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Old 10-21-2014, 02:20 PM   #43
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What's your worst experience? Can anyone top that?
You are the winner. I came close this summer trying to land an all-day drive at the Casino Queen RV Park in East St. Louis. My GPS tricked me into exiting too early off I-70 eastbound...and I ended up going over the mighty Miss on a new bridge. Exited I-55/64 in East St. Louis, got some stares from residents who were mouthing words like "what he be doin in da hood?" Anyhow, got back on the highway, exited and ended up going back over the mighty Miss on the MLK Memorial Bridge. I could see the RV Park on my left, but too late. It is now 5 PM on a Friday and the downtown rush hour traffic is in full swing. I could only turn right and head north on N 3rd Street. The next left turn was 135 degrees and I could not make it with my 62' including toad. Got back on I-70 westbound, exited and drove thru some industrial neighborhoods, got back onto N Broadway southbound. Now I came across a major traffic jam due to a water main break. Go figure. Something like 10 lanes of downtown rush hour traffic trying to get into 2 lanes. Finally got to the Washington St intersection to make a left onto a single lane road leading to the Eads bridge and the casino. I had to block all traffic in order to swing wide enough right and make that left turn. Horns were blowing like crazy. Of course, somebody was in the oncoming lane right up to the cross walk. I missed her fender by probably less than an inch. My ordeal was only 2 hours. Never again will I trust a navigator...or go thru St. Louis.

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Old 10-21-2014, 04:34 PM   #44
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Short fun Story....

My father ran a mil-spec short run job shop in northern New Jersey for many years. For much of that time he had a foreman that was not a stupid or ignorant person. He had to go into NYC one evening. He got turned around and ended up the wrong way on a one way street. When one of New York's Finest (LEO) stopped him, he was very polite. He told the police officer that if he would be so kind as to direct him out of the city, he would never come back. The officer did and as well as I know, he never did drive in NYC again.

As a refugee from the east coast megapolis, I understand. I took my first bachelors at a school in NYC. But I can easily believe that someone unfamiliar would be overwhelmed.


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Old 10-21-2014, 04:36 PM   #45
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All I can say is that was the best short story I have read in quite sometime! I read aloud to the DH and laughed some more!!!

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:43 PM   #46
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Suffering from PTSD today. This will be long, but you may find it amusing. I may also after some therapy.......
Yesterday, while making the dreaded drive through the New York City area on I-95, the GPS suddenly told me to turn right. Only problem was, I saw two rights. In my confusion, I passed up the "right" right and was headed towards a toll plaza and a large bridge. Not knowing which way I should have gone, I quickly hit the brakes.
Next thing I know, there's a NYC cop beside me with lights on waving his hands and screaming at me. I roll down the window and all I can understand from his accent, is "Back UP". I hollered back, I can't back up, I've got a car on the back. He then screamed "Don't You Dare Back UP!"
So I had one way to go. Through the toll booth and over the bridge. The guy at the toll booth looks at me kinda funny and says "$7.50 for da bus and $7.50 for da cah". So I hand him $15 and over the George Washington Bridge I go right into Downtown Manhattan.
This was without a doubt the most stressful drive I've ever made. The GPS took me right downtown down 34th Street, over to 2nd Avenue, across Broadway, down to 9th Avenue. If you've ever heard about the drivers in NYC, it's indescribable unless you've experienced it. Here I am with a 40 foot motorhome with a Malibu on the back trying to get down double parked streets with Taxis and cars jammed everywhere cutting people off. If there is one inch to poke their nose in front of you, they'll jump in there. It took at least 10 minutes to get through each light.
The only way out is through the Lincoln Tunnel. On top of it all, the entrance that the GPS was sending me to is closed Mon-Fri 4pm to 7pm. So after two hours inching through traffic, I couldn't enter the tunnel. After more traffic, I found where the entrance to the tunnel was, but when I tried to turn to it, the traffic cop would not let me turn and made me go straight. Another hour later of fighting traffic, I made it to the turn again. The cop still wouldn't let me turn and was screaming at me to go straight.
I finally pulled over into a bus stop and walked out into the middle of traffic on 10th Avenue to ask a cop directing traffic how to get the hell off the island as I pointed to my coach. Through an accent I could barely understand he said " you the boss"? I said yeah, I guess I am the boss of that motorhome. He was actually saying bus.
He said bosses go to 43rd street, turn on 11th avenue, go right on 40th street.
It turns out that the turn is so tight there's only one way a bus/motorhome can get into the tunnel.
Finally, after three hours of sheer terror, I got into the tunnel with a height limit of 12' 6" And I'm a little over 12'3". Going through the tunnel, My antenna was scraping the top sounding like a curb feeler all the way.
What a relief to get off Manhattan Island only to be dumped on to the Jersey Turnpike in 6:00 Friday night trafic.
Not a good day!

