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Mailbag Monday #5

Today_we_continue our Mailbag Monday series…

Dear David,

How are you doing?  Do you like riding so far?  my name is Gavin.  I like to drive 4 wheeler.  It’s awesome!  I like to drive fast on the 4 wheeler.  Where do you live?



Pasture fences forced us to camp under this highway bridge near El Cien north of La Paz.

Dear Gavin,

I am doing very well.  After a 14 hour ferry ride across the Sea of Cortez, we are on mainland Mexico in the city of Mazatlan.  We left La Paz on a massive cargo ship.  Hundreds of people, along with their vehicles (a majority of which were loaded semi trucks) rode with us.  Accommodations were limited, so many people slept on the open deck.  Aside from the fact that we pitched our tent near the railing on the port side of the ship, it was an ordinary night for us (except when the wind and waves would rock the boat!).  Many were envious of our accommodations, which rarely happens!

I like to drive 4 wheeler, too!  Sometimes I wish my bike had a motor and throttle.  Descending hills and catching a tail wind are exhilarating.  They often fulfill my need for speed, too!  Before leaving on this trip, I lived at home where I grew up outside of Starkweather, ND.  Now, I live as a nomad on the road.  Most nights are spent in our tent off the road in pastureland or local’s yards, and some are spent in homes when we are invited.  After countless nights in a tent on a small air mattress, I will always be thankful for the comforts of a bed in the shelter of a home. Thank you for your letter, Gavin and have a wonderful Christmas!


David Berg

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Bill #

    Thanks for answering my question about how you were going to get from Baja to the mainland. Holding you in prayer as the 3 of you journey. Thanks for your blogs.

    December 19, 2011
  2. Jim and Elizabeth Berg #

    Good to hear from you again…and thank you for your interest in responding to the schoolchildren’s letters. We are glad you made the trip across the Sea of Cortez safely.

    Grandma was discharged today…and is doing well in physical therapy. We think of you often.

    Love, Dad, Grandpa B and Grandma B

    December 19, 2011
  3. Barbara Spencer #

    Glad to see you got a ticket on the ferry and survived the trip over. It was great meeting you and I’ve already used “Cinch” which you downloaded onto my computer. I was just reading a book by a journalist who was travelling through Patagonia, Argentina, where you’re headed. Oh my goodness, you have a great trip ahead of you. Take lots of pictures through Patagonia and especially when you’re in Ushaia and put them on Facebook. Can you send me any photos you took at the breakfast with the kids? Awesome travelling!

    December 19, 2011
    • Thanks for the comment, Barbara! The pictures should be in your inbox. Have a merry Christmas!

      December 20, 2011
  4. Rebecca Ellenson #

    Mazatlan is one of our favorite places. We have spent lots of time there and have hopes of spending winters there in the coming years. There is a large community of expatriates there from the US and Canada. We attend a church on 5 de Mayo street, address 1714 in El Centro, the old historic center of town. It’s a blue building. Send me an email if you’re still in the area and want some contact names. Steve also has a cousin who lives there that could be a resource for you. I don’t want to post their names here but if you want a connection we can provide that via email. Wishing you a happy Christmas and safe travels. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Rebecca Ellenson and Steve Cherne.

    December 20, 2011
  5. Allison Stoltz #

    Dear Berg brothers,

    Thanks for another letter. We look forward to reading them every week. We are wondering what you will be doing for Christmas.

    Now that you are in Mexico, here are some questions that we have:
    1) How’s the weather? Have you been in any bad weather?
    2) What do you eat? Is it any different than the US?
    3) Are the houses big?
    4) Do the towns/homes look different?

    That’s all for now. Marry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    Be safe,
    Ms. Stoltz’s class

    December 21, 2011
  6. Zach Sager #

    Feliz Navidad muchachos! I know its early, to say that, but its never to early for gracious greetings. I hope all is well down there. I wish I could send you a picture of an awesome snow fort that your dad and I built, but I could hardly scrape together enough snow for a slushie drink.
    I went to the Christmas Program at Starkweather the other night. The band and choir are quite a bit smaller, but it still gets to me and to everyone how much DJ can get out of so little. The voices were as pure as ever and the horns were as….loud as always. Nathan you may enjoy that they played the “Pink Panther” set piece. I remember playing that with you in band.

    Anyways…Ill write again soon. Miss you guys very much. Be safe.

    December 23, 2011
  7. Jeff Conant #

    Merry Christmas from all of your fans at Oak Grove! We hope wherever you are that Christmas will be especially meaningful for you this year!

    December 23, 2011

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