Power to the People?

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Oh yeah, it only gets worse…..John has figured out a way to make our passive solar energy into ACTIVE solar energy.  Does that sound good to you?  Not to me.

It all started out so innocently.  Our friend Matt had this bike setup thing in his cube at Steelcase.  Said he could pedal hard enough to power his computer and related gear all day.  So, that gets John to thinking…..”why can’t JUDY power the Fireball?”  

John figures that if I pedal while hooked up to the battery just an hour or so per day, I can keep the lights on in the Fireball.  About 15 minutes to light up one LED bulb for about 4 hours.  Better than our little Zamp Solar unit can do, because we’ve not found terribly reliable sunshine while camping so far. Somehow, he seems to think that I’ll really WANT to get on a bike trainer and pedal my butt off for an hour or two after we’ve been hiking or cycling all day.  Or, maybe this is just some kind of cruel joke.

ReVolt Headlamp, Metallic Citron, largeTo me, the more obvious solution is this….(I love my Black Diamond headlamp).  All the interior lights I need.

My only hope is that he’ll figure that the trainer is too much extra gear to carry on our next trip.

He’s got thoughts on this issue as well, and is probably going to do is own post.  Hmmmm.

11 thoughts on “Power to the People?

  1. Hmmmm – I guess that we will need to invest in a bicycle built for two to generate even more power for the Airstream with it’s two honkin TVs. But maybe John’s on to something – maybe a giant hamster wheel device for runners? Gosh, can camping get any more relaxing???? Merry Christmas!

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    • I think some kind of titanium tandem for you. You will have lots of extra space to haul stuff, so go for it! You’ll have a few extra things to power, so you’d better get working on your plan now. Enjoy the holidays. Are you building your first
      trip plans yet?

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  2. I figured out the reality of pedaling for power on my boat. That’s why I went with a 245 watt solar panel and a wind generator! But then I’m not as good a rider as you are so I think John has a good idea!!! :>)

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  3. I figured out the reality of pedaling for power on my boat. That’s why I went with a 245 watt solar panel and a wind generator! But then I’m not as good a rider as you are so I think John has a good idea!!! :>)

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    • I figure after a good long day of hiking, sitting in the dark will be a wonderful thing. Have to admit that I might not object to this so much on a perfect day in a perfect setting with a cold beer in the bottle cage! That has potential!

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