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Good news! All the information on our crashed hard drive has been saved! This is mostly photos taken during the last few weeks of our month-long adventure across America. So now we can do some backlog blogging with many more pictures from our travels.

So we give a special thanks to Heroic Efforts Data Recovery out of Austin, Texas. They saved all our files and (though it wasn’t cheap) it was much cheaper than other Data Recovery services we came across. Check them out: www.heroicdata.com.

P.S. Here’s an example of one of the priceless photos they were able to save off our hard drive:

Today is March 15th, the ides of March, and it is the final day of our adventure across and around America. Of course, in my opinion, the last day of any adventure is also the first day of the next adventure. So today, on my last day, I hopped on a very early morning flight to San Angelo, Texas, where I will participate in a week-long well drilling course with a group called Water For All International (http://waterforallinternational.org). I arrived in the morning, and the course officially began today, though bad weather and flight delays (of other students) has held us back a bit. Lauren spent her last/first day on a solitary fifteen and a half hour drive from Tampa, FL, to Searcy, AR. A great time for her to reflect on the past month as well as anticipate the coming ones.

We’re getting back on the grid. Backlog of blogs to come, but still no word on whether we’ll be able to recover our lost photos. We have taken a few since the hard drive crash though, so we’ll get some of those up as we can.

From our time in Austin, TX:

Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX

To see where we are now, see the entry below: “Baton Rouge.”

It’s a rainy night in Louisiana. The bright lights of Baton Rouge flash across our windows as we pass the city’s gaudy billboards. The raindrops on our windshield are illuminated. I am typing. I type on our laptop.A brand new (and replaced at no cost) hard drive spins inside. We are on the final major leg of our trip: a long drive from Austin, TX, to Tampa, FL, where we will celebrate the wedding of good friends.

The road elongates before us, challenging us to break another 1000 miles. At least 6, maybe 7, already lie behind us.

Our old hard drive sits in an office in Austin, TX, with some elaborate gizmo attached to it, fighting for any data that can be saved. We await its outcome.

There’s something Robert Frost never told us about that road less traveled: it’s riddled with potholes. Well, we’ve hit a few of them, which is why we’re so behind on our blog. Issue number one was the death of our camera. That’s right, one of our closest companions on the trip straight-up died right in the middle of it. However, we recovered gracefully and optimistically as Lauren’s Aunt lent us her small digital for the next leg of the trip. But then the bigger blow came: just as I had finished writing a long post bringing the blog nearly entirely up-to-date… our computer quit working. Not permanently dead, just a coma we think; but useless for the rest of this trip nonetheless. Worse, we’re pretty sure it’s the hard drive, which begs the question: will we be able to recover all of the photos we’ve taken on this trip (and the graphic design work Lauren’s done)? Or will we lose it all forever? It hurts to even think of it. Our only remaining pictures would be the ones we’ve already posted on this blog, which is so very few. Oh well, we’re staying optimistic for now since we can’t really do anything about it until we have access to another Mac laptop and a firewire cable (that’s how we‘ll try to tap in and save our files from the hard drive). Hopefully we can swing by an Apple store once we get to Austin, and perhaps they can help us out. Other than saving our files, we’re not too worried about the computer since it’s still under warranty. The main thing is that we’ll be way less accessible for the rest of this trip and won’t be able to work on some important things we needed to be doing over the coming week. Hopefully we’ll still get some blog posts up, but expect a deficit of photos for a stretch of time there.

So, those are a couple of the potholes we’ve hit along this road. I guess that’s what we get for not sticking to the interstate.

P.S. Oh yeah, also, on top of all that, it seems I’ve gotten into a batch of poison ivy. Robert Frost never mentioned all the posion ivy down that road either, now did he?

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