Vogel Family on Bikes update: Pneumonia in Argentina

Vogel Family on Bikes update: Pneumonia in Argentina

Posted: Oct 29, 2010 07:16 am EDT

"As I sat there in the blazing sun on the side of the road watching my boys ride off without me, I burst into tears." Nancy Vogel writes in another emotional report; "I couldnt do it. Im not SuperMom after all. Im not the invincible woman I like to think I am. I am nothing more than a frail, vulnerable human being, just like us all. My body finally gave in.

From Alaska to Argentina on a bicycle

The Vogel Family who left to cycle from Alaska to Argentina June 2008, have entered the long country of Argentina, but are not far from their goal Tierra Del Fuego at the southern most tip of Argentina when disease strikes Nancy, the mother. She continues in an emotional email to ExWebs Mikael Strandberg:

"The doctor told me I had pneumonia and would not be camping anywhere but the hospital for a few weeks. I burst into tears again. I hurt so badly. I wanted so badly to be healthy. I wanted my body back. But these things take time. The following day, John and the boys arrived with all three bikes. They managed to find a lovely hospedaje not far from the hospital and weve settled in for a while the doctor tells me I wont be able to travel for at least two weeks and very possibly longer."

Emotional and educating reports

For me, as a reader, a traveler and writer, the Vogel Family's long and arduous bicycle trip from Alaska to Argentina ,is one of the most exiting and enthralling adventures I have read about recently. The reports are emotional, interesting, educating and gives perspective. Other travelers, explorers and adventurers could learn from this. Nancy finished off her personal email:

"Im trying to tell myself that good will come of this. There will be some major life lessons well all learn that will serve us well throughout the rest of our lives, but I honestly dont know what those lessons are right now. Maybe well learn that sometimes you cant fight Mother Nature God knows weve battled her a lot on this journey. Maybe well learn that there times when you simply have to roll with the punches and do what needs to be done. Maybe weve even already learned that."

Critique being bad parents

I also know the Family have picked up quite a lot of negative critique from sour people who think what they are doing is really bad for the kids. Dumbest critique I have ever heard! Nancy writes this about travelling with children:

"Kids can do a lot more than we may think they can. Ive learned that first hand after cycling 24,000 miles with my children in the past 3.5 years. The best bit of advice I can give is to never doubt your child. Never, ever doubt your child not even for one nanosecond.
You see, children have this uncanny ability to live up to their parents expectations. Somehow, kids know exactly what their parents expect them to do and they do exactly that. If parents expect their children to pedal around the block, theyll do it!! And if parents expect their children to cycle around the world, theyll do that too. Its us as parents who tend to limit our children."

An American family of four is on a two and a half year cycle journey from Alaska to Argentina traversing the Pan-American Highway. The Vogels, mother Nancy, father John and their 10-year old twin boys Davy and Daryl started on June 8, 2008 and are currently in southern Peru in the desert.

The four are no strangers to bicycle touring. In 2006-07, they completed a 12-month, 9300-mile trek around the USA and Mexico.

#Trek




I burst into tears. I couldnt do it. Im not SuperMom after all. Im not the invincible woman I like to think I am. I am nothing more than a frail, vulnerable human being, just like us all. My body finally gave in.
Image by The Vogel Family courtesy The Vogel Family, SOURCE
"As I sat there in the blazing sun on the side of the road watching my boys ride off without me, I burst into tears."
Image by The Vogel Family courtesy The Vogel Family, SOURCE
The doctor tells me I wont be able to travel for at least two weeks and very possibly longer.
Image by The Vogel Family courtesy The Vogel Family, SOURCE
Never, ever doubt your child not even for one nanosecond.

You see, children have this uncanny ability to live up to their parents expectations.
Image by The Vogel Family courtesy The Vogel Family, SOURCE

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