Welp, this is our very 1st official blog about very 1st day on this new adventure to break the world record for distance on an electric bicycle with my human and Chicken Charlie. We started out in Palo Alto at the Electric Bike Convention and after testing out some of the other bikes and meeting lots of funs humans and one very special lil pooch waiting to find her human to rescue, it was time for us to embark on our new journey on our new Spicy Curry Electric Assist Cargo Bicycle from Yuba Bikes. The Officially “Hug Your Dog Tour” has officially begun. Today we only pedaled about 34 miles to San Francisco, but it was a good 1st day. The wind was crazy. At times it was blowing so hard that we had trouble keeping the bike on the road because it was blowing sideways so hard and we’re not exactly aerodynamic over here, but Chicken Charlie kept us safe, I’m an excellent navigator and my human…well, bless his heart he did a good job too. We went through 2 batteries. The first one lasted 20 miles and the second only about 12 miles as the wind picked up and the hills began. Had we not been trying to rush and get to San Francisco before dark and slowed down, I’m sure the batteries would have lasted longer, but hey, if you got ’em, why not use ’em. Especially when your fully loaded bicycle weighs around 200lbs. We’ll be in San Francisco until Wednesday morning then we’ll head out for Petaluma, California to Yuba Bikes World Headquarters for a couple days. Then we have about 800 miles to Portland. If we’re passing your way, please come out and say Howdy Ruffin’ Doo and if you do, snap some pictures or video and share them with us. Tell us your thoughts and how we can make the adventure more fun to keep up with. Thank everybody!
Here’s our official starting point at the Yuba Bicycle’s booth at the Palo Alto Electric Bicycle Expo. Those humans are all a part of the Yuba team and now officially a part of the Hug Your Dog Tour.
These are the founding members of team Hug Your Dog. My humans Mom and Step Dad Myrna and Ken Robinson. Guess that makes me their Granddog.
Of course the entire focus of our adventure is shed (pun intended) a light on local animal shelters. As we emBARKed on this journey (see what I did there?), I told my human that we have to help my furry cousins find their very own human humans to rescue for their’s an awful lot of humans waiting for guidance out there and it’s up to us to help them. In turn, they’ll keep us warm and feed us and help us achieve our purpose in life too. This sweet pooch is Eloise and she’s a 6 month old petty mix and is as sweet as can be and is clearly ready for her big adventure. You can find her at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. Tell ’em Bixby sent you.
Our 1st town we’re officially passing through. There will be hundreds if not thousands as we cross this great country.
My human is always smiling as well pedal from place to place. I hope our adventures make you smile too.
As we were rolling along we had a big scare. We looked over and saw what looked to be Snoopy’s red dog house all dilapidated and empty. It looked as though it had fallen from the sky and just been abandoned there. Fortunately, we have now confirmed that Snoopy is alive and well and this was just a old look alike that is no longer in use. Whew! Long live Snoopy.
Like, OMG Becky! These young humans we’re all walking from the Ice Cream store and barely looking up from their phones when Chicken Charlie clucked a couple times and they looked up and giggled and asked if they could pet me. It’s always a good idea to ask a human is it’s okay to pet their pooch, but I’ll tell you right now…the answer from me is yes. In case you were wondering, yes I like treats too.
After finally making it into San Francisco we had to ask our human friend Kyle if he would fill out one of our witness forms. Per rules of Guinness, we have to periodically get people to act as witness to our journey and be willing to accept a call from Guinness after we submit our proof to confirm they saw us pedaling somewhere. As we pass through your town, we may ask you to be a witness too.
Here’s our very first official documentation with our Garmin Edge 520 for our new journey. Not a huge day, but it’ll take a few to work out all the kinks and get back in the rhythm.