Tuesday, June 28 #solTuesdays
Every time I got in a car with one of my parents, we took the back roads to get where we were going. They both said it was faster and avoided more traffic. Let me tell you, sometimes it seemed we drove out of our way, just to take the “quicker” route.
As an adult, sometimes I go the back roads, but I’m just as likely to take the highway. It often depends on how much I am paying attention and thinking about which way I want to go. (I often navigate by habit….)
When you are driving (or navigating) a 33 foot motorhome, you’d better be paying attention to where you are going! We are in the process of figuring out which GPS/ trip system will help us choose better roads. There are ones out that you can input the size of your unit, and it will avoid roads that won’t work!
What I need to find out is if these will still recommend roads that you might FIT on, but don’t really want to drive. Snaky, serpentine roads are not fun in a motorhome, especially when they are narrow, or have lots of blind curves or hills. Last weekend we drove from our home to a state park about 2.5 hours away. The 2 hour part was fine. The last 30 minutes, not so much. We wound our way back & forth, curve after curve. (When I say we, I mean Greg was driving and I was frantically searching for a better way to go when we left, as I know many state parks do not have adequate internet for us to search on before we left!)
It’s really hard to turn one of these buggers around unless you find a large parking area, so on we went. Before we arrived I had found a different route we could use to go home and took a picture of it on my phone. (As I suspected, the internet didn’t want to work while we were there AND my phone wasn’t doing much either.) According to my phone’s map program, the trip home would be about 15 minutes longer since we were going out of our way to get to a highway sooner and avoid the winding road. We disagreed with the map since our speed on the “cow path” had to be so slow. Sometimes the fastest route isn’t the shortest!
Luckily that was the almost most stressful part of our trip. Stay tuned for the next installment with the most stressful part. : )