Friday, November 09, 2012
I retired at the end of 1992, and we hit the road in a van, used as the tow vehicle and our storage area, and an old 27 foot travel trailer. I kept a hand written log in a book at first, then on tablet paper that I copied to mail to a lot of friends, and then later on a notebook computer and dot matrix printer, and then later yet on a small, flat Windows 95 computer. I eventually stored the logs on floppy disks, in the word processor format and also in "text" the supposedly unmodified format that would be readable forever. Later I found that my floppies are all unreadable, and I never have looked up an IT guy to translate them for me.
While I was cleaning out and throwing away a lot of stuff I came across a few pages from one of the letters written on the Windows 5 machine. I think this was one of the originals that I xeroxed for the mailing, but this is all the record I have of twelve years on the road, except for a lot of picture. The individual entries are too long for this blog, so I'll break them up and make a serial out of the thing. This is the lazy man's way of filling a blog, and it will start tomorrow.