T minus 12 hours!


We’re all getting so excited for our departure tomorrow morning! We have been reflecting a bit on a few of the comforts and conveniences that we will miss, such as a consistent soft bed, availability of running water (whenever we want to wash our hands, fill up a glass or cooking pot, etc.)., feeling clean most of the time, refrigeration, an oven,  shelter... just to name a few. Perhaps one unintended benefit of doing life without these conveniences for most of our trip will not only be a paradigm shift and opportunities for problem solving and growth, but also an occasion to have a minute sense of empathy for those many people around the world whose daily existence is a struggle for enough food, water, and shelter.

 On another note, we have felt an overwhelming sense of love and support from so many friends and family as we embark on this adventure. We have a whole army praying for us, and there are multitudes of people who have shown genuine interest in what our family is about to do! 

 A few friends gathered for a last-minute send-off.

A few friends gathered for a last-minute send-off.

 Family gathered for a send-off on departure-eve.

Family gathered for a send-off on departure-eve.

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We were both surprised and honored that the newspaper article about us in the Richmond Times-Dispatch today was on the front page (!!). Here’s the link to the article if you’re interested: http://www.richmond.com/life/bill-lohmann/lohmann-two-parents-three-kids-and-two-very-long-bicycles/article_d75030a0-92d6-5b48-b729-d22534292ca7.html?utm_source=RTD%20Email