Open House Tour: Lessons Learned #3: Know Your Technology, Part 2

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This is the third in a series of lessons learned from an open house tour I embarked on one Sunday with my husband as my stand-in client. I invite you to go back and read #1 and #2 if you missed them or if you just want a fun(?) refresher. I learned two lessons before I even made it out the door, but there I was, open house list in hand, app on my phone - logged in and everything! - and the route loaded onto MapQuest also on my phone, opened and verified to be working. We actually, finally, made it into the muddy Jeep, got settled in, turned up the volume for the routing, and took off down the road.

About one mile in hubby and I were both looking at each other, then at the all-knowing device (AKD) (formerly known as the phone; really I rarely use the phone function so why call it that) and back in amazement. The MapQuest lady was speaking directions at obnoxiously frequent  intervals.  I mean, "in 8/10 of a mile do this" then "in 7/10 of a mile, still, do this" and so on. Oh wow, this would never do either for personal peace of mind or for a good impression with a client on board.

Then we ran into traffic for an event  (Emily's Parade) we knew was happening that morning. We watched the long line of motorcycles go by for a bit, wistful that we weren't participating in the event ourselves, and then re-routed. Lesson learned #3a - if you know a big event is happening along your route, be sure to get your rear out the door with more than enough time to avoid the traffic generated by said big event. The MapQuest app never did successfully deal with the change in routing, but the silence while she thought (and thought and thought) about it was quite blissful!

Next time I stick with the tried and true and use my Garmin RoadTech. With that, I can plan the route via BaseCamp on my PC, transfer the .gpx file over, pop it into the dash mount, turn it on and then mute the volume.  I can see the ETAs (overall trip and next via point), the next turn, etc., and have it for more of an info center than a must-pay-attention to it sort of thing. That's what I prefer - I use the GPS even when I know where I'm going, just because I like having the info on hand.

So, why did I ever try something new? Because learning something new is fun! Not always productive in the way I hope, but fun nonetheless. I did learn that while I do like MapQuest routing functions on the PC, I don't like the frequency of the prompts during actual navigation on the AKD.

Best of all, for the second time in an hour,  I learned to always try new technology before you want to use it with a client.