Adventure of a Lifetime: A Man and His Dog Ride 5,000 Miles Across Cou

The adorable mutt and her dad can’t get enough of adventuring- the duo traveled over 5,000 miles on a cross-country bike ride.


Is it really a memorable adventure if you don’t have your best friend with you? Making memories with your four-legged companion by your side is something very precious- Paul Stankiewicz would surely agree. After four months of riding a bicycle across the country and 5,000 miles later, Stankiewicz and his 8 years old dog, Mona, had definitely made a lot of great ones together on this amazing trip.


The four-month bike ride started in Eureka, California, but their journey included 14 more states before they parked the bicycle. The two traveled for 5,000 miles and ended their trip with a triumphant swim in the Atlantic ocean. Along the way, Mona and her dad had their fair share of fun, camping outdoors and exploring the sights. In one moment, it seemed like the worst had happened, though, when Mona was hit by a car in Kansas. Miraculously, she escaped the accident unharmed, save for a few scratches. Stankiewicz says she’s one lucky girl and we couldn’t agree more! And it’s not only for her lack of injuries in an accident but also for being so fortunate to find a perfect dad that takes her everywhere he goes.

The cross-country ride is not the duo’s first adventure, together, though. About six years ago, Stankiewicz rescued Mona from an animal shelter. Ever since then, this English Foxhound and Pharaoh Hound mix and her dad have had many exciting experiences together. From frequent canoe trips, backpacking excursions, and one shorter bike trip up to Maine, the two had been preparing for this mammoth adventure for some time now. However, Stankiewicz hopes that this impressive 5,000-mile bike ride is not their last fun exploit- they’re probably already planning the next one.

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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