|07-29-2013 03:45 PM|
Death By GPS...
...is what we call it in these parts. Couple of years ago, there were a couple of girls in a small Toyota that were touring Death Valley National Park. You guessed it, the GPS sent them down Saline Valley Rd. Flat tires, out of gas, no food or water. Lucky for them, they came upon an old mining cabin. Most cabins in the DVNP are .gov property, and are available first come first serve. And they are usually stocked with emergency provisions by the users to "pay it forward" so to speak. Fortunately for them, they were rescued after a couple of days. Others have not been so lucky. Like this 6 yr old. Hence the term...
|07-29-2013 11:00 AM|
|cosmos||my brother and I were going to pick up some stuff in a full size box truck once and the road the gps sent us on turned into a winding mountain pass, nowhere to turn around and backing down it wouldn't have been any fun. It was a rental so we kept going, bouncing through ruts and washouts, wacking into trees with the top and sides. It was kinda fun, but definitely a relief to come out the other side.|
|07-29-2013 10:13 AM|
Ha,ha! We were to meet a cousin of my wife this weekend to their cottage. he warned us about not to follow the GPS on the last instruction and go by another road.
When we arrived at that point, my wife said don't forget, don't go this way ! I just said, we have a Jeep and he doesn't, so I followed the GPS, it was a nice and fun trail. At the end of the day, when we left, my wife said, take the same trail, it was too much fun! Love my wife
|07-29-2013 09:45 AM|
My Garmin did that once while we were on vacation in the Poconos. I had it programmed for 'shortest route' and it put us through some back country dirt roads while directing us back to our rental.
I was laughing my head off the whole time but my wife was worried that we wouldn't make it in her CRV.
|07-29-2013 07:01 AM|
|07-29-2013 01:10 AM|
|st1264||This is damned cool... please GPS send me somewhere like this!|
|07-29-2013 12:56 AM|
I didn't alter any of the default settings - just let it direct me as it pleased. It would be kind of fun if you could set it for various challenges. "Let's see - give me a route that requires a 2.5" lift and 35" tires."
Anyway - not super impressed with it at the moment. On the way home, we decided to follow the scenic route (Oregon Trail route), Instead of going from Casper to Rawlins, then taking I80 West to Salt Lake, we went to South Pass, continued West, and then finally turned South to I-80. When we finally did hit I-80, between Green River and Evanston, it wanted me to head East! Probably wanted me to go all the way back to Rawlins, then turn around and come back. (I disobeyed.)
|07-28-2013 11:47 PM|
|DaCrazyRN||there are settings on the GPS to AVOID those kinds of roads…but why would you want to!!|
|07-28-2013 07:25 PM|
|asianhulk||Maybe your navigation unit knew your higher ground clearance allowed you to traverse the trail?|
|07-28-2013 06:59 PM|
|Mody n Domy||We were looking for RV parks in eastern Michigan in our Jeep, following our Garmin and we ended up on a very ruff 2 track to get to the campground. The Motor Home would have never made it. On the way back we found paved roads all the way out go figure.|
|07-28-2013 04:21 PM|
Hahahaha, cool shortcut. Wish my GPS would do that.
Good thing you werent in a civic
A trucking company i worked for a few years ago had a driver that followed his GPS to get to a customer. Ended up on a jeep trail. With an 18 wheeler. What'd he do? Kept on going. Got so far up this jeep trail before he got stuck that the wrecker got stuck and had to winch itself out several times to get to where they were. Some people....
It was in the desert somewhere, a little wider than your trail of course.
|07-28-2013 04:11 PM|
|vanillathrilla||Haha! Awesome job, Garmin!|
|07-28-2013 04:11 PM|
|07-28-2013 04:00 PM|
|RevCo666||Is that debri in the 4th pic from your jeep??|
|07-28-2013 03:55 PM|
Good job Garmin!
Before we set out for our Black Hills vacation, I programmed the address of our destination into the navigation system. We had a wonderful drive across Wyoming and arrived in the Black Hills near dark. As we neared our rental house I followed the Garmin's step by step instructions. When we were about 3-4 miles away, it put us on to a gravel road. I joked with my wife - wouldn't it be funny if this turned in to a jeep trail. Well, a few minutes later it did. There was no turning around - too narrow. It was dark and there was a little rain falling. I had to go back in the daylight to get pictures, just so that I could share.
We did make it to our destination - it took us right there by the most direct route. Just a little surprised that it chose this route.