Internet issues continue...Unedited post was uploaded...Yikes! Final mountain photos...Great photo from one year ago!

Corner shops we passed on the mountain road.
Late last night, when the Internet appeared to have improved I reread yesterday's post finding numerous errors I thought I'd already corrected. Usually, when writing a new post, I write directly into, reviewing each line and making any corrections before uploading it.  After I've reviewed it making corrections, Tom also checks it for errors.  At times, we both miss errors that neither of us nor spellcheck spotted.
The handmade wares offered by the locals are a common sight along the highway.
Due to the poor signal yesterday, none of my corrections were saved resulting in my uploading the unedited version. All day, I was unable to get back into the site to verify its status to ensure the corrections took. Imagine my frustrations when I discovered that all of my errors were uploaded which may have created some difficulty for our readers. 
A more elaborate housing style pops up in  the landscape.  It appears there's a river
beyond these homes.
Hopefully, whatever precipitated the vastly slowed Internet connection appears to have improved to some extent last night enabling me to go back into the site and make the corrections as originally intended.  I apologize for this annoying inconvenience.
Once again, the blue sky appeared as a backdrop to the colorful hills.
Frustrating.  If during the next 31 days, you don't see a post on any given day, most likely it is due to the fact that we cannot get online.  A few times on Sunday, I was able to get into Facebook but, not on into many of my other most frequently viewed sites. 
Wrought with motion sickness, I took all of these photos through the closed window in the vehicle.  It was too much effort to open the power window.
Of course, email requires less bandwidth and is readily available with the weakest of signals.  Feel free to email me with questions or comments if you don't see a post.
The landscape is lined with power lines.
With future plans in the works, we've had difficulty getting into the specific sites at certain times in order to look up cruises, flights and vacation rentals. Booking the flights for our family for Hawaii in December has also been a challenge with this same issues as well.
The scenery was desolate at times.
Today, we'll be booking our flights and rental car for Madeira.  How dependent we've become on the Internet!  Without it, we'd have had little interest in traveling the world.  How did travelers manage in the past?  Or, a hundred years ago?  I can't imagine.

The red color of the earth is seen throughout Morocco is due to the high iron content.
As an avid reader, I've often had to try for days to upload a book I've ordered for the Kindle app on my phone.  Also, with only two English speaking news channels on the TV, we are dependent on the Internet to provide our entertainment during quieter times. 

Uploading shows from Graboid may take an hour to upload a single one hour TV show requiring that we upload them during the night when the Internet traffic is low.
Another housing development.
Unquestionably, the thick walls of the Medina and in the riad have a bearing on the ability to get a clear signal.  I have no doubt that outside the Medina there's a tremendous improvement.
Breathtaking scenery.
However, as we've written in the past, we've had issues with the strength of the signal all over the world, some countries more than others.  The strongest signals we've had have been using XCOM Global's MiFi rental. 

More breathtaking scenery.
Unfortunately, there are two limitations in using XCOM Global that are limiting for us; the allowance of only 250 megabytes per day, not nearly enough for our combined usage which is upwards of one gigabyte (1000 mb) per day and, the cost at US $395 a month which is high considering the limited usage.
With the rainy spring season, grass was green and crisp against the iron rich soils.
We each have our own hotspots that we can't use in some countries, including Morocco.  By purchasing SIM cards which we install into the hotspots, we were able to get a good signal for example in Kenya.  However, when we first arrived in Morocco, we visited several cell stores none of which carried the necessary SIM cards.  With a router and service provided in the riad utilizing local Internet service, our only option has been to use it.
When we looked across this railing, it was hard to imagine that we were on that section of road only a few minutes earlier.
Many homes we've rented have routers which are included in the rent.  When inquiring about a prospective rental, our first question is about the availability and quality of the signal.  So far, everyone has been straight with us, explaining the occasional outages and periods of poor signals occur during the high traffic periods.
I'd wish I hadn't had motion sickness which prevented me from fully embracing the beauty of the scenery.  However, I'm grateful to have taken the photos I did since we're enjoying seeing them now.
Luckily, this morning I was easily able get into our site, hopefully catching my errors before uploading today's post to the Internet.  There's no doubt that on occasion, we'll have posting issues along with errors that we fail to catch.  Although, it's somewhat embarrassing to leave errors in our wake, I accept that its a reality of posting everyday.
Moving quickly while I shot this photo of what I believe to be sheep.
Writing every day is comparable to writing an school essay each and everyday, hoping to get a passing grade.  Add the cumbersome task of adding photos and it can take time. Its a case of errors waiting to happen, both mine and those predicated by the strength of the Internet. 
Another case of the road we'd traveled minutes ago.
I try not to stress about any of it.  The sheer pleasure of documenting our lives during this exciting time and sharing it with readers all over the world is motivating and never feels as if its a task.  Except perhaps, yesterday and other days when the signal is too poor to post or make corrections.
It amazed us how well these roads were made through these steep mountains with elevations up over 14,000 feet, 4267 meter.  At one point we were at 10,000 feet, 3048 meters suffering no ill effect from the altitude. 
Thanks for reading.  Thanks for returning to read.  Our lives are all the more meaningful with our readers traveling along with us.

Photo from one year ago today, April 14, 2013:
Still on a back-to-back cruise on the Carnival Liberty as it left Miami, we giggled as we spotted
the Norwegian Epic ahead of us, the ship we'd be boarding in Barcelona, Spain one week later.  The story from that date describes how we managed to move to another cabin after not sleeping for several nights due to the loud noise from disco one floor below us making our bed shake until 3:00 am.  For details of that story, please click here.


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