My April column in Quick Throttle came out and I think it's one of my best -- and I've gotten a lot of good comments. A fair amount was lifted from an entry on here last fall. www.quickthrottle.com/Editions/NW/2010/a
I've done some thinking about my future writing projects and outlined a road map of sorts for that. And I've been dreaming about an upcoming bike trip or two as well. Right now I'm leaning towards a couple of weeks riding down through New Mexico and Texas to visit some friends in Austin before looping back North and home, most likely the last two weeks in May. It will be a long trip -- through areas I've never ridden in too, so I'm really looking forward to it.
I've also been anxiously lusting after the delivery of my new I-Pad. So much so that I left notes on both doors for the UPS guy when I left to run errands yesterday least I miss him.
The Pad is a touch screen device -- with full web and email capability, along with an electronic book reader, and it runs all the "Aps" for I-Phone as well. It's a nice size, my aging eyes can read it well, and it will be perfect for taking on long bike trips. I can plot routes, check maps, see live weather, and all in a device the size of a magazine that can ride in my saddlebags. I still will take notes on my old-fashioned leather bound hand made journal -- and then translate them into my journal entries using the laptop at night in the hotel room. I love that journal -- how it's gotten weathered, how the leather smells, how it rides in my tank bra and I can grab it and jot down things as I sit on the bike under a tree in a nice roadside spot.
So does the I-Pad change "everything" like Apple claims it will? I don't know. The I-Phone certainly changed how folks think and use cell phones for sure. This is similar -- it will be nice to be able to grab it and see a full sized web page, and it will certainly take the place of packing a book or two on a long trip (I've already downloaded Atlas Shrugged, which I've not read in about 12 years for this year's road trip -- the print version isn't exactly a "carry along" book -- but on the Pad it takes up no room at all). The I-Pad is fun, it's cool -- I'm glad I have it. But is it a game changer? We'll see.
Meanwhile, as the Legislature fiddles like Nero did when Rome burned, so I'll be thumbing through my Ride Atlas, and plotting things on my I-Pad for for the May trip to the Southwest. The weather is gross this weekend in Seattle -- so it's a nice day to stay in and ponder and dream.