
      New Routine: Folsom, Kentucky
      The Mechanic: Frogstown, Kentucky
      The Farm: Ripley, Ohio
      A Rest Day: Ripley, Ohio
      Amish Hill Country: Peebles, Ohio
      The Auction: Bourneville, Ohio
      Another Interesting Day: Chillicothe, Ohio
      Consignment Auction: Chillicothe, Ohio
      Reunited: Columbus
      On the Road Again...: Linnsville, Ohio
      Eastern Hills: Cambridge
      Swamp!: Cambridge
      Rained Out: Cambridge
      Passing Through: Belmont
      WHEEE!!!: Valley Grove, WEST VIRGINIA
      Pancakes Abound: Washington, PENNSYLVANIA
      PA Knows Bikers!: West Newton
      Long Day: Confluence
      Culture Shock: Somerset
      Triple Hopping: Everett
      Campgrounds Full: Burnt Cabins
      Flatlands: Caledonia
      Poor Timing: Gettysburg
      Battlefields: York
      Out of the Woodwork: Lancaster
      Amish Country: Elverson
      Holy Cow!: Doylestown
      By a Hair's Breadth: Doylestown
      Rest day in Doylestown: Doylestown
      Why? (Again): Altantic Highlands, New Jersey
      The Big Apple: NEW YORK CITY!!!!
      Lady Liberty: NYC, NY
      Less is More: NYC, NY
      Miscommunications: Greenwich, CONNECTICUT
      Supermarket Entertainment: Norwalk, Connecticut
      End of the Road: Guilford, Connecticut

Final Thoughts and Lessons Learned

      Future Plans
      Simple Joys
      Crying Doesn't Help
      A Week Later
      We're in the Newspaper!!!: Hartford Courant
      It's Over: Boise, IDAHO
      Live Your Dream
      One Month Out

2014 UPDATE: Spreading our wings


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