Garnett, KS – A town filled with good people (day 19-22)

Our experience in Garnett was so special that words cannot do it justice. The families we’ve met continue to mean so much to us, which is why it’s taken so long to publish this. Enjoy! Where to begin…… Day 19. We just spent two days with the amazing JeanMarie Dancer.  Our body temperatures were finally…

Relaxing at the “Oasis in the Grass Desert” (Day 14 & 15)

When we left Nickerson the worst of the storm  had passed & all that remained was light rain. We biked by some of the damage it left behind. Thankfully the towns we passed were prepared, because the gravel side roads were flooded & it looked like many of the farms crops were under water. The…

JeanMarie Dancer, an Angel from Heaven (day 17 & 18)

Biking through Kansas has been bitter sweet. Every cyclist we spoke with told us the same thing,”put your head down, pedal as fast as you can, and get out of Kansas!” This is because the wind is always blowing (typically not in any cyclists favor), its super hot (and super humid in eastern Kansas), there…

Appreciating the little things  in Kansas (day 10-22)

Again, sorry for the delay. Reception continues to be an issue, but honestly time flies when you’re having fun. Enjoy! Once we entered into Kansas, the long stretches of limited resources continued. Funny how we assumed once we crossed state lines the environment would completely change, but the reality is any change is very gradual…

Sheridan Lake – Small Town, Big Heart (day 8)

Mark was with us during this visit, but we wanted to have a separate post for this very special town with a very special family.    The population of Sheridan Lake is 66. Even some of the kinder cyclists we met would brush this town off as merely a truck stop or lunch break.  Not…

Adventures with Mark Webb!! (day 5-9)

On day 5 (Friday) one of Sven’s best friends from MD joined us for the next 4 days to cycle with us to the Colorado/Kansas border. We left Pueblo and headed 50 miles towards Ordway. Mark was the perfect energy that we needed!  To celebrate Mark joining us, we had a lovely picnic in the…

On our own & loving it – Day 3 & 4

*sorry for the delay! We’re enjoying every moment – the good & the bad. Cell service is also not the best out here.  As we sat with our morning coffees at our favorite picnic table at the campground, we took deep breaths of appreciation for the beauty that surrounded us. Now the fun begins… Packing…

Family Comes First…(Day 1 & 2)

Hello all! Back together & anxiously awaiting the start of our trip. After Leslie was picked up from the airport by our wonderful friend Jackie Bayer, she (& eventually birthday boy Mike De la Cruz, who was beasting the last alpine climb of the season) hosted a great welcoming filled with delicious food & live…

And so it begins…..Svens perspective.

*I know that this is out of order but Leslie is way faster, better, and more beautiful than me in outting these amazing blog posts together.* This trip has been 2 years in the making.  With that being said we were still up until 2am the night before i started the drive out to Colorado….

First things first…Gratitude

As we sit on the picnic table of the beautiful view of our campground, as seen in the picture above, we reflect on those who made this adventure possible for us. This trip has been in works for two years & it would not be possible without the help & generosity of many people. Everyone played…

Making our way…according to Leslie 

Let’s begin with a short story… A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?” The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am…