a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

I think it hiccupped

actually it might have also burped

I don't know what happened, but our GPS certainly didn't navigate correctly this past Sunday. We call her Lola, but that's another story for another day.

So, we decided since we had a more reliable vehicle to do a day trip after church on Sunday.  We picked Sedona which is roughly 65-70 miles away from us, depending on which route you take, freeway or over mountain.  We chose freeway, having been on the mountain road before to go to another city.

We figured church got out at about 10:15, with driving time through some mountain roads we would be on, we'd be there in Sedona around lunchtime.

Hubby programmed into Lola the route to Sedona and after church, I turned Lola on and brought up the route for Sedona.  It said 95 miles to get there, which I commented to hubby I thought was higher than how far away it was from us, but we just started driving.

We followed Lola's commands explicitly.  She told us to take this exit, we did. She said turn right here, we did.  

We kept climbing up into the mountains and ended up ultimately at 7450 altitude.  The view was pretty and different than I remembered from Sedona when I had been years before, but we had taken in a different route that time coming in from California side.  




We both commented how we hadn't seen signs for how many miles to Sedona, although had seen it for other cities.  Finally, when Lola said we were 3.6 miles from our destination and it looked like this, we knew something was wrong.



Because Sedona has a lot of rocks and this certainly wasn't rocks.  Hubby got out his cell phone and googled "how far is it to Sedona" from where we were at.  We were 75 miles AWAY from Sedona, although Lola told us we were 3.6 miles away from our destination.  We decided to see where she would take us, but part was on a dirt road and we didn't want to go on a dirt road with a new vehicle.

So we decided options.  Meanwhile, as we had been driving, we had passed down the road from where we stopped a cafe and a gas station.  We thought we'd stop into the cafe and see if it looked okay for lunch as it was now a little past noon and we were FAR AWAY from Sedona and really any other civilization.

So we stopped here.  I have to admit, I always get a little leery about eating at places like this; I wonder how fresh the food is, etc. 



Hubby feasted on this.


And me on this. Both delicious and we didn't end up with food poisoning.

It was gorgeous up there; 78 degrees with a nice breeze.  We had traveled through temps as high as 100 degrees. The cafe was really nice and friendly.  We don't really know what happened with the GPS and how we ended up in Happy Jack, Arizona (where this cafe is) instead of Sedona, but we were glad we did because honestly otherwise I don't think we would ever have had a reason to be up there except for Lola's error.

On the way back down the mountain, we detoured to Cottonwood and found this place.


and enjoyed a little of this




All in all a pleasant day, except for Lola's burp or hiccup.  We're going to give her another chance this next weekend as we are planning to try for Sedona again.  This time we'll be wiser and program her and hubby's cell phone for the same location and make sure they coordinate with their directions.

Has your GPS ever done such a thing?

47 comments:

Birgit said...

That is why I still love the good ole fashioned maps:) I have to admit, there must be a reason for this and it seems to experienced someplace new and beautiful

Eileen T said...

Mine does pick some interesting (by which I mean strange) routes, but always to the correct destination. Glad you enjoyed yourselves in the end though.

Good luck for next time - hope you get there!

Rhonda Albom said...

Sedona is one of my favorite places in the USA. I am glad you enjoyed your day even if you didn't get there. Maybe next Sunday.

Maria Zannini said...

I've heard stories of people being misdirected by their GPS. One was on the news where this family ended up in Death Valley.

At least you ended up in a nicer location.

I love Sedona. Someday we'll go back.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Sounds like a really nice day even with the GPS being confused. I like that you have named your GPS. We've done that, too - we call ours Madge :)

Bijoux said...

We don't have GPS because my husband thinks what happened to you is quite common......LOL. We use mapquest or google maps and I always look at an actual map so I know what direction I'm headed in case of detours.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Glad you enjoyed the ride even though you didn't reach your destination. I don't use a GPS but I do have a map app on my phone. I've used it when I wasn't sure where I was and found that a useful tool. Hope the next trip out gets you to where you want to be. Nice that you are enjoying your new car!

Pat Hatt said...

I use my phone. No hiccups like poor Lola haha sometimes getting lost though can be the most fun.

Joanne Noragon said...

I only ask Helen as a last resort. I use MapQuest on the computer and keep an atlas in the trunk.

Blogoratti said...

