adventure, bicycling, family travel, Nancy Vogel, profiles, quests, south america
This is a quest case study. (Read others or nominate yourself.)
For many, driving
17,000 miles with your family would be challenge enough. Nancy Vogel went a step further, and along with her husband and twin sons, decided to bike
from Alaska to Argentina over the course of three years.
Nancy's perspective on completing a quest was a favorite story for many readers from The Happiness of Pursuit
. Here's more from her.
I am an ordinary mom who went on an extraordinary journey. Some say I was outrageously foolish, others say I was ludicrously dumb. I don't think I'm either—I'm just a normal mom who wanted a life outside the box.
In 2008, I flew to Alaska with my family. Loaded into the belly of the plane were bicycles for the four of us, and all the gear we needed to begin pedaling toward the southern tip of South America, more than 17,000 miles away. We spent the next three years on our quest for the end of the world and finally—after cycling through 15 countries—we arrived in Ushuaia, Argentina on the island of Tierra del Fuego, where the road ended.