I have always resisted having or using a Sat Nav, as being a "Control Freak" I prefer to be in charge of my route. However, having recently purchased a new car with Sat Nav ready fitted to the vehicle - I have been provided with the opportunity to toe the technology line. My wife and I had driven from our home in Scotland, through England to France. We had been using the auto routes and were well ahead of schedule and so in Montauban I decided to test the Sat Nav by requesting the shortest route through the Pyrenees into Spain. We followed many narrow and winding roads and travelled through lots of interesting French rural villages BUT nothing prepared us for the D7 and D10 which took us to the Gorges de Galamos! The 2 or 3 kilometres on the cliff side road with the relatively low stone wall, the overhanging rock "roof" and the steep deep drop was at once stimulating, testing and thrilling (did I mention frightening?). The prospect of meeting a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction, the absence of passing places (and the fact of driving a brand new car) certainly increased my heart rate - but what a wonderful experience. Fortunately, we were able to pass through without incident but I would have hated to have been directed by Sat Nav whilst towing a caravan or driving a mobile home. I would love to return (armed with camera and more time) but I would walk or cycle rather than drive. I think my previous opinions about Satnav were correct - but I am grateful to it for taking us to this unexpected and beautiful location.
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