Sunday, August 1, 2010
Bike Rides and Puppies
I've mentioned before that Bobby and I volunteer at the local no-kill shelter. It's about 26 miles roundtrip to go on bikes, and we get to enjoy all three of the awesome trails our city has to offer. Plus, I never turn down a chance to wear my sweet helmet.
And we're off! A gorgeous day and a fabulous trail. All 3 trails are well maintained, with wide paved trails. They are almost completely secluded from roads, so it's like a little bike highway network you can use to get all over town without have to deal with traffic.
Right before we dump out onto the street where the shelter is, everything opens up and the view of the mountains is great.
The shelter is located right next to a big natural area, with walking trails that lead down to a lake. The dogs enjoy the lake :)
We walked sprinted with two dogs for about a mile of outdoor fun- the two little guys were Rudy and Darius- and then we went back for another round of walk/sprinting, this time with Brogan, the big white dog. Some dogs don't play well with others, so Brogan was a solo jaunt. After 13 miles, and sprinting/walking 2 miles, we got back on our bikes for the 13 miles home. By this time it was quite hot, and I was quite hungry. I've never been so happy for a shower and a smoothie, followed very quickly by a nap.
I can't say it enough, if you're going to adopt *please* check out your local shelters and puppy mill rescues. So many sweet dogs need homes! And speaking of not being able to say enough about something, I love our bike trails, bike lanes, and bike friendly culture here in town. I really enjoy cycling around town and am glad I can do it in relative safety. Except in parking lots. Gotta watch those parking lots.