They Are My Cycling Heros

As most parents do, we want to spend time with our children. Days, months and even years can slip away without noticing it while living the so-called ‘normal’ life. Later you wonder where the time went and why you never took advantage of the moments you may have had.  We’re choosing to travel by bike because it is simple and affordable, it allows us to spend more time outdoors, to stay fit, and to move at a speed that allows us time to actually process where we are going and what we are experiencing. We also enjoy the challenge of bicycle travel and look forward to the learning opportunities that will present themselves while undertaking this adventure as a family. Our kids are young. The moment for us is now.

So what about you?  Who are your cycling heros? Why do you consider them a hero?  If you are a cycling family like Family on Bikes and Pedal Powered Family, let us know about it.  What you are doing is truly inspirational to me and has really helped get me through some dark thoughts.

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  • Big Little Life

    What an inspirational post. I so relate to the quote by Nancy Sathre-Vogel. Thank you for this.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks for checking this post out. Yes, Nancy and her Family are amazing and happy to hear that you related to what she had to say.

  • http://www.massivemtber.co.uk Clive Chapman

    Anyone who “steps off the planet” and goes their own way often in the face of ridicule and negativity gets my vote. We’re being forced more and more very subtley into a life of toeing the line and conformity. All of which is not good for humanity, creativity and the soul.

    I had a discusssion very recently with someone who means a lot to me and who’s views I respect about Nancy’s trip. They just didn’t get it, and no amount of conversation or argument would alter them from their view that it was mad, and more importantly bad for the kid’s future and education. Oh and it was selfish too!

    In my experience the most valuable lessons are learnt outside of the classroom and in my humble opinion Nancy and people like her have equipped their families more fully for their journey through life than anyone else.

    Billy Connelly summed it up very well. “Whatever you do don’t be beige!”

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I like the way you said that, Clive.  Yeah, it is definitely one of those topics where different people have different opinions.  I totally agree with what you’ve said and I also agree that the best lessons in life are learnt outside.  Keep on being a leader, Clive.

      Darryl

    • http://twitter.com/photogsonvespas dc buchanan

      Clive, I could not agree with you more. Ironically I recently had the same experience with someone close with the same result.
      Enjoy the ride! DC

  • http://twitter.com/FearfulGirl Torre DeRoche

    I have two adventure heros. My first hero is Tania Aebi. She sailed the world solo at 18 . Her book, Maiden Voyage, inspired me to sail the Pacific because I thought: If she can do that, I can do it too. My second heros are … Family on Bikes! Since discovering their blog, I’ve been planning out my next adventure: cycling South America! I didn’t know about bike touring before I saw their site. I’m not a cyclist: I have very little bike experience, no idea about mechanics, and weak calf muscles! But if they can do it, I can do it too. Plus, it has got to be easier than sailing :)

    • http://twitter.com/familyonbikes Nancy Sathre-Vogel

      Torre – you are so right. I am not a super-athlete by any stretch of the imagination. Trust me – if I can bike from Alaska to Argentina, you can do it too!  Thank you so much for the kind words!

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I’m glad that they have also inspired you to get out there and do something cool….and to keep that Spirit of Adventure burning strong inside of you.  Keep me updated on your plans to cycle South America…..Awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/familyonbikes Nancy Sathre-Vogel

    Thank you so much! I never thought I would actually be anyone’s hero – and certainly not someone as awesome as you. I can’t tell you how honored I am. Truly.

    Nancy

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Well, if you know me you know that I wouldn’t go around praising someone unless I absolutely mean it.  You guys really are heros to me and have helped ease my mind when I make adventurous decisions for our Family.  It really has helped a lot and I want your entire Family to know that I appreciate what you’re doing.  Keep Making it Happen.

      • http://twitter.com/familyonbikes Nancy Sathre-Vogel

        You have no idea how much that means to me!

  • http://www.tourabsurd.com Katrina

    Right now my husband is my cycling hero.  He’s creating a bike sharing and community website to encourage all kinds of feel-goody progress!  :)

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Awesome….I love to hear stuff like this.  Go on and give him a hug from us as well.

  • http://twitter.com/PedalmanTO PedalmanTO

    I don’t know the names of my many cycling heros. They are the people that give an encouraging word to others, stop when they see someone who might need help or give a passing stranger a smile. They give you a wave as you pass going opposite directions and tell you to ride their slipstream in a nasty headwind.
    These are my heros.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      I hope they know how much it is appreciated….great answer.

  • http://twitter.com/bikerly Jim (@bikerly)

    Super D! When I read the word “hero” I always think of the guys on Saturday cartoons… but it’s not just Saturdays anymore is it… anyway, I think we should call you Super D because the love you spread for the bike and the way you live life is something I have huge respect for.

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Jim.  That really means a lot…..especially coming from you.  Let’s keep on making it happen, dude.