Our website has fallen behind.
Behind is an understatement. The last entry in our journal is dated late November and we’re in Bolivia. We’re receiving notes inquiring about our status: dead, alive, lost, ransomed.
WanderWheels is a labor of love. It’s a joy to look back at the places we’ve been and experiences we’ve shared, an entry for each day we ride, the memories like it was yesterday. But it’s a lot of work to maintain in real time.
We’ve been plagued with electronic breakdowns, and the lack of internet access has made it more difficult to update the website. When we do find wifi it’s usually a poor connection (think dial-up speeds). Beyond the photos and content that readers see, Scott invests a lot of time on the backend maintaining the website with upgrades and debugging. Technology is great (when it works), it allows us to keep in touch in ways we couldn’t in the past. However there is a burden of technology as well, it creates expectations, both internal and external.
As we near the end of the continent, we’ve had a shift in priorities. This place is disconnected from the rest of the world. And so have we, storing away the electronics, and losing ourselves in the experience of this faraway land.
We are still taking loads of photos and writing daily in a paper journal. When we return to the States, we’ll upload our journal and photos to the website. There are so many stories waiting to be told.
We realize our readers will not see this entry until we have returned, after the long wait for updates is over. But this marks the day that we released ourselves from the obligation we feel to scour a town for wifi so we can check-in, or staying up to the wee hours at a hotel hoping the internet speed will improve when the other guests go to bed. Know that we are thinking about you and we realize that we kinda left you hanging. Think of it like a TV show. WanderWheels will be back next season with all new episodes.
We are wild camping tonight on the bank of this river.