Monday, September 3, 2012

New bike route fun!

If you are a long-time reader of SRAB, you might recall that Bob and I celebrated his Phoenix job offer and finding a great rental with an afternoon at Chase Field, where the theme of the day was "Bring your dog to the park", complete with a dog parade on the field before the game.  Chase Field is exactly two miles from our front door, which pleased us very much.  Even more pleasing was that another dog day was scheduled for August 26!  I think you know where this story is heading so if you don't like gratuitous picture of Daisy you better move on from here.

Quiet neighborhood streets are ideal for a peaceful ride to a destination - especially if you have a passenger.
A few SRAB readers suggested that as we get to know the area we'll find good alternatives to pedaling on the sidewalk.

Uhmmm . . . .Daisy appears to be seeking shade under by ass!  That is really embarrassing but so funny that I had to share.
That has, indeed, proved to be the case. The day before, Bob biked to Downtown Salon for a haircut and explored the area for quieter side streets.  

Pedaling above I-10 was just a little unnerving, even with the fencing.
Since we weren't sure about Daisy being on busy streets we took Bob's newly discovered route, which took us over a covered pedway across the 10.  The quieter route proved to be a smart idea - and the following pictures will explain way.

Daisy couldn't handle it when Bob was to the right of us and crawled on to the top of the rear rack.
I had to stop and shorten her lead in order to keep her in the pannier. 
Once at the park, I immediately had to turn around and return home when I discovered my house and car keys weren't in my purse.  I took the same route back and pedaled like a mad woman since I didn't want to miss the parade.  Happily, I found my keys still in the inside lock to the gate and immediately secured them in my purse and sped as fast as I could pedal back to the ballpark.

Bike parking at Chase Field is pretty great, especially with my favorite style of corral.
I soon found Bob in the parade holding area with Daisy and a couple hundred other dogs and their people. 

The dog parade holding area.
Clearly, Bob and I were among a similarly dogcentric crowd, and I felt a bit chagrined that I had not taken the time to dress Daisy up in a Diamond backs uniform.  I'm sure she noticed.

I'm a nervous little dog.
Oh, the excitement! 

In the line up.
We've been waiting two months for this!  Finally, out on the ball field!

Bob checks out the stands.

They kept us moving but I get a good full shot of Bob and Daisy.

Daisy was a bit skittish with all the dogs and people moving around her and couldn't seem to decide
if she wanted to walk or be carried.

Post parade we headed up to level three to the dog lovers section. 

Remarkably, Daisy was a good little girl and never barked a bit despite being surrounded by dogs of every shape and size. 

Oh, yes, she had a bite!
Or maybe she was just too distracted by the potential for a bite of hotdog to care about talking to the other dogs.

Definitely ready for a long nap.
By the end of the second inning, Daisy, to say nothing of Bob and I, were exhausted and decided to head home.  The ride back was a lot easier than the ride down, as Daisy was too pooped to try and climb out in search of her boy.  Regardless, I feel pretty determined that we'll need to come up with better system for transporting Daisy on the Breezer.  My preferred solution is a front carrier like the Snoozer, which I used on the Dahon.  Unfortunately, using the Snoozer or any front mounted basket will require me to replace my current headlamp with one that mounts on the fork.  A new Busche and Mueller system will be pricey but Daisy is worth it.


David Bickford said...

I'm trying to think of how to do that with one of our cats. Then, again it's probably best not try. Cats don't travel well via any mode of transport.

DAN said...

I have to get my dog TooLow ridding again. Recently he was ridding a bicycle with my nephew and they crashed. (no one got hurt)

She Rides a Bike said...

David Bickford, I once traveled 8 hours with my cat in his carrier between Louisville and Greenville, SC. He whined and cried the entire trip. I don't know that a bike would be any better but I wouldn't advise anything less than an enclosed carrier.

Dan, I'm glad nobody was hurt. I'm not minimizing the risk and don't think I like carrying Daisy from behind. We need to make my bike ready to accept a front mounting system or good sized basket. Unfortunately, grad school is forcing me to redirect bike accessory monies to books and school items.

Chafed said...

The cuteness!!! So so so cute =)

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