Mike Minnick and his dog Bixby could break the world record for distance on an electric bike

By Amy Jamieson
Updated September 02, 2016 04:02 PM
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Mike Minnick and his dog Bixby are on a mission.

They’re attempting to break a world record, and while they’re at it, they’re bringing attention to needy dogs.

As of Wednesday, they’d travelled about 4,000 miles, according to WZZM News, who spoke to Minnick on the road in Holland, Michigan. They are attempting to break the Guinness World Record for longest distance on an electric bike.

According to Guinness’s website, 7151 kilometers is the number to beat — that’s about 4,443 miles.

They began their journey in April in Palo Alto, California, then headed to Oregon, got caught in bad weather in South Dakota, and arrived in Holland this week, the station said. Bixby rides in a basket that’s attached to Minnick’s bike.

“It’s absolutely changed my entire life,” Minnick told WZZM News. The dog lover is hoping that Bixby — who he describes as “a wonderful example of what a shelter dog can be”— can inspire others to adopt, not shop.

“I don’t understand why you would spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a puppy-milled dog when there’s all these other dogs in shelters,” Minnick told the station.

People agree with him and are rooting for them along the way. In a Facebook post, Minnick said someone donated via warmshower.org a place for them both to sleep on Thursday night.

“Last night we had a place waiting for us even though the guy wasn’t home,” he wrote. “He left his place open for us and even left a tab for my Human at the little pub down the street from his [house]. We met friendly humans there who played fetch with me and we got a great nights sleeps to boot. Today is going to be great!”

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