I Hate Technology!

Did anyone else notice how bad the thunderstorms were last night? The rain was absolutely wonderful, but the lightning was intense.

When I woke up this morning and saw that it was still raining outside, I knew that I should’ve just stayed in bed, but no, I didn’t listen to the little voice inside my head. Instead I decided to brave the roads aka accident city, and deliver a package to a customer – which our useless driver forgot to drop off yesterday.

Now this customer is obviously situated in the middle of some industrial town in the middle of ekweetniewaarekisnie, so I had to whip out the “trusty” navigation system (which I shall not name) to find my way into the Wild, Wild West Rand!

So I headed out on the N1 and the roads seemed to be okay, unless you count the traffic cops trying to get themselves a nice Christmas bonus right by the Marlboro turnoff. Besides that, it was clear sailing and I finally took the 14th Avenue turnoff and that’s where it all started to go wrong!

The sultry voice of my navigation system said, ‘turn right’, which I promptly did. Then she said, ‘do a U-turn’, which I also did. Then to my dismay, she said, ‘recalculating’. A minute later, my heart sunk as the screen read ‘satellite coverage lost’. That was it, I was stranded!

Damn stupid technology! I spent a couple thousands of rands on this crap and now I was lost. Luckily for moi, I always carry an older version of a navigation system aka a map book, and I managed to find my way with it.

What does this have to do with MTB, you may ask? Well, so many MTBers are always purchasing the latest navigation system for their bikes, but I won’t be one of those people after today. Imagine if it’s recalculating all the time, I’ll be going in circles around a tree! Nope, not for me, I’m going to put my faith in the ‘ol ye faithful’ map book.

Ricky in Spandex

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