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Siva Muthuswamy wrote 2008-05-25 19:46:14
I was referred to your website by Jack Byron of Columbus,OH (Ananda) with respect to the puppy adoption and your adventures. Nice to know you both and an inspiring journey. Good luck with your adventures.

Gail Heffner-Charles wrote 2008-05-18 06:32:21
I read about your return in our Pataskala Standard. My son is finishing up his senior year at Watkins. I wish there had been time for you to present slides in his International Affairs and Global Studies class. I really wish you were staying stateside longer to do a lecture circuit in Spanish classes in local schools. Welcome home! I am busy planning graduation open house for Antonio. I am still a PAR teacher in Columbus. Keep in touch and thanks for this lovely website! My son, Antonio is touring Spain with EF for 10 days in June and he should get a taste of Europe that way. He'll be at Miami University in Oxford, OH this fall. Hasta Luego, Gail

Tom Mooney wrote 2008-04-21 22:08:58
My old friend Beaver, Tom told me about your trip. Beaver and I worked at NCR in Cleveland. Your pics are great.Bet it's nice to be home.I also saw tom in NC which is where I live.

Laura Swaminathan wrote 2008-04-21 03:51:58
awesome pics... Mystic is a lucky pup! Thanks for sharing. Hope we can see you when we visit Ohio July 19-26. Take care!

Maxi Salve wrote 2008-03-23 19:43:47

André Pollow wrote 2008-03-22 08:08:54

Bruno wrote 2008-03-21 08:26:34
Hey you two ....oop's ,...three!
Well, you made it!! CONGRATULATIONS on your incredible accompishment! Needless to say how proud WE are, ... for you two are DOING what the rest of us always just talks about!!! Thank you for this great, interesting and continious story. It always felt as we were there with you! By the way, who is the director/screenwriter of this movie ...? ... what a finally ... join-up with 'Mystic' out in no-mansland ... and the subsequent birth of 7 'cuties'...!!! WOW!!! Hollywood will be calling soon ....
Looking forward seeing you guys here in Zurich on monday.
Love, Bruno and Angelika

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2008-03-19 08:42:16

Norma Elliott wrote 2008-03-17 13:09:11
Hey, we're glad you made it home. Come back to Louisiana, Catahoula Parish and see us some time.
It was great meeting you.

The Fry Family! wrote 2008-03-16 09:24:23
We are so happy to have you home. What an incredible journey. Thanks for sharing with us!!!!!

Love you guys!

megan statt wrote 2008-03-14 09:00:34
it was so delightful to meet you in cincy. your website is great! i hope your finale is met with good weather, friends and family. cheers!

Heather & Shane wrote 2008-03-12 21:56:06
Woohoo! You're almost home!! Wish we could be there for the big shindig!!

Leonard wrote 2008-03-10 01:31:22
Hey there!

Nice to hear the weather lightened up on your last few miles together with mom.
Enjoy the last part as a big adventure of yours is coming to an end! I bet that will also be a bit a melancholic moment because after all you have been on this journey for one and a half years!
Oh and don't forget to greet all our relatives and friends from me when you reach Columbus.


Donna Whitman wrote 2008-03-05 10:22:02
Wow, what a ride and still going?! I'm an old time friend of Tom B's in Winston Salem. He gave me your web addie. Nice website.

Taylor wrote 2008-02-20 23:28:52
Wow - just checked your page for the first time and was surprised to see how far you've gone since Austin! I think of you two when I get out of breath after a few minutes of "spin" class.

Bev Rockey & family wrote 2008-02-13 07:18:54
Wecome back to US : )

Larry & Pam wrote 2008-02-08 21:49:57
Hey Ryan and Erica...just checking out some of your great photos. Glad you're back in the US, call or write us and let us know when you'll be passing through our neck of the woods.

betti wrote 2008-02-08 07:45:19
wann gibts fotos von den usa?? warte schon sehnlichst.. )

Heather & Shane wrote 2008-02-04 11:08:11
Wow! Lousiana already...looks like you guys have done some fast pedalin' since you left Austin! Love the Longhorn on your homepage!!! Hope all is well.

mike and alice wrote 2008-02-02 22:19:01
hey guys it was a pleasure meeting yall out in the sam houston national forest and interesting talking to yall we hope the rest of your trip is good be safe

Miller Hernan wrote 2008-02-02 09:13:42
Hola amigos!!!
Que alegria saber que estan muy cerca de llegar a su casa, muchas felicitaciones de parte mia y de mi familia.
Ademas fue un placer haberlos conocido y poder disfrutar de su compania.
Dios los bendiga.

Nancy Harris wrote 2008-02-21 15:36:38
Welcome back to the USA - what a long strange trip for you!! I'm trying to talk Erin into meeting you when you get to Columbus - when do you anticipat being back?

