Traveling with a Dog

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From the moment we decided to embark on a world bike tour, we included our Australian Shepherd, Sora as a crucial member of the team. From the beach to the mountains and in between, Sora always came along and leaving her behind on this journey never reached the table. It wasn’t an option. 

Sora is part of our pack. If we go, she goes.

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Yes, toting a dog brings the burden of extra weight and slows our travels. It also means we take turns when we visit places like museums or lakes where dogs are not allowed. Sometimes we search a little longer to find a dog-friendly accommodation, but the benefits outweigh the hinderances. 

Sora sleeps at our feet each night and snuggles between us each morning. She acts as a constant reminder to play and helps us meet new friends. Fellow travelers think of their own pets at home when Sora doles out some love. As we zoom by, kids squeal and adults point with a grin spread across their face. Having her with us amplifies our adventure.

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Before departing on our tour, we tested the bicycle touring waters with Sora and our late dog, Maxwell over several weekend tours in Oregon and Washington. Like any bike tour, we experienced some tricky moments like a bee sting to Maxwell’s leg or navigating ferries with two pups, having them by our side far surpassed any wrenches the roads wished to throw. 

Our goal with this page is to inspire others to travel with their dogs and to prove that cycle touring with a dog is not only possible, but fairly simple. Below, we include links to all of our posts about biking with a dog. 

If you’ve ever thought about bringing your dog along on a bike tour, we hope our posts answer any questions you have. If you don’t see an answer here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 

The world needs more dogs on bikes.

Resources for biking with a dog: 

Behind the Spokes (blog posts from Sora): 

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11 Comments

  1. been following your blog since i picked it up off ‘bicycle touring’ on FB
    great writing great adventures
    the caption to sora’s picture above made me laugh so hard i had to write

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  3. You both are so inspiring I love your commitment to life and following your adventures. I did want to ask though, not to be crass, but, how do you deal with the dog doo while biking. I am trying to formulate a game plan. (I have two dogs.)

    • Haha. Well that is a great question. It honestly depends on where we are. If we are in a city where the practice is to pick up the poo, then we do. If we’re in a natural area in the mountains, we pick up the poo, because it can affect other wildlife. If we’re in a city where the street dogs leave their poo everywhere, then we add Sora’s to the collection!

  4. Dear Long Haul Trekkers
    This blog is amazing! We have been bike touring for the last 6 years and 2 1/2 years ago added our pup Bodhi to our travels. Like your pack-if we go, he goes. We’ve done a lot of North American bike tours with him but worried we would have to leave him at home for any long distance overseas cycling. Now having stumbled upon your blog we are excited to dive in to your posts and find out how Sora manages on flights and travelling through countries that may not be as well known for their dog friendliness.
    If you ever find yourself in the Ottawa region of Canada we’d be happy to host you all and hear more of your stories.
    Happy Travels!
    Bodhi, Jenn & Houston

  5. I was watching Darren Alff(bicycle touring pro) are you the same Longhaultrskkers he interviewed?

    • That’s us! Glad you found our blog.

      • Dave,glad it was the correct ppl. I’m a backpacker,just now getting my panniers together since I can use my backpacking gear on a tour. I hike/bike solo for now..I’m doing section of the Natchez Trace until I get a few treatments complete. I look forward to reading your blog/YouTube videos..I have a few tours on my bucket list. Natchez Trace,Southern Tier, and Atlantic coast…Safe Travels and Keep The Faith ✌️

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