it has been almost a week since my dad embarked on his big adventure. one of the remarkable benefits of our modern times is that i have so many ways to participate virtually in his ride. using google latitude, i can pull out my smartphone randomly during my workday and see where my dad is. i try to text him at milestone moments, like when his ferry arrived back in the usa from vancouver island.
when he sends me pictures from his phone, i can use the latitude data to learn all kinds of things about the area he is in. here’s a pic from day 6 (today) of his ride. using google maps/the internet, i learned that the building they are approaching is a diner called “fat smitty’s” which is averaging 4.5 stars over 13 reviews on yelp. the restaurant has a facebook page, and they seem to be doing pretty well.
i can use google street view to look over the terrain my dad and his partner are riding on, and via the internet i can review the weather as they are riding. this is all in real time. what a world. if i wanted to, right now i could call my dad and tell him what people think is good on the fat smitty’s menu.
i continue to worry, but i’m very grateful that our era allows me and my family to have these previously unavailable options. the world continues to shrink.