Bruno wrote 2008-01-28 14:27:10
....just checked on your progress...... just thinking of you.
take care
love, Bruno

Gary/Mary Ann wrote 2008-01-21 19:36:19
Happy New Year You GUYS!! Glad you made it back to the USA! Just a's FREEZING here in Ohio right now. Hope by the time you get further north, the weather is at least some warmer. Brrrrr! The wind chill here on Saturday was "O"!! Looking forward to seeing you and Mom Elsbeth in March! Love, Mary & Gary

eric and carmen wrote 2008-01-15 22:52:57
Welcome back into the states, well almost, you just have to get though texas and you will be okay just kidding to any texans, they just seem to be their own country. Seems as if you are making great time. Hope to see you soon.

Eric and Carmen

Ashley wrote 2008-01-06 22:21:42
Hey you guys,

How is life on the road treating you? Hope everyone is feeling good.

We miss you!
Love Ashley

Mami wrote 2008-01-01 13:16:37
Happy New Year!
With the best wishes for a save journey and a wonderful reunion in Ohio!

Bruno and Angelika wrote 2008-01-01 09:40:19
Hey you two,
all the best in 2008!! .... an interresting year for all of us.... even more so for you. Enjoy the last leg of your amazing journey! Need any fur-lined longjohns as you approach,slowly but surely, us poor working-stiffs out there in the cold..... !!
love, Bruno

catherine&martin wrote 2007-12-28 08:37:02

Fry Family wrote 2007-12-24 22:22:43
Merry Christmas! Hopefully you made it to the next town quick enough to find a place to stay for christmas eve.

Miss you guys. We will be thinking of you while we are gaining 10 lbs. Too much food:)

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2007-12-22 18:27:55

Mami wrote 2007-12-21 07:10:10
What on earth is edible on that Christmas tree??
Everything looks like plastic.

Guten Appetit und ueberarbeitet Euch nicht mit dem Einpacken von Weihnachtsgeschenken!

Familie Chew wrote 2007-12-20 19:02:57
Erica & Ryan

Frohe Weihnachten und gluckliches neues Jahr

Blake wrote 2007-12-16 19:13:59
I miss you guys. Thanks for the postcard.

patel sanjay wrote 2007-12-09 21:28:41

Virginie and Michel wrote 2007-12-09 10:00:42
Hola los amigos,

we wanted to say really sorry about your brother.
Take care of you and Suerte ! Que les vaya bien.

elaina roark wrote 2007-12-03 12:33:01
hey how are you guys doing? this is a really cool website! all my friends think the pics are really cool! well any way i have to go love you guys! god bless!

Nancy Harris wrote 2007-11-24 20:42:59
I hadn't checked the site for awhile. I am so sorry about Josh. I am sure that by now you are back to cycling. Have a safe trip and God bless.

Anonymous wrote 2007-11-20 21:19:42
Hey guys!! just looking at your pictures!! Amazing shots!

I have just been telling someone at work about your amazing journey!!

cheers from me and Adrian


Paola DeLeon and Mike Wisner wrote 2007-11-18 18:36:49
Erica and Ryan,
It was so nice to meet you guys in Guatemala. You guys are amazing!I keep telling everyone about you guys. Let us know when you come back to Guatemala or if you stop by in Memphis, you know you are always welcome. I hope you have a good stay supporting your family in Ohio. Keep in touch!

Mike & Paola

chris tuck wrote 2007-11-16 03:06:02
Sorry to read and hear about your brother, I hope you guys will still be able to resume your trip, Jen and I are looking forward to seeing you in British Columbia, chris tuck

André Pollow wrote 2007-11-11 05:00:38

Bev Rockey wrote 2007-11-10 19:41:17
Ryan, It was so nice to meet Erica. I hope you and Erica have a rest and will be ready to get back on the road. We will keep up with your journey. Bless your whole faimly.

Justin Vorel wrote 2007-11-08 12:15:33

We met in Costa Rica in the middle of the rain, it was a great talk on the side of the dirt road. I am down in Colombia now, heading south, it is good to see you are still heading north.
My blog is
I just added a photo of the both of you,
Cheers and safe travels


Leonard wrote 2007-11-03 11:36:29
Yay - Only Mexico between you and the States now.
Greet the Zappatists when riding through Chiapas!

Cheers, and enjoy the last part of your journey!
- bro

Angelika and Bruno wrote 2007-10-28 12:18:19
Hi Guys,
wow, you're already up there!! reading all your stories is just like being there as well.
Take care

Steve & Dawn wrote 2007-10-21 23:02:03
It looks like you're almost out of Nicaragua. I hope it has stopped raining on you! It was great to meet you at the Tucan and to share stories over dinner! What an adventure. I am incredibly jealous!

Stop back by when you have suitcases and we can show you the sights!

Take care and God bless!

Steve and Dawn

Blake wrote 2007-10-11 15:29:18
How big were those ants???

Virginie et Michel wrote 2007-10-05 12:35:43
Hola amigos, gracias por su email. estamos en Potosi en la casa de Florencio. Miramos su website muy a menudo. Felicidades por lo que hicieron hasta ahora... pero todavia falta "un poquito mas". Que les vaya bien.
Hasta luego,

Los amigos de Trujillo

André Pollow Zürich wrote 2007-10-03 05:27:30

Jean-Luc Nicoud wrote 2007-09-30 15:11:05

Jamie Kitson wrote 2007-09-30 10:06:06
Incredible guys, just incredible!

