|My usual self again|
|Bob, on his way from New York to Florida|
An update on my GPS receiver: I have spent time this afternoon exchanging emails with Garmin Product Support. I found them to be quick and efficient in response. After exhausting all troubleshooting options, they determined that the device would have to come in for repair. This requires me to furnish a copy of the sales receipt showing a date of purchase less than one year ago. That will have to wait till I return to Australia in August. Meanwhile, I do not have use of the device on the the trip for which I bought it. A company that really supported its customers would immediately send me a replacement device so that I could carry on until my own was repaired.
Afterword about the motel: My room was clean and the bed was comfortable. Other things were not quite as usual and made my stay a memorable one. First, the free continental breakfast mentioned in the motel's website did not exist (I made my own). The second time I used the flush in the bathroom, it broke (I delved into the cistern and repaired it myself). The couple in the next room had a fight and threw things out their door, and the man three doors down started a bonfire and incinerated unwanted possessions (I ignored them all). The motel's wifi network worked in the afternoon but not in the evening (I sat in the motel lobby and used the signal from the restaurant next door, where I had just had a meal). Finally and most spectacularly, when I returned to my room and plugged my computer cable into the same power outlet I had used earlier, there was a blue flash and all the lights in my room went out. The management were unable to reset them and offered me a change of room (I declined and went to bed; in the morning the lights were working again).