After a very difficult, muddy race in WV last weekend with Chris Micheals, I took off across the country in my fathers truck. The truck is going to be my home for the next 2 months as I drive around North America hitting all kinds of professional mountain bike races in Montana, California, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Quebec.

Luckily my father has always wanted to set up a sprinter van as a camper, and decided to test his ideas on me this summer. We rigged up a solar panel system which can run just about anything you can think of including a fridge and my Vitamix blender. I can literally make a cool smoothie after a long ride in the middle of nowhere Montana. Check out the photos below to see what I am talking about:

There are 2 solar panels on top. They put out more than enough juice to run whatever I need as long as I  remember to park in as much sun as possible.

There are 2 solar panels on top. They put out more than enough juice to run whatever I need as long as I  remember to park in as much sun as possible.

I don't ever have to deal with buying ice or draining a cooler. I have a full-fledged mini fridge behind the front seat. It even has a enclosed freezer.

I don't ever have to deal with buying ice or draining a cooler. I have a full-fledged mini fridge behind the front seat. It even has a enclosed freezer.

The Sleeping area is a little crammed, but it is remarkably comfortable and doesn't require setting up a tent. Any parking lot can be a campground...as long as they don't tow.

The Sleeping area is a little crammed, but it is remarkably comfortable and doesn't require setting up a tent. Any parking lot can be a campground...as long as they don't tow.

Here is a picture of the battery bank/inverter/blender. Definitely nice to have enough juice to run just about any electrical item I can think of.

Here is a picture of the battery bank/inverter/blender. Definitely nice to have enough juice to run just about any electrical item I can think of.

Check back soon for the report of the first week of my trip. Hopefully I will have good news to report after tomorrows race!

Thanks for reading,
Connor Bell

 

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