Patti and I left Victorville at 10:45am this morning and arrived in Lompoc, California, at 3:25pm this afternoon driving 237 miles.

We missed a critical turn in the Palmdale area (red balloon) that cost us probably 45 minutes of lost time and maybe 20 miles of driving. We both ‘sensed’ things were not correct as we were heading North through Palmdale seeing road signs that Lancaster was upcoming so I pulled into a Carl’s Junior restaurant, went inside to use their facilities and asked a man standing in line to place his order how to get to Ventura, California. He whipped out his smart phone and (as he was bringing up the route for me to see) told me that we had to go back South to Highway 14 towards Los Angeles.



It was a bingo and we got here safely in spite of just a little Friday afternoon traffic in both Ventura and Santa Barbara.

So far it looks like we have excellent WiFi here in our Lompoc motel.

Over and Out for now.

Cap and Patti


  1. Raj

    Hello Ma’m and sir Cap
    Glad to see this update from both of you.
    I’ve been in San Diego and LA in that region, it’s beautiful!

    I’ve written an email to you.

    Good to read you made it safely, after you missed one turn.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Oh no doubt at all about that. My smart phone thinks he is a hot shot. It is fun now that I can navigate the Android operating system on my Samsung A10 how nimble I am on other people’s Android devices. Oh yes. Smiling .. Cap (I can’t speak for Patti on this topic)

  2. Gullible

    Smart phones can access maps. Maybe you can get a GPS device for your vehicle. Tells you where to go, the speed limit where you happen to be. Very useful and plugs into your lighter socket. Check it out–on your smart phone. The phone can research local stores and tell you what’s in stock.

    1. Cap Chastain Post author

      Some four years (or more) ago, we got the top-of-the-line, very-best, Garmin GPS device that was available at that time. We got it mounted on our dash and off we went. It said turn left and we did just that (turned left). A hour later we learned (when we crossed into another state) we should have turned right NOT left. Back to Costco for a full refund. Nuts! Yes smart phones can access maps and work wonders. I’ve seen it before many times. Smiling. Cap and Patti

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