We have some big news in Freedom Pedaler world!
Recently, our floppiest-ear team member has started having some challenges riding in his puppy hauler. For most of this trip, Biscuit thought trailer riding was on par with squirrel chasing and treat eating (ok, maybe not quite as good as treats, but close). You know, really good stuff. His little dog brain tells him that his job is navigation, and he faithfully watches where we go, all day long. It’s always been that way, even in vehicles back in our previous life. In the cart this causes him to stand all day and it’s constantly shifting. Because he is no longer a young pup, all of the active navigation is starting to impact him enough that we have decided to enact a Plan B (B for Biscuit).
Plan B means we continue our journey and adventure, but in a modified manner so that all members of the Freedom Pedaler team can enjoy it to the fullest extent. So, we purchased a 14-year old Ford passenger van with low miles and a good engine. It will be used to haul gear and dogs while we will take turns riding each day. The person driving will scout out the road ahead, and also pass off to the rider important things, like sandwiches. We won’t get to ride together, but the days will be shorter because the rides will go faster and that will leave more time for all of us to spend together after the riding is done. We are excited for this next phase of our trip!
And look, taking dogs on a bicycle tour hasn’t been easy. The dogs plus all of the dog supplies is a lot of weight. There have been fun things to do along the way that we couldn’t do. Potential hosts have turned us down because dogs were not allowed. But, and this is a big but (a big but, ha), we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Even now, there are people in our lives who would take them both in and care for them while we finish this trip. That wasn’t even considered. We started this trip together, as a team, as a family, and that is how we will finish it. Perhaps it isn’t how we imagined it, but we will still have plenty of adventure in our future.
Something like an adventure van was part of our plans for after the bicycle trip anyway, so we just sped up the timeline a bit. It does shave off a significant portion of our trip funds, so in order to avoid shortening the trip we are looking at options to work a little along the way. All of you that know us well, know that we’ll figure out how to make this work.
To us, this is no different than if either one of us people had some kind of issue and couldn’t continue the trip as planned. We would evaluate, adjust, and continue. Because Biscuit is a dog, it’s not any different. One of the basic ideas behind this trip is “freedom.” We are free to ride, rest, turn left, right or when we come to a fork in the road, take it. Yes, the outline of our trip did not go as planned, but we are not packing up our bags (literally) and going back. We found a way to adapt and move forward. Please wish us luck in the newest phase of our adventure! Two people, two bicycles, two dogs, one
trailer van, 6 months, 6,000 (more) miles! One revolution at a time…
Mark, Georgia, Junebug, and a very happy Biscuit