I got home Sunday, 8/21. My cell phone completely died on Monday and it is my main internet at home. It will not get any power or connection from the cable so it has no juice at all. I now am limited to finding free wi-fi hotspots until I get a new phone. Choosing a new phone is not a simple project so I have to do research. I am not pleased with the durability of the phone (Samsung Moment) - not even 2 years yet.
After this trip, I am seriously considering an alternate cell connection. One of the pay-go hotspot devices on the Verizon network so I have an alternative to the Sprint network. I didn't really like having to find a free wi-fi hotspot to do internet. It works better for me to get my camp spot and be able to do some internet in the evening. It really irks me that almost all other industrial countries get faster cell service for about the half the price and they can use it without penalty on the entire network. The lack of reasonable govt. regulation of our industry is making this country fall further and further behind in capability and meeting consumer needs. Just one more instance of the failure of unregulated capitalism.
I wrote blog entries most nights on the trip but into a file because of my internet problems while on the road. I will edit the pics and enter the entries in calendar order into this blog a little later. My house has need of some serious catch-up work (weeds and cleaning) after its nearly 2 month abandonment.
After all the time living in my van, the house really feels like an albatross around my neck. The work required to maintain it is not what I want to spend my retirement doing. I kept feeling like I had to get back to it because of the grass and weeds growing.