Just when I thought I was doing well...
I know how to drive all the places our family goes on a regular basis. I have learned how to navigate around SHAPE, even when they close roads (for no obvious reason). I do not know however, any alternate routes when off SHAPE.
This was painfully clear this morning when a truck fire stopped traffic on the main road between our house and SHAPE. Traffic could only move one way at a time. What is usually a 10 minute trip became a 30 minute trip and I got to experience it both ways!
Most of the route was bordered by fields but there were side roads in parts. These would have been helpful, had I known where they would take me. I do know there is a back road way to reach our house, but knowing it exists and knowing how to navigate it are two different things.
I miss the handy ADC maps I had back home. When stuck in traffic I could get it out, study side streets and plot a course. Here, I just got to sit (twice!).
I've learned basic navigation, I'm getting used to the culture, I'm studying French, now I need to learn alternate routes, either that or I need a tractor so I can just drive through the fields.