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Offline freds

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Lost in the dark
« on: February 07, 2021, 10:10:59 AM »
I had a bit of scare last night!!! I was attending a small campfire with some friends that I made here in Quartzsite AZ. We had attended Beer Bellys adult day care for a burger and beer, and I left their campsite on the way back to my bus to retrieve a chair to sit around the campfire with on my eBike.



Needless to say, I got lost in the dark!!!

As one desert dirt road looks like another here in the free 14-day BLM camping area Scaddan Wash. I was in no real danger as I could see the lights of town and a nearby powerline.

However, the bus was extremely difficult to locate in the dark, I could find lots of RV’s and I was looking for the group that was near my bus.

Here is a daylight picture of my bus at about half the distance that I was lost at.



Anyway, technology to the rescue!!! I had experimented with the application WhatThreeWord’s on my smart phone a day earlier.

WhatThreeWords encodes an GPS location to three spoken English words. When you click navigate in this application you enter the three words and it then plans out a route on how to get to that location.

It also has a compass navigation mode which got me back to my bus as I knew that my campsite was at the location “stuck.winning.softner”.