Do you have any idea when you'll be back in the States? That's my next target

Hollie wrote 2007-09-30 09:18:33
Oh, how wonderful it was to see you in person after your departure over14 months ago! You look so great and happy. And this visit gave me the opportunity to explore a beautiful city that I probably never would have considered vacationing at (other than the one-day stop on a cruise I took, which doesn't really give you a flavor of the city). I felt safe all the time, including our night-time strolls and my early morning trip to an ATM. Being able to surprise you with Rochelle was tremendous icing on the cake. The joy on your faces was worth the trip all on its own.

catherine&martin wrote 2007-09-23 03:26:02
hye! congratulations for crossing south america. I've plan my october holidays by cycling in switzerland...the first training, will I support?! Have quiet days now in Cartagena and sorry for my english! Martin say hello tambien! Catherine

Mami wrote 2007-09-13 14:39:50

Walter wrote 2007-09-05 12:58:54

I just sent you a message to your Hotmail's e-mail in order to invite you to share with me in San Jose, Costa Rica. I hope you be getting fun in your travel.


Jeff Kruys wrote 2007-08-26 13:02:20
Hi! I'm a southbound cyclist, currently at the Costa Rica / Panama border. Hopefully we will cross paths in Panama or Colombia, and we can swap stories and road info! See you later! Jeff

chris tuck and jen durand wrote 2007-08-11 23:54:04
Wow, I'm just looking at your website for the first time now, Jen was putting some pictures in an album from the fitz roy, anyways, i'll write another message here in bit, but i 'm really excited to look at your pictures, chris

Blake wrote 2007-08-10 16:48:43
Hey Uncle Ryan and Aunt Erica,

We looked at all your pictures after we watched a movie about the place you went. My favorite is the ones that sneeze salt. I am not sure how you have a computer with you? I am glad a volcano didn't get you.
Love, Blake

Message from Mason... Uno is my favortie game

Jami Woolsey (Baker) wrote 2007-08-07 10:18:59
Hi Ryan! Glad to see that you both are doing so well on this wonderful journey of yours. You both will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your time as much as possible. Take Care!!

Nancy Harris wrote 2007-08-05 21:32:51
HI RYAN - ran into Rochelle last week and heard about your trip! I'll be following you. Take Care of yourself and I'll keep you guys in my prayers

catherine & martin wrote 2007-08-04 17:43:20
hye! internet is broken at home, i'm now to a friend to look at your blog! We hope with martin that you are fine. it's always a pleasure to follow your amazing trip! i'll send a longer e-mail soon, take care, catherine

rochelle wrote 2007-08-04 09:49:02
Just checked out the new pictures of Quito. We have been checking everyday waiting for Galapagos pictures.

Miss you guys!

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2007-08-01 09:35:55

Lyle Sweeney wrote 2007-07-22 15:30:17
Ryan & Erica:
Well Done! I am greatly impressed by your tenacity and perseverence. Keep up the good work.
Lyle Sweeney (friend of Brent)

Mary Ann & Gary Meyer wrote 2007-07-17 22:14:22
Ryan & Erica: Happy Belated Birthday to both of you! I just heard from your Mom today, Erica, and she told us of the near stroke of bad luck of almost being robbed!! Thank goodness Lucho scared these guys off! I think you guys should write a book about this adventure; have you ever thought about it? Sounds like the next step to me! Gary is so jealous that you guys are getting to go to the Galapalos (sp?) Islands. Take lots of photos and be sure to put them on your site!! All here is fine; busy as beavers. I'm feeling great and Gary and I have each lost 15 pounds. We each want to lose 10 more. It takes a lot of discipline and we need to increase our exercise too. Ryan.... no more food poisoning; careful with anything that tastes a little funny. Love you Guys! Mary Ann & Gary

Annalies and Jenne wrote 2007-07-08 16:45:36

catherine & martin wrote 2007-07-08 06:10:38
As we understood...HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERICA! Yesterday was so many wedding organise, because of the date! We wish you all the best and...we want to join you, we miss South America so much! bisous, catherine & martin

Stef & Thi wrote 2007-07-07 09:43:15

Lucie wrote 2007-07-07 05:15:34

Mami and Daddy wrote 2007-07-07 04:54:30
and best wishes for your ride up to Quito you want to start on this special day!
Have fun and may you stay happy and healthy!

Mami and Daddy

Blake wrote 2007-07-02 11:08:15
Did you touch the clouds on the ride to Huancayo?
They were right by your tent. I really want to know.
Love, BLake

catherine and martin wrote 2007-06-10 13:53:07
your trip is better than a dream... really nice picture, and I just want, when i see them, to fly back in southamerica... are you really extending your trip??? continue to have a safe journey together. Catherine & Martin, Geneva

Jackie wrote 2007-06-07 10:02:26
Looks like your travels are going well. The pictures are wonderful. Have a safe trip and enjoy your journey. Love from Jackie

Gary & Mary Ann Meyer wrote 2007-05-30 00:35:56
Hi Guys!! I just read your updated travel guide. Amazing!!! Today is my birthday (May 29th). I guess I'm writing this early on the 30th as I haven't yet gotten to bed. You knkow what a "night-owl" I am. We saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie with Johhny Depp this afternoon and it was GREAT! Gary took me out to dinner to Joe's Crab Shack. We had a lovely day. Erica, your Mom told me via E-mail that you guys are extending your trip for a year. Aren't you ever coming back to Ohio?? We miss you guys! Stay safe, healthy and enjoy the rest of your trip. Love You! Gary & Mary Ann

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2007-05-28 03:42:43

Catherine and Martin wrote 2007-05-26 08:31:02
Hye Erica and Ryan! We are bake in Switzerland... We already miss South America ( cat a little bit more ). Switzerland seems to be so quiet now... We'll continue to follow your amazing trip and hope that everyhing will continue to be fine for both of you! Suerte!

