Got Rid of the DSL Service – A Good Move

I quit working with computers and the became chained to the one at home!

This week brought a feeling of liberation.  I got rid of the horribly slow DSL service (Century Link) that was frustrating to no end.  Since the van is usually in Dad’s driveway, I was paying for DSL service for his house and for me to use in the van via routher.  It was costing $45/month (for the $19.95 special) but seldom provided usable bandwidth (till midnight or so).  There was too much traffic to be able to even perform simple tasks (like checking email, paying bills, etc.) at a reasonable speed.  Dumping the service turned to be a good move in several regards.  Nowadays, I’ve been walking to McDonald’s or biking to Taco Johns and combining computing with a healthy snack.

There are some advantages to not having convenient wifi in this urban setting.  It didn’t seem like it but more and more of each day was spent responding to posts, thinking up new projects and content for the blog, checking email, Facebook, etc.   Too much time was sitting in front of the computer.  It’s fun but was starting to cut into exercise time – it was easy to think “I can’t walk right now – I have to get online”.  The dang PC was taking over my life!  It’s nice to log on just once or twice a day now. 

Speaking of exercise – there will be plenty of it this weekend.   I’m leaving early today and hoping to get a camping spot this morning.  The campground will be filling up fast.  The bike is on the back of the van so then it’s just a matter of biking to all of the destinations for the weekend.

I’ll be posting pictures on Sunday or so.  There are some new destinations as well as some favorites…  All of them will be visited by the bike.

Take care.  Have a good weekend!


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About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"

4 Responses to Got Rid of the DSL Service – A Good Move

  1. Steve says:

    Wait a second. If you’re living in your van and have DSL that means you’ve been dragging copper all over the place. This is what I get for not starting at the beginning.

  2. Pleinguy says:

    Which begs the question… what are you using to make your posts now? Did you get another service? or are you using public WiFi? This is a decision I will likely need to make later this year. So, I’m curious about your solution.

  3. Brad says:

    Good morning… I was using DSL at Dad’s house (I’d better fix that post). Just to clarify, the van is usually parked at Dad’s house unless I take it out some place to camp. I bought Century Link DSL for Dad to use on his PC and for me to use (via router) from the van.

    There is a big, much faster PC in the house for crunching videos, etc. but most of the computing was done outside in the van. At times the DSL was so slow I had to drive elsewhere to get signal. At the moment I’m at McDonald’s – a favorite hangout.


  4. Peter says:

    Hi, it is better you have to choose some other best DSL serviceprovider for your internet connectivity.