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    Posted March 2, 2011 by
    Rio Gallegos, Argentina

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    Family finishes 3-year 17,500 mile bike ride from Alaska to Argentina


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     nancysv told me, 'We've been on the road for nearly 3 years now - have seen more than I can imagine during that time! '
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    After nearly three years on the road, the Vogel family of Boise, Idaho is nearing the end of their epic quest.  The Vogels – John (56), Nancy (50), Davy (13), and Daryl (13) left Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in June 2008 to cycle to the southern end of the Americas.  The family is now a mere 350 miles from Ushuaia, the southernmost town of the world, and expects to reach their destination in mid-March.


    To date, the Vogels have pedaled 17,000 miles through fourteen countries. They’ve crossed North America, Central America, and South America in the 33 months since they left the north shore of Alaska.


    The Vogel brothers, twins Davy and Daryl, will have earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest people to cycle the length of the Americas when they reach their goal next month.  The current record holder was 18 years old when he arrived in Ushuaia.


    The adventurous family travels on three bikes, including one tandem for John and Daryl, and carries everything they need on their bikes.  Lashed on to their bikes are tents, sleeping bags, a stove and pot, clothes for all seasons, spare parts and tools, and homeschooling materials for the boys.


    More information is available at www.familyonbikes.org

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