Here It Goes Again!

This year, we’re raising money to support Gearing Up, a wonderful non-profit based in Philadelphia, that provides women in transition from abuse, addiction, and/or incarceration with the skills, equipment, and guidance to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation, and personal growth.  Help support our ride: http://www.gofundme.com/TouringTunes2015

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About TouringTunes

Petunia is a 3-year old Jackapoo (Jack Russell-poodle mix) traveling the United States on the back of her human's bicycle. Drop us a line, we'd love to be friends.
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3 Responses to Here It Goes Again!

  1. Joel Pruitt says:

    I have been doing research into bike touring and seeing if I can take my 10 pound toy poodle with me. I love your setup! I was wondering what made you choose the specific dog carrier you did, and why you opted for that over the carriers that are designed for handlebars. What modification have you done and why? I’m trying to figure out the essentials of what I’ll need to have my dog tag along.

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    • TouringTunes says:

      Thanks, Joel! My pal actually found that carrier for me. It’s an airline carrier, and it’s very lightweight, vented, and sort of aerodynamically shaped. It was modded a ton, though– added some 1.5″ thick styrofoam-like boards to the interior of the side walls so it wouldn’t sag; drilled holes in the bottom and through my back rack to secure it with bolts; added a little metal ring in the interior floor so I could hook a harness to it like a seatbelt; added some padding to the bottom so Tunes would be comfy; and added some flexible fiberglass rods via a rivet-gun and some thick fabric, so she could have a sun shade and a frame for a rainfly that I made. I wanted a rear carrier instead of a handlebar one because I already had a bunch of stuff on my handlebars, and this year I’m adding even more with a handlebar bag that holds maps. I feel like she’s sort of safer back there somehow, and she has enough room to snooze. The most important thing was accounting for enough water and food for both of us, and making sure she was protected from the elements, with plenty of stops along the way! Good luck!

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  2. pollywog58 says:

    I too am hoping to tour across the states one day! I have also considered being accompanied by a small dog as well. You so inspire that I just might get to go yet! TY for sharing all the details of your journeys…I fill I’m right there with you 🙂

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