Why do I still carry them in – out of all places – my laptop computer bag?
I can get wireless Internet connection on my laptop and log on to mapping services from Google, Yahoo and MapQuest. And people are accustomed to the automated voices from GPS devices: “Turn left in 100 yards.”
The answers: Back in 1994, I pedaled my Bridgestone mountain bike on a solo trip for 1,200 miles in China. I didn’t have a cell phone. I couldn’t speak Mandarin.
These Nelles Verlag maps, a compass and dozens of strangers guided me to the right places. I also studied the sun hovering in the sky to make sure I pedaled in the right direction – south.
I’ve misplaced my compass. I want to safeguard these maps. There is another reason why I want these maps nearby.