« on: February 21, 2013, 10:03:28 am »
Jasmine, before you decide to set off on a cross-country tour with a 65 lb dog in a trailer, plus all of the other stuff you will need for your dog, camping, bike repairs, cooking, eating etc, you really need to do some fully loaded test rides to see if that is feasible for you. Just ballparking it, my guess is that you would be towing 100+ lbs. I think you are significantly underestimating the difficulty of towing the weight you are contemplating. While touring I tow a farfarer trailer with about 40-45 lbs of gear and I consider that pretty heavy. Maybe your dog can walk up the hills which would help you ALOT, although that make create a hazardous situation for you and/or your dog. While some people can carry/tow significant weight, a review of the many trip reports found on CGOAB indicates that most, but not all, people will do whatever they can to drop even 5 lbs from their carrying weight after just a couple of days on the road. From the armchair, all bike tours take place on sunny days, going downhill with a tailwind. While that sometimes happens, the general reality is bit different. A few 2-3 day short tours with some hills and realistic mileage goals in the months leading up to your cross-country tour will go a long way to helping you understand what will actually work for you.