A Little Explainin'
Okay... so I have a little explaining to do.
The first 19 chapters of this saga were written and published while I was in Turkey. Then, while I was still there,
the hard drive on my laptop failed. That was on Feb 7, 2009. This laptop was purchased in the USA specifically so I
would have a computer while I was in Turkey. Now, I knew once it happened that I would be extremely fortunate if I
got it fixed. Didn't happen. I didn't get it repaired until after I returned home in April. I did however, record
with pen and paper, the rest of my time over there. The following chapters were written from memory and that paper
record, once I got home. So if the tales seem to have a different tone or view, that is most likely why. I hope you
are still able to enjoy the rest of the saga, as I did have some wonderful experiences that are worth sharing even
though I couldn't share them at the time like I had been able to.
I also have to say, that once I got back home, the responses about how much you all enjoyed reading about this
adventure, and how amazed I was at how many of you were reading this, gave me reason to add these next chapters.
If it wasn't for you all telling me that, I don't think I would have bothered. Hopefully, you enjoy
(as Paul Harvey would say)
"the rest of the story".
Of course when the computer broke, several things resulted. Not only could I not update the web site with new
chapters, I lost the capability to email and Skype
(a video phone application)
with Joanne and others back home. I also lost a lot of information that was on the computer, including a ton of
pictures and the gps data of some of the flights.
Please keep this in mind as your read the following chapters.