Road trip

I’m away for the weekend, and I forgot to set my blog to update automatically, and so in an effort to continue my two-year-plus streak of having written something every day, I’m just going to write a bunch of filler.

I drove up to Buffalo yesterday in the middle of the night. The ride itself was smooth, except, in what can only be a problem unique to today, I hadn’t even bothered to check where I was going. A six hour car ride? Whatever, I just plugged it into Google Maps and mentally checked out.

And then when we were like two hours away from the city, I was told to exit the major highway to a smaller one, and then from that I was directed to a side-street. All of the sudden we were on these back-country unlit roads. I kept thinking, well, Google Maps is definitely operating pretty mysteriously tonight, but there has to be some sort of reason for this late-night detour.

It was raining and there weren’t any lights anywhere. Finally we got to the end of what could only have been described as one of those out-of-commission back roads that the dumb main characters blindly follow in the opening scene to every horror movie ever made. The road got bumpier and bumpier until it just stopped. “Road Closed,” said the big sign blocking our path.

I turned around and tried to make my way back to something resembling a major highway, but Google Maps wasn’t happy with the idea of suddenly being ignored. Every step of the way, it kept saying, “Rerouting, rerouting,” in an effort to lead me back to that dead end. Finally I had to just open up the map and use my finger to trace out a path back to the New York State Thruway.

So that’s about it. The rest of the drive was uneventful. Definitely next time I’m at the very least going to look at a map. When we arrived at the hotel, it was like four-thirty in the morning, and try as I did to fall asleep, I kept having this semi-lucid dream where I was still barreling down the highway, and every time I was just about to drift off to sleep, I’d jerk the wheel and the car would go flying off-road, which would wake me up fully. I can’t wait for self-driving cars.

I guess that’s it. Sorry if you actually read this.

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