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Posted on Mar 21, 2013

Tonight’s Insomnia: Changing Gears and Why It’s Totally Nancy’s Fault

Tonight’s Insomnia: Changing Gears and Why It’s Totally Nancy’s Fault

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I am struggling with sleep lately. You could say it is because of a plethora of good reasons,  including but not limited to moving  three countries in three weeks, eating exactly what my body does not need,  sweating too much, worrying about money, and not meditating, exercising, drinking enough water, nor playing guitar much. I’ve been ill a few times, and have broken down a few more. And so, sleep has alluded me, night after night after night.

Usually I can pinpoint the thought patterns, the bodily discomfort, the damn stubborn mosquito who is the culprit for my night-owl-ness. Tonight, it’s Nancy’s fault. She asked me to take a peek at her up-coming book Changing Gears, and nice person that I am, I thought I would do that for her. Foolish move. I opened the book at 10pm-ish and found myself 4am still reading, sweating, goose-bumping, and smiling. Damn it Nancy, couldn’t you warn me that straight from the get-go my maternal hormones would be firing like wild fire, terrified that Davy wouldn’t pedal away and would watch how the bear with the blades of grass on his face would devour his mother?

Why You Should Not Read This Book

Could you not let me know that I would be exhausted just reading all those times you almost ran out of food, you got lost, you rode in the pelting rain or against ridiculous winds, or you just didn’t think you could make it? And what about all the buttons you’re pushing in when you honestly share your doubts regarding if this journey really was what was best for your boys? And those road angels, the one who left you cold coke [link so funny, you’ll die] on the road, the one who kept you from sleeping on the streets in Bogota, Colombia via Twitter, or the countless ones who cheered you on, fed you, let you stay in their hotel or home?

I must say, when things get tough for Kobi and I, Kobi or I, just me, the kids, or any sticky combination of that the above, we stop and go, “Oh, it’s this damn nomadic lifestyle choice. If we were back home, we would never feel this lost/ confused/ frustrated/ tired/ fill in the blank.”

And, yes, immediately we catch ourselves, realizing that we are who we are wherever we happen to be. And yes, the road eliminates so much of the daily stresses that can choke our families, but the road also introduces a whole new and colorful list of creative reasons to freak out and lose your bearings. We often face too much twice-breathed air, stuffy or uncomfortable living arrangements, and desperate groping after the most basic of Maslow’s needs on the pyramid. It is in those moments of physical and emotional claustrophobia that I wonder why we’re doing this stupid world travel thing. Really, why?

Really, Why?

I could be back home with our kitchen counter and that lovely yard facing the Upper Galilee Valley, and yet, here I am, wherever here happens to be this month, month after month. Why do I choose the nomadic lifestyle even when at times I just want to be home? Why did Nancy and her family choose to bike from Alaska to Argentina for those three years even when at times it was just not fun to push anymore?

If I could tell you in one breath, I’d be lying. Some days I know and I know it so deeply that words elude the rawness of my truth. And like this song that makes us all dance like madmen and that I’ve created a  slow acoustic version to on my guitar of, “What do I stand for? Most nights, I don’t know, anymore.” Some days, I don’t know. I don’t.

So, Nancy has always been a kind soul to me. She’s always reached a hand out and said, “Here,” and that friendship, I value deeply. I also honor and respect her integrity, her life choices, and her new book Changing Gears. It’s a great story of just who she is and how this mother faced all that comes up when you decide to pursue a stupid, crazy, amazing idea like theirs. If you do get the book, don’t start reading it at night. Trust me on this one.

Some Snazzy Giveaway With Cool Prizes

And if you do get the book, to celebrate it’s launch Nancy’s done with Book Launch Giveaway. One day she’ll have to tell me how to do this, but she’s giving away things like a car rental, a $100 gift certificate for Novica, some merino wool jerseys from Ibex, and other things I can’t pronounce and have no idea what the brand names represent.

To enter this snazzy giveaway, KEEP READING!

(And just for the record, I don’t think I get anything if you enter or buy or win or anything. Maybe Nancy will give me a special hug, which she always does in an e-hug way. I’m promoting this for Nancy is one of those genuine people you would be a fool not to bend over backwards for. I do hope many people read here amazing book. )

 

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Would the journey be a dream come true – or a mother’s worst nightmare? Find out in Nancy Vogel’s newest book, Changing Gears: A Family Odyssey to the End of he World available now! Please visit Family on Bikes for more information.

Release Week Celebration!

In celebration of the release of Changing Gears, Nancy, with the help of a few of her favorite sponsors, is holding a giveaway of the following prizes:

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I think you a Rafflecopter giveaway  and you can enter.  Damn technology, I’m getting a headache from it. Tell me if it works, OK?

To tell me you love me and you get it that I am not ready to put my family on bikes, ever, leave a comment below. To tell me about what you had for lunch, how fun it is that you don’t have to seek shelter every time you’re new in town, or to say the name of your 4th grade homeroom teacher or your 8th grade English teacher, you know what to do.

And I, damn sick of insomnia but soooooo deeply happy inside, may just try to go to sleep. 

Any thoughts? Any cool tips to save money on family travel? Think we’ve gone too far in the saving money department? Think it’s a wobbly balancing act and that we’ve got it down pretty good? Did you know that you guys are actually, really helping us keep traveling. A remarkable new flood of YouTube subscribers have joined us, more and more are following our rss feed. Twitter,  and in Facebook, and there is a steady stream of comments on our blog. These things directly fund our adventures and we can’t thank you enough for sharing our posts, reminding your friends to like us, for watching, and for leaving comments. You are changing our world and enabling us to keep traveling. Thank you friend.

Stuff they made me say on the bottom:

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents and will end at 11:59 pm on March 27th.Three winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive a subscription to Women’s Adventure Magazine and their own copy of Changing Gears.  Remaining prizes will be divided among the finalist.

Disclosure: The Nomadic Family is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This event was organized by Victoria at Drive Me Crazy Family Adventure on behalf of the author, Nancy Vogel, Family on Bikes.

 

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  1. I happily take that blame, Gabi!! Thank you so much for a lovely write-up.

    “I opened the book at 10pm-ish and found myself 4am still reading, sweating, goose-bumping, and smiling. Damn it Nancy, couldn’t you warn me that straight from the get-go my maternal hormones would be firing like wild fire…” I LOVE this!!

    Nancy

    • Nancy, i adored your book, and you, and writing this review of your journey. I hope it inspires many to also ask your now infamous TED talk question, “what would you did if you weren’t afraid.” good job nancy. mwah. gabi

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