Subject: Glenallen, AK (20 – 22 June)
About connections on the road:
I finally got another expensive shot at the internet, so I will update the site a little – no pics, though.
I camped at the Northern Lights Campground in Glenallen. Advertised “DSL connection”, then went to the city and locked the office. Frosted me, because that was the main reason I stopped there. Glenallen, like Tok, is basically a “basic services” highway junction, with an extensive Visitor Center for the area of AK. It happens that many “locations” in AK are “junctions”, and that most main highway (read: all highways) intersect away from major cities. So you basically go from This Junction, AK to That Junction, AK. These junctions vary in size from no services, to a few services, to most services. The ones that have “no services” are not particularly welcome when you have no fuel!
About Internet access on the road since I went out of range of my DataStorm. Access in short, NOT!
I have about given up. I hear that wi-fi is beginning to propagate through the RV parks. It appears to be at some major, expensive “resort” RV parks (the term “resort” and “RV Park” appear to be mutually exclusive to me).
In Haines I stopped at one such park, $30/night plus $6/night for the wi-fi. But it seemed to be not working. They also had two phone plugs for dialup. Guess where they were located? – on the outside on a wall with a small shelf where one has to stand, and where one cannot see his laptop due to direct sunlight.
I went to the public library in Haines, but their security system would not allow me to access TCP ports I needed to do much of anything.
Here, in Glenallen, the owners denied me access by going to the city and locking the office. They had exactly the same outside stand-up dialup connection, if ou have an 800 number. Sorry, but my back does not appreciated standing in such positions. I did use the DSL a little the night first night in the office. I sat at a small screen, narrow shelf on which to put anything but the screen and the mouse. And the mouse was on the left about a foot away. I guess this is the way they encourage their 15 minute limit. I also noticed that they had no security on their computer, had not disabled “history” in their browser, so my bank, credit card, web host, etc. URLs were there for anyone to view, until I deleted all history and cookies before I left.
Boy, will I be glad to get back to DataStorm range!!
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