A road-tripper's guide to Second Life!

September 08, 2019

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm currently planning a sailing trip from Satori to Corsica, which is the home of Route 11 and the next continent for me to explore. I've been doing a lot of research for the trip, and I now know that my plan CAN be done, and I know how I'm going to do it!

I plan to start at a Map Kiosk on Route 8. I would love to be able to drive from there to the bay, but I didn't see any road access when I was scouting around during my initial planning. However, its just a short flight over to the bay from the map kiosk. From there I will rez my lil Amphicar at the Little Sea Rez Zone. I'll use the Amphicar at first to get out of the bay, as my Oceanic sail boat is a bit large for some parts of the bay. After leaving Satori bay, I'll sail east to the Bingo Strait Rez Zone, and then rez my sail boat and transfer to it. From there I'll sail east to the Blake Sea! =^.^=

I had to re-learn how to use my sailboat, since its been quite awhile since I've used it, but I got it all figured out yesterday, and so the last piece of the puzzle was figuring out if Corsica really does connect to Nautilus. Satori and Nautilus together form a mega-continent with water all around them, the Bingo Strait between them and the Blake Sea to the east of Nautilus, so I only needed to know if there is a transcontinetal channel from Nautilus to Corsica. According to the Second Life Wiki, there are actually 3 channels between Corsica and Nautilus, and another between Corsica and Gaeta 5! I wish I had know that awhile ago; it would have been fun to sail from Gaeta 5 to Satori after I finished exploring Route 7, and before starting Route 8.

As far as I can tell, all the pieces are now in place, so now I just have to put some gas in the Amphicar, provision my sail boat, and pick a date to depart! :)

September 02, 2019

New drive guides posted for Jeogeot!

The guides are for Route 10, Northern Spur Road, Wellington Road, "The Shortcut", West Coast Road, The Moleway and Off-Road Route. Along with the previously posted guides for Routes 9 and 9A, this completes all of Jeogeot! This also completes all of my currently planned upgrades and updates to Second Highways. I still have plans for other new features and content, such as a photo gallery of interesting places, but those will come later this year.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, I'm itching to get back out on the road again, so I'm very happy to get these last updates made! I'll be heading back out soon, and I'll keep you posted here.

See you on the road! =^.^=

September 02, 2019

Phase 2 of this site's face lift is complete!

I fixed a few visual styling, formatting and spacing issues left over from phase one of the site re-design, and more importantly, I added a new sub-navigation of related pages to most of the site. Now you won'tneed to use your back button quite so much while using the drive guides, or get lost in the site as you try to move through it. This new sub navigation, combined with the full site navigation in the footer will make it much much easier to use this site.

A few weeks ago I posted information about Jeogeot and Route 9, but didn't mention it here as I just intended to include it with phase 2 updates. I still need to post Route 10 and Jeogeot's other roads, but the traveling for them is already complete; I just need to translate my notes into usable drive guides.

I plan to get those guides posted quickly so I can get back to my travels! As much as I needed a break from traveling earlier this summer, I now can't wait to begin again. The recent camping trip with the SL Driver's Group has inspired me. I plan to actualy "live" out on the road for awhile, rather than teleporting home after every drive. I have camping equipment now, and I might need to buy a camper too.

I also plan to buy a new sail boat as well because I would love to sail from Satori (a continent I've already explored) to my next continent, Corsica. I'm not sure if it can actually be done, but it looks like it might be possible on the Second Life world map I've looked at. It appears that Corsica is linked to Nautilus by a narrow water passage, and Nautilus is completed surrounded by water including the Blake Sea. Satori also appears to be connected by lots of water to Nautilus, so I'm hoping I can make a complete trip completely on water. I'm sure I could ask some other travelers, but I prefer to explore and find these things out for myself!

My lil Amphicar would probably not be appropriate for such a long journey. The trip may take awhile and I might need to "sleep" on the boat a few times. I also love the peaceful quiet of sailing in Second Life; its almost as relaxing as the real thing. Also, like real life, its a lot easier to get topless on a sailboat than in a car! ;)

August 16, 17 and 18

I'm posting this one retro-actively, because the weekend of the 17th, and the days following it, I was a bit sick and feeling very worn down and tired. I'm finally getting back to it and posting it now because... I got better!

