johnny June 13th, 2008
As we’ve mentioned, we spent the last week in a beautiful campsite in the middle of nowhere. The only downfall to this Utopian site was the complete and utter lack of cell coverage in the area.
After working over a decade in the industry, we’re officially internet junkies. We use it for everything: Researching campsites, routes, fuel stops and sightseeing trips. Entertainment, banking, paying bills, investments. And today’s favorite topic: the life and times of the garden variety yellow jacket.
On top of our normal uses, we were trying to complete the interview for Truck Camper Magazine via email. So every couple of days, we’d hop on the moped and ride into Highlands, where we would sit around sipping coffee at Sweet Treats and try to get a few things accomplished. Even in the middle of town, the best we could manage was public wifi and a few phone calls as long as we stood on one leg and lifted the opposing arm straight out.
We had some things piling up that required a bit more secure connection than the free wifi at the coffee shop, so we reluctantly left our site and planned our route based on Sprint’s EVDO coverage map. We swung through Franklin to get some hardcopy maps from the ranger station since it’s nearly impossible to find internet maps of forest service roads and then headed into Sylva because Sprint claims to have coverage there.
The plan was to find a nice campsite near the Sylva area in the national forest, but after an hour sitting in a parking lot downtown, with the antenna rolled up and the amplifier sucking juice just to deal with a handful banking and investment transactions, we didn’t feel like we were going to find a nearby campsite that was both serene and had EVDO service if we could barely manage 1xRTT downtown.
Here, our forest service maps came in handy. We found a likely looking spot in the Pisgah National forest that was close to I-40. We had been planning to take that route to reach our rendezvous with Jenn’s parents at the end of the month, so it’s not really out of the way; just ahead of schedule.
To make a long story short, we’re sitting about five miles down a windy forest service road, at the top of a mountain in a deserted area. It’s not quite as picturesque as the intentional sites the forest service has manicured, but we have one bar of internet ALL TO OURSELVES! We need to get some work done on the blog version 2.0 and lots of pictures need to be uploaded to the forthcoming gallery.
Hopefully you’ll be hearing more from us this weekend as it’s supposed to rain Saturday, so we should have plenty of time for playing on teh intranats.