On the road again

I call this composition "Cyclist with iPhone and Too Much Time On His Hands."

Technology can be fun, when it works. But occasionally this bit doesn’t make nice with that byte and as serenity and higher-order thinking begin to desert you the way fleas do a dying dog you inevitably find yourself channeling your inner primate, bashing on this and that with a big rock or thick stick between frantic bouts of bounding about screeching, “Oook ook ook chee chee chee!”

Case in point: I’m on the road for a spell, soon to be enjoying a supported tour courtesy of the Adventure Cycling Association, and if there’s anything I like more than playing while the rest of you are working, it’s telling you all about it from a safe distance.

But where I’m going I may not always have access to the old PowerBook and wi-fi, which causes the exhibitionist in me to recoil. What to do?

Aha!  The iPhone, that nifty device which is so much smarter than many of its owners. Take a pic, write a post, upload same to website via AT&T — it’s easier than double-flatting in a Colorado pothole, right?

Well, not so much, as it turns out.

As I discovered a couple of days before hitting the road, my website uses an old version of the WordPress blogging software — too old to be updated via the WP iPhone app. And updating via the Flash-impaired iPhone’s version of Safari is an exercise in eyestrain and anger management.

I caught myself looking around for a nice hand-sized rock. No, don’t do it, this shrunken head of a computer cost a ton and you may need it to call a cab somewhere around Patagonia. But the question remains, as posed by Lenin: What is to be done?

This is the answer, right here. I’d forgotten about this WordPress blog, one of several I set up a couple of years back when I was in an experimental frame of mind. Its software is up to date, and a test post from the iPhone went more or less smoothly. So expect to see regular updates about how much fun I’m having.

And try not to work too hard, OK?

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4 Responses to “On the road again”

  1. Ben S. Says:

    Ha! two O’Gradys for the price of one.

  2. 12th Man Says:

    Just keep your eyes on the road and your hands upon the wheel …

  3. Libby Says:

    Love it!!

  4. Jeff in PetroMetro Says:

    Patrick,

    Trust me. I’m not working too hard–and it doesn’t suck. Now, to ride a bike on a nice organized tour in a good cycling part of the US while writing about it and getting paid (a little?) for the effort–that’s the current employment I can get my 1099 around.

    Consider this my first request for a freelance/journo/cycling referral!

    Good to know the Powerbook Minnie-me is gonna get the job done while you’re on the road.

    Looking forward to your tour updates!

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