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Mailbag Monday #6

Today_we_continue our Mailbag Monday series…

Dear Nathan,

How are you?  I am good.  I have a walking brace on.  I had an infection.  Will you send back?  I hope so!  I love dogs!  What is your favorite animal?  I like all animals.  Are you having fun?  I hope you are!  Do you ride 100 miles a day?  Well, I can walk 1/2 mile already.  That is to my mailbox and back!  Well, have a safe trip!

Your friend,


Mountains on the mainland

Dear Elle,

I’m doing pretty well, just had a hard day biking mostly up hill yesterday and my legs are a little stiff. My brother had to wear a walking brace for a while after he hurt his back in a soccer injury.  Glad to hear that you don’t mind having a brace on for the time being. We have two dogs back home that I miss from time to time, and I don’t dare strapping a dog to my bike rack to replace them.

I’m having an amazing journey so far, but I wouldn’t mind some cooler weather. Some of the long mountain climbs in the Mexican heat can get to you. The other day we had a climb that went on for thirty or forty minutes in the sun. We haven’t done a hundred mile day since we were in the states. We tend to average around 75 miles a day, the effort varies with the terrain. That’s a long walk to the mailbox! I bet you bring your dog on those adventures. Thanks for the letter!

Your friend,


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Allison Stoltz #

    Hi Nathan,

    Glad to hear that you are doing well. We have a couple of questions/comments for you:

    1) Which brother was in the walking brace?
    2) Elle’s new favorite animal is the horse.
    3) Elle got her brace off and is going to start to go to gym class again!

    Hope your legs are better and it doesn’t get too warm again.

    Ms. Stoltz’s Class

    January 3, 2012
    • Hello Class!

      1) David had a brace from a soccer injury early in high school.
      2) We have several horses on my family’s farm back home, they are great for working with cattle.
      3) Awesome! David couldn’t wait to get out of his brace and start snowmobiling and skiing.

      Legs are working well, and it has been pretty cold in the Mexican mountains to be honest.


      January 4, 2012
  2. Jim and Elizabeth Berg #

    Ms. Stoltz, Elizabeth and I wanted to clarify a bit on the soccer injury…perhaps your class can google and investigate the injury. David was a defenseman on the soccer team and injured his back on a cold, drizzly day at the State Tournament in 2008. It never healed and became worse during basketball practice. A MRI discovered a “stress fracture” in the 5th lumbar which necessitated the back brace. David wore it faithfully while sitting out the basketball season and has shown no sign of the injury since.

    Good luck to your class as they learn, grow and mature.

    Jim and Elizabeth Berg

    January 4, 2012
  3. Great adventure you’re on, my freinds!

    January 13, 2012

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