Another use for JoJo’s DoggyRide!

So last year I bought a DoggyRide for JoJo – for those of you unfamiliar with what that is, it is one of those carts that attaches to your bike that you put a kid in, only this is for dogs.  There are multiple openings that she can stick her head out, or I can zip the whole thing up and she just lays down and enjoys the ride.  There is a strap with a clasp inside that I attach to her harness which is supposed to prevent her from jumping out, although she did jump out the 1st time I took her on a ride.  Sure, she looks cute in it, but what ELSE can I use it for?

JoJo is ready to go!

adorable!

Well, today I needed to go grocery shopping, which I HATE doing – so why not combine it with something I LIKE doing, riding my bike?  I hooked up the DoggyRide, grabbed my Ortlieb panniers and off I went.  It is about a mile to the nearest grocery store, so that’s not bad at all, although I do have to cross a fairly busy road on the way, which makes me a little nervous.


Luckily, my grocery store has a bike rack!  How awesome!  🙂

I couldn’t quite fit the bike into the rack with the DoggyRide attached – so I improvised!

As I was shopping I wondered how much I could actually fit in the DoggyRide?  I kept grabbing things off the shelf that I needed and before I knew it I had a full cart.  When I got to the check out and looked at my cart, I started to get a bit nervous – what if it didn’t all fit?  YIKES!  There was nothing I could do about that so I bagged everything I could in the bags I brought with me and in my panniers – I knew I’d have to make some adjustments when I got back to my bike.


 I am all about reusable bags and try to cut down my use of plastic whenever possible, I only had to use 1 plastic bag on this trip to put my cleaning supplies in – WAHOO!

After I paid, I went back out to my bike – starting to have a little more doubt, but I was determined to make it work.  I started loading the heavy things into the DoggyRide 1st – attempting to balance it out.  It can hold up to 100 lbs so I was not worried about how heavy everything was, just that I would have enough room for everything.  After rearranging some things slightly I had the DoggyRide filled to capacity!  AWESOME!  The only things I had left were the panniers which contained some of my cold foods.  I swapped some things around to even them out and attached them to my bike – I DID IT!  I couldn’t believe I actually fit an ENTIRE cart of groceries in 2 panniers and the DoggyRide!


  
The next test was could I ride home pulling all that weight?  At 1st I pushed my bike a little to get from the sidewalk back on the road – it was HEAVY and hard to get going.  I thought ‘Oh crap – this is not gonna work.’  but once I got on my bike and started to ride it was so easy!  It was only the slightest bit harder than pedaling if I wasn’t pulling all that weight.  How awesome!!

MADE IT HOME!!

So I would call this a successful trip!  I found a new use for an expensive piece of gear that doesn’t get a ton of use, got a little exercise, got groceries, and reduced my carbon footprint a bit!  I’m all for that!  🙂

I will definitely be doing this way more often, although I still hate grocery shopping.  🙂

On a funny note as I was riding back to my house, I saw a person I passed on the street smile and look into the DoggyRide, expecting to see a kid.  He got a strange/ surprised look on his face when he didn’t see one so I said, “No kid, just groceries!”  He laughed and said, “That’s one way to do it!”  🙂  You should see their faces when people look in expecting a kid and see a German Shepherd!!  It’s HYSTERICAL!!  🙂

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