Figured I’d write a post to explain to the Folks why (in the 21st Century !!) I do not own a GPS.
When I started out on this (mis-adventure) I actually did have one. I called it ‘Betty’. That chosen name turned out to be quite ‘appropriate’ later on.
That was November, 2010 and was also when I had the Class C TOWING (READ == Backing up was to be avoided at all costs !!) a small trailer that housed my motorcycle.
That stupid thing sent me down country roads, into major residential areas and would yell at me “Turn left now” – then – TURN LEFT NOW !!” I was in the middle of the frikkin’ Interstate !
I pulled it out of the charger more often than not and it stressed me beyond belief. Finally (and thankfully) it died !
I’ve had numerous people ask me (because they are so SHOCKED) why I don’t have a GPS. I answer “Because I don’t need one.”
In a recent Blog, Rene' and Jeanette commented:
“Sassy, I wonder why you would not use a GPS to guide you through difficult and complex roadways in major metropolitan areas. I use one and it is truly a gift. Your thought????”
Well I really have been meaning to get another GPS – however, since it’s been almost three years now obviously it has not been a priority. And, believe it or not, I’ve gotten lost much, much LESS without a GPS.
The main reason why I have not gotten another one is BUDGET. Every month something else comes up that depletes any extra money I may have. For example, my little camera just died. And oh, the poor little thing, it was a painful death. You see it fell to the floor while I was driving one day. I had forgotten that it had fallen and later remembered ‘where’ it had fallen. In between the slide out. As I had already put the slide out it was crushed in there. I had to retrieve it from outside and amazingly enough it was still kinda working but the outside shell and view area was all cracked.
And now my computer is dying. The battery is no longer holding a charge but thankfully I can have it plugged in all the time so I am getting by. And for the cost of a new battery, well I might as well buy a new computer. So that’s in next month’s budget.
This computer is only two years old but I’ve never liked it from Day One.
I think using a GPS is great when there are two people travelling. The driver does what the driver is SUPPOSED to do. Drive the rig and watch the traffic. The Co-Pilot (usually the wife) checks the GPS and instructs the Driver along with the GPS’s instructions.
While driving across the Country last Fall with my Brother and Sister-In-Law, I had a good laugh many times at my Brother’s expense. Whenever he was going through a major City with multiple lanes he would say “Carol” – then – CAROL !!! “What lane am I supposed to be in ?” I would say to him – “Don, Just keep following the signs that say I-40W” (or whatever Interstate # we were on).
My little Bennie is the greatest little Co-Pilot anyone would ever want – but he’s not so good with technology. LOL
As a Solo I want all my focus on the driving and not pressing buttons or looking at the maps on the GPS. And really you only use the GPS when you are on the road. Once I arrive at my destination in the States/Canada then I pretty much stay put – so no need of a GPS.
I would much prefer to plot my route on google – thereby having a visual in my head – the night before my travel day. One day, I’m sure, I will get a GPS, but for now the way I’m doing it works very well for me.
This brings me to a post I’ve been meaning to do. A post of all the great websites there are out there for us RV types. I must get to doing that post soon.