Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello, Dexter Highjacks the Blog

Hello, this is Dexter! My daddy is attempting to make me a biker dog and I'm not sure I'm a willing participant!  Being four years old it is hard to learn new tricks. Granted, he was willing to try small steps, like taking me to the Dog Park, but after peeing and playing we had to get back in that loud contraption!

OK, he did get baffles and it isn't as loud as before, but I'm little and not sure I even want to be a biker dog.  He tells me it will be a lot of fun and there are great things to see in the world. We went for a 75 mile jaunt a couple of weeks ago and I refused to go again the next day.  I need small steps, not gigantic ones!

Daddy has been asking every day if I want to go on a motorcycle ride and I get excited, but not sure if I'm ready.  He takes me outside, I smell the great fragrances, but when it is time to load up I chicken out.  Well, today it was time to take the chance.  It was a perfect day, cool, partly cloudy, to get our ride on.

We left about 9:00 AM in cool weather, up something called the I17.  Daddy was happy that Petunia pulled us up something called 7 mile hill/Sunset Point without any trouble at all.  Once up the hill we pulled over at the Rest Area to take a break and allow me to stretch my legs.

We met some humans. The lumpy ones were my favorite.

 Well, until I found some more my size.

 This is me leaving Sunset Point  going to a place called Prescott.

This is just after stopping in Prescott at the county court house.

 We walked around and I got to wet some trees.

 Daddy told me how good I was being and that he loved me!

 I hate Doggles, and refused to wear them, but as the day progressed my eyes started to bother me.  Daddy stopped and made me wear them.  I resisted, but they did help my eyes, so I pretended to be OK with them.

 Here we are almost home after almost 200 miles! I can't believe I rode almost 200 miles!!  Until today the most I have ever ridden is 75 miles.  I'm not sure I want to admit I had fun, but we were outside, I made some new friends that I may never see again,  we went on a couple of walks,  Daddy kept telling me I was a good boy, and the Doggles made my eyes feel better.

This being a biker dog might just work out for me. Especially if everyone thinks I'm as cute as they did today. I think I might need to get a leather jacket to keep me warm and dry if it rains.  Daddy mentioned a camping trip in the next couple of weeks. Not sure what a camping trip is, but today didn't hurt me and I did have some fun.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Dexter and the Learning Curve

Dexter was a willing participant in a Saturday 75 mile ride.  It was a great day in Arizona with bright sunshine and mild temperatures.  He sat on the seat for about the first 15 miles, then got into his bed and napped most of the rest of the ride.   Only issue on the ride, that went over some small hills, Petunia didn't seem to want to pull herself on some of the upgrades. Mmmmmm.

Sitting and trying to remember back on the when I first got the pigpen, some 7years ago, I began to remember Petunia would haul the tub at 90 mph.  That is when the cam adjusters came apart and I took her in to have new gear driven cams put in.  After getting her back, she wouldn't pull the tub over 40 mph.  I had a couple of other things done to her, so took her back to the shop and they said nothing was wrong with her.  Took the pigpen off and the bike ran well except for gas milage, so just left the tub off.

Sometime in the night, Saturday, it popped into my mind that along with the gear driven cams the Baker 6 speed was also installed at that time.  That lead to my remembering that after last years motor update I realized that now that sixth gear was usable.  Putting the extra weight of the pigpen could have negated that change.

So, Sunday I was going to test my thoughts that I just wasn't using the correct gear for the conditions.  Getting ready to retrace Saturdays route, I took Dexter out to go for another ride. Pushed Petunia into the drive, got out the harness, and Dexter ran back to the door and wouldn't move.  I opened the door and he ran inside, refusing to come back out.  I guess he wasn't ready for a repeat of yesterdays fun.

Retracing my route I kept Petunia 1 gear lower than I had on Saturday and she did great.  Unless I was on flat ground I stayed in 5th gear and no problem. With the cruise set at 70 she pulled the small hills without a worry while turning 3,000 rpm.  On flat lands, in 6th gear she ran 70 mph @ 2,500 rpm.  The learning curve for driving the hack continues and that is the easy part.  I'm hoping Dexter isn't going to start being a problem.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dexter the Wonder Dog Goes on the Road

Today was the day.  Dexter has been hanging around the pigpen while I continued to make minor adjustments and deciding how I was going to connect his tether.  On a mild, overcast day it was time to get out of the neighborhood and hit the real road.

Sitting on the seat

 Lets try laying down

 Time to try out the bed

 Can't you see I'm trying to nap

 Can we go home now?

 No, I don't have to go!

So, after a 40 mile round trip to nowhere we found our way home.  Dexter didn't jump out of the pigpen and seemed pretty relaxed the whole time.  I chose to not remove the seat because it seemed to be a better choice.  I don't like the double link chain I got for the tether because there was fur that was pulled from Dexter stuck in it, so I will get a different kind.  Other than that I think the day went well, Dexter seems happy, and he didn't seem stressed at all today.

He is currently curled up next to me sleeping. Such a good, tolerant little fella. Next adventure might be out to the lake to play in the water.