While bicycling through the Brantley Lake State Park Campground (north of Carlsbad, NM) on Monday, we spotted an encampment with one intriguing ‘recreational’ vehicle.
Phiip Girardi of Santa Fe, NM, has rigged out a 25-year-old BCA Sunshine bicycle with a Crystalyte electric bike conversion kit into an unusual hybrid design.
Almost halfway along on his journey, he hopes his bike will transport him another 600+ miles to the Texas Gulf Coast.
Behind his invention, in a Bob trailer, he carries his camping equipment and a generator to recharge his two extra battery packs while he rides.
Girardi is gradually (at about 19 mph) making his way southeast to the Corpus Christi area “to do some fishing,” he says. “I’m retired and I’m heading to where it’s warm.”
Photo: Philip Girardi of Sante Fe, NM, on his electrical assist BCA bicycle. By Julianne Crane