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A Friend to the End

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When_I_decided to hop on my bicycle after high school, I knew that I wasn’t alone.  My best friend, Joe Burgum, also chose what is unconventional and created an experience.  He lived and worked in Australia, traveled to New Zealand, and made a difference.  Now, I am glad to say that his experience has led him here to Patagonia (with warm socks, snacks, and lots of peanut butter), where he will join us for the final leg of our journey.

Joe and I share a lot.  We enjoy playing croquet and cards, organizing and leading events, taking risks, and serving.  We did everything together in high school.  We rallied a community to Fill the Dome, volunteered across the United States with Students Today Leaders Forever, constructed an ice tree for our school, and so much more.  He’s well-spoken, intellectual, courageous, and witty.  He has been someone I have missed dearly on this trip, and someone I am now ecstatic to share it with.  It brings a smile to my face to know that I will be among both brothers and best friend as I ride to the end of the world on Tierra del Fuego.

Joe, writing a few postcards home before riding with us to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

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  1. Jim and Elizabeth Berg #

    Welcome to the expedition! Breathe it all in and enjoy this time… We loved the story last night about the spokes coming apart on your bike and the teamwork you all had to fix the problem and move on… The story about sleeping in the horse stables at the expensive hotel was very good too. Was it the first time you boys ate mutton?

    Enjoy!

    May 6, 2012
    • Yep, first mutton of our lives! And it won’t be the last.

      May 6, 2012
  2. Bill #

    Well it makes my heart sing to know that one more miracle happened and you connected with Joe in El Calafate. And you continue to move back and forth between Argentina and Chile in the Andes (now to Torres del Paine National Park in Chile), Wow!!

    May 6, 2012
  3. Marilyn Guy #

    Good to see another Grover join you on your trip! Keep safe and have a great time. Marilyn Guy

    May 10, 2012

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