UPDATE, 22 October 2008

David and Chiva are taking a break from the Tour de Dog but are sure to plan another ride in the near future. A sincere thank you to all of you who helped David and Chiva in countless ways. The Tour de Dog would not be possible without your support. THANK YOU!

View a Photo Documentary of Tour de Dog by Jason Houge

Tour de Dog is past states: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, and New York.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Summary of the Outdoor Retailer Conference

The Outdoor Retailer Conference was a huge success. I acquired needed equipment, took in great suggestions, and made key contacts. A personal highlight was attending a Dr. John Francis presentation. Dr. Francis (aka Planetwalker) is an environmental activist who for twenty-two years did not use a motorized vehicle and walked the world to demonstrate his personal commitment to creating a sustainable world. He also did not talk to anyone for seventeen years. After his pilgrimage, he started a non-profit organization (http://www.planetwalk.org/) dedicated to raising environmental consciousness and promoting earth stewardship. A lot can be learned from this man so I encourage you to look into his story.

I would like to thank many individuals and companies at OR for supporting my trek. Jen Fox and Scott Brown did an outstanding job designing the official Chiva the Canine Cyclist logo and were instrumental in making my business cards and brochures. A special thank you to the Ruff Wear Team for getting me a pass to attend the conference. Ruff Wear is becoming more and more involved with the trek which is more than welcomed. Roy Bastien and Anne Linscott made sure I was entertained and well fed! Erica Kuly and Tiffany Barnes were extremely supportive and deserve big props.

Thank you to Solio (solar power chargers), Zamberlan (trekking footwear), Freestyle Radio (waterproof, shockproof MP3 player), Carey and Company LTD. (medical kit), Coyote Eyewear (sport and extreme eyewear), All Terrain (natural products for the outdoors), Seattle Sports (dry bags and adventure gear), Alpine Aire Foods (high quality instant meals), Buck Knives (survival knife and hatchet), GoPro Cameras (waterproof, wearable digital camera), Suunto (wrist top computer), Horny Toad (clothing for active lifestyle), Gator Sports (cold weather accessories), OLA LOA (vitamin/mineral supplements), Sea to Summit (outdoor, travel, and backpacking gear), TracMe (locator beacon), Big Agnes (tents, sleeping bags and pads), and McNett Corporation (specialty products for the outdoors).

All of these companies demonstrated great interest in the journey and are sponsoring Chiva and me by hooking us up with products (or at least deals). A huge, sincere thank you to everyone! Everything is much appreciated, and I am humbled by your generosity and encouragement. I will use all products to the fullest and more importantly use them to promote environmental conservation and sustainable living.


Tiffany said...

Hey David and Chiva! Thank you for giving me a shout out on your page! I am honored! It was so fantastic getting to know you! You are so inspiring! I cant wait to hear about your adventures and get to know you better! You're amazing!

Paige said...

Hey David. I'll climb hood with you and ride part of your oregon leg. If hood turns out to be too technical of a summit for chiva paige has said that she will dog sit free of charge. Either way she says she'll cook for you and chiva.

Anonymous said...

The big Cat is on the loose... everyone back up!!!
Awesome site, awesome idea, great sponsors... very cool!
The Leezer's have NC covered, but we'll need to get the lil' Cat down here too, so let him know.
I'll send you numbers and names of some peeps in PA, RI, GA, & NM if needed. Rock on, ride hard, live free.

Anonymous said...

A ship in the harbor is safe. But that's not what ships are built for.
- Anonymous