March 24, 2019
This morning, Ron woke up and put on his riding gear. He biked around the Redmond neighborhood. Meghan worked on the Blog Name Vote post and put it out on Facebook. We had over 30 name suggestions for our blog and we were able to narrow it down to 28 (as some were common). Meghan and Ron sat down and picked their top 5 blog names and Meghan put them out for their followers to vote on the name. She then updated their spreadsheet with their miles driven, biked, hiked and banked. Ron rode 20 miles this morning. After he was done riding, he, Meghan and the dogs took another hike around the Dry Canyon. This time they hiked the entire Dry Canyon. It is full of bike paths, a disc golf course, a paved walking path, a rock wall on the arch of the bride, and a dog park. After their 5.5 mile hike, Ron and Meghan headed back to Janet and Frans. Janet picked Meghan up and they went to pick up a pizza for supper. When they returned, Ron resumed his biking around the neighborhood and got another 20 miles. So far Ron has banked 60 miles around the neighborhood. Plus he and Meghan have hiked 9 miles.
March 25, 2019
Last night, Meghan saw an article online that reported that the generator that they purchased for their trip has been recalled due to potential gas leak and fire hazard. First thing on today's agenda is trying to find a place to repair the generator. All Honda service stations are not prepared for the recall and would have to either send the generator out or wait 3 weeks for parts. Meghan and Ron decide to wait until they are further down the road to get it serviced. After several hours of working on the generator dilemma, it's time to travel again. Meghan prepares business cards for the the road, Ron packs up the camper box and they plan out their route for the day to get to Millican, OR. They drive from Redmond back down to Tumalo, OR where they left off and tracked their miles. Ron was fighting a headache this morning so he decided to the drive the Bend City portion of the route rather than fight directions and traffic. Once we hit Alfalfa Market road we had cashed in 10.5 miles. Ron then got out his bike and cart and headed down the road with Fonyx. He biked 16 miles out to the Alfalfa Curves OHV Staging Area. This was the middle of nowhere! We saw dust storms and tumbleweeds. Online, the Alfalfa Curves OHV is advertised as having an port a pot, but there wasn't one there, but there was a fire ring and picnic tables. Ron and the dogs collected sticks and wood from the surrounding area and built a fire in the fire ring. After the fire was nice and hot they cooked left over steak, hot dogs and potatoes over the fire. Nothing beats the taste of a campfire dinner. That evening, they ran the generator for power and heat; but they made sure it was away from their tiny home in case it went up in flames. They looked up the next closest campground but it seemed out of the way. Team Ronyx decided to make up their minds after a night of sleep.
March 26, 2019
This morning we are tired, and dirty from all of the dust. Tonight we will have to shower. We ditched our plan to go to the Sand Springs Campground and decided to just head to the town of Brothers. This is 36 miles from where we are. Ron isn't sure about the terrain but he decides to take Onyx for a ride since it is "his" journey. Ron and Onyx left Alfalfa Curves this morning at 10:00 am. Meghan catches up to him after 5 miles and checks up on him. He is doing well. They meet up a few more times before Ron gets back out to Highway 20 from Reservoir Road. It takes Ron 3 hours (including a couple small breaks) to get to Hwy 20 with some of the hills. It's another 2.5 hours before Ron and Onyx make it to the Brothers Stage Stop Cafe. They don't actually have gas there but their burgers were amazing and right next door to them is the Oasis Rest Area. This is where we will park for the night. Ron has rode 30 miles to get here and he is tired. They set up the "dog house" and Ron builds a fire in our tiny wood stove. A pair of gentleman from ODOT stopped in to check on us and asked what we were doing. We explained our journey and they thought it was really interesting. They wished us well and went on their way. Throughout the evening we met several more intrigued individuals. We even had a little girl yell out her window as they drove off, "that's really cool!" Once stock pot half full of water was almost to a boil on the wood stove, Meghan set up a shower for Ron. This set-up takes a little work and patience but does the trick of getting you clean. Once the curtain was hung and the collapsible dog pool set up as a catch basin, Meghan takes the pot of water off the stove and fills up the remainder of the pot with room temperature water. Then a rechargeable shower head pump is inserted into the pot. When Ron is ready for water, he or Meghan push the button to turn on the water. The trick to this shower is to get wet, turn off water, soap up, turn on water and rinse and then turn it off again before you run out of water in the pot so it doesn't burn up the pump. Once Ron is done his shower, another pot of water is started for Meghan's shower and the whole process starts over.
