The Vogel Family had a dream. They were tired of suburbia and longed for adventure. Combining their love of travel and cycling this family of four (mom, dad, and then 8 year old twins) decided to take off for a year and see America and Mexico….on their bikes!
There is something about this kind of adventure that is so compelling. For the average person (certainly to me!) the idea of a year long bike ride seems…well…crazy. But riding your bikes for a year with eight year old twin boys in tow? Super crazy.
But its the good kind of crazy, the crazy that inspires!
Nancy Vogel brings us along for the ride in her new book Twenty Miles Per Cookie, an honest account of her family’s year long bike riding adventure. I read the book from start to finish in one day only putting it down for food and bathroom breaks!
What I loved most about this book is there is no sugar coating the journey. Nancy recounts it all for us. Pouring rain, strong headwinds, dehydration, soaring desert temperatures, freezing nights, muddy mornings, and injuries; a journey of this kind of epic proportion is not for the faint of heart.
The bad times made the good times that much sweeter. Seeing the country from behind the windshield of a car pales in comparison to seeing it from the seat of a bicycle. They were a part of nature, and revelled in its glory. They had to work as a team and grew closer because of it. This daring family learned together that they could accomplish anything they set their minds to.
Twenty Miles Per Cookie is truly an inspiring read.
Did it inspire me to take my own year long bike riding adventure with my family? Well….No. I don’t like riding my bike that much! But it did help me to understand that we continually underestimate ourselves and that whatever we can dream we can accomplish if we only believe in ourselves.
And although I we won’t be taking off on any long term bike riding adventure, reading this book has got me contemplating how much fun it would be to do something of the grand proportion of a two day, one night bike ride to grandma’s house! You have to start somewhere right?