Riding Dirty – Adventures of Toby Dog

By Josh Patterson

We’ve been riding with Toby since he was a puppy, mostly short excursions, no more than a couple miles at a moderate pace. At two years old he still acts like a puppy but is now old enough to bring on extended rides. Toby’s father was an English pointer and his mother was a border collie; an excellent mutt-mix for singletrack adventures. During the hot summer months he stays at home while I hit the trails but cooler weather means I can once again take to the trails with my favorite riding buddy.

Recently, the wife and I took Toby on his first trail run on the Allegripis trails at Raystown Lake, home to the infamous Dirt Rag Dirt Fest.

It was a good chance to test our new Ruffwear Singletrack pack. It features two .5-liter bladders so he can carry his own water (I may put him to work carrying a tube and my multi-tool as well). This ride also gave us the opportunity to attach a GoPro to Toby to get his perspective on our adventures.

Toby’s Trail Adventure: Part I from Dirt Rag Magazine on Vimeo.

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