Nicole & Mark wrote 2007-05-17 09:47:58
Hey guys! We're back in the US now, but looking at your photos makes me want to head straight back to South America. It was great having dinner with you guys at the Fallen Angel in Cusco (love the photo!) and I hope your trek to Machu Picchu was as fabulous as ours. Don't forget, pedal through Colorado and you've got a home! Sing along with me folks... I want to ride my bi-cy-cle I want to ride my biiiike. I want to ride my bi-cy-CLE I want to ride my biiiike.

Daniel wrote 2007-05-12 12:00:01
I enjoyed reading your entry about our visit! Nice that you have decided to keep such a thorough log... I feel like a celebrity for having been mentioned in this traveler's miniseries!! Best of luck on your next leg of cycling. I'll still email you when we hike again. And I made Paul read this most recent entry, too (just so you realize, he has now actually looked at your page.)

Paul and Sally (coyhaique) wrote 2007-05-10 20:35:45
Hey Guys, hello from Rio de janeiro. You are making great progress and your pictures are inspiring, we hope to go to many of the places you have pedalled through! We are rock climbing every day here and working on our sun tans! Hope to bump into you one day, but we will have difficulty catching up with you! Take care, love Sal and Paul

fry wrote 2007-04-30 07:56:40
We finally had a chance to look at the fun shots. The kids loved them. Blake asked very seriously if you had to come home now because your bike was shrunk. They like the one of Ryan flying too. They think he is flying?

Have fun with Paul!!!!!

Miss you both bunches:)

Maximiliano Salve wrote 2007-04-22 16:43:00

Stephan Gamillscheg wrote 2007-04-19 08:15:04
Hi there...
Sorry I could not get to know you better, but I was counting the hours that I had left in La Paz with my lovely girlfriend Alison. Now I am back in Copenhagen, Denmark. Flying is so unreal...

I wish you a good and safe journey. Here is a link to a very good article about the coca issue. Also look for "coca is everything here".

My website is - it's just getting startet, but will be updated with info about the Denmark - India trip.

All the best,

eric kluth wrote 2007-04-19 01:15:21
Ryan and Erica,
Love the salt pics, it is beautiful. What amazing world we live in. God has created so much beauty for us to enjoy. The fun pics were great, you creative kids, or maybe it was the hot sun just kidding. Well I see you are getting to the best part of the trip......Peru okay just a little bias, or maybe it is that Peru is the only place in South America I have been anyway enjoy and cannot wait to see more pics and stories.

God bless


Bettina wrote 2007-04-17 19:46:25

Shane Rockey wrote 2007-04-16 20:50:44
your pictures from Bolivia are amazing, I hope all is well!

Shane Rockey

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2007-04-08 08:55:37

Kit Lloyd wrote 2007-04-06 15:35:50
Hi from DIC in Reynoldsburg. I work with your dad< Eric - cool trip.... good luck!!

Leonard wrote 2007-04-03 10:18:55
Hi there

The pictures of Salar de Uyuni are great! You'd think they were photomontages


Jeanette wrote 2007-04-03 03:49:41
Hi Ryan and Erica - Finally I had time to catch up on your travels since your Christmas entry. I don't know how you both are doing all this - amazing. What special memories to create for the both of you to enjoy forever!! Plus this is a good way to test your marraige:) When are you hoping to arrive to the US or better yet, Ohio? I will be praying for your health and safety. Thanks for all your hard work in keeping your site updated with information and pictures.
God bless,
Jeanette Blair

Tina Blackburn wrote 2007-04-02 21:49:47
Sr. Howard y la Sra:
Increible lo que estan haciendo! Ojala que gocen de cada aventura. Tengo que decirte, Ryan, que voy a jubilarme en junio- hay una posicion abierta en Reynoldsburg- no se si tienes interes pero tenia que decirte. Buena suerte y que Dios les bendiga en todo lo que hacen!
Con carino-Tina

Blake & Mason wrote 2007-03-30 14:37:56
I can't believe you saw the flamingos in real life not on TV. It was neat to see the geysers. Miss you both.

