Just One of those Drives

Welcome to my first Funtabulous Friday – and to the 2nd of 30 posts … in a row!

I’m not sure whether Friday posts will make the cut once the ‘month’ is up but if they are, I plan to devote them to all things fun. Or things I consider fun, like the leisurely drive I took yesterday.

For the record, I’ve managed to get myself to southern Mississippi, Tennessee, and various places around Michigan and Indiana. All with old-fashioned paper maps (affiliate link). For someone  who tends to be a little directionally challenged, that’s quite an accomplishment. Because believe me, I’ve gotten lost a fair number of times.

Like yesterday afternoon, for instance. I wanted to get away for a while. No destination in mind, just a relaxing drive on back roads – where I could enjoy minimal traffic – and a nice breeze before heat warnings go into effect for the next two days.

My mistake was in thinking that one road ran the same direction as another. But it doesn’t. In fact, they each curve in different directions. Completely different. At one point during my little adventure, I wondered if I getting close to Oz. 

The problem – besides the curves – was a new bridge and traffic light on a road I’m not as familiar with as I’d thought. It threw me completely off.

Add to all that the fact that when I’m hopelessly turned around, I seem to be inclined to make right turns. Why? I have no idea. It’s just what I do – but I know if I tried going against what feels like the correct way, it would be the one time I should have gone right.

It always works out though.

One time, I couldn’t find Lake Michigan (specifically, public access). Somehow, I wound up deep in the sticks in an area of the state I wasn’t familiar with. So… I decided to follow a guy in a white truck. I figured I couldn’t get anymore lost than I was, and maybe wherever he was going was better than where I already was. When he pulled into a sand covered parking lot – and a sign said the beach – the public beach – was a quarter of a mile down a path … it proved I could get where I wanted to go. Even by accident. 🙂

Not yesterday though. Yesterday, with no phone signal (so no GPS), I have to thank the gentleman who was out walking his dog for some timely, easy to follow (think, right/left instead of N/E/S/W), and spot on – directions. He appeared shortly after I realized I had less than a quarter of a tank of gas. That’s too close to empty for my piece of mind, especially when I don’t have a clue where I am. It also brings to mind one of my favorite songs in the world.

Have you ever gotten lost on a meandering drive in the country? Let me know how it turned out in the comments below.

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