Despite being tired, I wasn't going to miss the SL Driver's Group's annual camping event! It started on the evening of Friday, August 16, and lasted the entire weekend. This was my first trip with the Driver's Group, although I've run into them a few times out on the road while I've been doing my own travels. The trip started with a drive to the camp site, which took me approximately an hour, maybe a little less. Some drivers took longer, some a lot longer; Scooty and I kept passing cars left and right, especially at the sim crossings! It pays to be an old pro at this, and to have a good sim crossing vehicle and lightweight riding outfit like me! Ok, enough tooting my own horn, or even the horn on my scooter =^.^=

For the drive to the campsite, the event organizers provided a navigation HUD, which showed you when to turn, when rez zones were coming up, and even when there were hazards such as ban lines adjacent to the highway. This is part of why I was able to cruise so quickly through the course, and it made traveling a breeze. Personally, I prefer to just get on a road and explore, or maybe plan a trip first using road maps, but this was an enjoyable trip too. I highly encourage everyone to join the SL Driver's Group; they have events every week, and are a very active group of travelers.

While the navigation HUD used for this event was specific to the course we drove, it seems to me that I've heard of other, more generic travel aids availabe, such as a HUD to locate the nearest rez zone for you. I will look into this soon, and report back here. Or, you can just use my handy travel guides on this site! :D

August 11, 2019

Phase 1 of this site's face lift is finally complete! =^.^=

I still have more I want to do to the site, but the initial design is in place. I plan to add more photographs, and I need to replace the Info and Warning icons (in the drive guides) with better looking versions. I will probably convert them to SVG images. I also plan to add a related links section on most pages of the site, to further improve site navigation.

In the coming months I hope to add a photo gallery of interesting places and things that I've seen out on the road. I also want to enhace the Tips For Travelers section, add more photos to the continents and road pages, and refine the color scheme and style of the drive guides and other lists of links. Sooo much to think about when creating a site from scratch!

Please tell me what you think of the site, and/or the recenet enhancements :) Send a notecard inworld to me (Bloo Ansar) if you are so inclined.

July 4, 2019

I finally completed all of Jeogeot! This one has been a bit slower for me, because I also recently moved in SL to a new sim, and that took a bunch of my time and attention. I put a few finishing touches on my new place recently, and then got back to my traveling. I'm not sure what day I finished Route 10 and Northern Spur road because I didn't post here like I should have, but today I finished up all the remaining side roads.

Included in today's travels was a short Linden Route called "Off Road Route", which literally is an off road route. I walked the length of it because it was too hilly and bumpy to drive with my lil scooty. I really only traveled it for completeness; I like to travel ALL of the Linden routes and roads on each continent, but unless you're documenting the continents like me, this is one route you can skip and not miss a thing.

I have to admit that I'm beginning to weary a little bit from my travels. Don't get me wrong, I love traveling, and I love documenting my travels for Second Highways, but everyone needs some variety in their Second Lives. Variety is what drove me to this project in the first place! I plan to take a bit of a break from my road trips and work on making improvements to the Second Highways website. I've added enough content now that I can see what is working, and what needs improvement. I also plan to add features that I've envisioned from the start.

The visual design of Second Highways also needs work, as I created the bare minumum it needed at first, just to start gettting the site built. I want to enhance the home page especially, and move the current introduction content to be its own sub page. I also plan to add a site map navigation in the footer area of each page. I want the important info to be as easy to find as possible.

Today while riding on Wellington Road, I came across a Hub owned by the Linden Road Community, which is a group that describes themselves this way: "We are a group of mainland landowners that want to make mainland better together by using the resources already provided, such as the SLRR and Linden Road system, Airways and Seaways!" These people are obviously kindred spirits, and I would like to become involved with them, and let them know of the existence of Second Highways. I'm hoping this site will be a valuable resource to their members, just like I hope its valuable to anyone interested in traveling in Second Life.

My vanity is making me want to give the site a face lift and make it look better before I introduce myself to them, so this is also part of my desire to take a break and work on it *blush*. To be honest though, it has been my plan for the last couple of months to finish Jeogeot, then work on improving the site, but the need to do so seems even more needier now! *giggles*

May 26, 2019

I just completed the loop of the continent of Jeogeot on Route 9! My favorite part of the ride was Deongseo Tunnel, a lengthy underwater tunnel, which was a new feature I hadn't encountered on previous continents. I love looking for those new features everytime I go to a new continent. Jeogeot also brought back and old fave that I hadn't seen since Heterocera; turnouts on the roadside for rez zones. I'll post a pic of one with the Route 9 drive guide if you aren't sure what I mean.

Another landmark I enjoyed seeing was Lordshore Bridge, a large, majestic suspension bridge that looks a bit like the Golden Gate (but not exactly). I'll post a pic of it too. Now its on to Route 10!

