When I went to visit my brother in Illinois and then later in the week Mumsy in Southern Illinois, both had emailed me directions to their respective homes. I really didn't have time to study either of them and just printed up the emails to take with me. After picking up my rental car, I pulled out the directions that my brother sent me and this is what I had to follow:
Take I-201 south out of O'Hara
You will get on Interstate 15 (tollway) and head west
Stay on this until exit 94 --- this is actually 2nd Greenville exit
Get off at exit 94
Turn right at end of off ramp and now you are heading south on Route 15
Will go through town and turn right at 5th light
A Wendy's will be on your left side at the light
If you go across river you went too far
You will go exactly two miles and will turn right on to Dexter Road
Will be a Catholic Church on your left as you turn
When you go past 7-11 Store you are getting closer to Dexter Rd
If you see Limestone High School --- Home of the Panthers you missed turn
Will take second left you can take on to Harmony Road
Follow road to end and turn right --- our house is 5th house on left
When I arrived at my brother's, he asked if I had any problems following the directions. I laughed and told him he gave me directions like I am a woman. I didn't have problems with the accuracy but I kept having to pull over so I could read through all the landmark crap to figure out where I had to turn. I told him when it comes to directions that you have to give them to me like I am a man - just the facts please.
When the day arrived for me to head south to Mumsy's, Chris asked if I needed directions. I told him that Mumsy emailed some to me but they started at Route 16. He said he would give me directions to there. I was leery and accepted a map to take along also. I got into the car and pulled out the directions that Chris provided. This is what they looked like:
They were perfect and easy to follow. Then I pulled out Mumsy's directions. This is what I had to contend with:
You'll both be entering Newport on Rte 16 --
Robbie - take the rte 23 exit east (to Dexter) -- then 5 miles down the road, take the Newport exit #222, then left on Corinna St (2nd light after light at ramp). Follow until it ends (crossing Water St./Rte 51. (see bold below)
Robin - I'm thinkin' the easiest way-- not the most scenic, and not the shortest, but the least likely to confuse--is to go through town to rte 43 Canaan St. (we bumpkins pronounce that "Can-Ann," btw!) turn left (west), and when the road starts to fork, keep right. The road then becomes Water St. You'll travel down that for a couple of lights. Turn left on Corinna St. At stop sign, turn right at the top of the hill turn left onto West Rd. take a quick right turn into our longish, unpaved driveway. There's a rural mailbox with a cow and 3 bells on it that says "Mumsy." Unload the lemon squares. Holler Mumsy. Naw, we have a doorbell.
Following Mumsy's directions, I had to turn around twice and Robin got lost. Once again, I am proof that environment overrides biology. The strongest influence in my life growing up were of the male persuasion - my three brothers. As such, my emotions and intellect tend to be more similar to that of what scientists tend to attribute to the male species. So, next time, please give it to me like I'm a man.
Disclaimer: Pictures are unrelated to entry. Well, not entirely. They were taken in my brother's backyard. Also, if you attempt to follow these directions with the hope of landing on the doorstep of my brother or Mumsy - Good Luck! Not only are they difficult to follow, but I changed all the pertinent information to that which I pulled off of a map of Maine. So, you might just find yourself in Canada.