March 27, 2019
We woke up to snow showers. Hampton, OR is our destination today. Ron heads out at 8:40 am with Fonyx in the bike trailer. The weather is dreary. The first part of the ride is wet and snowy. After Ron rides 9 miles, he meets up with Meghan and sits for an hour to warm up and change his outer layer of clothing since he is soaked. Ron has 15 more miles to tow Fonyx until he will reach the Hampton Station aka A Taste of the Ranch. Meghan arrives at the restaurant first. She lets the dogs out for a bathroom break and leg stretch. As she is walking the dogs she notices some RV hook ups right next to the restaurant. Ron arrives around 1:30 with the dogs waiting patiently watching him from a far distance. Today's biking only took 4.5 hours. Meghan and Ron discuss the potential to camp there for the night. They decide they will go have lunch/dinner and ask about the spots. The place is homey feeling. There is a sectional sofa in one part of the restaurant and various sized tables around the room. The decor is antique and modern farmhouse style. There is an antique store in an adjacent room. Things for purchase. You can find specialty teas, photography, handmade soap, and other goods for sale. They have a dessert case full of slices of apple pie, lemon bars, cake, and mini cheesecakes. Their menu is small but they have a good selection of breakfast items, burgers, salads and sandwiches. They also sell gas, but they sometimes run out of it since there aren't any gas stations between here and Bend, OR. We order our meals, Meghan orders a Cowboy Breakfast of eggs, toast, bacon and country style potatoes. Ron orders steak and eggs. After they order their meal they inquire about the camp spots and the waitress gives the owner a call to ask. They agree to allow them to park there for the night and use the electric for a small fee. It's quiet there except the occasional truck throughout the night and early morning.
March 28, 2019
Meghan is up early today. Her body won't let her sleep. She gets out of bed at 6:00 am and takes Phoenix out to go to the bathroom and much to her surprise, there is a few inches of snow on the ground again. Her and Phoenix play outside for awhile and then go inside to prepare to leave for today's destination of Riley, OR. They pack up and head decide to go back to the restaurant for breakfast to give the roads time to clear up a little. They have a filling breakfast and Ron heads out on the bike at 10:15 am. While they were eating breakfast they discussed the plan for the day. Meghan would stay at the restaurant for 2 hours to work on the blog and then drive up 20. Today's ride is 41 miles and Ron isn't sure about the road conditions and if he will be able to ride the entire thing if the road conditions are too difficult. After a little more than 2 hours, Meghan heads up Highway 20 East to see how far Ron has gotten. The sun is out and the weather looks great. Ron was able to get 24 miles in 2.5 hours. He and Meghan leap frogged up 20 E until they reached Riley, OR. Riley is another small town, with a convenience store/ gas station, archery store with a post office across the street. They have RV spots and Team Ronyx is able to rent one for the night. While they were in the store a really lovely family approached us and asked if we had the custom truck camper outside. We told them yes and explained a little about what we are doing. They informed us that they have a Youtube channel and asked if they could interview us. We told them we'd love for them to interview us and we met them outside. After our quick video interview we chatted for a few moments and learned about their travels. They are the van Stralen family from Canada and they have been traveling as a family since 2015 and vlogging about it via Youtube and Social media. You can learn about them on their Youtube channel: Epic Family Road Trip. After we talked with them we went and set up camp for the night. Tonight is a quick wash up night, Meghan heats up water on the electric burner they brought while Ron spent some time outside talking with our neighbor camper who also had a black lab. Here we found out that he lives in Waldport which is a town just south of Lincoln City where Team Ronyx lives. He is up in Riley to hunt for Sage Rats. An invasive rodent that kills the farmers crops out here in the high desert. Apparently it's a pretty big sport as there are advertisements for Sage Rat hunt expeditions out in this area. People actually pay money to go out in a field and hunt these things. After quick wash ups, Team Ronyx plan out their itinerary for their trip to Burns, OR. Ron's mom has offered to pay for a hotel room so that Team Ronyx can get a long hot shower and a good night's sleep.
