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GPS: 'Your destination will be...very wet.'

Don't always believe it when your GPS doesn't make sense...or even sometimes when it does. HERE is the story of an American couple who followed their GPS on a route for Tenby Island, off the coast of Wales and actually not reachable except by boat.

 

Following the instructions, they drove onto a beach and sank in the sand; it took rescuers three hours to dig them out and also to explain, sadly, that there's no ferry in wintertime.

 

I know the feeling, though: I've had GPS systems that lost a satellite and asked us to drive the wrong way down a one-way street, or to cross a rail line that was 30 feet above us on an embankment. In my family, we call that voice "Sybil," after the ancient prophetess who always spoke the truth, but whose truth could often not be understood by mortals...until it was too late.

The best part of every trip is realizing that it has upset your expectations

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On our recent trip to Sicily, our GPS took us down a farm road that dead-ended, except for a rugged dirt tract that was unsafe to drive in a car (doable in a 4 wheel drive vehicle).  The GPS instructed me to continue down the dirt track, but as a human being I declined the machine's advice.  Good thing I did, because as we looped back we could see that even the dirt track dead-ended in a mile or so.

 

Somehow we made it to our next destination, although it's easy and expected to get lost a number of times each hour when traveling on the side roads of Sicily.

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"We do not take a trip, a trip takes us".  John Steinbeck, from Travels with Charlie

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