The navigators

Navigating to a party on Saturday night (with a woman who can read maps! A good reason — not that another one was needed — to hold onto her!) it became apparent from looking at the Melway that the street in question

  • has three names over its 6 kilometre length
  • over the stretch we traversed, has only one name, but at one point the street numbers start over again
  • and the odds and evens switch sides
  • and the highs and lows switch directions too

Conclusive proof, I think, that town planners are evil sadistic bastards.

Amazingly, we got there with only one wrong turn. And that was only because the street sign was too tiny to read while zooming past the turn.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

6 replies on “The navigators”

Firstly, you look at a few streets before so that when you get to the street, it is easy. Secondly, someone who can read maps is sometone to be treasured. It is a hard call if you are a better map reader and a better driver.

i hate it when they have 2 streets with the same name, within kilometers of each other. we set a record for u-turns in the dark on friday night

Who are you and what have you done with my real housemate? The housemate I know and love cannot read maps and has absolutely no sense of direction. I know this because I taught her how to drive: “Turn left here. No, the ‘other’ left.” Or “Go back the way you came. No, the way you came was in the opposite direction.”

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