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GPS is no replacement for your brain, eyes and common sense

Mar 28, 2013 - Joe Lorenz, Riverton


Who could be so gullible to use a GPS to drive up on Blondie Pass and get stuck? Some college kids from Powell did it, so I guess that answers that question.

Do people think this is the Old West frontier? Does a dirt road going to the middle of nowhere really look like the way to get from one town to another town, even in Wyoming?

We have paved roads now. We have road signs. Heaven forbid, we still have maps. Whenever I think about them heading out across Maverick Springs Road thinking they were going to zoom on home to Powell over Blondie Pass, I chuckle. Nice going, college boys.

One of these days something really bad is going to happen because somebody believes it when his computer or his cell phone or his GPS tell him to drive off a cliff or through a brick wall. These things are tools, not brains. Would you bash your face with a hammer because an instruction manual told you so?

Hope the scenery was nice up on Blondie Pass, which was how the wagon trains used to ravel before they got the nice paved road built through Wind River Canyon.

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