Changing Gears is a true story by Nancy Vogel about the adventure of her own family on bicycles from Alaska to Argentina. The book tackles the question “What would you do if you were not afraid?” a question that Nancy asked herself before deciding to take the challenge of cycling with her husband, John, and two 10 years old twins, Davy and Daryl.
And that wasn’t an easy Journey, it was a journey packed with physical challenge and emotional endurance. But despite the hardships, the journey was also packed with tremendous gifts. Together, the family learned teamwork, perseverance and the kids had lots of learning opportunities.
I really liked how the book isn’t written from one person’s point of view, as Nancy also includes many quotes from her children’s diaries during the trip which gives you a thought of what were the kids thinking, and how they are growing up during this journey.
I asked Nancy for the book to read and review it because I thought it is interesting – well, everything travel for me is interesting! But before I started reading it I read a bit on Nancy’s blog, Family On Bikes, and I had a feeling that she’s a fearless woman. Someone who would take such a leap with young children can’t be exactly your typical mother.
I was even telling a friend that I am about to start reading a book about a family’s three years journey on bikes with 10 years old children and she said this can’t be a real story, no mother would do that to her children! But then as I started reading the book, I started knowing Nancy more, and then I knew, like any other human being she was afraid; afraid of failure, afraid this was a wrong thing to do to her children. But using her motto, she decided to take the challenge.
And along their journey I have been also learning. The main lesson was the one I am always taught whenever I travel, that it is the little unexpected blessings from “road angels” as Nancy calls them is almost the best thing in life.
The book also lead to a mini argument with my mom when I asked her why she never did such an adventure with me when I was younger
Would this journey end up as a disaster, a mother’s nightmare, or as a dream come true with everyone proud of what they accomplished? That’s what you get to know when you read Changing Gears – A Family Odyssey To The End Of The World.
If you’re still reluctant, you can read a preview of the book here.
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