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Words cannot express my grattitude for the individuals and companies listed here. They are the reason I am biking across America. They’ve made it happen financially. And more importantly, they are looking to me to complete the challenge and inspire others, so I cannot let them down. I’m motivated and proud to accomplish my dream for them and myself.

To make a donation, go to our GoFundMe page. Thank you!


Super 8 Motel Cumberland/La Vale

After 3 tiresome days on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Trail, my mom spoke to a professional and courteous front desk employee, Larry Drewand told him of our situation. He passed that info on to Brian LePlatt, manager of the Super 8 in La Vale, MD (about 10 mins driving time from Cumberland) who so graciously sponsored our stay. We were dirty, mosquito-bite ridden and downright sloppy-looking, but staff welcomed us and gave us the key to a non-smoking room, with a clean bathroom and wonderful bed. Fiji was also greeted with open arms. Thank goodness for Pet Friendly motels! The motel is right near food and banks for all your financial and nutritional needs.

Red Roof Inn

Thank you to Red Roof Inn Manager, Uprenda Gulrajani, and employees Alissa and Kleo for so kindly accommodating Fiji and I.

They allowed us to stay one night free to recover and rest. The room was clean, comfortable and Fiji enjoyed it. I really loved the hardwood floors which is easier to keep clean than carpet. The motel is located right off the cycling trail And U.S. 1 in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Alissa and Kleo were some of the most friendly and professional motel staff I’ve ever met.

rbanimalhospitalRockbridge Animal Hospital’s mission is to provide quality care while maintaining an inviting, family-oriented atmosphere where great customer service is apparent. Our doctors and staff will work with you to educate you on the needs of your pets, so that you can make more informed decisions about their health care.  This team-oriented approach means better care for your pets and a better understanding for you!  We will always treat your pets as if they were our own.

Dr. Wendy Forbes at the Rockbridge Animal Hospital in Columbia, MO prepared Fiji for our ride with updated vaccinations, an exam, microchipping, a 3-month Heartguard and Frontline supply. They have treated Fiji since puppyhood, and although she’s a piece of work at the Vet, they patiently treat Fiji and make sure she’s a healthy doggy. Without their services, I would not be able to take Fiji along with me guilt-free. With a clear bill of health, I know Fiji will be able to spend months with me on the road.

DoggyRideDoggyRide, since 2003, is the pioneer in dog bike trailers, and in some markets, the term has become synonamous with taking your dog on a bike ride. Enjoy the ride together. Whether it is a ride to the park, a bike vacation trip, or a cross country (or world) trek the DoggyRide has proven to be the most reliable dog bike trailer or stroller.

Thank you, DoggyRide, for providing me with your new model trailer at a hefty discount. I love the enclosed, stylish design of these trailers. Mine comes with a roof rack, kickstand, pet mat and rain cover. Picture coming soon…

TryathleticsJPEGTryathletics In 1986, Steve Stonecipher-Fisher opened Tryathletics’ doors at the corner of 4th and Broadway in the Flat Branch Creek area of Columbia. Steve moved Tryathletics to the present building, at 1605 Chapel Hill Rd. in 1997, to provide larger floor space, better parking an easier to reach location and quick access to the MKT Trail.

“We want to give everyone the most knowledgeable service” says Steve, so he has an array of local athletes working for him. From runners to bikers and swimmers the people at Tryathletics know and use what they sell. Tryathletics is very active in sponsoring and supporting pretty much any running, walking, biking and swimming event in Columbia.  Tryathletics also sponsors and is active in the Columbia Track Club. You will find friendly and experienced people to take care of all your needs at Tryathletics.

Tryathletics provided me with a Kona Sutra 2013 52 cm at a wonderful discounted price and payment plan. I am truly indebted to Tryathletics as the bike and gear was my biggest worry. Being overweight, I knew a low-quality bike would not be able to carry my dog, accessories and me across the country. Thank you so much, Nate!

SPRINGER-markSpringer America  invites you to learn more about this fun way to exercise yourself and your dog at the same time.  With a Springer dog exerciser, you can safely ride your bike — and take your best buddy with you. Used successfully by 600,000 dog-loving bicyclists, mushers, and K9 corps around the world, the Springer uses a low-mounted, heavy-duty steel spring to absorb up to 90% of the force of a dog’s unexpected tugs, allowing bike riders to keep their balance, while protecting their dogs from traffic, pedals, and wheels. In addition, the patented safety release frees your dog instantly if he/she gets caught around a tree or hydrant. Manufactured in Norway, the Springer offers easy installation and an option to exercise two dogs simultaneously. Springer fits most regular, touring, and mountain bikes.  All Springer components carry a 30-day money back guarantee, with a limited lifetime warranty on all metal parts.

Deidri Ottesen sent me a free Springer America bike attachment with a Web Master Harness and some Musher’s Secret paw wax. I was able to start training Fiji and getting her used to running alongside the bike without fearing for my life. Unfortunately, Fiji is the unruly type, and before the Springer came, training was a dangerous endeavor. Now, I have little to no fears in taking Fiji on a daily run.

ruffwear_logoRuffwear’s mission is to build performance product to enhance and inspire outdoor adventures for dogs and their human companions.

Thank you Ruffwear for donating Griptex Boots and a Swamp Cooler vest. The boots will keep Fiji’s paws safe when she runs alongside the bike. As a pet momma who’s felt the pain of losing a dog to heat stroke, I was particularly worried about the Summer months. With the Swamp Cooler Vest and tons of water, I am glad to have the tools to ensure Fiji’s comfort and safety from the sun.

If you’re a company who’d like to sponsor our ride, donate or discount product for us, please send me an email at jbrzr3@gmail.com.


Jason C. (for donating a women’s sleeping bag)

Ray Garza

David Wallace (Check out this great violinist’s youtube channel)

Steve Garufi

Jeff D.

Anne R.

Jenny Arata (for her monetary donation, plus a helmet cam)

Susan Whetten

Thuy V.

Robin M-P

Kris M.

Patrick C.

The Goodmans

Lori M.

Laura W.

Emily R.

Ryan K.


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