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Mailbag Monday #3

Today_we_continue our Mailbag Monday series…

Dear Nathan,

Hey do you know how many miles long your trip is all together?  Do you want to know one of my favorite things is biking.  My favorite color is red.  What is your favorite color?  I live in a yellow house.

Your friend,


Hello Gage,

I hope all is warm and well back in North Dakota. My brothers and I are over halfway down the Baja, and the temperatures seem to hover between sixty and eighty degrees. In each town we pass through the people seem be wearing double or triple the amount of clothing that we are, especially when wearing our tank tops.

I don’t think I could give you the exact mile, foot, and inch where we are setting down the bikes and running into the ocean holding hands. Hitting the seventeen thousand mile mark is probably a reasonable goal. Even though I didn’t cover the same amount of distance as a kid biking around the farm was a blast. Ramps were erected from blocks of wood to spare tractor parts. Once upon a time there were thoughts of riding down a slide in the backyard, luckily we decided to bike on safer terrain later in life. My family went on annual camping trips, bringing a fleet of bicycles for bike path and trail use. These vacations were times of rest away from the hustle and bustle of the farm. My favorite color when I was a kid was blue, and I’ve decided that it is currently closer to a teal color.  I hope you can sleep soundly with your house being any other color than your favorite.

Thank you for taking the time to write me and tell me about yourself! I hope you enjoy the rest of school and have an amazing Christmas break. We are planning on hanging ornaments on some form of vegetation and having a little party of our own. It will most likely be in the Mexican desert, so we’ll make the most of it.

Nice to hear from you!

Your friend,


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love the mailbag posts! And I’m jealous of your tans! Bike safe

    December 5, 2011
  2. Bette Berg #

    Hi guys
    It’s been so interesting keeping up with your journey. Take a picture of that decorated vegitation so we can see what your tree looks like. We hope this half of your trip gose as well as the first half. Our thoghts and prayers go with you each day. We lovce and miss you
    Love, Monrad and Bette

    December 5, 2011
  3. Mark Berg #

    You should’ve taken the string of battery opperated Christmas lights.

    Mark Berg

    December 5, 2011
    • We’ll have to improvise something, and try not to burn anything down in the process. Are cacti flammable?

      December 7, 2011
      • Mark Berg #

        Once they’ve been distiled they are

        December 9, 2011
  4. krista #

    Are those temps cold for Mexico? It is 36 here and feels like September.

    I agree; we need a picture of this decorated vegetation!

    December 7, 2011
  5. I think it is on the cold side, everyone seems to be wearing layers of flannel etc. The nights are actually somewhat on the cold side, my brothers occasionally catch me whimpering in the tent with cold feet.

    December 7, 2011
  6. Mark H. Berg #

    Only after they’ve been fermented


    December 8, 2011
  7. Bobbi #

    I always am curious as to how all these people who do these trips plan for their daily food & water intake. I am a cyclist too & for me to go out on a 2 hr ride, i need water….. How do you guys manage it especially travelling through the desert?

    PS Whoever is doing the writing is doing a fantastic job. You definitely have a career in writing if you dont go back to the farm.

    PSS Once you reach your goal its the hardships that you look back on with pride.

    December 12, 2011
    • For water storage we decided to grab two 10L MSR Dromidary bags that have worked quite well. With two full bags the three of us can last about 2-3 days, this includes drinking water and breakfast/supper.

      We all contribute to the writing on the website and might put together some kind of book at the end of our journey. We’ve been having an amazing journey thus far. We are excited to continue on and give everyone else a glimpse of our experience.

      December 12, 2011

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