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At the End of a Long Drive

Shreesh and Neena Taskar

We didn't make the decision, the decision made us. On October 20th, 2007, we left our comfortable city of San Francisco to follow a simple algorithm - go North till the road ends then turn around and then go as far South. In between those two points was the stage, the timeline, the space, where we made things happen and things happened to us.

The past is fleeting and the stories, the sights and the feelings are perishable. One sees what one wants to see, and perhaps we are not capable of more. We saw that people are kind and helpful even if they were not materially rich. Some we could understand even though we didn't speak the same language, the motivations of others were incomprehensible even though we did. In the end fragments remain - the smell of roasting chocolate, a flock of snow Ptarmigians on snow, the creaking of the rainforest, the rough feathers of penguins, and the intoxication of Curanto.

So these are our stories. Every time you visit the site you will see a random post below. Each starts with Lo que pasa es que...

Getting the site to support Google Earth and Google Maps presents some challenges. After much travail the battle is won.

I wanted everyone to be able to track our progress using Google Maps and Google Earth. This turned out much more difficult than anticipated as very few have done this for WordPress and nobody has driven both with the same data format. I decided to use the KML for Google Earth as the source for overlay data for the Google Maps embedded on the site.

I wrote some JavaScript to parse the KML and created different maps for each area of travel so as to keep down the number of marker overlays. More markers make Google Maps slooooow and it is slow enough as it is! Google Earth, on the other hand, is fast and has terrain feature data to make navigation fun. Do play with the KML files – I’ll be putting up a purdy link shortly.