March 29, 2019
Team Ronyx is up at 7 am discussing what their plans would be for the day. They pick a hotel and Ron's mom books the room. As soon as the post office opens, Ron goes across the street as our friend Kem M. has sent us another surprise package. It's banana bread, our favorite! Ron heads out of Riley at 10:15 am with Fonyx. Meghan leaves around 11:30 am. She finds Ron 9 miles up the road. Meghan parks at the rest stop that is 17 miles before Burns. They chat for a few minute and Ron and Fonyx peddle up the road again. After about 45 minutes Meghan meets up with Ron a few more times. They meet once more right outside of Burns at the city of Hines. Meghan tells Ron that she is going to head into Burns and find the store near their hotel. After about 40 minutes, Ron arrives at the store. Their journey for today is complete. They return their bottles and cans and grab a few groceries and then head over to their hotel. They check in, unload their valuables from the truck and camper and then take a walk around town to give the dogs and Meghan some exercise. The evening is filled with relaxation and blogging. They grab some dinner from the restaurant next to their hotel. Ron watches TV while Meghan blogs away to summarize their week.
Enjoy the pictures below from our week of travels.
March 17, 2019
We are starting week two with another resting day. Ron, Meghan, Lynette, and Brenda walked down to the bridge in Mill City to play with the dogs in the calm spot of the river. Brenda and Lynette took lots of pictures of us. After we visited for awhile. Ron and Meghan hiked around the town of Mill City checking out the mountain ranges that surrounded the town. Today was a good day to rest up to prepare to travel again. We ended up hiking 4.5 miles around town.
March 18, 2019
This morning we packed up and Ron and Fonyx headed out around 8:45 am to head out to Idanha and then Detroit. Meghan packed up the camper box and headed over to the post office to ship some Team Ronyx gear. Meghan caught up to Ron and Fonyx just outside of Mill City at the City of Gates. Meghan snapped a few pictures of Ron as we rode past the sign. The route today is a lot of hills. We are trying to make it 32 miles to the Idanha Country Store. After we got out of Gates we went to the Niagara Park. We took a brief break and took the dogs down to the view point. Ron left on the road again while Meghan sat at the park. He traveled 13 miles to the Detroit Dam Viewpoint. It is a lot of hills for Ron to travel up with not a lot of shoulder to ride on. After a little break, Ron decides to turn in the Bike and Cart for his hiking Pack and both Onyx and Phoenix, The trio headed up highway 22 towards the city of Detroit for 2 miles. Then Ron took out the bike and Fonyx again. Meghan drove ahead and parked at the Detroit State Recreation Area. Once Ron reaches the park, the discuss continuing the trek on the highway for another 7-8 miles to get to Idanha Country Store. They decide to stay at the park to enjoy the scenery. Ron was exhausted from dodging traffic and climbing all those hills. They pay for their spot and park. The scenery is beautiful, there is snow all over and the water level in the Detroit Lake is so low you can see what lies under the lake when it is full. The dogs and Ron play for awhile in the snow while Meghan sets up camp. They hike around the campground and map out a route for Ron to bike to bank up some miles. Meghan contacted Charene who they were supposed to meet in Idanha to let her know that they weren't going that far. Charene offered to come and visit Team Ronyx once they got settled in the evening. Her and her husband and two daughters came down for a visit and brought us some milk since we forgot to get some on our way out of Mill City.
