Family on Bikes is the site to search if you’re interested in embarking your family on a bicycle adventure. Nancy Vogel, the driving force behind this website, has put together a vast amount of information covering everything from home schooling on the road to technology for travelers.
This is a busy site, so it may take you a while to find your way around. A good place to start is the Resources Section. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about planning to bike tour around the world by yourself or with kids, plus loads of information to make life on a bike a bit easier.
Teachers will want to have a look at the Education Section. This is the place to go for practical material that can be used in the classroom. Both Nancy and husband John are trained teachers so you’re sure to find top notch materials to make learning via a cycling tour fun and effective.
The Blog is the place to look for inspiring travel tales. Here’s an excerpt from a recent entry with a philosophical bent:
Someone asked me the other day how it came to be that I was on this journey biking from Alaska to Argentina with my husband and 12-year-old twins. Indeed – how did I arrive at this point? One day I was just your ordinary, everyday wife to a wonderful man, mother to incredible twin boys, and Special Ed teacher at a local high school. The next day I was standing on the northernmost edge of the world, about to cycle south 18,000 miles on a quest for a world record.
Twenty years ago I never would have dreamed I’d be making this journey. It never occurred to me at that time that I would one day have two sons, and it certainly wouldn’t have occurred to me that I’d be out cycling the world with them. And yet, here I am – in Argentina after having been on the road for more than two years. We’ve cycled 14,000 miles, with only around 4000 more to go until we arrive at the southern tip of the world.
How did that happen? How did it come to be that I had the experience and knowledge I needed to embark upon this journey?
As I look back upon my life, I realize that each experience I’ve had and every decision I’ve made all pieced together to make who I am today. Being stranded in the Himalayas due to a blizzard… Figuring out how to live in a remote Honduran village… Cycling over my first pass… Getting lost in Kaohsiung, Taiwan… Each piece of the puzzle has ultimately led to my being right here, right now.
To get the kids´s perspective, take a look at the online journals of Davy and Daryl, the twelve-year-old twins who complete the Family Vogel Biking Team.
Family on Bikes is packed full of information, so be sure to spend time browsing the archives. The two-wheeled travelers have been on the road since June 2008 and are nearing their final destination, the tip of South America, but something tells me this won’t really be the end to their tour.