with Lorelle and Brent VanFossen

On the Road – Seattle to Mobile

I am currently on the road driving my father from Seattle to Mobile in his Class C motor home. This is a great lesson in how NOT to stay connected to the Internet though I’m having better luck in some places than I thought. We are currently in Desert Hot Springs, California, visiting his aunt and uncle and I found a weak Internet WIFI connection outside of their home. I’m resting the laptop on the ice chest sitting on the rack on the back of the motor home, next to the generator, barely able to stay connected for more than a few minutes at a time if the wind blows in the right direction or whatever causes it to fade out.

Still, it’s better than those pay phones with the accoustic coupler.

This has been, in the style of our travels, an adventure and I’ll have more news, tips, and advice coming at you soon. We’re debating our route back across either I-40 or I-10, both with good and bad opportunities, so stay tuned.

2 Comments

  • Posted November 27, 2005 at 8:46 | Permalink

    Hi Lorelle,

    Came across this site through your wordpress.com blog. Well, a tour on the road seems like an interesting and adventurous idea. I am sure you must be having fun. India is still in early stages of Wi-Fi revolution, so getting Internet connection on-road is a far fetched idea for now. But I love to explore new places in Mumbai like malls and cafes where free Wi-Fi net access is starting to get popular of late. Anyways, just wanted to say hi and have fun on this road trip :-).

    Cheers,
    Gagan.

  • Posted November 27, 2005 at 22:58 | Permalink

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m trying to connect via wifi all across the US. I’m surprised at where I can find wireless connections and where I can’t. Some are predictable, some are not. Always a surprise. I’ll be writing more about this soon, so stay tuned.

    After over 10 years living and traveling on the road, every trip is an adventure, though I do have to admit that I’m not as freaked by the things that go wrong that I now take for granted like blowing tires, engines overheating, checking oil and water constantly, getting lost, and so on. Instead of hoping these horrors of life on the road don’t happen, I expect them to happen, which means I’m not surprised when they do and I’m thrilled when they don’t.

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