April 28, 2019

I just made some modifications to the site navigation, and made a navigational index page for all the road guides to make it easier to find the important stuff on this site =^.^= After I complete Routes 9 and 10, I want to start making some visual and functional impreovements to the site itself. I wanted to get enough of a basic site design built first, so I could get the backlog of content I had added, and then go back and improve the visuals and navigation. Just think of it as very slow progressive development *blushes*

April 28, 2019

Wooooooo! I finally got all the Route 8 drive guides done and posted to the site! Satori is a big continent, and I had a lot of material to cover in the guides. I also had to makes sure I had gotten the routing of all the teleport tunnels and billboards all correct. Sometimes the notes I take while I'm out on the road aren't always as complete as they should be.

Getting the Route 8 info posted took me longer than expected, but now I'm free to move on! This is an important milestone for me too, because when I first started this project, and before I had even thought of Second Highways, I started my earliest travels on Route 8. It was only afterwards that I decided to travel all of the road Routes in numerical order.

I hadn't documented much of my tavels on Route 8 the first time around, so I had to re-ride it again after completing Route 7. Now that I'm done with Route 8, I feel like this project is finally moving on to roads and continents I've never seen before... and that's because it is!

I'm super excited to begin the next phase of my travels, and excited to bring them to you! Now lets hit the road; its on to Routes 9 and 10 and the Continent of Jeogeot!

March 24, 2019

Just uploaded a page about Satori in the continents section! Will try to get the drive guides up soon too.

March 23, 2019

The continent of Satori is in the can!! Woohoo! I finished Routes 8A and 8B today, which completes all of Satori, and now I just have to get the drive guides posted.

Route 8A was a bit laggy and busy today, and I saw lots of other travelers. Not sure if they were members of the Drivers of SL group on their weekly drive, or GTFO enthusiasts, or just tourists like me, but was great to see other drivers. Satori is definitely where you should go if you want to see fellow travelrs.

I also discovered a no-tell motel on Route 8A called Ritha's Hotel where you can rent one of 12 skybox rooms for 15 minutes (really?!), 30 minutes (wham, bam, thank you maam), 60 minutes or 2 hours. I was amused enough to check out the lobby, but I didn't see any of the rooms. There was a creepy guy who showed up in the lobby after I went in, and I thought sure he was going to IM me, so I didn't hang around to take a peek at a room. Maybe I'll have to go back again sometime... you know, to get some rest while out on the road! =^.^=

I'll be posting the Route 8 guides as soon as I can.

March 16, 2019

I finally finished my tour and research on Route 8! It's a long road, and had tons to distract me from riding straight through. If you're into the GTFO game, then Route 8 and Satori is a great place for you. The GTFO world headquarters is located on this road too, and while I don't play the GTFO game, it makes me very happy to see people making use of SL's roads. I enjoyed Route 8 simply as a tourist, and I actually saw five other travelers today too.

February 20, 2019

I just completed a tour of Route 8C; normally I wouldn't have ridden a Route out of order, but I kept running into sim restarts on Route 8, so I backtracked back to the intersection of Route 8C and rode it. I also rode Old Wagon Road, all .42 Kilometers of it! LOL

February 18, 2019

I just published new content to the site: a page about the continent of Gaeta 5, and travel guides for Routes 7, 7A and 7B! I finished my tour of Gaeta 5 about 3 weeks ago, including a non-stop trip around the perimeter of the continent on Route 7 with my wonderful little Platypus amphibious car :) The Platypus is based on the real life Amphicar, and I used it to drive both the submerged sections and dry land sections of Route 7. This trip was a lot of fun, and I hope you will try it out as well.

Now on to the continent of Satori, and Route 8! =^.^=

February 18, 2019

This is my first blog post for Second Highways! This project started in the spring of 2018, and Second Highways went live online on January 1st of 2019, so it was about time I get the blog going too! To expedite things, I decided I would create the blog posts by manually editing html, until I can eventualy get some sort of automated blog system in place on the site. You, dear readers, won't notice much of a difference either way, so I decided this was the easiest way to get the blog up here as soon as possible!

I started the Second Highways project with a tour of Heterocera and Routes 1-6 in April of 2018, and completed the continent by the end of summer of that same year. I then put my travels on hold for awhile as I began to create this site, and its content. I was finally able to begin traveling again in January, and explored Gaeta 5 and Routes 7, 7A and 7B. While I enjoy bringing Second Highways to you, I enjoy traveling even more!!

I hope you will enjoy this site, and it will inspire you to travel the many highways of second life too :)

Let's hit the road!