I just got back from Texas. None of my customers knew I was traveling. As we flew along the Interstate, I readily answered e-mail, or took phone calls. I didn’t blog, but that was mainly cause when I wasn’t working I wanted to look at scenery or chat with my fellow travelers.
What really made this possible was my father-in-law came along and did most of the driving. Oh… and amazing 3G wireless technology helped too. (-:
Out west public transportation just won’t work. But I can envision comfortable, information highway enabled jitneys moving people about so they can remain in the knowledge game. And for some higher value knowledge workers, I could easily justify a driver just so they can keep working.
I just bought a 2009 E350 Ford Van with 12 captains seats in the back. It was a commercial shuttle. I’m turning it into a Nelson “info highway” travel van where we can comfortably make some regional trips we have planned, while still being “information” enabled. We will be making trips to Washington State, Texas, Arizona, California, Idaho and New Mexico – that is just through August.
I’ll leave 6 seats in back, adjusting their location for legroom. Each will have a power port off a 600 watt inverter hooked directly to the battery. A laptop rack bolted to the seat bottom will hold a laptop for computing and media. A small fridge will keep us refreshed (and my medicine properly chilled). And, naturally there will be WiFi in the van and a Wilson electronic cell phone antennae giving us 20 mile cell range. The back will be storage on a sliding rack and a pop up bunk bed for when my son and I travel to shooting matches. Should be a good rig. It isn’t an RV, but we learned last year that RV travel is cool, but not that comfortable for the passengers. This will be an RV for two heartier travelers, and a comfortable way to get from hotel to hotel for a larger group.
I’ll post pictures of the final project in a month or so after we’ve finished kitting it out.