I will be the first to say that I appreciate the convenience of map software that we get to carry in our pocket on our phones – it definitely beats carrying big paper maps around! That said, the convenience of it does sometimes draw us to be more dependent on these mapping apps than we maybe should be. 🙂
When Google Maps Messes Up
I have a Garmin GPS I use whenever I drive anywhere but do often use Google Maps as well. I especially use Google Maps if I am out on a long run or on a run in a different city. It lets me see my different options for roads around me if I need to add some miles and I do not want to turn around right away when I reach a dead end.
Such a situation presented itself yesterday on my long run. I decided to keep running and climb this one ascent in the area (bigger than a hill but not a mountain). I figured I could pick the road up and swing around after a while to rejoin my road. So, I pulled up Google Maps on my phone and checked out the roads in the area. Thankfully, I found what I was looking for and took off for the road – however, it was not a road at all. In fact, I do not think it had ever been a road. You couldn’t even call it a trail! So, I did get to run a little bit of a “trail” for a while thanks to Google Maps and their map data mess up, but I know that was not Google’s intention at all!
At least I got to enjoy this view!!!
Have you relied on a mapping app and been led astray?