I was in Salem, MA, last week, which is near Boston, and I had to get to Long Island, NY, which isn’t.  I could have gotten on I-95 and taken it all the way to the Throgs Neck Bridge, but I have a GPS, so I plugged my destination into it.  As a result, after getting on I-95, I took several other roads before rejoining I-95 near Bridgeport, CT.  In doing that, I saved about a half-hour of driving.  So, plus one for GPS. 

As an aside, what is a throg anyway?  

More often, I take GPS directions as advice, rather than gospel.  For instance, driving from Ithaca, NY to New York City, you’d probably take NY Route 17 most of the way, or I-81 to I-380 to I-80.  Last time I did it, I took NY Route 17 to Hancock, NY, then drove down Route 97.  Why?  Because the Upper Delaware River as it separates New York and Pennsylvania is a much prettier ride, and I was in no hurry.  The GPS kept wanting me to get back on Route 17 almost until I reached Port Jervis.

As another aside, there’s a little town further down Route 17 than where I left it called Fishs Eddy.  There’s also a store by that name in the Flatiron District of Manhattan, or at least there was a couple of years ago.  Obviously, it should be Fishes Eddy or Fish’s Eddy.  It’s not.  I don’t know why it’s not, but live with it.

I leave the GPS on when taking alternate routes because I’m a bit of a contrarian, and because I hope one day to goad the computerized voice of the GPS into screaming at me.

Author: Tom

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