GPS gets elderly couple stuck in mud for 2 days

A California couple wonders whether their GPS is sending them down the right road. It isn't. But they keep going anyway. Then they are mired.

Technically lost. KCAL Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Technology's arrogance is so great that it can make you feel small and unintelligent.

But if you trust it too much, you can lose your sense of, well, sense.

This may be a lesson hard learned by a California couple in their advanced years, who had their doubts about where their GPS was sending them, but let it send them there anyway.

They were traveling from Ridgecrest, Calif., to the Oregon coast. They were in their RV. They were pulling their golf cart.

Then, as Dorris Garton describes it to KCAL-TV: "The trees started really closing in on us. We should have stopped then and called 911 for an alternate route to get out of the situation."

Trees can be pesky characters. They creep up on you when you're not looking. And they're often bigger than you too.

Somewhere, in the backs -- and, perhaps, fronts -- of their minds, the Gartons knew they should stop.

But technology swayed them. They kept going.

It wasn't a good route to get to the RV rally they were going to. They ended up being stuck in the mud, in the middle of nowhere, for two days.

Dorris Garton insisted to KCAL-TV that she didn't get mad at her husband, this suggesting that it was he who had the blind faith in the 6-month-old GPS.

"It doesn't accomplish anything," she said, not exactly denying that she might have wanted to give her husband a slap.

She added that it was soothing to sleep in absolute darkness and that no deer, bears, or Bigfoots disturbed them. (She may not have specifically mentioned Bigfoots, but you know she must have feared them a little.)

They are, indeed, very fortunate that their cell phones were still working, so that they could tell deputies just where they were stuck. After the rescue, they continued on their journey.

The Gartons are both in their 70s. But there are plenty of couples in the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s who would have done exactly as they did.

Technology is always far smarter than we are, isn't it? Well, until it isn't.

 

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