The 53-year-old Belgian Michel Voros has in the US as the first of the famous Route 66 with a zonnefiets taken. He left in early October with his self-made bike in Chicago (Illinois) and came after 49 days in Santa Monica (California).
Voros explained in a total of 3.940 km, along the 45 cities and eight states. Outside of some minor incidents such as flat tyres and a broken axle, the adventurer during his tour with big problems to be faced. His tour was also enriching on a human level, as he is to his own words, ‘incredibly good’ was received by the Americans.
‘In contrast to what we would think, is the average American in the center of the united states is very interested in all things ‘green’ and sustainable, and green energy, ” says Voros to Belga.
The telecom engineer wanted with his trip also green energy in the spotlight, and also the Willie Dixon Foundation support young musicians helps to bring musical instruments to buy, and music lessons helps pay.
Voros built – in ‘component by component’ – his own electric bike, which is delivered by solar panels that are behind the bike pulled as a trailer. The engine gets when the sun is shining a speed of 32 km/h and has an autonomy of 160 km. During his journey he was accompanied by his wife, who pursued him in a van with his luggage and spare parts for his bike.
The engineer is now taking a few days rest in California, and within two weeks go back to work in Brussels. He dreams, however, is already talking about his next adventure: the 630 miles between Orlando and Key West by bike.