For the past few weeks we have been enjoying a number of letters from some very special students. We were notified that an elementary school in North Dakota was enraptured by our journey from Alaska and was eagerly following our every posting about Canadian mudslides and bike rides and more. At our last mail drop, we got their letters; countless handwritten missives by third-graders who were quite enthusiastic to share our North Dakotan commonalities and investigate the strange wonders of our bicycle expedition. Monday will now become Mailbag Monday at Bound South, where we will share these letters and our responses.
My name is Michaela. I am 9. I do not like to ride bike up hills but I love going down them. Do you like riding bike? How long do you ride a day. Do you ever get tired? Is there anything you are really looking forward to? I drove to Vermont with my moms friend Gary, my grandpa, my mom, and my brother. I live in ND. What are all of the states you are going to see? And how on earth did you make your own bike? My class is third grade. How old are you? when is your birthday? What is your favorite color? My birthday is July 2, 2002. My favorit color is black. Do you ever eat at a restraunt? Do you get to go to bed or do you drive that whole time? Why did you choose to ride bycycle? I would drive atleast a motorcycl. I hope you don’t fall off your bike with all that stuff on it. I have three siblings Austin, Carter, and Jason. They are all boys! I think yours are David and Nathan, hey, they are all boys too but I am a girl and you are obviously a boy.
I have always liked to think that I love riding bike uphill and downhill. I just love riding uphill a lot less! Riding bike for me is about freedom; it’s a form of incredible transportation that can take you almost anywhere under your own power. It’s the mechanical fulfillment of the human engine. It is beautiful to me, even when I am totally exhausted from it. Yes, even us three Pan-American bicycle adventurers get tired from riding! We like to ride about sixty or seventy miles in a day.
I think that I am looking forward to the vast regions below the US-Mexico border more than anything. The Andes and Tierra del Fuego are always on my mind, but they do not distract me from the beauty I get to see every day. The US states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California have been spectacular in their own way and I hope that we capture that on our website.
I’m 22 years old, I was born on June 15th, and my favorite color is blue. I most definitely sleep at night, and sometimes even during the day when I get the chance. If I ever get the crazy idea to do this trip again one day, I bet I’ll be riding a motorcycle and eating at more restaurants. I hope I don’t fall off my bike either! If there was ever any doubt about whether we were boys, this trip has cleared it up.