March 19, 2019
We have decided to stay another night, it's beautiful here and Ron wants to ride as many stress free miles as he can around the state park. Team Ronyx heads out to hike around the entire area, they played with the dogs, hiked 6 miles and took lots of pictures. Then Ron biked with Fonyx around the campground. Later in the evening, Ron built a fire in the fire pit and they cooked their supper over the fire. Ron was able to bike over 24 miles and hiked about 9 miles during our 2 day stay. We map out our next destination that night. We are going to try to make it to Marion Forks which is about halfway between Idanha and Sisters, OR.
March 20, 2019
It's the first day of spring and time to move again, we pack up and Ron and Fonyx head out towards Detroit. As Meghan is preparing to leave the campground she receives a message from Sam. A reporter with the Central Oregon Daily News, Sam wants to meet with Team Ronyx to learn about their journey and they decide to get in contact when the team is in Sisters. Once Ron gets to Detroit he calls Meghan and she meets him in town. They discuss their next move, they decide that Meghan should drive ahead and park at the Idanha Country Store and wait for Ron to catch up. Once Meghan is in Idanha she contacts Charene to let her know that she is in Idanha and asks where the store is located. Meghan arrives at the store and goes in for some snacks. Charene and her husband show up and introduce Meghan to the store owners. Ron shows up in about an hour. They all discuss their planned stop at Marion Forks and figure out that the campground they were looking at staying at is probably still inaccessible. Meghan and Ron decide to cash in some banked miles since the shoulders are narrow and the traffic is heavy. Ron drives their tiny home to Marion Forks Fish Hatchery and as suspected, they are not able to get into the campground. They continue to drive out highway 22 to see if they can find a place to park for the night but there isn't anything they could find so they continue onto highway 20 and head into the town of SIsters, OR. They went to the grocery store and grabbed some things they needed and discussed where to go. They were not able to find any open campgrounds (or so they thought) so they headed through town and parked at the Sisters City Park. Once they secured their space, they took the dogs for a walk and explored a little bit of the East side of Sisters. That evening Meghan worked on trying to contact some local news outlets to see if they could set up some interviews to share their story. Meghan sends a text to Sam to let her know that they are in Sisters and they plan to meet the following morning at the Sisters Coffee Company.
March 21, 2019
It's laundry day for Team Ronyx, a week on the road can get pretty dirty! And living in a small space, they don't have room to store dirty clothes. The laundromat is just down the road from where they are parked and they have time to wash and dry their things before they head over to meet with the Central Oregon Daily News. Meghan decides to reach out to some other news outlets while they wait for their things. KTVZ News 21 calls Ron and leaves a message. They want to meet with us too. At 10:30 am we head over to the Sisters Coffee Company to meet with both News outlets. After interviewing and answering questions, Team Ronyx heads over to Shulers Pizzaria for some lunch, they are hungry and looking a little tired from their travels. They have lunch and then walk around town looking at all the shops and giving the dogs some exercise. That evening they discuss their next destination, they decide they will head to Tumalo State Park.
March 22, 2019
Ron and Fonyx headed out highway 20 and Meghan and the Dogs stayed in Sisters. Meghan ran some errands before leaving town. She caught up with Ron about 5 miles outside of town. They leap-frogged their way out to Tumalo. Meghan parked at Pisano's Pizza and waited for Ron to arrive. Once he arrived they decided to go in and get a sandwich. Their meatball subs were delicious! Then we headed to Tumalo State Park where we found our reserved spot and parked for the night. Meghan and Ron walked the loop around the campground to calculate the distance so Ron could bike it and bank the miles. Ron then headed out with Fonyx for several hours biking loops around the compground. Our friends from Redmond drove over to the campground and visited with us around 5:30 pm. They invited us to park at their home in Redmond if we wanted to head over there the next day. Ron thought that would be a good idea to see the area and visit for a day or two. After our friends left, we headed to bed.