What's your worst experience? Can anyone top that?

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Old 10-22-2014, 05:10 AM   #47
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Worst drive ever

Upon reading your post I almost had a nervous brake down, and I would have if I were you! I would drive 100 miles out of my way to avoid NYC!
As for those GPS's they are riddled with mistakes, I've found two of them, one in St Louis and the other in Kansas CIty. I have paper maps also and try to review my route before putting my trust in my GPS.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:29 PM   #48
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Welcome to New England
NYC ain't New England! Don't ever make that mistake!
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:44 PM   #49
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Another prime example of why NOT to rely on your GPS. Stick to the old fashion stubby pencil way, get a Rand McNally Motor Carriers Atlas to play out a route sutable for your unit, and then just follow the road signs. I've drove truck for 20+ years and never had an Atlas steer me down the wrong road. Drove over the GW bridge dozens of times following I-95 north and south and can't figure out how you ended up in Manhattan.
Yup. Look at the route, learn the route, before you go there. For about five years I drove charter coaches and stretch limos in and out of Manhattan, so I'll cut Mr Hicks some slack because he'd never before been to the belly of the beast. I avoid it like the plague myself, now. As the fellas on the train said in The Music Man, "Ya gotta know the territory!"
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #50
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You are the winner.
We were in Idaho GPS said "turn right" so I did.
Road looked great, then it turned to gravel.
I stopped just before a turn that would give me room to turn around.
Just then a jeep stopped and asked if we needed help.
Sure enough this was a shortcut to the interstate, but it was a forest road!
Hurrah for man in the jeep!
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Old 10-22-2014, 05:18 PM   #51
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After seeing Dan's pic of the GW Bridge, it definitely isn't the one I crossed. The one I went over was much shorter and arched on top. It was RFK.
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always take the Tappan Zee bridge and avoid 95 GW bridge. it may seem longer until you do it.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:34 PM   #53
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In 2009 we were returning from NovaScotia and on one leg from Ct. To Pa our Garmin was routing us an we were on I84 Nan's it told us to turn south on 684. Then it told us to turn on Saw Mill Parkway and once in the entrance ramp we saw the sign autos only but it was to late we were committed and couldn't back up our 40' with a toad. Boy did we get our cussin then came to a bridge 10'6 but we were able to exit before the bridge. But the moral of this story is that the type GPS we had had 2 setting one for autos and one for Buses but I didn't know it at the time. After setting it to truck mode never had any more problems with narrow roads and bridges
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Old 10-25-2014, 06:58 AM   #54
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The bottom line here is no matter what brand GPS you have scope out your route ahead of time and if you are going into any metropolitan area especially in the very large cities call the state or local police and ask about the bridges, tunnels, etc. Its seems like a lot of extra work but when a cop orders you to make a U turn or backup with a toad which is impossible it worth the extra effort.
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Old 10-25-2014, 10:08 PM   #55
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Exactly why I intend to never go anywhere near NYC.

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Thank you for sharing that story. As I started to read it I glanced over at your screen name and saw your located in Texas. As a fellow Texan and someone who has driven in NYC that made the story so much funnier to me (and it was dang hilarious anyway). You may have to be a Texan to fully appreciate the difference in accents and driving mentality between the 2 most opposite places on the planet in terms of driving the OP experienced. When I was in my twenties, myself and my copilot both from Texas flew our then boss in his private plane into White Plains NY airport. We dropped off the boss and went sightseeing in NYC. I remember yielding to a car in downtown traffic being courteous. This created an uproar of honking horns and drivers with their finger out the window at us. We laughed so hard and said yep they definitely know we're tourist now. You win for sure. Your short story should be made into a scene in a movie. Priceless

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