I plan to go walkabout sometime this year or next, maybe a week or two or three and take the House Panthers with me in a very custom designed pull trekking cart. My ideal trip destination is BC of course, simply because it is so vast and varied in terrain and so much history. I'm thinking the Fraser Canyon from Hells Gate (my trekking cart will be hard to pull thru all the tunnels SAFELY....NO space) ......... to Lilloet, then back UP the Duffey Lake route thru to Pemberton , then back down to Whistler , etc. OR, the other idea is to head east towards Manning Park, Princeton Keromeos etc. I just want to walk and take in all the scenery , do some fishing, camping, cooking, let the House Panthers see and smell the world (on leash/harness of course). I've done that drive 1000's of times.....but you never really experience everything while driving at 100km/h.....compared to walking........i might cover 500 - 900 KM a day in the truck, walking I may only cover 20 km's a day . But i will take so much more in. PRELIMINARY PLANNING AND DESIGN STAGE Originally, I had wanted to build a mono wheel hiking cart (like the HoneyBadgerWheel) , powered with a li-ion battery pack and hub for power assist up hills. Then I saw the price of li-ion batteries, and power hubs, and solar panels and power converters and talked with a lot of engineers about the drawbacks and positives. I also had to consider WEIGHT and field serviceability. As well the cheap arse chinese crap that is flooding the E-bike market is damn scary in the way they fail.....with flame and explosion. In the end i decided to build the most basic of pull behind 2 wheeled fat bike trekking cart, with the only moving parts being the wheels. Frame is going to be built out of aluminum square stock tubing, welded, with 26" fat bike rims, high end sealed bearing hubs and tires. Now i could shave weight by going to a skinny tire, but some of the trails and areas I want to walk and and explore are soft sandy or gravelly. Chatting with a few trekkers who have done this in deserts and the artic, the fat tires WON every time, and did not dig in. They FLOATED over the top with a low psi footprint, and were easy to pull. The design i came up with, should weigh about 20lbs MAX empty, and its pretty spacious, yet narrow enough to pull along the edge of the road. this is one of over 100 designs i played around with. It is NOT the final design. This will be the boom arm and grab handles/harness design. (Thanks to Armadilling for the pic) One of the reasons I wanted a trekking cart, rickshaw ,etc , was to carry water. Lots of areas i have been in here in BC, in the summer the water dries up to nothing. It could very well be 100 klicks to the next store or river. And carrying two animals plus my own exertions in the heat, plus washing up and cooking needs, requires a minimum or 40 liters a day. So 2 Nato jerry water cans (preferably chilled with ice from the gas stations along the way ). So thats already 88 lbs. The design of the cart will position the two Nato cans UNDER the platform of the cart, to lower the center of gravity. As well, I have made an adapter for the Nato cap, to allow me to screw on a drinking tube, which will be routed thru the frame, thru the long extension handles to the hand grip area. I want to carry nothing on my personally, rolling weight is easier to pull/push than carry. I "could" get away with just 20 liters....but i would rather play it safe. I know i can walk 20 km a day thru varied terrain and hills, that is pretty much the limit i want to attempt pulling a rolling cart with 200lbs . however, if you look at these guys (Sebastien Copeland and unknown person in the Simpson Desert) .....they are carrying 6 x 20 liter jugs of water (120 liters = 265 LBS!!!) on the edges of the cart, plus their food in 3 other 20 liter containers. They had zero issues pulling their carts.....their cart weight with full water loads, food for weeks and shelter/cooking/clothing/electronics etc was over 400LB's. Re the two House Panthers: I plan to build a bolt on a removable (in case of emergency , they can be transported easily in a vehicle) spacious mesh metal box with a roof cover (sun / rain protection) for the two cats. My own gear needs are very minimal, so about 60% of the cart platform will be an ultralight living quarters for them . Frequent stops for litter use (lots of sand on the side of the road will be in order, as well as water breaks and nibbles. The box will be 4 sides of aluminum diamond mesh (heavy duty) with angle corners and a solid rooftop for sun/rain protection. They will be able to lounge and watch the world roll by. The rear of the cart will be highly visible, with both a slow moving vehicle reflective triangle , DOT truckers reflective tape, a steady red , amber and blinking bike lights, as well as a 12' fiberglass dune buggy whip with neon flags and potential sponsor flags. Sides will also be treated with DOT truckers reflective tape. You can see that stuff from 10 miles out with a modern flashlight. Gear wise, the gear will be loaded into my two large Wolf Pack tote boxes, they nest together. A minimal cooking kit (billy can, small ti pot/cup, fork knife spoon, spices, dry goods, dehydrated meals, flour/rice/oats, coffee etc, plus canned goods (beans, fruit mix, pasta & pesto sauce etc), MSR XKG multi fuel stove (i anticipate camp fire bans), fuel canister bottle x 2 (can buy gas on the way). I plan to use my 20L Pelican cooler for fresh fruit, frozen drinks, cold beers, veggies, and frozen meats. I'm still in design stage for the cart, but there WILL be a flip down prep table / cooking shelf on it. clothing / shelter wise: i plan to do the Randall / Perrin style of jungle clothing.....one set for day , one set for night after stopping, and a backup set of nice light cotton clothes. Wash the day set when in camp, hang to dry overnight. Poncho for the rainy days , Boonie hat for the sun, sunglasses, sun block, chafe cream, TP, toothpaste/brush, wash cloth and towel, sandals for after stopping. The cart is going to be designed to have a flip up tarp pole, to attach one end of my tarp. Sleeping pad, light sleeping bag. Bug Spray, Bear Spray (mounted on the handle bars, and a spare by the sleeping area). tools and gear, spare parts: spare tire x2, fits underneath the cart platform. Spare tire tubes x 4, plus 2 patch kits and wrench and tire tools and bike pump. These will fit under the platform in the long boom tube that runs from the center rear of the cart to the front grab bars. They will fit inside the boom tube, in a custom pull out bag. I will also carry a Li-ion headlamp and Surefire batteries. Comms wise, cellphone, and i'm toying with the idea of a Sat Phone and a 24/7 location tracking/mapping beacon. An extensive FAK in a Pelican case will be bolted to the cart as well. lets not forget fishing gear. I will be adding a large PVC tube with end-caps onto the cart, to hold the fishing rod, reel, lines, tackle etc. this will be an ongoing thread. Lots of planning, design changes, revisions, to do. I have one buddy on board already who is willing to mail ahead pre-packaged supplies at intervals to pre-arranged General Delivery Post Offices and Govt Agent Stores along the way. He also has a old Suburban 4x4 that will fit the cart if things goes south and I need to scrub the mission and get picked up one of my goals is to meet people along the way and document some BC history. As well as get some amazing BC photography done.