Ever since I read Mango the Sheltie’s post here about the Dogs of Instagram SG’s meetup where they took the dogs out on an outing with tricycles and bicycles, I’ve itching to do a similar excursion with QQ. QQ is such a high energy dog, the hikes we take him on during the weekends never seem to tire him out enough. He frequently still have enough energy to do zoomies around the house after we get home from hiking, even if we throw in a visit to the dog park for added socialization.
I’ve seen people taking their dogs out biking occasionally, but that doesn’t work for me as I do not know how to ride a bicycle. Yep, that’s my deep dark secret. Never learnt and no desire to learn. So when I saw that the Dogs of Instagram SG’s meetup actually rented tricycles, I thought that was perfect for us. The husband can ride a bike, and I can ride a trike! However, since it’s unlikely that I’ll be going back to Singapore anytime soon, and even if we do return for a visit, I don’t know if we can even bring QQ, there’s no bringing QQ to Punggol for us in the foreseeable future. Therefore, I set about looking for a bike rental that rents tricycles here in the Bay area. Unfortunately, I had a hard time finding a bike rental that also rents tricycles. It doesn’t seem very popular here at all. To our good fortune, I talked about this issue with one of my colleagues one day during a break, and another colleague overheard, and she said she actually saw a bike rental near her place that do have tricycles! Imagine my excitement!
She did live quite far away from us in Alameda. It was about an hour’s drive. But it was totally worth it! The bike rental was located along the shoreline beach and the bike path goes along the beach and cuts through a really pretty park. We had so much fun!
The bike rental was actually closed for the season. They are only open regularly from April to October. However, they still take reservations over the phone. I called in and reserved one bicycle and one tricycle for a Saturday in November. As luck would have it, the weather was sunny and perfect. It wasn’t too hot, the air had a fall crispness about it, but the sun and exercise warmed us up quickly.
We arrived at noon. I spent a few minutes learning the ropes. I was actually a little apprehensive as I have no biking experience whatsoever, but it was actually really easy. We originally planned for QQ to run alongside the husband as he rode his bicycle, but that changed when he realized it was hard for him to balance as QQ tends to pull a little. So I took over and I had no issue at all on the tricycle.
QQ quickly picked up on what’s going on and he kept perfect pace alongside me, as long as I maintained the same speed. I found that if I speed up, he would think that a race is starting, then he’ll start to run faster, and he might actually cross over in front of the trike, and might hit the front wheel. Another issue is we have to check to make sure there aren’t any distractions that might cause him to try to run off. He has a pretty strong prey drive, so if he sees any squirrel or water fowl, or even another dog, he might start to jerk and pull towards the distraction. During those times, the husband will get off his bike and take his leash and walk him so he has better control.
Chyler sat in the basket the whole time. Mostly because we didn’t think she could keep up with us on wheels. There was a moment when she gave us a heart attack when she jumped out of the basket. We have no idea why, it might be because she thought QQ was having too much fun and wanted to join in? Luckily she wasn’t hurt. We did tie her leash to the basket but she had enough leeway to jump and reach the road. I retied her leash and gave her less leeway. Poor girl was so scared and curled into a ball in the basket for a few minutes. But she quickly sat back up and watched the surroundings attentively.
We rode along Alameda Beach and passed through a pretty green park and a marina before turning around. We rented the bike for 4 hours and pretty much maximized every minute of it, excepting the many stops we took for photos. I think we rode for a total of 7 miles.
The views were gorgeous and we had an incredible amount of fun. Most of all, QQ really loved it too! I kept looking down to check on him as we rode and he looked up at me with this huge grin on his face every time. The dogs were totally crashed out by the time we got home. I don’t think I’ve ever seen QQ so tired. He voluntarily went inside his crate after dinner and refused to budge, even when it was time for his nightly pee. The husband had to literally drag him out.
This is definitely something we will return to do again regularly in the future!
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