Photo voltaic Dave goes for a motorbike trip.


By Don Rush

By the point this candy version of the ever-loving column, also known as Don’t Rush Me is revealed and out to the plenty to learn, Photo voltaic David O’Neill will most likely be stress-free with household with both in Buffalo, New York or Riverside, California.
You’re most likely questioning why I, Dandy Don Rush (your hero) am writing about this dude and additional you most likely need to know who this dude is. Loosen up. I’m getting there.
Photo voltaic Dave, as I prefer to name him, is an attention-grabbing cat.
Late Thursday afternoon, August eight, David rode into Goodrich, Michigan, USA on his “e” bike, pulling somewhat, costume-built aluminum trailer, carrying a well-weathered blue windbreaker jacket and bicycle helmet.
I used to be sitting at a desk in Goodrich’s solely BBQ joint (Smoking J’s) when Photo voltaic Dave walked by and saddled as much as the bar to order a glass of beer. “I’ll take no matter your most interesting gentle beer is,” he advised the lass behind the bar.
Quickly, all of us found Photo voltaic Dave had been driving his bike since June 23. That’s when he left his hometown of Riverside, en path to Buffalo. By the point he completed his journey, he stated, he would have traveled between 2,400 and a pair of,500 miles.
“Google ‘David’s Photo voltaic Journey,’” he stated. “My son is posting my video weblog and taking good care of social media.”
He’s camped out in parks and other people’s yards alongside the best way. His first evening in Michigan was Wednesday, Aug. four, the place he spent the evening within the small city of Jones. From Jones, he rode to Dearborn earlier than heading to the Detroit Bike firm in Detroit. On his Facebook web page, Photo voltaic Dave’s son posted, “At the moment David had some scrumptious Lebanese meals on the Dearborn Meat Market in Dearborn, Michigan! @dearbornmeatmarket had among the finest meals David has had on his journey! #davidssolarjourney @ Dearborn Meat Market.”

Photo voltaic Dave O’Neill, his e-bike and trailer stopped in Goodrich this week, en path to Buffalo, New York. He began his bike trip in Riveside, California. Picture by Don Rush.

He stopped in Goodrich en path to Crossroads Village in Flint. Apparently, the classic amusement park carousel at Crossroads, was the identical one from his hometown. On Sunday, August 11, I noticed this publish on Fb by Brendon Walsh, “This night I went out for a fast path trip in Nixon, Ontario. I met David right here and we rode collectively for about 8km to Simcoe. I love what your doing and loved our dialog. I’ll you’ll want to share your story with my biking group right here in Turkey Level, Ontario. Can’t wait to see what’s subsequent for you guys. Hopefully see you on the highway once more!”
When he peddles to Buffalo, he’ll go to household after which fly residence to California.
So, what’s an e-bike and why the journey? E stands for electrical. Photo voltaic Dave stated, “I’m a promoter of e-bikes — they’ll be the mode of transportation sooner or later.” Contained in the trailer he hauled a tent, sleeping bag and two batteries, that are charged by two photo voltaic panels. Every panel is about three toes by 4 toes in measurement, weighing a pair kilos every.
“I can get 40 miles a day of propulsion with these photo voltaic panels,” he stated.
Photo voltaic Dave additionally used his journey to advertise a few charities. One is Trips for Kids. It’s a nationwide group serving to youngsters get out on bikes to discover and discover journey. From that group’s web site, “Each child in each group deserves the chance to know the enjoyment of driving a motorbike whereas having fun with the liberty to discover the pure world on two wheels. For some, that is their first enterprise past the boundaries of their city neighborhoods!”
He additionally partnered with Be The Match, which is a “nationwide bone marrow registry that helps construct a community of registered donors for folks with blood cancers to have the ability to match.”

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Over mountains, by means of ranches and farms, David O’Neill’s photo voltaic journey has taken him on paved in addition to gravel roads. His video weblog on YouTube exhibits some fairly nation. Verify him out.
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