Pictures of the fifth leg
of the journey to Alaska

December 31, 2009

New Years eve lunch at the Olive Garden.

We're riding again, without the dress up part. Wonderful.

Jasmine and Robin with the Catalina mountains in the back ground.

The full moon is rising over our tent.

January 1, 2010

A new year, a new road.

Playing hide and seek between the cactus.

Playing catch.

We're flying 4 flags now. 1. I love my Burley; 2. Renfro Valley KOA; 3. Orange antenna flag; 4. Last but not least, the Frisian flag.

Posing at our campsite at Rancho Sonora with officer Hansen. He was told of our bicycle by his fellow officer.

January 2, 2010

What water can do to a desert.

Looking west.

The Maricopa mountains.

Robin is checking the out the tent.

January 3, 2010

Robin loves helping with the tent.

Riding alongside the mountains.

In the outskirts of greater Phoenix.

Los Angeles. Yes, the one in California. We're so close we can almost smell the Pacific Ocean.

Dessert. Yummy.

January 5, 2010

Gone hiking.

Overlooking the city.

The force of nature has merged two kinds of rock together.

Petroglyphs. The real deal?

January 6, 2010

Computertime for Robin.

Called Spinlite Cycling yesterday. New rim arrived today. Thanks Lyle!

January 7, 2010

We're cruising along nicely at nine mph.

Officer Kelly 'pulls us over' in Buckeye. The girls are all over the car and are testing all the buttons. Each gets a stack of stickers of the Buckeye police force.

Thank you officer!

Irrigated fields. Glorious green.

January 8, 2010

Sunrise over the campsite at Tonopah Hot Springs.

Wild honey.

We're crossing I-10 again.

California is 81 miles this way.

The afternoon brings some clouds.

Silly girl.

Desert sky as the sun sets.

January 10, 2010

We're back on highway 60 for a little while.

Still quite a way to the Pacific Ocean. And that is if we head straight to Los Angeles. Our route is going to take us in quite many differnt directions first before we'll arrive in L.A.

We're flying down into the valley.

Parker is on the California border, still on the Arizona side.

Robin is building another playground.

Cheyenne and Jasmine have made a maze in the sand.


A scout would have found this quite an interesting trail. It's the trail Bill makes to move the bicycle around.

Kids are marvelous at finding fun things to do with broken things.

January 11, 2010

Rhode Island, Missouri and New York meet Kentucky.

Mile 3,500!!! We are at the halfway point. An incredible feat.

Sighting California mountains!

The last town in Arizona.

January 12, 2010

Light on California: 12.30pm

Light on California: 01.30pm

Light on California: 02.15pm

Light on California: 02.45pm

Light on California: 03.45pm

Light on California: 05.30pm

Light on California: 05.50pm

Light on California: 06.10pm

The beautiful colors of sunset.

January 13, 2010

Good morning Colorado River; 07.50am


The girls enjoy the view.

Birthday girl.

The ladies of the Early Bird Cafe in Parker, Arizona.
Thank you for making such a special birthday breakfast for the girls.

Our rare contraption atracts these curious ladies...

Entering the Colorado River bridge which will take us into California!

California country side.

Bigger rocks, bigger memorials.

"One more rock..."

"Where do bicycles line up?"

90 more miles to 29 Palms. A stretch of nature from here to there.

We've made it from Parker, AZ, up the hill to Vidal Junction. The bicycle is holding up well. We're confident we can make it the 90+ miles to 29 Palms.

We set up camp behind a train loading ramp. This will provide us some shelter from the fierce wind.

Time for the candle. Time for the cake!

January 14, 2010

There they are!

The ruin of the Koop house.

A sign post near the Iron Mountains.

A flat tire on the trailer provides a mandatory break. Nice actually.

What a beautiful view from where we have our flat tire.

The sand seems to have swallowed the Calamut mountains in the distance. An amazing sight.

Our desert camp at the foot of the Coxcombs mountains in Cadiz valley. We don't put the fly on so we can look at the stars tonight.

January 15, 2010

Sunrise over the Granite mountains. We traveled across them yesterday.

The Coxcombs mountains are part of the Joshua Tree National Park.

The pass is about seven miles away.

Observing the lizard.

A six person bike?

An abandoned slab provides a good camping spot at the foot of the Pinto Mountains.

January 16, 2010

A cloudy day in California today.

We're getting closer and closer to the snowcapped mountain. It's hard to estimate how far away it still is. We reckon Yucca Valley is on this side of it.

We've made it to our first Californian town! We can smell breakfast already.

Posing with the 29 Palms police after a fine breakfast.

The girls with a Joshua tree in the background. Very strange brush top trees.

January 23, 2010

Robin is trying to look past Bill to see the snow.

January 24, 2010

Mount San Jacinto. 10,800+ feet tall. You're looking at the 10,000 foot face of the mountain, from where we stand in the valley.

Saving the day are Joe and Ed. Thank you very much!

It is so green here. The last time we saw this much green was in eastern Texas. Amarins just has to test the grass.

The interstate is off limits. Our route takes us across the Morongo Indian Reservation. Or is it?..

The moon is watching over us.

Into the valley. Lush and green.

What a ride today. We've had quite some adventures.

The sun is setting. The Pacific Ocean lies just behind these mountains.

Cheyenne is enjoying her cake, while Chris and McKay pass out the cake for all the guests.

Thank you for your generosity. May your journey be an inspiration too.

January 25, 2010

Robin is out!

Engrossed in Narnia; the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.

January 26, 2010

Swing time.

Timeless fun in the sand.

January 27, 2010

San Diego county line. We can almost smell the Pacific Ocean.

The town of Rainbow.

We came from across the valley.

Still climbing.

And up some more. This was a one hour hill with a gorgeous view over the valley we just came through.

While Bill helps fix the car, the girls have time for make-up.

Crossing interstate 15 once more. It's still a windy way to Escondido.

Goofing off with Mr Mandaric.

January 28, 2010

Bird watching.

Animal of the day.

Riding together.

Observing the wild animals from the tram.

Pretty layout.

Just 'lion' around.

Robin has fallen in love with the lion.

We're taking the secret short cut over the suspension bridge.

January 29, 2010

Enjoying the takin from China.

It is very special to see a real life panda.

The panda keeps on eating and eating. Definitely worth going to the zoo for.

The mammoth is squishing Jasmine and Robin!

Observing the Dromedary Camel (has two humps). The Bactrian Camel has only one hump.

February 1, 2010

We're flying through Elfland!


Thumbs up for Robin.

Javier and his mom have made scarfs for the girls. These will come in especially handy when we get further north. Thank you!

Lunch by McDonalds. Thanks Pam!

The ocean excitement is contagious!

"Sneaky" Cheyenne has been cruising this last portion.

After 6 months, 3,800 miles and 13 states, we have arrived at the Pacific Ocean...

A new ocean for the girls.

We went ocean to ocean on this huge yellow contraption.

February 3, 2010

A princess hug for Melissa.

Catching the kids together.

Kai, Cheyenne and Jasmine are looking for the flower fairies.

February 7, 2010

The kids wait patiently at the stop sign.

Robin is enjoying the exercise playground.

Jasmine, Kai and Cheyenne are doing a workout.

Mae and Robin enjoy their respective vehicles.

Cheyenne is getting the hang of skateboarding.

February 8, 2010

The flag post snapped right in two, as Amarins pushed the trailer backwards through the gate.

Just the weight of the flag made the trailer flip backwards.

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