In my last post I talked about the round trip we just returned from wherein we traveled from
In this post, I’d like to focus on several pieces of technology, the importance of back ups, and one piece of technology I wish I had.
One of the devices that made my trip so much smoother was our Garmin GPS nuvi 260W. Twice, it came in very handy. The first time was during the steady rain on I-40 between
It also unerringly lead me to my sister’s home in a
Now let’s talk about back up systems. Nearly everyone with a smart phone loves Google Maps or any similar software. However, there’s a reason why NASA has at least three back up systems on its space craft. As great as cell phones and their apps are, what are you going to rely on when you’re in a dead spot, or your battery is dead? This happened to us 30 miles east of
In this case a paper map and the main stream media outperformed 21st century technology.
Finally, there is one piece of technology that I’m going to invest in for my next road trip. You’ll laugh when you read it thinking that it’s so “1970’s,” but hear me out. We were stuck on I-30 for an hour inching forward every few minutes. Yet within 100 yards there must have been at least a dozen long-haul truckers. I knew they knew what was going on up ahead, but I had no way of finding out. The local radio was useless. I continually scanned
We’ll probably travel across country again this summer. Before I go, I’ll pick up an inexpensive portable CB radio so that I can listen in and communicate with the truckers. Had I been listening to them before I became stuck in that traffic jam, I’d have been in
Which makes me wonder? Who’s creating the app that allows you to pick up CB communications on your smart phone? Or Ham radio for that matter. Wouldn’t that come in handy during times of a Katrina or 9/11 catastrophe?
- Always use Rain-X (See previous post)
- A GPS is worth its weight in gold, but back it up with a current road atlas
- Take a CB radio next time
- Hampton Inns rock!
- Backyard Burgers (evidently a regional chain in TN) are awesome.
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