When we planned our trip to Virginia, for Andy's graduation, we decided that as long as we were there, we should plan on a day doing something fun and not come right home. The plan was to spend Friday in Colonial Williamsburg, which is quite close to the army base Andy was stationed at. After graduation, we had to wait for quite a while for them to finish his paperwork. When we left the base we had to drive back to Norfolk Airport to activate a plane ticket. When driving to Norfolk there is a 3 mile long tunnel under the Chesapeake Bay. We had been through it twice already and each time, there was a traffic jam there. Thursday was no exception. Traffic was stopped on the way to Norfolk and moving very slowly when we can back from the airport. By this time it was 4 pm and we were heading to Williamsburg for our hotel for the night. Once we made it through the tunnel, we thought we were home free. Wrong!
We drove through Newport News and on toward Williamsburg. Soon we saw signs for Colonial Williamsburg but our GPS was telling us we still had 25 miles to go, before our exit. I thought that perhaps our hotel was on the other side of the city, so we kept going. Soon we were seeing signs for Richmond. At this point, Bob is saying to me "That hotel better be good, for the distance we're driving". I get the GPS and recheck the address to make sure I put it in right and check the paperwork for the hotel. I was starting to think I clicked the wrong hotel while reserving it online, but everything looked right and the address was Williamsburg. Finally we get to our exit, and start down this street. After about 5 miles, our GPS says "make a legal u-turn when possible". What? We are driving down a busy street and there are no u-turns possible. The GPS repeats these instructions and Bob turns around. We are now heading back in the direction we came in. Shortly before our original exit we are told to turn left. Keep in mind that we passed this street n the way in and could have turned right on it then. As we drive down this street, we see on the GPS that our next turn will be back on the highway we just exited, going in the other direction.
At this point, Bob is getting cranky. He is talking to the GPS, telling it how stupid it is and that it has us driving in circles. I am laughing so hard, tears are running down my face, which isn't helping Bob's mood at all. I told him "You'll think this is funny later - it's a great story"! He didn't agree. Andy is sitting in the back seat, trying to agree with both of us.
Soon we got back on the highway and were told to exit at the signs we had seen some time before for Colonial Williamsburg. The hotel was very near this exit. All in all this little detour added about an hour to our driving.
We used this GPS on our trip last year and had no problems so I don't know what caused it to go crazy on this occasion. Bob does agree now that it was pretty funny, but he is holding a grudge against Cheri because it was her GPS. Somehow those sisters of mine get the blame for everything!