PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. Her vision began as most adventures do: A leap of faith. Jaye Maddon, wife of Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, plotted a move from Long Beach, Calif., to Tampa and wanted to devise a way to take her canine companions along for the ride.
Her initial thought: Why not rent an RV to drive the Maddon's dogs Winston, 1, and Athena, 8 across the country? The strategy, in concept, sounded fine enough until Jaye found it hard to find anyone willing to lone a vehicle for the nearly 2,700-mile trek.
So an audible: Why not buy an RV? Thats what the Maddons did, in January in California, and a 30-foot Thor Hurricane is primed for Jayes journey, which will serve as a fundraiser for Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, non-profit facility in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Hes behind me 100 percent, Jaye said of Joe. He goes, I hope you know what youre doing. I said, Well, I kind of dont know what Im doing at this point, but its going to be fun to have an adventure.
In fact, Jaye ha...