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Moonlight Ramble 2018: Better than EVER πŸΎπŸš΄πŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ”±πŸ‘»

Last night we loaded up the bike, the dogs, and the dog trailer and headed over to Houston for the big Moonlight Ramble. We met up with hundreds of other cyclists at Saint Arnold's Brewery for a costume and bike contest, and then we hit the road at midnight on the most challenging ride ever! It was challenging for me because I haven't been training, and dragging Bill and Bob in the trailer added at least 50 pounds to my load.

We went up and down a few freeway interchanges and I literally thought I had downshifted to the last gear on a couple of hills. Other people zoomed by me as I struggled to pedal my load of dogs up the hill, and I was starting to worry about my Trek bike since I haven't taken it in for a service in at least a year. We made it through the rough part, at least initially--but not everyone. Some lady on a pink street bike with lights blinking all over the wheels wiped out right in front of me and went over the curb divider on one of those little uphill struggles. 

I hated to see that, but not as much as I hated to see those little hills. Last year was literally the easiest ride ever, level road, and it was a short ride too, only about 10 miles. This year was quite the workout...I rode 16 miles in 1 hour and 40 minutes and that includes a break at Houston Community College. 

I did get behind the main group of riders, and I did decide to take the short route. The short route and losing sight of my fellow cyclists meant that I actually got lost on the way back. This not only added distance to my ride, but it also added a ton of anxiety. I was somewhere on Canal Street in an unfamiliar area, and literally nobody was around except one other lost cyclist dressed in a skeleton mask and a creepy white onesie. 

I never did get back on the right route because I couldn't keep up with the guy in the skeleton mask because of the dog trailer. I ended up running into one of the ride organizers on Jensen Street and he told me how to get back to Saint Arnold's Brewery. He politely told me what to do, but I felt like he was secretly amused by my predicament.

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The Wonderful Beer Garden at Saint Arnold's! They really welcomed us with red carpet service!

 

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Such a cute, scary couple! β€οΈπŸ‘»

 

I really wasn't going to go to last night's Moonlight Ramble, but my son and his friend volunteered to help me with all of the equipment and the dogs, and they scolded me for "being bummed out." I am so lucky to have such wonderful young people in my life--they grabbed their skateboards, and away we went. It was a fun night that I will never forget! Thank you Houston!

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Bob and Bill waiting to ride!

 

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This bike played music!!!

 

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I'm not sure, but I think this group won a costume prize!

Twitter Account: Preston Speaks

Tonight I want to feature our doggy friend Preston. He speaks from his Twitter pages about events he attends with his pet parents. Preston is a jet-setter, (he just flew into Pittsburg, PA) an author, a public relations expert, and a good friend to other dogs around the world. Not only that, but Preston is just plain old handsome, and sweet. He wants to help others and spread his views about the world.

He and his pet parents are all geared up for the pet expo in Steel City. I am sure they will have a wonderful time, and Preston will update us on all of the family activities. Make sure you click on @Preston_Speaks and support him at the pet expo.

Remember, as humans we can only imagine how amazing we are to our dogs. Preston definitely has a message beyond his marketing and public relations skills. He wants us to treat our animals with dignity, and give them some comfort and happiness before their short lives are over.

Goodnight world! Goodnight Preston!