Love, Blake and Mason

eric wrote 2007-03-27 04:09:54
Ryan and Erica,
Sounds if all is well, when you get to Peru, let me know. Are you going to visit Machu Picchu? Glad you are getting to enjoy the country and cannot imagine the climbing you are doing. I walk upstairs and get tired enjoy and God bless


Helge from Germany wrote 2007-03-26 17:09:52
Hey Guys,
Uyuni was quite amazing, the stay with you at the Hotel de Sal as well.
I wish you all the best, although you probably wont make in time to Cochabamba

Erik wrote 2007-03-24 11:59:35

Bruno wrote 2007-03-18 15:11:19
it's always a lot of fun, and very informative to read up on your adventure. Came accross this website www.hospitality .org in a newspaper here. It might be an option for you two as you get further north. On the other hand, you two can't be bothered with 'silly' things like that anylonger,I'd understand. You guys really look good, the entire world is just green with envy...
Be good, and take care
love, Angelika and Bruno

Lindsey wrote 2007-03-18 10:02:12
Hi guys!

Sounds like you're meeting some wonderful people. It's great to hear about such generosity and kindness in the world.

Hope you guys are having a great time.

Tell El Gauchito and La Chinita I said hi. : )

Love, Lindsey

Diana und Mäx wrote 2007-03-18 05:21:34

Diana und Mäx wrote 2007-03-18 05:06:25

Peter Feige wrote 2007-12-09 23:04:15

Diana und Mäx wrote 2007-03-05 16:18:27

Mami wrote 2007-02-28 12:35:47
I feel like winning a jackpot when I see a new batch of photos on this website! Great job! You both look great! Take care and always enough water with you!
Love, Mami

Bruno wrote 2007-02-26 15:48:14
Hey you two,
always interesting reading about your trip!
Erica, thanks for the B-day greetings. things progress well around here as well. Alexandre (the french dude from T.O.) is presently visiting. By the way, the flight to Toronto is booked. (Sept.1 to Sept. 30.) Have fun and be careful! XO Bruno

Doug wrote 2007-02-23 10:04:40
Hope all is well down South. It was bitter, bitter cold here recently. Hope your weather has been better.

Linds and I just got back from Long Beach, so it is quite cruel, this cold.

Spencer wrote 2007-02-13 17:29:58

I learned of your great adventure from your father who happens to be the inspector for a building I am constructing. I wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much I enjoyed the experiences you have shard thus far. The website is outstanding. It looks to be a once in a lifetime experience tha will provide lasting memories. You father is extremely proud, as he should be. Be safe and good luck.


gary wrote 2007-02-06 20:27:24
Thanks for all your hard work. With the time and effort it takes to put together your web page it is obvious that you care about all of us sitting back here in Ohio. I want to fly down there, find India and bring her back for you. Just love your photographs and all the stories. Cow brains and all. Cheers!!

Anonymous wrote 2007-01-29 11:40:44
Hi Ryan and Erica,
I will be following you tour and will write an article for the employee newsletter at the Division of Industrial Compliance. Have met with your Dad and did an article about Structural Inspectors for the State of Ohio recently.
By the way, just wanted you to know that it probably would not be a good idea for you to be going through Columbia. Realizing it's your choice I know, but had to through my two cents in.
Stay safe everyday and have enjoyable rest of your trip.
With kind regards,
Mary Petro

Rachel -your old housemate in Athens! wrote 2007-01-22 23:03:49
Hey Guys - I just realized you are STILL traveling. This trip looks amazing. I bet you guys are having a fantastic time. Thanks for the e-mail Ryan. Tell the Russian cyclists "Privet" for me! I can't wait to see the rest of the trip!

Nicki and Adrian wrote 2007-01-21 16:54:18
Hey guys....Well I was sitting here wondering how you got on with your ride today so i thought I would check out your so amazing...we will keep checking up on your progress great to meet you. Will be putting in those photo orders as you head up north..hehe


luv Nicki and Adrian

Sally and Paul wrote 2007-01-18 14:40:07
Hey Guys, seems like you are making good progress! Hope you enjoy the Tendor libre in Bariloche. We are still at Salamandras missing everyone, not the same without our little gang. Rock climbing course was excellent,followed by some great trekking around cerro castillo. Should start our mountaineering course soon! Glad you caught up with the boys along the route. We thought of you when we walked along the Carretera Austral for an hour, the most wind we have ever experienced in our lives, don't know how you did it! Take care and enjoy. LOL Sally and Paul

Bev Rockey wrote 2007-01-14 23:55:42
hi Ryan..congrats on your wedding and what exciting way to get to know your beloved spouse. She is lovely. Best to you and your travels. Awesone!!! Shane told me about this and we all looked at your web site. Kristin sends her bests to you too.
Love, The Rockeys

Doug Webster wrote 2007-01-12 14:42:01
Hope everything is good with you guys.

The Buckeye's got killed in the Championship game. Killed. A dark cloud hangs over Columbus.

In fact, it was so bad that we played the SBDG and only had 3 beers each. Ouch. New record (low).

Cheers, and happy travels.

George Sontag wrote 2007-01-05 15:10:11
I met your mom, Jackie, today. She told me about your trip and made me very envious. I am an avid rider and really enjoy tours. My dream is do a cross country tour (USA). Best wishes from someone in Columbus who you don't know but is thinking about you both and wishing you the wind at your back, long down hill grades, 68' with a bit of cloudiness and friendly dogs.

DW wrote 2007-01-05 09:54:59
Happy New Year, you two.


