World traveler stops by Bentley area farm

Martina Gees was looking for a safe place to pitch her tent when she noticed Dan Sawyer driving his tractor on his farm

Martina Gees was looking for a safe place to pitch her tent when she noticed Dan Sawyer driving his tractor on his farm north of Bentley.

She gave him a friendly wave and he waved back.

Gees immediately pedaled her heavily packed bike into his yard, hoping Sawyer would allow her to camp on his property for the night.

Sawyer got off his tractor and went over to meet her and when she told him she simply needed a place to camp he was more than happy to oblige.

When Dan told his wife Colleen about their guest, she immediately insisted the young woman, originally from Switzerland join them for supper.

Gees, who has been cycling throughout South and North America for almost three years, spent the evening with the Sawyers, entertaining them with stories of her travels.

Sawyer said the time spent with the 36-year-old world traveler was awesome and she was pleased her husband was able to do minor repairs to her bicycle.

“Luckily, Dan was home so was able to fix her kickstand and make an adjustment or two in the shop for her (on her bike). When you have 80 pounds of gear, the kickstand is a pretty important part to be working.”

Sawyer said she cooked bacon and eggs for Gees Thursday morning before sending her on her way.

“It was such an honor to have her come in. It was such a neat thing to have happen.”

She said Gees was hoping to make it to Ma Me O Beach last Thursday. Later, she planned to take a bus to Vancouver where she and friend would fly to Madrid, Spain. From Spain the pair planned to bicycle to Switzerland.

Anyone who wishes to follow Gees can do so by following her on her blog at

The blog is written in the German language, but can be changed to the English version.

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