Bike tights? Check. Clipless pedals? Check. Camping gear? Check. Down jacket for Scooby? Check.
Last week, J.B. and Jennifer Benna checked their list one last time, put on their helmets and jumped onto their bikes — their newly adopted dog, Scooby, in tow — for a 1,100-mile bike ride they had dubbed “Pedals for Paws.”
The ride, which started at the Oregon border and will end at the Mexico border, is a fundraiser for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The goal is to raise at least $5,000 for the organization and inspire 100 nationwide pet adoptions from shelters.
The Bennas, who live in San Francisco, left the Oregon border north of Crescent City on Dec. 16 and on Wednesday will arrive in The City. They will ride directly to the SFSPCA, where they will meet with students to discuss humane stewardship.
J.B. Benna, reached as they took a short break in Bodega Bay on Tuesday, said the trip so far has been terrific — though beset with cold weather and rain. He said that on Monday, it had rained for five hours straight, which proved a challenge.
Scooby seems to be enjoying the view from the kid-carrier trailer they outfitted for his use, he said.
“He loves it,” Benna said. “He just lays in there while we’re riding. He knows exactly where his ball is, so when we stop, he jumps out and gets it and we play fetch.”
The ride is also in memory of the first dog they adopted from a shelter, Mr. Big, who died this year. Mr. Big loved camping, so the Bennas plan to spread his ashes in Big Sur, where they spent many happy trips with him.
“We lost Mr. Big in October and we were trying to think of a way to give back in his memory, and at the same time do something that’s a challenge,” J.B. Benna said.
Pedal for Paws
Two San Francisco residents are helping to raise awareness of pet adoptions through a bicycle ride.
What: 1,100-mile ride
Where: The tour started in Crescent City, near the Oregon-California border, and will end at the California-Mexico border near Tijuana
Why: The duo is trying to raise $5,000 for the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and spur 100 adoptions nationwide
On the Web: www.pedal4paws.com