Monday, February 9, 2015
Where's Bixby? Monterey (After an 8,200-mile bike trip)
We get a lot of people stopping by The Herald but this one actually put a smile on our faces.
Mike Minnick, 38, and his dog Bixby, 5, stopped by the office after pedaling 8,200 miles by bike to get to the First City.
For nearly 19 months, Minnick has been on his Yuba Mundo bike, with the female border collie mix in a carrier over the rear wheel. From Lubec, Maine, to here, people have been following along on WheresBixby.com.
He arrived in Monterey on Friday and has been enjoying Cannery Row and other tourist spots. He said he was irked he could not ride on 17-Mile Drive because of the AT&T National Pro-Am.
Santa Cruz Sentinel was also visited by Minnick and wrote a story about him last week. He also rode his bike to other Monterey area media and will probably go to every newspaper and TV station as he travels south.
He says he does it to highlight the benefits of animal adoptions and local shelters. He said he paid for the trip by selling everything he owned and some donations collected on the Bixby website.
A little known song by a not that well-known artist gets him up the tough hills, Jerry Jeff Walker's "Maybe Mexico."
Minnick said he is looking forward to riding across the Bixby Bridge next, which he joked was named for his faithful companion.