One of the things we love to do here in San Pedro is ride our bikes along the beach. Everytime we head out on our bikes we have to lock up Dooley Bear in his cage….so we came up with a brilliant plan: wouldn’t it be great if we got a cart that we could pull behind our bike so Dooley Bear could come for bike rides too? Yes – brilliant plan. Now….where to find a cart?
Ronnie searched and searched on the web and finally found a cart that was narrow enough to pull along on the beach….sure it said the cart was for “cargo only and not for humans or animals” and that the maximum weight for the cargo was 60 pounds……but those are only suggestions, right? This will definitely work for our Dooley Bear. Let’s order it! But wait, we live in Belize……
sometimes the recommended weight limit is really, the recommended weight limit
How do we get one small item shipped here? We asked a friend and they suggested we use “Crappy Cargo Company” (names have been changed to protect the innocent)….great. Lisa called and got all of the information as to where to ship the item……the cart arrived in Houston in mid-December….we called Crappy Cargo to let them know it was there and to inquire when the next boat would be coming to Belize. “Oh, we aren’t running any more boats out of Houston until January”….oh, ok. They didn’t know when in January, just January. We called Crappy Cargo again mid January and they advised us that yes, our item was on a boat and was headed toward Belize – Great! When will it arrive? Their answer? “Uh…not sure….sometimes it takes 4 weeks or so….we will call you when it arrives in Belize City.” So we wait…..and wait for the call….no call so we called them again the second week of February. When we asked about the item they said – Yes, the item arrived two days ago and we sent it
over to San Pedro on Tropic Air. Well that’s great news….it just would have been nice to know….but that’s fine – the cart is on island and now we get to pick it up!
Off to Tropic Air Cargo we go…..we weren’t sure if the cart would actually be there and if it was there, what condition it would be in…but our spirits were high and we were excited to get this cart so Dooley Bear could experience the joy of beach biking with us. Tropic Cargo had our item – guess how much they charged to fly it over from Belize City? $9.00 BZE (that’s only $4.50 US people) – great deal! They hand us the large box…..which to put it nicely was “damaged”….we aren’t sure if some T-Rex got ahold of the box and tore it apart or what…but this box was tore up – had holes in it – some of which were taped back together. But that’s no problem….the cart arrived in only 8 short weeks….not bad right?
Homeward bound we had visions of how much fun we were going to have riding on the beach with Dooley Bear in tow.
We get home and opened up the box…..found that all of the parts were there except the important ones – you know the ones that connect the wheel to the cart and the cart to the bike?
Great…..well, off to town and the hardware stores we go to hunt for these parts. Luckily for us Castillos had a great selection of random bike parts…and as we were digging through random drawers we found exactly what we needed! Whew! The dream is still alive!
We run back home and get the cart assembled and attached to Ronnie’s bike. Looking good!
We had Dooley Bear sit in the cart (just to see if he could fit) and he did great – stepped right in, sat right down and asked us – “ok, what’s this? Whatever it is, let’s go. I’m ready”.
The moment of truth was here…..would Dooley Bear stay in the cart? Would the cart stay together since we have exceeded the weight limit by at least 50 pounds? Can a 110 pound Dooley Bear really stay balanced in a cart that has only one wheel? Are Ronnie’s biking skills so great that he can not only pull a bear behind him, but also keep the entire contraption balanced?
The answer to all of these questions…….what do ya’ll think?
Did it work?
Did our dream become a reality?
NO – A huge – hell NO!
The great Dooley Bear bike dream?