March 23, 2019
This morning, Ron got up and headed out the door with Fonyx and the bike again. He began to ride loops around the campground. He was joined by a young man named Xavier T. Xavier asked Ron all about what he was doing and then continued to ride laps with Ron for 5 miles, talking the whole time. It was fun to watch the two ride around the campground. Meghan took Onyx and Phoenix for a walk around the campground. After lunch time, Team Ronyx packed up the truck and headed over to Redmond to Janet and Fran's home. We decided to take a few more days to explore the area and visit before we left the area for the next few months. Once we got to Janet and Fran's we explored their new home, talked with the neighbors and then Fran took Team Ronyx down to the entrance of the Dry Canyon that is right next to their development. Meghan and Ron took a 3 mile hike around the Dry Canyon and then headed back to the house. Once they got back to the house they talked with Janet and Fran about a route around their neighborhood for Ron to bike. Once they figured out the route, Ron and Meghan walked the loop and found that it was exactly one mile. When they arrived back at their starting point, Ron got his bike, cart and Fonyx and headed out to start loops. He rode for 2 hours and banked up 20 miles. Meghan visited and worked on the updating the website, maps and creating the blog. That evening Meghan was able to use a whirpool tub, boy was it nice to relax in a jetted tub for awhile after being on the road for 2 weeks!
Enjoy the pictures below of our week!
March 12, 2019
Today we packed up and headed to Rickreall Oregon via Highway 22. Ron and Fonyx encountered unpleasant road conditions as there was lots of rain and hail. After a few stops he arrived at the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall, Oregon. Once we reserved our spot, we were able to hook up to shore power (an actual electrical outlet) and charge our devices and run the heater. Ron and Meghan were both able to grab real showers in the bathroom facilities provided on site. It sure felt nice to be able to take a real shower. After getting settled for the evening, they discussed their next destination and made contact with the people who invited us to camp on their property. We also had two businesses reach out to us to to invite us over for a visit as well. We ended the evening with food from Rock N Rogers.
March 13, 2019
Today we traveled into Salem. We traveled along the East Side of Salem on Edgewater Street,where we stopped at Safeway along the way. As we were preparing to leave, we got a surprise visit from our friend Lynn F and her husband. It was nice to see people we knew. We even got some phone calls from other people we knew that saw us on our travels. When we got close to the Carousel Riverfront Park, Ron was having some issues with his bicycling directions as the bike path there is very confusing if you have never rode it. After fighting with directions for awhile, Ron decided to cash in some of his banked miles so we could drive the rest of the way for our night's stay in Aumsville, OR. Upon our arrival in Aumsville we were greeted by a lovely couple, Brenda and Brian Watts. Brenda made us a home cooked meal and offered hot showers to us. Since Ron was feeling so under the weather he spent his evening in bed to rest up for their upcoming busy day. While Ron rested, Meghan was able to visit with Brenda, play with their black lab Duke and even get to hold their pet skunk Ruby.
March 14, 2019
At 9:30 am we departed from our stay at the Watts' home in Aumsville, and headed out to highway 22 towards Stayton, OR. Today we have two stops to make, the first is to stop at
D'-Tail Pet Grooming and then head down the road a mile to Squatchy's BBQ. We stopped at D'-Tails first around 11 am and met Theresa and her fabulous grooming crew. We got to meet lots of new furry (and non) faces. Onyx and Phoenix thoroughly enjoyed romping around the fenced in area with a few other dogs during our visit. If you are in the area, we highly suggest you check them out for your grooming needs. Next stop, Squatchy's BBQ. Jason and his crew were ready for us. We had pictures taken by Elizabeth G from Beating Hearts Photography. Jason and his staff were super friendly, they went above and beyond to welcome the entire crew from Team Ronyx (even the dogs) into their establishment for a delicious lunch of Pulled Pork, Smoked Mac N Cheese, Pork Belly Burnt Ends, and Corned Beef sandwich. The dogs even got to have some scraps. Squatchy's posted on their Facebook that 10% of today's sales would go to Canine Partners for Life. We were so honored to have them donate to our cause. Once our bellies were full, we hit the road to head to Mill City. Ron rode for 7 more miles making the days total of riding miles 11.5. Due to being under the weather still, we cashed in 7 miles and drove the remainder of the way to Mill City. We arrived in Mill City at 4:30 pm. We stopped and got fuel and then dropped in on Angie and Rex of Rex Images. They invited us to their house to park for the night and shower. Tomorrow would be another busy day but not for riding. These events would be for visiting with people, spreading the word about our journey and helping Rex Images welcome their new friend "Big Foot".
