Category: "road trip!"
200 more miles and I'm in the front door. A while ago actually, but whatever. Nice road trip. The car is at a car wash getting too much spent on pampering it. And by extension me the next time I drive it. I'm thinking that'll be tomorrow but I need to check weather for flying. No I don't: I need to get a sticker for my truck and do a little 5 hour day drive checking out some scenery. And a tow site!
Gonna have to wrap this up until the next time I take the car on a major road trip.
So the car has 2 flaws that need correcting. First, the windshield washer doesn't pump fluid to the windshield. It's been in for that once before and it's going back in again. It is unacceptable that the damned car can't clean it's own windshield! Second, the "A" trip odometer resets itself for no reason periodically. The first time it happened I could almost believe it was me resetting it. Twice more on this road trip convinces me it resets itself eventually. Not cool. I have no idea how many miles I did because I set "A" to 0 when I left the house. I set it to 0 again when I left NY. In both cases it reset before I got to my destination.
I need an effective way to compute from anywhere. 60 bucks a month for Verizon's National Broadband Access is unacceptable. It's a crippled connection (browser and email only), and on at least one occasion wasn't available to me. I pimped off someone else who was so it's cool. Anyway it's simply not worth what they want for it. 20 bucks a month and I'd keep it, but 60 per for 24 tells me to cut my losses and pay the cancellation fee.
I just got it back from Weiss Guys car wash. Way too much for wash and wax, but holy crap the car looks awesome. It smells awesome. It *is* awesome!
Yeah so I need a way to be able to use the laptop in full daylight. Operating out of the trunk is probably better because with it in the car it takes up the full passenger seat. After that a luggage rack that looks good, and happens to be a level place to put the laptop when I'm parked somewhere. I dunno. Gonna have to play with it a bit and see what works best.
Oh and for a fact this car is going to be able to haul one hang glider where ever it goes. I'll start looking for a shop to do the work, but I'll probably upgrade my exhaust system first. About a thousand bucks for whatever brand I was looking at. Increase HP and MPG while sounding cooler to those who can hear you. After that I need to have a rack designed. Probably 4 points of contact with the vehicle, but only one glider wide. Like a ladder rack only without a ladder low enough that you think the top can't retract and expand without hitting it but it does. And chromed. Gotta be chromed!
Also gotta get used to using a connection when I have it. Like drill down with googlemaps then do a screen cap for intersections that'll matter to me so that later I won't need a connection to pick up a detail or two.
Okay the trip is done. Tomorrow I'm going on a 5 hour pleasure drive, but the big trip is done. Later on I'll try to wrap up what it was like to blog via b2evolution when I'm not the admin of the domain.
Wi-fi should be everywhere and it should be free. I'm using someone's signal again. From Dennys. I should have this sort of connectivity at every rest area along the highway. I should have instant access without reservation at parks and libraries. And when they set up their stuff they should plan on maximizing how big a spot the signal is available. Bleed all over the place. More signal is a good thing.
I think I got lost on the first day of the eastern phase. I think I went through Show Low. I'm waiting for breakfast before I go. Yeah I did. Probably gonna go Show Low to Globe. 77 to 60. Then into Mesa, and home.
Breakfast was okay.
This application needs blog-by-mail per blogger, and it needs all fields in the back office possible in the email. Do that and it'd be a no-brainer to add a desk-top file that looks like the back office and sends an email to the blog, meaning you can work on something without a connection and, effectively, 'upload it'.
1040 miles in 15.5 hours. 67 miles an hour average over the day. From Russellville AK to Holbrook AZ - not bad. Now I'm in a Motel6 enjoying their wifi signal. Motel6 doesn't advertise free wi-fi, but every now and then you can get a signal because whoever runs the place set up a router for their own use.
I need a power port (cigarette lighter eh?) in the trunk so I can keep the laptop back there when driving. Or maybe a good way to stash it on the little deck behind the seats, but it won't be able to set flat back there. Right now it's been in the passenger side feet area but that sucks because the car should be clean inside when traveling. Also a way to see the damned screen when outside, or even inside the car on a sunny day. I could look at tinting the side windows to help darken the interior I guess. Or something. I dunno what. Like a luggage rack on the trunk lid (not available as far as I know), and a case that opens into like a little screen on the sides and above the monitor. The thing is when using it along the roadside to find if I just got lost or whatever it's a bitch to see, so I gotta be able to see it as easily as I can see a map.
Actually one of those suction-cup mounted GPS units they make for your car would be cool. Circuit City or Best Buy had them for 340 bucks - a Garmin unit - but I didn't want to spend that much on a specialty toy. They come preloaded with a million waypoints that, in theory, the ground based traveler will care about. Restaurants and stuff like that. And they talk. Hell cut the price by a hundred bucks and get rid of the waypoints and talking and I'd have one right now...
Pounding rain last night. A good shower before Albuquerque, then a pounder of a storm west of that city. Hard winds from the right. HARD rain. Like standing water on the freeway for a bit. Really cool because it seemed to chase a lot of the lesser drivers off the road. Figure mostly trucks and a few cars is easy miles. Except for the rain of course, but idiots that wait until you've closed to 2 car lengths back before changing lanes to pass are pretty much no problem because they're afraid to change lanes in the rain.
And why do they do that? Why do they sit on someone's bumper for all the time it takes you - traveling in the other lane noticably faster than the traffic in the right lane - to almost catch you BEFORE signaling and executing a lane change? COME ONE PEOPLE! You see me coming and you want to not be passed? Tough because it's going to happen, but cripes don't wait until the last minute!!! Signal on, begin lane change, signal off. Do this when I'm 10 car lengths back and you can do it leisurely instead of like a teenager's first tumbe. Savor the moment okay? Because ever so briefly you'll be able to say you were in front of me. Briefly eh? Cuz you me and the truck driver in front of you as I approach know the same thing: as soon as you get past that 18 wheeler you'll cut him off to get back in your lane and I'll blow by you like greased lightning. Then the trucker will hit the left lane because without someone to follow you'll slow down even more. Then you'll be last. Again. So why do it?
The car is awesome. After my Dad died I tossed my return airline ticket and rented a bright yellow Mustang. That was the only time I drove cross country in a hot car. This trip is comparable but better. Normally the road in front of me is something I accept that I'll get to soon enough. With this little car I can get to it NOW if I want. Like cresting a rolling hill in a 70 zone and seeing a l-o-n-g downhill slightly curving to the left as it begins to climb the next hill. The closest thing in front of you is a truck half way up the other side, so okay: go where the truck is. I don't punch it when I want to suck down some highway. I basically step on it firmly until I'm flying. 95 and 100 are very easy to reach, especially downhill on a good road surface, and at those speeds the truck of my desires isn't all that far away. I've gotten good at judging when to stop gassing it so that I pass the truck by a couple over it before settling back down to cruise control speed. Typically 5 over but I have to revisit that thought.
I used my GPS (old one, for flying, small b/w screen) to calibrate my speedometer. Pretty damned accurate, though when the car held 80 the GPS showed 79. So much for the your-speed-is radar things you find at like the beginning of a construction zone telling me dashboard speed was 2 or 3 over radar speed :-/
Okay time to go. Google says 194 miles back home and to take the way I came and I might, but I might not. Either way yesterday's record set up an easy day today. So now I can play tourist a bit on the way home.
Hot damn it's almost 7am T-bird time and I'm almost on the road. I don't feel like working towards another record day, but you never know ... ;)