We left the hair salon as we usually do. But, the GPS instructed me to take a turn down a road I never turn down. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking if I am aware the GPS is instructing me to take a turn onto a road it normally never does then why am I even using the GPS? Well, I am "familiar" with the route, but not comfortable going at it alone! I get stage fright.
So, I proceeded down this “new” road. Then, I suddenly became worried. It looked like it was a dead end yet the GPS was telling me to forge ahead. I saw cars turning to the right or left, but NONE proceeding forward. I proceeded forward.
We hit a patch of dirt road. Then about 20 seconds into the dirt road there was a sign…
Gotta tell ya... I was super excited the sign confirmed my suspicions about the pavement... just wish it would have done it SOONER!
What it really should have said is this:
DANGER: This is a dirt/gravel/bumpy ass path (not a road) on the edge of a mountain and it will be about 10 miles before you hit any kind of pavement or see any kind of life again. If you like risks, please proceed. If not, turn around now but be VERY careful as the gravel is loose.
My son thought this was the coolest. He was in the back going, "weeeee, yeee-haaawwwww," "bbbbuuuuuummmmmpppyyyy." I did not. I have a major fear of heights while driving. And, when I say it was on the edge of a mountain I am being serious. I was freaked out. If I went faster than 5 mph we were fish-tailing and it was bumpier than ride on a wooden rollercoaster in a earthquake. It wasn't that my vehicle couldn't handle this because I drive a Jeep Commander. It was just the road (but I don't really want to call it that because it was anything but a road). We survived and that is the good thing. But, don't be fooled, the second I hit pavement I flew home.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, this little detour took us an extra 40 minutes to get home.
Do you have any experiences, good or bad, with a GPS? If so, please share.