After spending better than 6 hours re-formatting the iPad to the new IOS 7 operating system and trying to run the SIM card, we got a promt stating our our iPad was locked and only the service provider could unlock it. Which service provider you ask? It is new! It has never been with another service provider.
It turns out that Canadian iPads and cell phones are locked for Canadian SIM cards only. That is according to a message I got from Rick Doyle this morning. To unlock it, one must download an 'unlock software'. This seems to be a Canadian issue because, I am told, US iPhones, iPad Minis and iPads are already unlocked when purchased.
I am writing from the Starbucks - next door to the Verizon store we were at yesterday - waiting for the doors to be open so that Charlie, the wiz tech here, can hopefully unlock my iPad mini and get that SIM card up and running.
RVers are well aware of the overstated but very poor WiFi service RV parks offer. That has been our experience too. Once here, near Reno, we chose to fire up the iPad as a hot spot to give us unrestricted access. One final try this morning before we shove off....for points further south.
More on the success or failure of this enterprise in the next blog.
Sunday was a very good day to leave Red Bluff, CA, to travel the Sierra/Nevada mountain highway #36 into Reno.
|Highway 36 east from Red Bluff, CA. We left early and, it being a Sunday, most folks were sleeping in or off to church. Negligible traffic was our gain.|
|Nice views from elevations approaching 7,800 feet.|
|Some switchbacks never see the sun and there are "Ice covered surface" signs posted. Good thing too. We did drive over iced up sections.|
|Beautiful high mountain forests at above 5,000 ft elevation.|
|These low lying clouds formed over Lake Almanor.|
|About 1/2 hour west from Reno, we chose to top up the diesel at Hallellujah Junction. You can see that there is plenty of space for a big rig here. Gotta like that.|
|Reno....from the cab of our truck|
|Almost out of Reno....|
|All set up. Nice spot. The park is older but well organized and clean The folks here are genuinely pleasant.|
We'll see what transpires!
That's about if from here for now......!
Thanks for dropping by.....