No description of our vacation would be complete without a mention of our Garmin StreetPilot c550, whom we've dubbed Inga.
Inga shepherded us to Nashville and all over the city while we were there. My husband has a good basic understanding of Nashville's layout from having lived there, but even he admitted that Inga knew the good, fast ways to get places.
She was also handy for finding nearby restaurants and other points of interest by name or category. "Cracker Barrel" appears pretty prominently in our "Recently found" list right now.
The one thing that Inga didn't handle very well was detours for gas and food while we were on the long highway drives back and forth from Kansas City to Nashville. This is probably due to my refusal to RTFM, because there must be some way to tell the GPS that you're just pausing your trip.
It was after one of these stops that Inga tried to lead us off the main highway somewhere in Illinois and divert us to many miles of two-lane highway. We speculated that this was where she turned us over to the brigands and highwaymen who really control her. Fortunately, she snapped out of it when we reminded her that we were heading home.
She redeemed herself by finding a shortcut through downtown St. Louis that must have saved us a good 10 minutes. Inga knows all the sneaky routes.
I have to admit that I don't use Inga particularly often at home, but she's fantastic for traveling. We'll definitely be working together a lot as summer road trip season kicks in.