March 15, 2019
This morning is a slow go for Team Ronyx. We are tired. Last night Meghan was able to finally figure out how to embed their Facebook feed onto their website so that there were updates on the website as well as Facebook. She has a lot to learn and is learning it all very quickly while on the road. There is a lot to keep track of, miles ridden, miles banked, miles driven, updating the map, figuring out their next stops and communicating with followers and news outlets as well as taking pictures and trying to keep a log of events and invitations. Today we went to Rex Images to welcome the arrival of Big Foot. A ten foot high, 5,000 lb chainsaw carving made by Kevin S and crew at Oregon 3D Art. Kevin also carved our Fonyx (Fake Onyx) statue for Ron to use during questionable road conditions to protect the live Onyx. We met Charene and her family as well as many other people who were interested in our journey. We even got a surprise visit from Virgil and Sally M. They drove all the way from Newberg, OR to Mill City to see us and of course spoil the dogs with treats. Virgil is the one who made our custom signs (Click here to email Virgil for a brochure) for our camper box and is offering to make custom plaques for anybody who wants them for their pets too. After we visited at Rex Images, went to the post office to pick up our first package and then headed to Brenda and Rik's home. We hung out there for awhile and rested. At 6 pm we went to the local Eagles club to have their prime rib supper and talk about our cause. Brenda and the Eagles club arranged a bake sale to a benefit Onyx's Great Adventure. We had a lovely dinner, spoke about our journey and then headed home for some much needed rest.
March 16, 2019
It's Saturday, we have decided to stay a few more days to rest up. Ron and Meghan are still recuperating from this nasty bug. Rex Images is printing us new hoodies as we speak. Today Ron, Meghan and the dogs head out for a hike around Mill City. They ended up that the Fisherman's Bend Campground. Unfortunately they couldn't explore inside the campground/park due to logging in the park but were able to see the beautiful mountain town scenery. Our hiking total for today was about 3 miles. The rest of the day was spent resting and visiting with Brenda and Rik. Lynette B, came to town to spend the night too. Our shirts were delivered, Meghan organized the orders to be shipped and delivered. Tomorrow will be prep and play day.
Check out our photos below to see our busy ending to our week.
March 9, 2019
It's take off day! No rest for the weary here with Team Ronyx. We have been busy for the last two weeks, on a daily basis, getting ready to hit the road. This morning, Ron was up at 4 am packing the camper box and securing his home for it to sit unoccupied for the six months. Cooler is packed with food, bike gear loaded. Meghan shows up around 7:30 am to assist with last minute prep before she heads back into Lincoln City to pick up a few last minute items that they need for the trip.
Ron arrives at Mo's around 9 and for the big send off. Meghan shows up around 9:30. Our friends are there, Sally, Virgil, Brenda, Debbie, Don, Juanita, Nicole, Brooke, Jaelyn, Aria, Van, Lori, Greg, Carolyn, Kem, Paul, Denise and some people we didn't know too. Justin Werner was there to do News coverage for the Lincoln City Homepage. (Sorry if I missed anybody as it was high energy and lots of commotion).
At approximately 10:45 am, Ron heads out of Taft Beach on his bicycle; towing Onyx up highway 101 with Juanita for the inaugural ride. They ride through Lincoln City, Juanita sends Ron on his own with Onyx once they hit D River. Ron rides up through the Oceanlake district of Lincoln City and meets up with Meghan who is fueling up the truck at the Chevron station. They do a quick check in and Ron continues up Highway 101 towards Otis, Oregon. Meghan swings into the Community Center in Lincoln City to say some final goodbyes and to drop off something to a wonderful supporter.