Sounds like a great time, lovely photos!

Chatty Crone said...

I kind of liked your off track trip - so nice for you just to go somewhere and explore and find something new and wonderful!

Jerralea said...

Yes, our GPS has had the hiccups and took us places we never intended to go. But all in all, we are going to keep using Michelle (our GPS' name) because 95% she is right, and before we had her, we got lost. every. time. Hubby and I have no sense of direction!

I'm glad you went to Happy Jack, Arizona! Just seems a place named Happy Jack should be enjoyed by all.

jack69 said...

LOVE IT!
I forget that the GPS talks since I do not hear it. But I know Paula calls the GPS 'The lady in the box'.
I dearly enjoy unexpected results on a trip if we are not actually in a hurry. I can imagine, the trip was great with good company.
What a great Sunday afternoon.... Ah, the mysteries the GPS holds. ;-)

yaya said...

I think Lola gets a kickback from that little café! Glad it was a nice day for you no matter where you ended up...and yes, that's happened to us too...and that's why I always have a map with us! Ha! Yep, modern technology is great when it works...we've been saved by a GPS also..so hang in there and post those beautiful pics of Sedona when you get there!

Saleslady371 said...

This is funny! My hubby is always telling me to put my criticisms away about our GPS that it's always right! He should read this. Nice Sunday drive though and ending up in Happy Jack isn't a bad thing. Photos are lovely.

Would it help if you put a specific destination in Sedona in your GPS? You'll be very close to me...any possibility to meet in person for coffee or a quick hug? Please let me know.

Have a super day!
Mary

Ruth said...

I don't have GPS, but when I was in Cincinnati last year, I was with 2 people that used Siri on their phone for directions and she kept messing the N and S interstates up. It is a good thing that part of the directions were not listened to. I don't know where where would have ended up.

Jo said...

Don't have a GPS as such but I have one on my laptop. We used it, to try it out, when we went to Hamilton one time. It was fine until we got there but it had us going round in circles to get to our hotel. We actually knew, more or less, where it was, but the GPS Programme didn't for some reason.

Cindi said...

lol I would keep Lola, she sounds very adventurous to me!

Mevely317 said...

What Lola wants, Lola gets?
Thank goodness y'all weren't travelling after dark!

I'd never heard of Happy Jack - but those 'ma and pa' roadside restaurants usually serve yummy fare. Glad it all worked out!

Kat said...

Yes! Stupid GPS. It did something similar to us when we were driving back from Oklahoma. Luckily we caught it pretty quickly. My husband and I remarked that sometimes a good old fashioned map is the way to go. ;)
I love little cafes like that. Many time you find a real diamond in the rough.
All in all, the day turned out pretty well! Glad you two were able to enjoy yourselves regardless of the hiccup.

Sharon said...

OK, call us "old school," but the hubby and I always rely on maps! I don't even trust the directions that I can get on the computer! Seems they always seem to find the most convoluted ways to go! But, I had to laugh at the *mistake* that turned into a wonderful day! I've been to Sedona several times, but I don't think we've ever gone to Happy Jack! I'll have to put it on our must-see list!

And, I totally get the thing with the restaurant! I'm exactly the same way! When we did road trips with the boys growing up, I always told them to get grilled cheese sandwiches in *questionable* places! Figured no one could mess that up!

GOD BLESS!

Linda said...

Wonder what went wrong with Lola! No worries, I see a map for Sedona! I'm not of this century, I carry a map, plus we're in construction/detour season. On the other hand, my husband loves the newfangled electronics. When riding with him, wish "she" had a mute button until we got to unfamiliar areas. Glad you enjoyed the Sunday outing anyway!

Wendy said...

What a nice little adventure with a couple good surprises. That was fun but would not have been had you NEEDED to be in Sedona for something important. I'd like to go back to Sedona some day. Beautiful area and so different from the east coast. We have not had such a wrong experience with GPS but it does often want to send us on a pig-path road when we prefer a longer route on a better road.

Megan Whitson Lee said...

Now, this is my kind of GPS fail. You get lost and stumble across great food and wine? Yeah! That food looked great!!

susie said...

My GPS is demonic. I have a lot of paper maps!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Well that was definitely an adventure. We have never had GPS in our car's but I've heard of people going on joy rides like that. Knock on wood.....the GPS on our phones is awesome! Just make sure you have a charger because it runs the battery down.