The Fry Family! wrote 2007-01-04 12:59:25
Happy New Year. We do not have internet right now so I am trying to keep track of you at the library. Only a few minutes let me go look at some more=) miss you both!!!

Jamie wrote 2007-01-04 11:55:52

Ale wrote 2007-01-04 06:37:32
Hallo Ihr Zwei!
Happy New Year! Ich hoffe ihr seid gut gerutscht und konntet Euch irgendwo auch gut verpflegen und feiern. Eure Bilder sind faszinierend und ich schaue mir sie immer wieder gerne an!
Weiterhin alles gute auf eurer Reise und wir denken an Euch!
Kisses and good luck for your following trip!
ale und family

Shoemaker wrote 2007-01-01 23:38:10
Wow I was amazed when I started looking at you plan. I would love to do something like this someday. Very inspiring though. I will keep racing and maybe oneday also take a trip.

Mary Ann & Gary wrote 2007-01-01 13:13:13
Happy New Year you two!! We've just read the latest installment. Hope you two are feeling better now. Do you have an estimate of how long it will take you to get back into the USA??? As Gary would say, "May The Force Be With You!" P.S. Guess what Gary got for Christmas? A personally autographed picture of William Shatner (a.k.a. Captain Kirk of the Star Ship Enterprise!). I him a letter about Gary and how he's been right by my side and so supportive while I went through the cancer treatment, surgery, etc. He Signed it: To Gary, A man "worthy" of being on my crew!" William Shatner..............COOL, huh??
Love you Guys, Mary Ann & Gary

Penny and John wrote 2006-12-31 10:07:08
Happy New Year!
The pictures are amazing - really enjoying the adventure.

Bettina wrote 2006-12-31 05:10:33

Laura Jones wrote 2006-12-29 14:53:44
Hey, Blenka told me to have a look at your site and I'm so glad I did, it's amazing!

Congratulations on everything you've done so far (including getting married - lovely dress!!) - best of luck with everything to come.

When you're finished I suggest you come and cycle the length of South Street at 00:00 on a Friday (ask Blenk, Rich or Jamie - I'm sure you'll bump into them again....)

Happy New Year!


Tim Shoemaker wrote 2006-12-28 21:36:16
Hi! I work with Ryan's dad. He told of your adventure last week. WOW!! I'll be following you the rest of your journey and praying for your safety, as Dad's hair is turning grey(er) each day.

Rick Penn wrote 2006-12-26 14:30:01
What you two are doing is awesome. Money can't buy the experiences or life long memories you are creating.

Keep pedaling and Keep yourselves safe.

Sara Larson wrote 2006-12-26 12:39:48
Ryan and Erica- Merry Christmas!! Are you guys going to have permanent bike butt when you are done????

-Sara and Kevin

Mami and Daddy wrote 2006-12-25 15:53:54
Merry Christmas and a happy and safe continuation of your travels!! We are proud of you two!

shelby and savannah wrote 2006-12-24 21:14:17
Keep going your doing great!!!!!! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!! I am realatives of Gary and Theresa.

Debbie Franz wrote 2006-12-24 21:12:23
Not sure if you remember me but I'm Jackie's friend and coworker....last time I seen the two of you was in Portsmouth at the campsite where we all enjoyed a great dinner. Glad to see your continued progress and wish both of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! You are both amazing!

Paul & Dan wrote 2006-12-24 15:20:58
Merry Christmas you two! I am having so much fun reading the blog and vicariously experiencing this amazing journey with you two. I hope you are having an excellent time. It is strange to not be seeing you at all for this long.

I have not abandoned the idea of flying out to meet you at some point this spring or summer. Please give me some ideas on where we could meet - we can camp or I can secure us a hotel with beds!

I love you both, and talk to you soon. Dan cannot wait to meet you.


Mark D wrote 2006-12-23 12:50:41
Ryan's mom works with me @ Suburban Steel and she thought I might find this interesting! She was right about that. This is an incredible journey and a once in a lifetime adventure. I was not planning on spending the last hour on this--but I could not stop. Congrats and safe travels to you both. I will continue to check your progress.

Chris and Jen wrote 2006-12-22 02:19:56
hey, wuz up! remember us from el calafate?? oh what delicious food we shared, eh!? haha! curious to know where you guys are at now? were you able to catch the ferrie outside of el chalten? how were the winders riding out there?we look forward to reading your latest travel logs about it.

Roger Burlet wrote 2006-12-19 15:49:19

Mary Ann & Gary Meyer wrote 2006-12-19 12:38:54
WOW! I've just been reading your last entry about your travels and even though my hair is already "white", I think it got a little whiter reading this last trek of yours!! All I have to say is that it's good you guys are so young and in such good shape! The story about the dog was enchanting. I think that's some kind of "omen" that once you guys get back and get settled, you certainly should have a dog! I've already purchased your Christmas tree ornament for this year and will give it to you when you get back here. It's very appropriate and has a definite spanish theme! Love you Guys!

