The mysterious, tarp-covered contraption in the parking lot immediately caught the eye of hostel staff and guests. It’s was about the size of the car, but bike tires were poking out from below the cover, and it was chained to a tree with a simple bike lock. We tracked down the owner, Paul Everitt of England, and asked him a few questions about his cleverly disguised vehicle parked outside.
Paul built “Priscilla” back in England in 2009, and decided to take her on a world-wide adventure, riding around the UK, Canada and the United States. She is a quad bicycle, which means there are four wheels, and originally there were four seats with four sets of pedals. Paul ended up removing the two rear seats and pedals to make room for a large storage container. She is decorated with flags from countries around the world, small figurines on the front bar, and a sign on the back that explains his project and goals of raising money for wounded soldiers returning from war.
Paul is nearing the end of his journey, heading south from Portland to Reno and then Las Vegas, where he will leave Priscilla with a friend and go home to England for the holidays. When asked if he was ready to end the trip or not, he replied with mixed feelings.
“Honestly, I’m exhausted,” he said, “I am so ready for a break, but at the same time, I’m going to miss the adventure. My blood, sweat and tears have been poured into this project–a lot of blood, a lot of sweat, and a lot of tears, so it’s bittersweet to think of it being over.”
For more information about Paul and Priscilla’s journey, read their blog: http://goingsolocanada.blogspot.com/