So, as you can see by the featured image; Pugsley is with us now and he is so sweet and cute. Yesterday started like all days, a cup of coffee as we prepared for the daily adventure. Annika did her Peloton workout and I was preparing to head out for a nice adventure bike ride with my friend Jeff.
The Morning Bike Ride
I left a bit earlier than I had planned as I rode off into the dark early morning at 3:29am. I turned on my lights, started my bike computer and turned on my Spot GPS tracker. When I started pedaling I could hear the sound of the tag that we had made for Marley jingling in the wind as it hangs from my Spot Tracker.
Hearing the sound of the tag in the wind was at first sort of spooky cause I wasn’t used to it and I was riding in the dark thinking that something was beside me on my right. After a few minutes, the sound of the tag made me feel more comfortable as it felt like Marley was with me on the bike ride.
It was way too early to meet up with Jeff so I just started riding, I took my bike down a few streets that I had never been on just to do it. My bike lights were on super bright and my helmet light as well however it didn’t stop a newspaper delivery driver from running a stop sign and almost running over me as he said out his window that he was legally supposed to stop for stop signs; what an asshole.
12 miles later I met up with Jeff and we started our adventure cycling fun together. We headed toward the Circle K to grab a Coke and a caffeine drink for Jeff and then we rode toward Tempe Lake. We had some wonderful conversations, told a ton of jokes and spent good quality friend time together as we enjoyed our ride. The route took us past the airport and down to 19th Avenue, the scenery was very nice all the way there and back. During the bike ride, I did have a flat tire on my brand new Continental Grand Prix 5000’s; it tore a hole in my tire.
We ended up having a wonderful time and my brain certainly needed it. I rode right at 43 miles on my road bike (Icarus) and then went home to help our neighbor Bob. During our bike ride, we did take some cool pictures and we are looking forward to our next bike ride together.
Once I had helped Bob and got cleaned up after the bike ride with Jeff, Annika texted me to say that we were going to pick up Pugsley after she got home; woohoo.
Adventure’s of our Little Munchkins (Our Furry Critters)
Oh wow, there’s so much to say here. We picked up Pugsley and immediately he jumped on my lap and loved on me all the way home. When we arrived several of our neighbors were excited to meet him as we showed him to the back patio so we can start the stages of potty training. Pugsley is a Posky which is a Pomeranian and a Husky mix, his mother looked identical to Marley when she was younger. Pugsley (our new puppy) has the exact birthdate (April 9th, 2019) as Lilith (our kitten), they’re both almost 9 weeks old.
After our neighbors, all visited to meet Pugsley, Pugsley began spending time with Lilith; they played all night long. They are still wrestling and sharing toys all over the house, they both kept us up all night. Pugsley has had a few accidents on the floor in the house however this morning he went right out back to do his thing; it took several big messes but we’re proud of him. I slept with Pugsley since he is too short to get on the furniture or the bed; we took the couch and Annika and Lilith took the bed.
These two munchkins started the morning wrestling and are looking to be really good friends. We’re setting up insurance for Pugsley and looking into training classes once he hits 10 weeks old. Marley didn’t do well with other animals, and she barked at anything that moved. This made it difficult to take Marley out to parks or places at all sometimes. Marley grew up in a big yard with no animals around and almost no people, this made it hard for her not to want to be super excited to see everything. Knowing this about when we had Marley in our lives, it makes us want to bring up Pugsley around dog parks, lots of people, and take him places all the time. The things that we learned by having Marley in our lives are things we can apply in the lives of Lilith and Pugsley to be even better animal parents. We hope to get some little shoes for Pugsley and teach him to hike, go camping with us and much more.
Marley will forever be remembered in our lives and what we learned from her will be applied in these little munchkins lives. Marley was and is very loved and she would want us to do what we did for her for these two. We plan to give Pugsley and Lilith a happy and adventurous life in memory of Marley and to do the very best possible for them. We aim to enjoy every minute that they are with us. We miss and love you, Marley.
Today’s Adventure and/or Plan
I had a plan to do some indoor cycling and maybe some gaming on our Twitch Channel, I’ve literally had no sleep; maybe a half an hour and the same goes with Annika. Today we have our jobs to do as well as household things and we have to focus on potty training Pugsley while Lilith and Pugsley get settled in together.
Today’s plan is an adventure. We have no clue how it will go and haven’t a real plan in place; that’s how all adventures should go. Speaking of adventures…
Our friend Jason Simons is riding his bike across the Trans American Bike Path and has hit a bump in the road. He rode through an area that had several tornados and has had to spend a bit more than what was budgeted in for motels to stay out of the bad weather. I put his PayPal email addy below for anyone that would want to have an interest in pitching him something towards a meal or just to help him make the distance; anything will help him out. His website link is below as well.
Alright, well let me get the day going. Hugs everyone and thanks for the support.
We like to keep in mind daily that not only are we always focusing on riding our bikes long distance but also that many people we know or even do not know are out on the roads and trails traveling. So if you’re out on the road driving a car please be extra cautious and watch for cyclists who may be on the road with you day or night.
The following friends that we know are currently crossing the United States by Bike:
- Jason Simons – It’s Just Pepper Baby
- Current update on Jason. He has recently had to spend time in and out of hotels due to tornado’s during his bike ride across the USA and is running low on funds. If you’d like to assist him with a meal or some extra funds for his trip, his PayPal email is Jason@itsjustpepperbaby.com
- John Schweitzer – John’s Cross Country Blog
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- Our families and friends around the globe for all of the support.
- Our awesome Neighbors within our condos that have been checking on us since we lost Marley.
The epic peeps above are amazing and we thank them all the time. Hugs guys and gals and we wish you all an amazing adventure day and a great weekend.
You Know the drill
Alright, it’s that time. Hugs everyone, I’m gonna finish my coffee and get the day rolling. Have a great day and we will return in the morning with more on our adventures.