DOWNSHIFTERS' DIARY: The challenges of the road

It sounds odd to say this some 10 years into the 21st century but staying in touch from the road is still a challenge.

While both my wife and I have cell phones, coverage varies by carrier and we found our AT&T GoPhone service a bit lacking across western Nebraska, southern Colorado, and northern New Mexico. Not the end of the world, really, but a land-line phone call to her son to discuss Duke's victory over Butler in the last game of the Final Four cost about $25. (Sigh.)

I'm also seeing quite clearly that, while most hotels offer business centers, all are not created equal. Many - including the one at which I'm writing this post - are complimentary, but don't allow one to upload photos (which I consider important to many of my posts) and have other limitations.

There's much to tell about our journey thus far, but I want to tell it well, so I ask your indulgence and patience. There will be much more to come. Soon. I promise.

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Photos by Carl Dombek
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  1. Looking forward to hearing and seeing more!
    I wonder if more and more hotels are assuming that folks travel with their own laptops and equipment, and simply need internet access. The last two times I've been in hotels, that's what they have promoted rather than business centers.


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