Don’t Always Follow the GPS
When you travel you are dependent on your GPS, especially when you spend a lot of your time traveling from one place to another in your car. The thing about being dependent on your GPS is that you tend to take routes to certain places that no one in their right minds would ever take. The problem with a GPS is that it tends to only give you the route that gives you the least amount of driving distance, which always ends up being the one that has shortcuts that most people don’t normally take. When I was traveling from Multnomah Falls near Portland, Oregon to a city near Mt. Hood, the GPS gave me a route and I took it. Unfortunately, the route that it choose was not the highway route (which I later learned only added two miles to the trip), but instead one that took us through the true back country of the area.
Have you ever driven through areas that make you accept your own death? You know, you realize that if you were to get a flat tire you would be picked up by hill people and never seen from again? When I was on this GPS-approved route, I started seriously thinking of ways that I would distract the hill people so that my girlfriend could get away and alert the authorities. While the hill people never actually came, we did end up traveling down several narrow, one way roads on the sides of a cliff, which is always a good thing when you didn’t purchase travel insurance on your rental car. After taking roughly two hours to go 30 miles, we finally got there, frazzled and hungry as there was no place to stop to even get a bite to eat on the way. It was at that time I vowed to never solely trust the GPS ever again.