On the Road with No Internet

I am out in California for the Wine Bloggers Conference and I took a couple of days afterwards to mess around a bit.

As strange as it sounds these days, I have been without access to the internet for over 24 hours!, despite the claim by my hotel to the contrary.

So instead of going another whole day without posting, I am standing in a corner of my room where I get a tiny bit of 4G reception and writing this on my phone (so excuse the brevity and any errors).

My thumbs are already cramping up so here are a few photos from the last few days:


Greg Brewer (left) and Steve Clifton


Flag over Clos Pepe


The Clos Pepe “big House” from the vineyard


My blurry attempt at a selfie with Chrystal Clifton of Palmina Wines


The Cargasacchi/Loring Tasting Room in Buellton


Tasting at Melville

About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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17 Responses to On the Road with No Internet

  1. Wowo!! Lucky!!! What a blast!!


  2. Quite the thumb skills! Looks like a fun, fun time. And the HORROR of no Internet!


  3. Myas says:

    I know the experience of going without internet. A lot like withdrawal…. damned inconvenient… it seems before internet it was smoke signals and drums. Wasn’t it?


    • I sat there for the better part of an hour trying to get the dumb thing to work. I even asked the (what looked like a) 12 year-old at the front desk for help. I think I need a different kind of help!


  4. A post with pictures AND captions all from your phone?? I’m impressed. Anxious for the 10-finger debrief when you get home . . .


  5. I rather enjoy no internet when I’m on vacay. Glad you are having fun!


  6. Grace Curtis says:

    I feel your pain! On a recent trip abroad, I was without internet often. I learned a lot about myself…like that I’m really dependent upon it. Eventually I eased into minimal phone and internet access but it was difficult.

    I’m so glad you posted. I enjoy your posts! It looks like you had a great time.


  7. Looks fantastic!I just tried the Melville Syrah and it was divine:)


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