These Are Your Worst GPS-Fail Stories

Image credit: aprico
Image credit: aprico

Yes, I am fully aware that far too many of us are far too reliant on GPS systems when we travel. Most people probably don’t even carry maps in their cars anymore. I know my parents don’t (haha). That said, these systems aren’t completely fail-proof.

Last week, I asked you guys for your worst GPS-fail stories. How many hundreds of miles did you go before you realized your mistake? Did it direct you straight into a bog? An abandoned steel mill?

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For me, it’s a constant battle between what the GPS tells me to do and what I think is right. Usually, that doesn’t end well for me. I’ve learned that you either listen to the GPS or you don’t. If you improvise, you usually end up tacking on hours to your trip.

Our own Erin Marquis found herself on some dude’s property and he threatened to shoot her for trespassing. Can you top that?

Home (LTT)

Yes, navigate me home.

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Goats (Bedoe)

I’m sure goats know the best way.

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Free (Takuro Spirit)

There’s a reason why things are free.

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In The Air (Dr. Drift)

Not always on the roads.

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Ingo (Handlebar-Mustache)

Everyone learned from Ingo.

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Biker Gang (Dillo)

“Hello... Officer.”

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Perfect (aprico)

Mm, yes, this is where I wanted to end up.

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Names (The English Guy)

Small lettering differences. Huge actual differences.

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West Virginiaaaa (TheSpeedAddict)

Oh, also there were mountain lion tracks.

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India (GMaps_Screws_You_In_India)

What a dedicated username!

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Gas Station (Lomac)

You didn’t specify!

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For The Cars (Thunder)

A road for cars is just a state of mind.

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Rented a Murano while in Telluride, CO. Went on a drive to go whitewater rafting outside Durango. We use our trusty Googlemaps to find a route over Ophir Pass. This is where we stopped and decided to backtrack. Dirt bikers told us it got worse before it got better. Later told a mini-van attempted this route and broke back axle. Flagged Google and they changed the route to off-road only.

Knew exactly where this was the second I saw the photo, as I’ve been over Ophir Pass ~12-15 times as part of FJ Summit in Ouray, CO.

There actually wasn’t much hard stuff left, just to the top then the other side is a smooth dirt road heading down. The avalanche / washout sections you had already come through are the worst of it in terms of approach / departure angles and high centering, the section you’re on is just loose rock field until you get to the top, about half a mile from where you stopped.

The bigger problem is getting back to Telluride from the other side of Ophir. From Silverton to Telluride going north via Ouray is 73 miles, going south via Durango is 159 miles. Or going over Ophir Pass is 26 miles. Or you could take Black Bear Pass (that’s Telluride in the distance).