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frustration with maps

Sunday, November 11, 2012

i spent most of friday and saturday driving to and from Philadelphia. The plan was to attend the funeral of my friend's father. I stayed overnight in a hotel in Philly and then drove to the church in Camden, NJ (which was only 2 iles away). Now, I have never been good with directions, so i had directions that I obtained from mapquest AND I had a GPS. Both led me to the same place--a lot full of trees and brush and nothing else. I drove around thinking I made a mistake. Arrived at the same place. I called 411 to see if maybe I had the wrong address (my friend had texted AND emailed the info to me)--nope, same address. I called my friend, no answer (as I found out later, she had left her phone in the car). So I drove to the cemetary. The burial was to take place at 11am. I placed myself where I could see the comings and goings of each entrance. Unfortuantely,the one building that I saw that may have been the office was closed (the doors felt as if they had not been opened in years), so there was no one to ask for info. I waited an hour and saw no one. Even if the service were running late, they should have been there after an hour, right?

I left another message for my froend--again,no answer, and I went home. When i talked to her later that night (after the long drive back to upstate NY), she re-iterated that the church was on penn st. So i looked on Mapuest again, and it gave me the same directions. Then i decided to look up the church itself. Although the church is listed as being on penn st, where it ended up on the map WAS NO WHERE NEAR PENN ST. according to it's location on the map, it was on cooper st. Looking closely at the map, it appears that the church was way on the OPPOSITE SIDE of the huge lot that the GPS led me to. I was never going to find it with that discrepancy. Either the map needs to be corrected, or that church needs to change their address so other people, besides their congregation, can find it. What a frustrating 2 days. I was actually in tears b/c I felt so stupid--how could a person get lost using a map AND GPS. Oh well, it's a new day. I have to call her again today and find out what time they arrived at the cemetary.
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  • DS9KIE
    wow that had to be frustrating
    1972 days ago
  • SPARKLE1908
    Sorry this happened to you...I know the feeling about getting wrong information from mapquest...they are the worse!!!!
    2019 days ago
    Unfortunately, addresses are assigned by the USPS, so they can't change their address and maps are only as good as the information given to the mapmakers, which is then also used for GPS. In many cases, coordinates are used so if the coordinates are closer to one road than the other the maps will use a road that doesn't actually go to the location.

    In the future, try using several maping sites, switch to satellite view, and zoom in. That will let you see the area as it really is instead of the roads as mapped. Then you can determine where to go ahead of time. Also, if you don't regularily update your GPS, start updating it more often. That will give you the most current information.

    Don't be afraid to drive around a bit to see what you can find. If you get lost, you might just find what you're looking for. And, of course, finding anywhere to ask directions makes sense.
    2023 days ago
    Oh dear! I am so sorry for your frustration. My husband and I are truck drivers, so we are used to such problems and know how to figure out the mapping issues. Odds are the church does-or did-own the entire property and was assigned the "main road" address YEARS ago. If you had had a proper city map (and who would ??) You might have been able to find the streets near each other to figure it out, but it wouldn't have been easy.

    The important thing is that you tried.
    2023 days ago
    some thing needs to update so sorry that you missed the services
    2023 days ago
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