Category Archives: Driving Directions
The guys had packed up the Jeep Wrangler to capacity. Normally a 5 seater vehicle, it was now holding 7 men in their late teens, 2 fishing rods, 2 three man tents and 5 backpacks. There was no time for bemoaning discomfort in this vehicle as it pounded South across pot holed Irish roads.
Dan was at the wheel and fresh back from California he was intent on sporting cut off jeans, a faded ‘Strokes’ t-shirt and beach sandals. With the canvas top folded down, I was certain he thought he was still on some Malibu cliff road with the wind blowing through his greasy hair. However; in reality, this was Ireland and we were being rained on from all angles. The winds were high in off the Irish sea and we had only just left the security of the Dublin road network when everyone agreed it was time to put the canvas roof back on.
This wasn’t Malibu and apart from the warmth generated from our own bodies as we huddled in the rear seat, it was freezing. Emmet however, having drunk his fair share of cider the night before was sleeping soundly head rested against the window and contributing to our conversation by means of sporadic flatulence.
The stop off to re-attach the roof gave Dan an opportunity to study his map for the driving directions. He soon realized however; as we all stretched our legs on a deserted Irish countryside road, that he had taken the wrong motorway out of Dublin and we had gone a good 20km West of where we wanted to be.
To make matters worse he had only brought a map for Dublin and its surrounding towns. We were by now far beyond the confines of that map. The route back the way we came wasn’t easy to remember by any stretch of the imagination, so we all clambered back in to the Jeep and made towards the nearest village to ask for directions back to a national route.
When I have seen Irish villages on TV and film, I have always thought that perhaps the director was being a bit liberal with the amount of paddy whackery that is portrayed. This, I am sorry to say is not the case. 7 men cramped into a Jeep Wrangler, brimming with fluorescent camping gear, as it pulls into a quaint, rural village is a sight to behold. It looked for all intent and purpose like some sort of parade had just appeared on the main street of this one horse town. Old women ceased nattering to each other at their house doors and began to stare at this wondrous sight.
Men outside the pub with a pint of Guinness in their hand stopped sipping and watched us as we passed by slowly, eyes downcast. We looked out of place and an eerie feeling fell on all of us. I began to recall scenes from cheesy road trip movies where a group of college kids pull into a backwards town for gas and calamity ensues.
There was nothing to be done however. Dan’s map was useless and after berating him for taking a local road map on a journey which was anything but local we decided one of us would have to ask directions. I pulled the short straw and after much complaining I agreed to go into the country pub to ask for driving directions.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that as soon as I entered the dark, dingy bar, the whole place stopped. I mustered the courage and in my most sonorous and macho voice I asked the bar man the direction to the next national route South. The bar man slowly put down the pint glass he was drying, and leaned across the bar to look me straight in the eye. What he told me then has haunted me to this very day, and I dare not repeat what he said for fear that some evil omen will occur. I left the pub in a shaky condition, pale and wan, unable to speak. The guys, waiting for me in the Jeep, were shocked to see me in such a frightened state.
I pushed into the back seat and sat dumbfounded. They inquired what had happened, but I couldn’t say a word. Emmet awoke then from his baby like sleep. He looked at the sign by the side of the road and asked, ‘What are we doing here?’. ‘We’re lost Emmet!’ I shouted angrily, reprimanding him for his ignorance of my condition. ‘OK, relax, just asking’. It was then that we all wanted to punch him, as we saw him let another fart, scratch his backside and take out his i-Phone to access the map application for directions.
The guys had packed up the Jeep Wrangler to capacity. Normally a 5 seater vehicle, it was now holding 7 men in their late teens, 2 fishing rods, 2 three man tents and 5 backpacks. There was no time for bemoaning discomfort in this vehicle as it pounded South across pot holed Irish roads. Dan … Read More
Google Maps: Google maps is set up the same way at yahoo maps. You can find the maps on the Google website. Once you access the maps you can find a location or driving directions. At Google maps though, you can find walking,public transit, bycicle, or driving directions. Google maps also had photos of each … Read More
There are two types of people in this world: people who love maps and directions, and people who could just as happily do without them. Because opposites attract, these two different types of people often find themselves bound together as spouses, best friends, or roommates. Eventually, people who love maps and directions will find themselves … Read More
Are you looking for map directions you can trust? Are you tired of fussing with the same old paper maps? Mapping websites offer the benefits of a traditional map with none of the trouble and work. This makes these sites a great source of map directions. Traditional maps are just plain hard to use. While … Read More
Advantages and limitations of driving directions provided by various websites like yahoo, Google, MapQuest, Bing. Advantages Planning Driving directions is a great travel planning tool for your holidays. It offers ready help to navigate on places you want to go to how you reach there. The tool is available on various websites like hotels, restaurants, … Read More
Are you planning a trip? If you don’t want to end up lost, stranded, or in the wrong place at the wrong time, you are going to need driving directions. Where can you find accurate, reliable, and free driving directions? The answer is as close and convenient as your home computer. Maps can be confusing … Read More
Some are born to maps, some aspire to maps, and others have maps thrust upon them. Whatever your reasons for using maps & directions, it is most likely a smart decision. When it comes to maps & directions, there are many good reasons to use them and only a handful of not-so-good reasons not to. … Read More
Are you tired of getting lost? Do you seem to waste a lot of time looking for a location that should have been easy to find? Are you directionally challenged? It sounds like you might need to buy a street map. A street map may come in one of two forms: paper and digital. A … Read More
How much difference does a driving map make for a vacation? A good, readable driving map can mean the difference between reaching your destination and ending up lost and even in danger. It can mean the difference between having a calm peaceful vacation and having a frustrating, unfulfilling trip. How can one simple driving map … Read More
Are you planning your next family vacation? The first step is to find accurate maps and driving directions. Knowing the area you plan to visit will help you decide if it is really the best destination for your family and also help you narrow down the choices of lodging, meals, and entertainment. The first way … Read More