Small towns, blue highways, and google maps

I spent the weekend driving between small towns in upstate New York, Vermont, and Connecticut–navigating the whole time with Google Maps and my iPhone. In the past, I would have used printed maps, and would have opted for the interstates. But Google Maps directed me down small roads all weekend. It was wonderful to slow down a little bit and see the country beyond the strip mall and the rest stop. And I couldn’t help wondering as I drove how many other drivers were there through similar gmap recommendations, and if gmaps is changing the patterns of use on America’s highways.

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