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): 

Travel Info:

Veterinary and Animal Import Info:

Product Reviews:

Misc:

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17 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

    • Hi Bodhi, Jenn, and Houston! How great that you bring Bodhi along on your rides. It makes the trip so much better, doesn’t it? As I’m sure you know, bringing the pup along is not always easy, but once you figure out what works in each country, it gets easier. Feel free to drop us a line at info@longhaultrekkers.com if you have any specific questions about anything. We are more than happy to help! Canada is for sure on our list, so we will definitely reach out when we end up in Ottawa. 🙂

  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 ✌️

  6. Hi Long Hauls Trekkers

    You are such a great inspiration for travelling with dogs!

    I found you a long time ago and have been following you both here, on Instagram and Facebook. I just wanted to say ‘hi’ and thanks for the inspiration!
    We have just made the decision ourselves to bring our two dogs on a year long travel starting May 2018. Not on a bike though (I think it’s so cool, that you guys are biking your way through all the contries! We will be living in a motorhome and exploring all of Europe.
    I will check back in here to read all of your Europe posts 😀

    Safe travels.

    Woofs and wags from Bettina and the fluffy explorers / http://www.webreakaway.dk/

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. We are relocating to Freiburg, DE in Oct this year. Do let us know if you’re in the region, we would love to meet up.

  7. Hi .did you ever buy the Dlite as i know you were on about it ,Brian

  8. Thanks for all the info on your site. Me and my cocker spaniel Raisin have just clocked up 1,000 miles since we first read your stuff (after hearing you on the Zero to Travel podcast). It gave me the confidence to get going, so I am really grateful.

    I keep thinking we should get a higher quality trailer than the cheapo DoggyHut one we have, but actually it seems to do just fine, even with a home made roofrack that takes all our food and cooking gear.

    Pictures and details here http://www.batgirlandraisin.com

    Thanks again.
    Libby and Raisin x

    • What a wonderful story. We love hearing about people who cycle with their furry friends. With the trailer, if it works, don’t replace it. That’s our motto.

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