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Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« on: January 15, 2013, 06:34:36 PM »

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2013, 06:36:02 PM »
And I thought our Garmin led us astray.    After following the directions carefully and then hearing........

Arriving at destination on left..............

We just happened to notice that on our left was.......Hudson River.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2013, 07:27:30 PM »
A few weeks ago, my wife, her sister and their mother set off from Orange County to Flagstaff. I asked my wife if she had a map, but she replied--we don't need a map, we've driven this before, etc.

So during the day they were driving, I called to see how the journey was going. First call reveals they got a late start, but are progressing north on I15 through the Cajon pass.

Later I call, and they are worse off. They should have been arriving at Flagstaff or nearly so. But instead of turning east on I40 at Barstow towards Flagstaff, they proceeded north on I15 from Barstow towards Lost Wages. They went far enough before realizing the problem, that they stopped back in Barstow for the night.

I got a really big laugh, for I'm the deatail oriented planner and calculator. The intuitive ladies may, just may learn but I doubt it.

I don't think maps or a GPS would have helped, since they were oblivious to outside evidence.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 07:38:21 PM »
How on earth did they miss the I-40 off ramp?  The sign is huge.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2013, 08:02:22 PM »
How on earth did they miss the I-40 off ramp?  The sign is huge.
As I said, they knew the way, had driven it before, etc. Probably yacking away, not a care in the world. Untill........

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2013, 09:15:57 PM »
Well, this woman was kind of slow, and scared and confused. The headline contradicts her own words. She said she was just not paying attention. I can only guess that she must have been afraid or didn't know how to ask for directions.

But, I have a GPS story a litttle like hers. I was driving in South on a Hwy and everything is fine and it says take the next exit South. So I do and I'm looking at the map and I see the line that marks the trail. After about an hour, after several turns and take Old LickSkillet Road and on and on. Suddenly the line went away. The GPS tricked me. It took me way out in the middle of nowhere and said OK, You're on your own now. So I kept on the road I was on trying to remember the last thing it said to do and hoping the signal would come back. Short story long, it didn't and now I was far enough into Homer Dean County that I wasn't sure I could make back to where I lost the signal aaannnddd, of course, it is late at night so there is no one to ask. I driving through neighbors passing schools and churches in some small town driving around in circles. Cursing that basard GPS the whole time. I'll bet he's somewhere watching all this and yuckin' it up.

The end is, I finally saw a sheriff and he escorted me to the nearest highway.

Moral of the story that I learned. If you are driving through wide open areas of land, like down south or out West and Northwest, never select the thing on your GPS that says "shortest route". Because it will find the shortest route alright, but it does not check to see if you will have a signal the whole way. So it could take you out in the middle of nowhere and then go away and leave you hangin.

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« Last Edit: January 15, 2013, 09:58:56 PM by 240B »
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2013, 09:40:03 PM »
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2013, 09:52:50 PM »
If she drove from Belgium to Zagreb and didn't notice, she doesn't deserve a drivers license. She needs to be in a nut-house.

That's what I got too. Sounds like she has some mental or drug issues going on. The story as it is written is impossible unless the women an utter imbecile. And she should not be driving. We already know she had a wreck and how could she 'stop for gas twice' and not ask where in the hell she is?

I call BS. Some kind of anti-GPS story for whatever reason. Remember when SUVs used to kill people?
« Last Edit: January 15, 2013, 09:53:48 PM by 240B »
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2013, 08:54:19 AM »
This could be a good spot for one of those men refusing to ask for directions jokes, but I'll pass.  :whistle:
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2013, 10:07:36 AM »
Mr. M and I have driven in Croatia. It's no Belgium.
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2013, 04:36:41 PM »
LOL!

My girlfriend could be this lady.

She once drove 25 miles in the wrong direction before she had an inkling.   


....but 900 MILES??

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2013, 04:45:47 PM »
Sister has gone 200 miles north when she meant to go to Mom's (About 60 miles due south and a road she knows like the back of her hand). She had just got the GPS installed and blindly followed it's instructions. People do trust technology.
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2013, 04:59:15 PM »
It is just an urban myth, European style. I doubt it ever happened, but it makes a good story.
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2013, 09:16:13 PM »
Mr. M and I have driven in Croatia. It's no Belgium.

Beautiful country, isn't it.

I drove from Zagreb to Rijeka, on to Pula, and down the western Istrian peninsula and back up the eastern side. I also hung out in Split and Brac.
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 09:38:40 PM »
Beautiful country, isn't it.

I drove from Zagreb to Rijeka, on to Pula, and down the western Istrian peninsula and back up the eastern side. I also hung out in Split and Brac.

I had a good (Internet) friend who lives in Split.  She would always send me pictures from it and the surrounding area; beautiful country.  I had actually thought about going there as part of European trip, but the trip got delayed indefinitely and she and I had a total falling out when I found she was bad mouthing me behind my back and had been for months.
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #15 on: January 16, 2013, 09:55:22 PM »
Beautiful country, isn't it.

I drove from Zagreb to Rijeka, on to Pula, and down the western Istrian peninsula and back up the eastern side. I also hung out in Split and Brac.
Loved it. We visited Mr. M's relatives in tiny little towns near Ogulin, west of Zagreb. They all served us slivovits - at about 9 a.m.   :thud:
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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #16 on: January 16, 2013, 09:55:28 PM »
LOL!

My girlfriend could be this lady.

She once drove 25 miles in the wrong direction before she had an inkling.   


....but 900 MILES??


I think we have all driven out of our way at sometime but 900mi...right!......that's 15hrs at 60mph..she would have had to stop for gas, eat etc..what was her first clue she was going the wrong way...like others here I think this is a bogus story.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2013, 02:35:29 PM »
A friend from out of town wanted to visit my son. Since she was driving, I told her which way to turn. She replied she didn't need help because she had her gps. So, after going up and down city streets, and out and about in the country, we got to my son's. She told me she didn't realize it was so far away.

On the way back, it was dark and she asked me to drive, so I back out of the drive, going left for three miles, turned left again for three miles, and was home. I live one block from a four-lane, and there is only one turn to get to my son's house. She apologized. ;)

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #18 on: January 17, 2013, 06:35:41 PM »
I had a good (Internet) friend who lives in Split.  She would always send me pictures from it and the surrounding area; beautiful country.  I had actually thought about going there as part of European trip, but the trip got delayed indefinitely and she and I had a total falling out when I found she was bad mouthing me behind my back and had been for months.

Go anyways. You won't regret it. Split is a beautiful area, and the Diocletians palace dates to something like 900BC. The pedestrian zone is paved with white marble that looks polished. In the mornings after the locals wash it down, you'd think you're about to step on clear ice.
It's an area full of history and a lot cheaper than Italy.
I wonder when the lies will stop and truth begin, even as grim as the truth may be. And then I remember that for 70 years, the reign of terror in Russia called itself "the people's government." We have so far to fall, yet we are falling fast and Hell yawns to receive us.

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Re: Woman drives 900 miles out of her way after GPS error
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2013, 12:43:09 PM »
Had a girl ask me the other day how she got BACK to I10, she was over 50 miles south.  Only thing I could offer was to send her back the way she came.  Told her there were easier ways, but if she missed an interstate highway, I wasn't about to send her down country roads.


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