Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — The sight of a motorcyclist with a German Shepherd dog sitting behind her is not something you see every day.
So content creator Jess Stone and her adorable dog, Moxy, quickly become the center of attention as they travel together.
Almost every car driving by causes an accident as the people inside try to take a picture with their phones, “it’s funny,” Stone told CNN.
10 months ago, Stone and Moxie (weighing approximately 34 kilograms) set off on an epic motorcycle journey to explore 90 countries across Central, North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia.
Stone’s husband, Greg, is usually right behind them during the trip.
It is not a journey without challenges
The Canadian-born Stone first learned how to ride a motorcycle on the side streets of Liberia, where she’s lived with Greg for more than a decade, and admits it wasn’t easy.
“It’s not the best thing for your partner to teach you how to ride,” Stone said, adding that Greg “wasn’t very patient with me.”
Once she felt comfortable riding a motorcycle, the couple, after 8 years of marriage, went on an 8-month motorcycle trip together from North America to South America.
Several years after the couple’s return, they both moved to Guatemala, and the dog “Moxy” entered their lives.
Although the duo wanted Moxie to join their rides, Stone didn’t want to install a sidecar, get a trailer, or anything that would change the dynamic of riding the motorcycle, now that she had started to feel comfortable riding it.
Soon, the duo began designing what would become a product called the “K9 Moto Cockpit”, a dog carrier for motorcycles.
The duo makes this product in Guatemala, along with a line of outdoor gear for dogs through their company called Ruffly.
“Everyone always asks how long it took to teach my dog how to ride[on a motorcycle],” Stone said. “Honestly, it only took me one weekend to teach Moxy.”
Deciding she was ready for another big adventure, this time with Moxie, Stone reached out to Girl Up, a global non-profit organization dedicated to girls’ leadership development, and founded the GoRUFFLY Around the World initiative.
Stone aims to raise $100,000 for the organization’s global empowerment projects.
When talking about traveling with a pet, Stone said, “It’s like you experience the adventure twice,” and then explained, “You experience it yourself, and then you experience it from the pet’s perspective, because it’s with you.”
Traveling with a dog includes many challenges, as it is largely limited to dog-friendly places, wild camping, and sometimes Airbnb apartments.
“You have to be the type that enjoys nature and the outdoors,” Stone said. “If you want to be in the city and go to fancy restaurants, traveling with a dog will make it more difficult.”
focus of attention
Some of the highlights of Stone’s trip include visiting the Girl Up Clubs to share inspiring stories, camping in the Arctic, and seeing elk and grizzly bears.
Stone is currently in Los Angeles, USA, and is preparing for the next leg of her trip, which includes a ferry ride to Baha, Mexico, and then on to Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama.
Stone plans to travel to Colombia, visit Argentina, and then fly to South Africa.
Her dog continues to be an inspiration, and Stone never gets tired of seeing the way others interact with Moxy, joking that every visit to a gas station turns into a “selfie event” and saying it puts a smile on everyone’s face.