“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” It’s a common aphorism, but one Bellingham, Washington, man is out to prove it, using solar powered technology to assist him on a trek across the United States at the age of 74.
Greenlaunches reports on an article from the Bellingham Herald about how one Bruce Maynard is planning on using Sam, his solar- and and battery-powered stroller contraption, not only to assist him in hiking up hills and mountains, but to cart along his computer and phone as well. Apparently, this septuagenarian is planning to maintain a mobile office on the road, keeping in touch with his company’s clients back home via phone and email. As an added bonus, Sam–which is apparently part jogging stroller–will serve as Maynard’s mobile campsite.
Sam weighs about 120 pounds, but rolls easily on level ground; a foldable solar panel doubles as a computer stand and work table. Boat-hook poles will support a tent large enough to shelter both Sam and Maynard, who is currently fine-tuning his route, seeking roads with wide shoulders, gentle slopes and periodic towns. He plans to average 30 miles a day, and to end his trip in Key West, Florida.