Our Weather was 70 degrees today and as many know, I walk our Basenji Roo along with our Boston Terrier Bonzo in the park at least 4 miles or more on a daily basis. Last year we did 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon for a total of 6 miles.
On Saturdays and Sundays our walks include Miranda as well. So the whole pack goes to the park together. Last year when gas prices got so high, Roo our Basenji, in his attempt at 'going green' talked me into buying him a trailer to pull behind my bike that he could share with Bonzo. That trailer is made by Burley and called a Tail Wagon and looks like this:
Since I have had four back surgeries including two fusions several years ago, I cannot ride a traditional bicycle for long distance so I purchased an Easy Racers Recumbent Bicycle that looks like this:
Miranda has a similar style bicycle but hers is made by the Rans company. Both or our bicycles also have Big Bubble windshields on the front to help us when it rains and reduce our wind resistance.
As you can see my bicycle is pretty long. Of course when I attach the Tail wagon trailer its even longer. I have one of those big orange flags attached to the seat post and also a flashing light at eye level both on the bike and the trailer just to make sure we are noticed by cars and trucks approaching us at high speed from the rear (the speed limit on some of the roads we travel to the park on is 55mph.) Unfortunately there are no sidewalks or bike paths for us to ride on so we are stuck riding on the rural highways and roads with regular traffic.
Since it was very nice today, instead of taking the car, we decided that we would get the bikes out, put the dogs in the trailer and ride the 6 miles it takes to get to the park. So if you can picture one old fat guy trying to lose weight on a long bicycle pulling about 42 lbs of Dog behind him in a trailer and a small woman on another long recumbent bike following him then you get the picture. Wagon Train Ho!!!
We encountered several steep hills but after about 30 to 40 minutes we made it to the park. After we got the dogs out and locked up the Bikes and trailer the best we could, we proceeded to walk the dogs 3 miles. Part way through the walk Miranda started complaining because I did not have free FM radio playing on my BlackBerry Storm that is provided by a company called Slacker. Even the Dogs were complaining cause we walk to music daily.
If you are interested in Slacker Radio you can find them here:
After I took care of that things settled down and we had a nice walk. Once we finished our 3 miles we watered the dogs, unlocked the bikes, and packed the dogs back up in the trailer. We have to leash Roo in the front because we discovered that he can escape if we don't. Of course Bonzo the Boston Terrier seems to ride along just fine and I do not think she would try to get out unless we made her. So Roo is in the front of the trailer with a dividing wall and Bonzo is in the back. We started on our 6 mile trip home.
Since I walk everyday, I am in a little better shape than Miranda. It was a little difficult for her to keep up but we all made it home safely. The Dogs seemed perfectly fine. In fact I think Roo and Bonzo are ready for another trip now. Its Miranda that is giving me a hard time about making another trip to the park on the bikes.
The good news is I was able to find the trailer last year for about $300, so since the car gets 18 mpg and gas is hovering around $2 we only need about 223 more round trips to the park and the trailer will have paid for itself!!