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Mailbag Monday #8

Today_we_continue our Mailbag Monday series…

Dear Isaiah,

My name is Halley I just love to ride bike.  Wat are you doing this for?  Probly for something good.  Wat is your faveret food?  Wat’s your favert coler?  Do you like to ride bike?  Do you get exhausted?  I get exhausted sumtimes when i ride bike around the block.

Your frend,


Greetings on a cobblestone road in Mexico

Dear Halley,

I am so glad to hear that you love riding your bicycle.  I hope you love bicycles for the rest of your life; I know I will!  My brothers and I are riding our bicycles to Argentina on behalf of Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.  We want to build a home for a needy family.  I think that’s something good, and I hope you agree.

My favorite color is blue (though green is a close second) and I like riding bike a lot.  I would be crazy to do this if I didn’t.  Sometimes I get tired, but I’ve got my brothers with me so I can always push through.  When I was your age I remember riding a bicycle around a 10-mile loop at Itasca State Park in Minnesota with my family.  It is hard to imagine it now, but at the time I felt superhuman for completing that ride.  Keep pushing your limits, Halley, and you will amaze yourself someday.

Your friend,


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  1. Allison Stoltz #

    Hello Isaiah,

    Glad to here that you are biking again. Here are our questions this week:

    1) How many miles have you completed so far?
    2) Has everyone recovered from the food poisoning?
    3) How’s the weather? January has finally decided to join us and it is booger freezing weather today and tomorrow.
    4) How many families have you met along the way?

    Have a safe week and may you not have any booger freezing weather,

    Ms. Stoltz’s class

    January 17, 2012
    • Hello Ms. Stoltz!

      We’d love to answer some questions.

      1) We don’t have a functioning bike computer anymore, but we’re estimating that we’ve completed about 8,000 miles. 2) We’re healthy and rolling fast through southern Mexico! We hope we don’t battle food poisoning again! 3) It’s incredibly warm here. Usually 80s and sunny during the day, a dry heat here in central Mexico. It froze at night in the mountains, but now that we’re lower it’s not so cold. 4) Countless families. Since hitting the mainland we’ve hung out with Fargo-natives, a family of 13 adult children in Hidalgo, a small family at a logging camp in the highlands, a family of artisan jewelers in the mountain town of Taxco, and last night a family living beside a soccer field we camped at for the night.

      We’ll keep warm, we promise. North Dakota cold sounds pretty appealing when you’re sweating on a long climb on a hot day!


      January 17, 2012
  2. Jim and Elizabeth Berg #

    We wish we could eavesdrop as you practice your Spanish and interact with the people you come across…especially those families who take you into their yards or homes. Yet, in a way, we are there with our prayers, your photos and posts. You are a blessing to those you meet just as much as they are to you.

    Dad, Mom, Marta and Grandpa O.

    p.s. Here at the farm it’s -30 degrees F. with wind chill factor tonight… Stay warm tonight!!

    January 18, 2012

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