Meghan then drives out to Rose Lodge in Otis, Oregon, she stops at the Fire Station across from the Rose Lodge Market. When Ron arrives, they grab a drink, some water, trade Onyx for Fonyx (Fake Onyx) and head up the highway. Ron takes several hours to peddle up through the valley and hills of Highway 18 towards Grand Ronde. Ron and Fonyx arrive at the Spirit Mountain Casino at approximately 5:30 pm. They set up camp at Spirit Mountain. Meghan grabbed dinner at the casino for them and they settled in for the night.
March 10, 2019
Ron is sick! The cold air and heavy sweating climbing those hills yesterday have made him ill. Little did we know that we both contracted a virus during our send off as some of our friends and well wishers also fell ill. We decided to stay at Grand Ronde another night since we only have 60 miles to travel before we have our first big event in Mill City on Friday, March 15. Ron decides to take the dogs on a 5 mile hike. Then when he returned from hiking, he set up the bike and cart and took Fonyx out for a 5 mile ride. Upon his return to the parking lot, Ron and Meghan took another hike that was 3 miles and then took the dogs out to a neighboring field to play fetch. Even though Ron wasn't feeling well, he wanted to start to store up extra miles while we waited to move to our next destination. That evening, Ron fired up their tiny home wood stove. Meghan set up their shower and they boiled water. Their tiny house shower consists of a battery powered shower handle, a collapsible dog pool, shower curtain and S hooks connected to a grate suspended from the ceiling. When the showering is done, the water is dumped and shower curtain left hanging to dry.
March 11, 2019
Meghan is now sick. She uses her time to organize and re-organize their tiny home. Ron and Meghan decide to hike up to Fort Yamhill State Heritage area as it is just a 20 minute hike away. The hike up to Fort Yamhill is a little dangerous as the highway doesn't have much shoulder. As they neared the park, a familiar van pulls up beside them. It is Rex from Rex Images. He and his wife run an apparel and promotional product business out of Mill City and they printed Team Ronyx's T-shirts and hoodies. After a brief chat, Team Ronyx continued their hike to the Fort Yamhill, State Heritage area. There they let the dogs run free until they found the signs that said no Dogs Allowed near all the grassy entryways. They decided they better not stay there and they headed back down to the casino. Team Ronyx planned their journey for the next day. Their next destination would be the Polk County Fairgrounds in Rickreall Oregon.
Ron and Meghan met in 2015. Ron began to tell Meghan a "crazy" idea that he had to raise money and awareness to help out a nonprofit and people with special needs. His idea was to bike from Oregon to Pennsylvania. He asked Meghan if she was good with computers and if she could help him do research on finding a special cart he could pull behind a bicycle that he could tow his dog, gear and tent in so he could ride across the country to raise awareness for service animals. In 2016, Ron brought Meghan out to the Oregon Coast on vacation and she instantly fell in love with the coast and mountainous region. Meghan went back home to PA and began to explore the options of moving to the coast. In a short 4 months, Meghan was able to make the decision and gigantic step to move to the West Coast. During her time here on the Coast, she and Ron explored the area and started to plan Onyx's Great Adventure.
What started off as a dream of Ron's, quickly turned into a Team. As Ron started to share his idea and their plans to travel across the country to friends and acquaintances, the Team began to grow. People offering suggestions on routes, collecting maps, soliciting news coverage, sharing our story, and helping to build our tiny home. Stay tuned for more detailed "tails" of how Onyx's Great Adventure came to be a realty.
Ron, Meghan and their dogs, Onyx and Phoenix are traveling from Lincoln City, Oregon across the US to Cochranville, Pennsylvania to raise money and awareness for service dogs. Ron is traveling by bicycle towing Onyx or his replica statue "Fonyx while Meghan is driving their tiny home. A camper box built to look like a Snoopy Dog House. Meghan updates their progress on the map, social media, pictures, trip status and funds raised. Both have a passion for animals and people who are disabled. Check out our blog to learn more!
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