My Next Big Thing


One of the first people I started following when I jumped into the world of social media was an amazing family who was cycling from Alaska to Argentina.  The Vogel family, otherwise known as Family on Bikes, were doing something that I thought was absolutely incredible and over the years I’ve become friends with Nancy, the mom of the family.

Now that their 17,300 mile adventure is complete, Nancy is working on her “next big thing”….the release of a book depicting their Pan-American journey: One Family, One Dream, One Very Long Road.

She recently wrote a post explaining the details of her new project as part of a networking type event among bloggers and writers.  It’s called The Next Big thing, and she “tagged” me so that I would be the next to write about the big things going on with me and my life.

Before I start explaining my big thing, I invite you to read all about what Nancy and her family are cooking up.  You can read her story right here.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your project?

The fun and adventure of opening a bicycle cafe on the Caribbean island of Grenada.

Where did you get the idea for this project?

Let me try to give the short version of this answer for you.  My Family and I have been wanting to move back to a location like the Caribbean for a few years now, and have spent the past couple years researching and waiting for it all to come together.

My Wife and I decided that opening a bicycle cafe would allow us to bring together our passion and interests to create a great Family business.  Soon after we came up with this idea, a friend of mine from Grenada wrote me an e-mail explaining this new idea he had.  It was as if he had been reading my mind because it was so very (and creepily) close to what we were wanting to do.

Within moments of receiving that e-mail, the wheels started turning and about 3 months later we moved to Grenada and will soon be ready to open Mocha Spoke.

What else about your project might pique people’s interest?

How about the words: Coffee, Bikes, Caribbean, and Peace?  Mocha Spoke will be a full service cafe offering amazing hot and cold beverages, light breakfasts and lunches, as well as snacks and other items.  Along with that we’ll be offering bicycle rentals, tours, repairs, and accessories.  We just purchased some great mountain bikes from Jamis, and our coffee equipment and the products served are going to be the best this island has to offer.

We have so many great things that will be happening at Mocha Spoke that it really will have something that piques the interest of everyone.

When will Mocha Spoke be open for business?

The building is currently being constructed and we’ve pretty much got all the equipment ready to go once it’s up.  Ideally we’d like to open the first week of January 2013 and will be pushing hard to make that happen.

The Jamis bikes will be here within a couple weeks so once they arrive we can start doing the rentals and tours even before the business is officially up and running.

What inspired you to pack up your family and move to the Caribbean?

That’s a good question.  It’s a huge thing to move a family of 5, plus 2 dogs, to a third world country….but we’ve always lived an adventurous and gypsy type life so we were able to jump over the hurdles along the way.

It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that inspired us to move here, but if I had to narrow it down to just one aspect…I would say it’s the vibe.  My Wife and I have always went with what “feels” right or offers a vibe that is comfortable and satisfying.  We felt that Grenada and this business offered the vibe we were looking for.

How can people find out more about Mocha Spoke and your next big thing?

We have a simple website up at, and you can friend us up on Twitter and Facebook to get news and updates on everything.  I can also be contacted directly at for questions on the business, Grenada, our Family adventure, or anything else.  I hope to see all my Loving the Bike friends and followers here in Grenada in the near future.

It is now my pleasure to introduce you another blogger who is working on something big and making it happen.  Joel Phillips from Reasons 2 Ride is working with his local Chamber of Commerce and implementing a strategy for a community-wide public service and well-being campaign. That’s his Next Big Thing.

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6 Responses to “ My Next Big Thing ”

  1. Nancy Sathre-Vogel on November 30, 2012 at 12:48 am

    That sounds a wonderful next big thing! Congrats on making it happen!

  2. Henry on November 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I look forward to reading more adventures from you and Mocha Spoke.

  3. Joel Phillips on November 29, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    I humbly accept the torch, although two very tough acts to follow, I hope I can live up to the benchmark of awesomeness everyone has set.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 29, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I can’t wait to read more about the goodness you’ve got brewing. Keep on making it happen, Joel.

  4. Nick on November 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Congratulations Darryl. That is more then a big thing you are taking on, it is huge.

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