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Monday, August 6, 2018

A road-trip with two out-of-date GPS boxes was not a good idea.

I guess that it's time I purchased a newer GPS system (and some newer old-fashioned paper roadmaps).  The old Garmin is on the right and an even older TomTom is on the left.  The last time I checked, neither was readily updatable from around the time when I migrated to Apple from MS-Windows.  Even though there is a new battery and alternator in my vintage 2005 car, that old Garmin draws a lot more juice than I am comfortable with.  The outdated maps in both boxes had me driving in short-circles in select parts of Western Kentucky and Tennessee; that was nerve wracking, especially at night.  On one misadventure the GPS was telling me to drive full-speed-straight-ahead for another 6-miles when a stop-sign suddenly popped up and triggered my caffeine-keen reflexes to keep us from sailing into a cornfield at 70-miles-per-hour.

Unless I travel straight west across the top of Illinois (or the bottom of Wisconsin) for around 30 to 50-miles before I start heading south on any trip I am forced to drive through Chicago one way or another.  To avoid the heaviest potential "shooting zones" of Chicago / Cook County, the Tri-State-Tollway is usually my best bet ... but construction zones, accidents, stalled / disabled vehicles, and good old fashioned heavy vehicle traffic in and out of O'Hare Airport can add about two-hours to the trip.  I'm darned if I do and damned if I don't ... but all is well that ends well.  I took the tollway route both there and back.  We left home around 1:30pm Friday and got to our destination at midnight.  We started back at 1:30pm on Saturday and arrived home at 10:30pm; about 90-minutes quicker than the trip down.  For a Chicago Saturday night, the tollway traffic was surprisingly civilized.

1 comment:

Sdv1949 said...

I quit with stand along GPS units years ago. Google Maps updates at least weekly, it's free, and the new smartphone batteries can last all day.