We woke this morning to rain again, the shadows of the water beading on the outside of the tent was the first thing I saw. We bundled up and left without coffee, stopping in Bandon, OR, this afternoon to fill up on fish tacos, clam chowder, and a local porter at Tony’s Crab Shack for lunch. We’ll shoot the rocks this evening, and if I have anything to say about it we’ll be back at Tony’s tomorrow. Suspect we’ll stay here two night before moving south for the California border.
I’ve almost given up on shooting with the larger cameras for now. I think I need to just get into a creative rhythm and I’m loving the iPhone for that. I’m shooting with the iPhone then processing with the polaroid preset in the Camera Bag app. Dave Delnea’s working on a series of time lapses, and if y’all play yer cards right there could be an eBook in the works. At least that’s the rumour. The shot above was made as we photographed in the dunes last night. The dunes haven’t exactly overwhelmed me; I’m finding them more full of ATV tracks and footprints than wonder and wildness.
A logging truck was kind enough to throw a rock at Jessie, so we stopped just north of Bandon where Joe kindly patched the windshield before the crack got large and expensive. Then we moved on. The inverter started beeping yesterday, leading me to think the auxiliary battery isn’t charging, so we’ll get that taken care of at some point too, but I’m waiting to find an Interstate dealer with an owner that’s got some time on his hands instead of waiting around a garage all day. The other surprise is the Virgin Mifi which seems to work brilliantly when we’ve got a cell signal, allowing us some convenient internet when we need it; brilliant piece of gear for travelers and easily refilled with cards you can buy at grocery stores and 7-Eleven.
The big dud of the trip is the iPad for which AT&T is happy to supply me a SIM chip but not take anything but a credit card attached to a U.S. mailing address. New Zealand and Iceland and even Africa are easier to deal with on these issues. It’s no big deal, but the folks at the AT&T stores I visited seemed to have zero training about the iPad, which is odd as they’re the only ones in the country to service it. Sigh. So if you’re looking to come to the US and simply slide in a local SIM chip, forget it. Or forget it for now. Might change in the future.
The lighthouse at Bandon. Old, and abandoned now, the only light that shines through those windows is the sun. I’m a huge fan of backlighting and edge-cut suns, and I’ve recently discovered the iPhone gives a really cool lens flare, so expect me to be over-using it anytime soon.
We’re wet but drying out, and we’re loving life on the road. There’s a lot of coffee involved. Jessie’s doing just fine, and with each mile I gain a little more trust in her.