Bulldogging Across the USA: A Winter Classic Journey Part I

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Posted January 12, 2015

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Long ago, I made the promise to do everything possible to return to DC for the 2015 Winter Classic. Thanks to the support of very kind-hearted and generous people, I was able to make the journey to DC and get a GoPro to record the adventure. This is the story of the journey east from the warm confines of San Diego.

Friday, December 19, 2014: Wagons EAST!
Like most days in San Diego, it’s sunny and nice. Maybe the locals find it a cool 66 but it’s great bulldog weather. For the past week, I’ve watched and wondered as Mom & Dad brought storage boxes up and unearthed things I thought I would never see again….winter coats, hats and gloves. I wonder if they’ve even been outside recently, and why do we still own these things? The week cumulates with bags packed and me being strapped with this device called a GoPro and then being told we are going for a car ride. I don’t mind the car but truth be told I like the bed and sofa way more. Maybe we are going to get a burger or maybe go to the beach?

Bulldogs START YOUR ENGINES!

Arizona, I am in you! Next stop Phoenix! #BulldogCannonBallRun #WinterClassicAdventure

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Arizona, I am in you! Next stop Phoenix!

Have arrived in Phoenix safe & sound! I’ve claimed the bed, I hope Mom & Dad are comfy on the sofa

2 days, 1500 miles down 1484 to go. Amusement factor=0

#BulldogCannonBallRun status location: Missouri today's destination is Indianapolis, IN #WinterClassicAdventure

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#BulldogCannonBallRun status location: Missouri today’s destination is Indianapolis, IN

#BulldogCannonBallRun update: Safe & sound in Indy. Name dropped my buddy @butlerblue3 at front desk to get the Bulldog suite. Onward to NJ tomorrow!

Umm, Dad, me & Mom had a meeting. We’ve decided we’re going to have to let your “Up before the sun & chipper morning butt” go. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors finding a new bulldog & wife who share in your unholy early rising lifestyle.

Rolling through Ohio & listening to 80s music! #BulldogCannonBallRun

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Rolling through Ohio & listening to 80s music!

Are we there yet? No? How about now? Not yet? #BulldogCannonBallRun is in PA! #WinterClassicAdventure #AreWeThereYet

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Are we there yet? No? How about now? Not yet? #BulldogCannonBallRun is in PA!

Exhausted travel bulldog is recharging batteries. Happy to be at Granny & Poppy’s in NJ. #BulldogCannonBallRun #WinterClassicAdventure

Total #BullDogCannonBallRun time San Diego to NJ 3.5 days total, 47 hours drive time, 2,962 miles covered. Looks like I live in NJ now because I’m NEVER getting in the car again.

Holidays with Family = BEST)))))

After a really long drive, it’s time for some fun with both sides of the family. First few days with Dad’s family then the rest with Mom’s. I got to visit my Great Grandma, see Granny & Poppy, all Aunts and Uncles and my cousins (both little humans and canines). My favorite spot? Poppy has the best chair, perfect size for a bulldog and super comfy!

Snoozing in Poppy's chair on Christmas Eve #igbulldogs #igbulldogs_worldwide #bulldog #bulldogs #SleepyBulldog

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Snoozing in Poppy’s chair on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve puts me back in the car to Mommom and PeePaws house until Sunday. I welcome the stationary location for a few days as it’d give me a chance to catch up on my napping, if there weren’t SO MANY PEOPLE visiting everyday!

Testing out the new beanbag at Mommom & PopPop’s! They know I #RockTheRed everyday!

Christmas Day #TBT #SantaOvie

I make good use of my time posting pictures of me from previous Christmases

#tbt #SantaOvie in 2009 #MerryChristmas #igbulldogs #igbulldogs_worldwide #ChristmasBulldog

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#tbt #SantaOvie 2011 w/ Santa! #ChristmasBulldog #igbulldogs #igbulldogs_worldwide

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HOCKEY O’CLOCK NJ Edition!
Deep in Flyers territory, we have a common ground

Mommom is throwing a big family party on Saturday, a lot of Mom’s family will be there! Since it will be held downstairs and I can’t reach stair-climbing velocity in their basement, I’ll be upstairs with the TV, the remote, and the Caps/Pens game….perfect!

Eric Fehr, wanted for abuse of Penguins….

To complete my final night in NJ, the Caps deliver a 3-0 win over the hated Penguins! Next stop Washington, DC!

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