Dad wrote 2006-12-17 11:02:05
Ryan and Erica
It is Sunday morning 12/17/2006, I am sitting in the den looking at your location on Goggle Earth. I think my hair will be completely gray by the time you guys make it home.:( I miss you very much and pray every day for your safety.
I remember when I was young, Ironworker, pilot, thousand of miles on a motorcycle. I survived, but aged Mom and Dad, Ha, Ha.
If your legs get tired may-be you can find someone to trade your bikes for a Vespa. Just kidding, (Harley)
Love You Dad XOXO

bruno u. angelika wrote 2006-12-15 16:37:47
So, you two globe-trotters..... hangin' in there? ... any sore arses yet?.... .... getting into the spirit of X-mas yet?... don't forget, only a few more days of shopping left!! ... lame excuses of biking through south america simply don't count!.... down there, is Santa coming "up" from the South-pole?.... questions that you will have to answer next time we'll see you again. Love reading up on your amazing stories! Take care, Bruno and Angelika

Jennie Olson wrote 2006-12-14 11:22:46
Hi guys!

So glad to hear that you are having a great time! I love reading up on everything you have been doing. If you end up in Texas, give me a call!

Diana & Mäx wrote 2006-12-13 14:03:06

Diamond L wrote 2006-12-12 19:01:59
hey mr.howard. i heard of your website from people at school. i was one of ur spanish 2 students last year. its good to see that u are having fun. we miss u at independence. hope to see you again one day.

Diamond L

JOSH JONES wrote 2006-12-11 15:58:04

Bridgette Roark wrote 2006-12-04 14:31:13
Hey Ryan and Erica! I got a peek at your web site
today at Rochelle's house. You are truly on an adventure! Thanks for the card you sent us and the update. We really miss you! Take care..both of you. Love, Bridgette

Hollie wrote 2006-12-01 17:52:27
I miss you two like crazy, but I am so appreciative that you are keeping in touch and have this wonderful website. What a wonderful experience for you - one you will remember for a lifetime!

I can't imagine how strong your legs are by now!

Love ya.

Doug wrote 2006-12-01 09:47:37
I can't belive you guys are riding that far each day. Dear lord.

Leonard wrote 2006-11-27 18:25:46
Hello there!

By now you two probably have already made more kilometers by bike than we did in our 3-week vacations in South-Africa by car!

Keep up the pace, the good stories, your spitits and most of all your good health !!!

- bro

Jamie Kitson wrote 2006-11-27 08:50:46

How's it going, just been to Iguazu myself, both sides, and I wasn't checked once on the Brizilian side, I could have been anyone, even a US Citisen!

Chau, Jamiex

Mami wrote 2006-11-25 11:42:39
Hi there!
The reading of your adventure in Tierra del Fuego is fascinating lecture. More adventure will await you, so take care of your health and ask the wind to give you a push instead of fighting against it!!! I love the way you have put your route onto the map!

Love, Mami

Shane Rockey wrote 2006-11-24 19:23:36
hey Ryan email me when you can!! i can't believe i found you!

Shane Rockey

Ann wrote 2006-11-10 11:30:19
i'm so inspired by your trip!! love that you guys are doing this... have yet to read through all your stories and adventures, but saw some of your pics of this year's tdf, reminded me of 2004 when we met!! hope you guys continue to have an awesome time and get home safely!! bonne chance!

love, ann

Lindsey wrote 2006-11-09 19:57:58
Hey Erica & Ryan,

I only had a chance to read part of the flying story but it sounded crazy. What a frustrating experience but what a great story! That'll make me think twice next time I complain about a flight being delayed.

Your waterfall pictures are beautiful.

Hope you're enjoying being back on your bikes again.

Take care!

Gary & Mary Ann wrote 2006-11-05 17:59:01
WOW!! The falls were amazing!!! You know, while we were reading your latest excerpt of your trip, Gary and I both thought, "These guys should write a book about their travels!" Why not?? Think about it! Erica, when you guys get to Panama could you check and see if Ft. Clayton (the Army base) is still there. My family was stationed there when I was a kid for 4 years and I've always wondered if it still exists. It's just a short way from the Miraflores Locks. My Dad was a first sargeant at the 63rd Engineer Co. there and we lived in a house on base that was up on cement pilings (due to the rainy season). It was a real adventure for a little kid. Continue to have fun, be safe and we'll keep reading about your adventures!!! Love YA!!

Bruno/Angelika wrote 2006-11-05 09:48:11
hey you two! it really is a lot of fun reading about your great proof that it is the journey, and Not the arrival that counts!!! Still be careful. Greetings from cold but sunny Switzerland

Gary wrote 2006-11-02 19:35:40
Again, thanks for the web site and the time you put into it. Very easy to navigate, very thoughtful. I enjoyed all of the photographs and commentary, especially the 65k hike. You have made me yearn for a steak from afar.

Ronald Freeman wrote 2006-11-01 18:27:31
Hi Mr Howard,

Remember me from last year Spanish 1 class?
Your wife and you looks to be having a great journey. My dad said on your next trip stop by and pick him up!!!


Doug wrote 2006-10-30 16:49:47
BA sounds amazing. It's great you stayed for a while and really soaked up the town. I guess it is cool that the steaks are so cheap. A steak can be fantastic, and I hear that the food there is the best.

