Since we are talking about all things On the Go this month, we thought this was a great opportunity to tell you about our friend Bixby.
We met Bixby and his human, Mike, last September when he and his owner came to the Planet Dog Retail Store. Mike and Bixby are travelling around the country together by bicycle. They carry what they need on their bike and share the open road with only themselves and their rubber safety chicken, Chicken Charlie.
They have been on the road for about a year and started right here in Maine. Well, actually, they borrowed a truck from Texas and drove up to their starting point in Lubec, Maine, the Eastern most point in the United States.
They pedalled through Maine and had their eyes set on Key West (the Southern most point in the United States). They are currently in Texas and looking to head West.
Mike got started on this epic journey after an encounter with Tim and Noah Hussin who have been travelling around the country (also by bike) and filming a documentary. He has a specially made bike that fits him, Bixby and their things. They find places to stay along the way through friends and strangers. They have pedaled over the Brooklyn Bridge, been in a parade at Mardi Gras, attended Willie Nelson's 81st birthday concert and they have no plan on stopping... yet.
Throughout this adventure, Mike has quit smoking, lost over 40 pounds and says he feels younger than he did when he started.
Mike adopted Bixby from a shelter in Austin and is a strong advocate of animal adoption. As his travels gain more attention he is doing more interviews with news outlets. You can see one of his interviews below. He is using the airtime and attention to speak about animal adoption and how important it is.
Mike and Bixby are continuing their adventures and hope to visit all 50 states but that depends on sponsors and hosts. If you want to help sponsor the continuing adventures of Mike and Bixby, check out their website, wheresbixby.com.