Summer time means biking time in Kansas City. So I’ve been doing my part – just biking in Kansas City. So today I took a little ride. And I’d like to tell you a story about that little ride.
It was a beautiful summer morning. Bright sun, temperature in the low 80s, and a slight breeze. I checked the air in the tires, popped the helmet on my head, and set out to visit some new areas- just taking a bit of a tour – exploring. After awhile on all those twisty, turny streets I must admit that I got just a wee bit turned around – you know – confused, disoriented. In short – I was lost.
Fortunately, I travel with lots of tech. There’s my GoPro camera, my iPhone, and – just perfect for this situation – I have my trusty Garmin GPS mounted on my handle bars.
With my Garmin to show me the way – I had no worries. I was in good hands. I confidently punched the “Go Home” button and then smoothly followed the precise turn by turn directions. I was cruisin’. After about 45 minutes I arrived – safe and sound. Unfortunately I did not arrive at my home. The photo below shows where I ended up.
Now this is definitely not where I live – trust me. Do you recognize the place? Here’s a clue…………
Yes – that’s me in all my biking regalia. And yes – as it turns out my Garmin GPS unit had done exactly what I had asked. It had gone “home.” Unfortunately, it had taken me to it’s home – the headquarters of Garmin International which is located in Olathe Kansas – about 12 miles from my home. Good grief – right?
So with that, I climbed aboard my bike and headed home. At least now I had my bearings and knew where I was. And of course, it could have been worse. Think of the ride I would have had if I lived in Kentucky, Arizona, or Australia! Guess the experience is just another example of the truth in the old saying, “the devil is in the details.” Next time I will tell my Garmin to take me to “MY home.”
Writer’s disclosure: Okay. Keep in mind that I told you at the top that this was “a story.” You have to think of something while you are riding for two hours – sometimes I think of stories. And although I didn’t really get “lost” – I did end up at the Garmin Headquarters and I had the notion that my little Garmin GPS unit might feel good about the opportunity to visit it’s home. So I took a bit of the writer’s license with this one and embellished a bit. Forgive me?
FYI – Here is my track as shown on Google Maps – Garmin is at the Southwest End of the ride. Click HERE to view.
Going “HOME” …………. Enjoy The Adventure!
Dr. B, The Photo Trekker