Chronicling my journey from constructing a homebuilt through the 3000 mile Roll Over America on in to my recent aquisition of a used Quest that I commute with.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Can this cart full of groceries fit in the tailbox? With the exception of the loaf of bread that got stuck into the "mailbox" behind my head and the two boxes of tissue that tied under my seat, Yes! I fit a week's groceries, $113 worth on my trike.
Originally I set up this blog to document my adventures taking the car free challenge during the month of May 15th to June 15th 2007. The Car Free Challenge is sponsored by Bentrider Online. My primary tool in this adventure is a fully faired, home built, recumbent trike.
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The question "Why?" frequently comes up when I tell people I'm doing the car free challenge.
Here in working class New Britain, CT I get lots of comments about how high the price of gasoline is, but the fact that gas is at a record high price is really only a coincidence. It doesn't seem like a day goes by that I don't hear or read another story about global warming and its effects. I wonder what kind of mess we're leaving for our kids. As I ride I see that most cars on the road have one person in them and I've read that 40% of car trips are just a few miles long. So in a way I'm trying to prove to folks who see me that it can be different. It is possible to do most of what we use a car for by human power. Besides, there is the obvious answer that most people can figure out from the big grin on my face as I ride the trike (I'm having a blast) I like it when people admire my creation. On a typical day I'll get 15 or 20 thumbs up, lots of waves, and 4 or 5 people will roll down the window at a stop to ask me about the trike.