I kept in touch with family and friends during the trip
via e-mail. I would go to the local library or to coffee shops
that had Internet access. Most libraries are now connected. Some
offer free access and some charge a small fee. At some libraries
you must sign up in advance to reserve a station. Ironically I found
some librarians to be unfriendly and rigid with rules that they feel
must be strictly adhered to. On the other hand most were very
friendly and when I told them where I was from and where I was going
would be most helpful.
Before I left for the trip I created an html template
and some digital postcards that I would insert into the e-mail.
I uploaded the pictures to a web server and used a free e-mail site
to access the template and send my messages as html files. The postcards
are below. Click on the thumbnails for larger pictures. I inserted my
face into some of them.
(click on the images to see larger postcards)
ericactive.com | Coast
To Coast 1999