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Pitch    Posted 11-21-2004 at 05:38:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read down below where someone was recommending Mapquest for a Florida trip. I find Mapquest to be worht exactly what you pay for it. NOTHING!! I have tried it several times and once or twice it comes up with decent directions but most often at best it will run you way out of your way and at worst get you completely lost. It consistantly want me to drive 16 miles from my place to connect with a hiway that I can get to in about 6 miles.
Just two weeks ago my sister in law had a heart attack and was taken to a coronary facility about 70 miles away from here. The Missus downloaded directions to the place while I was on my way hame from work. We took off map in hand after ignoring the obligatory 16 mile detour the directions seemed ok. Once we got into the city and started following the street directions something seemed off. We had been to this place before probably ten or fifteen years ago but only in the daylight. We continued on thinking maybe it was a satellite campus in another area of the city. Soon we were passing hookers, crack houses,and gangland grafitti sites in underpasses.Still in my backwoods unsophisticated faith I thought "Well quite often these places are located in the inner city because real estate is cheaper" Eventually we ended up at the address the street matched the building number matched and mapquest direction were very precise with their turn lefts go 3 blocks bear right etc. Unfortunatly the building bearing the address of the hospital according to MQ was not in fact a hospital but the Samuel Jackson Community Center. We eventually did find the place a few miles away located in a middle class neighbor hood.
My sister in law is fine they did the balloon thing too two of her veins and she popped right back fairly well.

deadcarp    Posted 11-21-2004 at 10:57:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
mapquest has improved some over the years - it used to star our town in the swamp 6 miles east of here. now it gives directions for menahga mn 56464 as being 2.18 miles north of menahga mn. (oh really?) i noticed they show horton mn just up the road. don't try to stay there - the last buildings in horton rotted before i was born. it's been a field for 60 years. i tried correcting mapquest years ago - by their response i think it's run by non-humans.

Mike Ga    Posted 11-21-2004 at 09:04:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife is a nurse and does home visits. I print out 25 or 30 directions a week for her and they are about 9 out of 10 correct using mapquest. The biggest problem is the growth around here and it is not updated fast enough. True it does not give the shortest routes but it beats trying to drive and read a map. She does get in the general area when they are wrong.

KellyGa    Posted 11-21-2004 at 07:46:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ian says that too, usually we end up looking at the map and doing it our own way, lol.

steve19438    Posted 11-21-2004 at 07:05:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
call me silly but i still use fold out maps.

Ron/PA    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:46:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pitch, I saw your post below about the roads being open, and I tried everything I could think of to find out for you. Unfortunately I flopped!
As for map programs, I have a copy of DeLorme's Map n Go as well as Street Atlas. These are great programs, and we use them here at home as well as at work where I map out all the routes to new customers with our tractor trailers.
I can't begin to tell you the price of these programs, but I do know I'd pay for them when I need new ones.
Ron, who thinks mapquest is as useless as teeth on chickens.

Pitch    Posted 11-21-2004 at 11:15:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ron/PA it wasn't I that was looking but thanks for your efforts anyway. I was just expessing my opinion of map quest that some one else suggested. AAA is real good on construction zones in their triptiks and I think that the particular states DOT website would have major constuction noted someplace

Doc    Posted 11-21-2004 at 06:05:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree, Mapquest is not the best. I usually map with about three different ones and find the best results. Yahoo has gotten quite good as well as but I especially like the MapBlast Line Drive directions though they are not always accurate either.

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