I am happy to report that I was wrong about internet access. We are now in Gorak Shep (Nepali for Dead Crow - nice!) and they have internet access here. Gorak Shep is the last village before base camp, about 1 1/2 hours on foot, so I will come down here on my rest days to check my email and give you a first hand report of how things are progressing.
Yesterday we took an active rest day and climbed up to about 17,000 on a ridge above the Italian Research station and this morning we hiked from Lobuche to Gorak Shep. We will spend the night here and move to base camp tomorrow. We will climb Kalla Pattar this afternoon to take some more Everest sunset pictures. The Sherpas will be holding their Puja ceremony tomorrow - they are asking the mountain god to protect them on the climb.
The following day we descend past both Gorak Shep and Lobuche and go to the Lobuche base camp. (Lobuche is both a village and a mountain so it is a little confusing). The day after that we move to the Lobuche high camp and then on Thursday we hopefully will summit Lobuche and return to its base camp. Friday will be a long hard day as we move all the way back up the valley to the Everest base camp.
I am feeling very good and am eating well, although sometimes the food is a little bland. There is a cold passing among the group, but I have avoided it so far.