Wednesday, May 31, 2006

'69 Sol Camino & Carbon-less Anniversary...



June 3rd, Thurston & Lovey aka The Howell's of Palm Harbor, celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary (applause). With only 7 weeks separating our initial meeting and subsequent wedding, some may have thought we'd never reach this milestone, but we did. To celebrate, we rode our bikes and toured down the Pinellas Trail, south to St. Petersburg, and some points between.

We feel it's important to celebrate the opportunity to Cut20 even more. We 'could' load up our Subaru SUV (sensibly utilized vehicle) and go camping, kayaking & hiking like we typically enjoy doing... but rather, for this momentous event, we decided on going carbon-less in our means to make the most of these special moments.

Recently, I read about the destruction of the Boreas Forest and surrounding waters in Canada. This due to oil sands being processed for the purpose of filling America's gas tanks. I have to think, should we be sacrificing one of the few remaining forests in North America, decidedly ruining our headwaters (it all comes downstream), and uprooting the indigenous wildlife - just to have more convenient and affordable excursions. I can't disagree with anyone that says it's not entirely practical to park the fossil fuel machines for good and ride a bike everywhere (though some have, quite successfully). I completely understand other's viewpoints... but, I also look forward to the approaching days where I will saddle up to a solar charged electric vehicle and make my way to and fro (the DORSAL, coming soon...).

It would be thrilling if next year The Howell's could be loading up the kayak, camping & hiking doo-dads, and making our way to a great destination... via solar electric. Some day, it won't just be a dream of mine, like my Sol Camino pictured above (five-seat convertible with Solomon Technologies drive system, L-Ion battery system, and 3kW solar tonneau cover). Oh, did I mention Quadraphonic stereo...!!!

So come on, share your thoughts about solar electric vehicles, concept rides, your own estimation of the near future of transport. Maybe you've got some ideas (and concepts) of your own that could create the next great trend ! Groundswells are the basis from where most paradigms begin their shift...

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