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If you live near Santa Barbara

Can you tell me why my Garmin took me off 101S at Santa Maria to take a very scenic but single lane, lower speed secondary highway (154, I think) only to come back on 101S at Santa Barbara? I was heading to Carpinteria for the night (on my way to my winter retreat in the desert). It just seemed really weird and unnecessary and even irritating because I was more into speed at that point than scenery. Is it really a shorter, faster route than 101?

Update: Okay, I checked mapquest and discovered that 154 is, indeed, shorter, as it cuts directly across country instead of dropping south to the coast and then following the coast into Santa Barbara. I really should go back to just using maps because, given the choice, I'd ALWAYS choose a route along the ocean over one that goes cross country no matter how much shorter it is. Besides, the higher speed and double lanes on 101 would have compensated for the somewhat longer distance in terms of time spent on the road. Oh, well, I saw a piece of the country I've never seen before and that's not a bad thing.

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knitty_woman
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:00 am (UTC)
If your Garmin is triggered to avoid traffic, it's possible that you were rerouted because of a tie-up at one or more of the Santa Barbara exits (which can get very congested during rush hours and construction - it once took us an hour to crawl the 12 miles from Carpinteria to downtown Santa Barbara). It's also possible that your Garmin - we've named ours "Jack" - has a preference for scenery. Jack definitely has some quirks, and yours probably does too.
knitty_woman
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Wait - it took you off in Santa Maria? Yikes - that's a trek - I thought you were only off for 10 miles or so. Hard to imagine it was congested for that far.
caarianna
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was a long ride into the countryside, and I don't think the thing is programmed for 'scenic' because I had to fight it wanting to take me back to I-5 when I wanted to be on the coast further north, and it hasn't given me the option of taking PCH, which is what I want to do tomorrow. When I left 101, a bunch of other vehicles also left (I imagined them all following the electronic voices) but the highway was far from congested, though it was VERY busy in Santa Barbara by the time we wound our way there. LOL, 'Jack', huh? Mine is an Aussie male, but I haven't named him. At least not yet. ::grins::
knitty_woman
Nov. 4th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
How up to date are your downloaded maps? It's also possible, since everyone seemed to be doing the same thing, that there had been ongoing construction recently that tied up a stretch of the road. We found that if we didn't download the updates regularly, Jack would occasionally have us making unnecessary u-turns, as though we were prohibited from turning the direction we wanted (which might have been the case if there had been a detour or long-term construction). Definitely check your settings to see if it's set for detour or something weird, and see if you can figure out the recent date. I'd google your route tonight to be on the safe side, although you could also tell the GPS you want to stay off freeways and that might get you onto the PCH.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 4th, 2010 11:43 am (UTC)
Bwahahahaha


It's a conspiracy to confuse Canadians. Of course, I spend most of my time in Ca. lost as well. This east coaster wasn't meant to navigate such sprawl.

Roslyn
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