Liz A. said...

Sounds like a happy accident, but it would have been a disaster if you had to go to Sedona. I wonder where Lola was taking you? There's got to be an explanation somewhere.

Paula Kaye said...

I think Lola decided that you needed to do something else. And what a wonderful drive it was, wasn't it? Beautiful pictures. Wonderful weather. And those sandwiches for lunch look amazing. I think Lola gave you just what you needed!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Sometimes getting lost is the best thing to do! My mom's in-car GPS takes her to the wrong place all the time. I just use Google Maps on my phone and it hasn't steered me wrong yet. I know you have to update the maps every year or so on GPSs that don't go through your phone, but even with a map that isn't updated, it shouldn't take you that many miles in the wrong direction! It does my mom, too, though--I don't get it.

Chrys Fey said...

I don't have GPS. But the few times when I was in a car while someone was using one, it did have a hiccup or two. At least you were able to make the most out of getting lost. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Oh, that is the way to have fun. Lola must have been drunk.

Susan Says

Intense Guy said...

I think 'hiccup' is letting it off easy! More like total complete brain fart!

Sunni said...

I don't use a GPS and always use a map, but you found a nice place by accident, so it wasn't all bad. It sounds like you had a nice day.

Sunni

http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Stephen Tremp said...

I have a built in GPS gene so I never get lost or need to ask for directions. Okay, not really.

And that burger looked awesome!

Veronica Lee said...

I don't trust the GPS but the hubs swears by it.
I think Lola just wanted you both to have a nice day!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Love reading about your adventure. Since I moved to a new area, I have been getting used to streets suddenly changing names. Also trying to find a shoe repair shop and other places such as libraries and where to get a voter's card.

Juli G said...

All. The. Time.

But I never end up anywhere good like you did. We are heading to Maine next week. I will program the GPS... and take a hard copy of the directions.

We will be doing a 30 mile bike ride for Parkinson's... I will be taking a hard copy and physical map of the route.

I have no time for wrong turns when I am the horsepower of the vehicle we are using.

Blue Grumpster said...

That's quite an adventure, betty. I call my Idiot and never him on. Maybe that's it.... Maybe I'm not supposed to turn a him on but a her... like Lola ;)

netablogs said...

I'm glad your adventure ended up enjoyable. I've heard a few awful and sad GPS-gone-wrong stories. I don't have a GPS and sometimes wish I did, but I will never solely rely on one, especially in remote areas.

Elizabeth said...

Gotta love GPS, lol. Mine once took me to the right street but opposite direction, and it has often led me to the wrong side of the road. At least you got to experience a new place :)

Deanna said...

Our GPS is named Emmy Lou and sometimes she goes haywire on us too. She has taken us on many adventures. So glad your took you on such a great adventure! It sounds like it was a lot of fun.

Nick Wilford said...

Our GPS has gone wrong a few times, but not by 75 miles! Sounds like you had a fun day out regardless - a "mystery tour". :) We just use Google Maps on the phone these days, which seems to know what it's doing.

Nas said...

Recently on my overseas trips I was completely dependent on Navigator on my Samsung phone. And I'm glad to report it didn't fail me even once.

DMS said...

I am glad you were at least taken to a nice spot! Looks like Lola wanted you to have adventure. :) I have had similar things happen with the GPS because it has somehow changed where I wanted to go and I didn't notice. It has also wanted me to turn onto roads that don't exist in real life. :)

Good luck getting to Sedona next weekend. Great pictures from the surprise trip.
~Jess

David P. King said...

This is why I need to get a GPS. :)

Danielle L Zecher said...

I don't trust GPS very much at all. It seems to never understand that there's an interstate really close to us, and wants to send us all kinds of convoluted routes to places that are fairly simple to get to. And there were all kinds of flashing signs around here a few years ago (when there were all of the bad rock slides on I-40) pretty much saying "GPS is WRONG". I think that stuck with me! :-)

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

I don't think I would have given EL-Oh-EL-A another chance!

Ole Boy and I love out of the way places like that little diner. (They were a little stingy with the fries, weren't they?) The burger really did look good! We like to tour wineries, too...he likes to sample, me, no so much, but I enjoy the visit.

I'm glad life is going well for you, Betty!