How about the wine? I get wine from Arg + Chile all the time here in Ohio and it is my fav. If you can, try some Malbac wine that I think grows in the area. It's a giant, almost black, grape that makes great, spicey red wine.

Cheers, you two.

Mackenzie Hill wrote 2006-10-26 20:13:29
Everything looks wonderful...hope you are enjoying it all. Miss you!


Michelle Lewis and Some of your former students wrote 2006-10-26 14:15:07
I was showing the kids your site today...We wish you all the best and most care on your trip...WE ALL MISS YOU RYAN...especially the students, they ALWAYS ask about you...

Kai Hendry wrote 2006-10-26 09:55:36
Absolutely awesome!

I am surprised to see no weapons under your equipment page. So you must be very brave!

Jennifer Clapsaddle wrote 2006-10-15 18:57:15
Great to hear that all is well overseas! I was checking out your website to get updated. Very interesting! I enjoyed reading about your adventures! Take care and be safe!

Kennyatta wrote 2006-10-14 10:02:51
Hello from the El-Jo group

Blake wrote 2006-10-13 07:56:18
Uncle Ryan and Aunt Erica

Why are you biking in the dark? You can't see. Bears can see, bats can see. Whose bike is that out on the street. You should not ride your bike in the street. A car could hit you a zoomer. My mom says I have to stay on the sidewalk. Bikes don't have lights but cars do.
Love, Blake

Dad wrote 2006-10-11 22:03:19
Hello it is autumn here. It is going to get cold tonight and maybe freeze tomorrow night.
Do you have a video ball for you computer??? I think you can use it on google talk.
? how long will you be staying in Buenos Aires,
Love Ya Dad

Mary Ann & Gary Meyer wrote 2006-10-10 18:28:12
WOW GUYS!!! Just read your story about your walking trip to visit the Catholic Church. What an accomplishment! How did you get back to your starting place? Curious minds want to know! HA!
Once you stopped your pilgrimage, were you really sore & did your muscles hurt? Sure wish we could sit down with you at Cup O'Joe's here in Pickerington and hear your adventures first hand over a nice, hot cup of coffee!! Erica....where can I send your Christmas Ornament for this year?? To your parent's house?? Be safe & enjoy the rest of your adventures!

Bettina Portocarrero wrote 2006-10-07 08:34:56

Mami wrote 2006-09-21 02:43:34
Hi you two!
Good to hear you have arrived safely, now learn to speak Spanish like locals, which will help you enormously.
Have a good time, good luck to you and stay well.

Larry & Pam Bigham wrote 2006-09-20 21:56:46
Ryan & Erica,
Man! you guys are really seeing the world! We think this is so great and plan to check out your web site often to see where you are.
It was good to get your card, thank you for that. Take care!

Leonard wrote 2006-09-20 11:07:59
Hi there

Nice you made it safely to Buenos Aires.
Have a nice stay there and keep in touch .


Sarah and Rebecca Zingg wrote 2006-09-16 12:38:57

Mary Ann Meyer wrote 2006-09-10 21:18:13
Hi you two!! We've so enjoyed following your "adventures". All here in Pickerington is good. We got a surprise visit from June & David Turnburg from Daytona Beach, Florida two Saturdays ago! They caught us cleaning house and I still had my pajamas on. ACK! But.......with old friends, it doesn't matter what condition they find you in! We filled them in on all your adventures and gave them your E-mail & site address. Be safe and have fun!

Kevin wrote 2006-09-03 22:03:07
Hey you two! Hope the trip is going well and you're enjoying the sites along the way.

Stay safe and happy trails!

Glorita wrote 2006-09-01 01:24:37

The Hurdzan Family wrote 2006-08-29 20:07:04
Awsome!!!!! We are enjoying your adventure! What a great teaching tool for our kids. The pictures are great you have a great eye for photography.

Good Luck on the rest of your journey.

Samantha & Jessica

Gary wrote 2006-08-29 15:44:07
Thanks for putting this web site together. I just finished your travel log. I like the madrid airport story. Nice accomodations. I slept on a bench one night when I had nowhere else to go. It was comfortable. I fell sound asleep until it began to rain. I am so happy for the two of you. What a marvelous way to live life!! Hasta Luego. Gary

J. Byrom wrote 2006-08-28 18:03:54

Je veux allez au CH. Tres interresant, c`est magnifique!

Columbus, Ohio
les Etas Unis
(40 deg. N 083 deg W)

Hi Ryan and Erica! I`ll have to try that bike path across Switzerland sometime. in the meantime, I did something quite exotic- I rode my bike to work! Happy trails, my friends....

Hollie wrote 2006-08-26 01:27:03
I've only made it part way through the pictures. So far, my favorites are Erica in the sunflower field, and the one with her reflection in Ryan's sunglasses. Of course, the castles and old towns and buildings are great too.

It's a beautiful web site! I look forward to continuing to drink in all the sights.

Rochelle wrote 2006-08-24 23:12:45
Hey Guys,
just checking out the site. April said you can stay the night at her place if you are heading thru Pensacola:)

Erica wrote 2006-08-24 19:20:21