Eco-Trekker: Driving Cross-Country Without Gas

An Aussie adventurer and his dog drive cross country—without gas!

| January/February 2005

“I got to see America, but Shaun wasted the choicest restaurant scraps fueling engines instead of making them terrier treats for me.”


Aussie adventurer Shaun Murphy drove 16,000 miles across thirty U.S. states in thirty-five eco-friendly vehicles with his best pal, a terrier named Sparky. The catch? No gas!

THE CHALLENGE: Murphy—famed in Sydney, Australia, for his quirky, nature-based TV shows—think “green” Crocodile Hunter—circumnavigated America via a variety of eco-vehicles. On his Cool Gas Roadtrip—which lasted eight months between August 2003 and July 2004—Murphy motored in a jet-powered Chevy pickup fueled with soybean oil and cruised in a BMW Roadster that ran on corn whiskey.

WHY GO GASLESS: A horticulturist by training, Murphy is convinced biofuels are the wave of the future. “I wanted to make people aware that there are many ways to gather energy—and most of it’s grown on American farms.”

WEIRDEST TRANSPORT: Murphy drove from New Orleans to Texas in an H1 Hummer fueled by beignets, crawfish, corn whiskey, and soybeans. The Hummer is fitted with a “gasifier” that vaporizes the food and provides fuel for the engine.

FAVORITE E-MOBILE: Electra Cruiser, a Harley-Davidson look-alike powered by ten batteries charged on electricity generated from cow manure, sunshine, sugar, and wind. It achieves speeds of eighty miles per hour.



September 12-13, 2019
Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

Fermentation Frenzy! is produced by Fermentation magazine in conjunction with the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR. This one-and-a-half day event is jam-packed with fun and informative hands-on sessions.


Subscribe today and save 58%

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living !

Mother Earth LivingWelcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $19.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $24.95.

Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Free Product Information Classifieds

click me