Making the road map your friend
April 4, 1997
Web posted at: 12:00 a.m. EST
(CNN) -- If you have a knack for origami on the interstate, an indifference to obstructed views on the off-ramp, and an appreciation for abstract art on the overpass -- chances are, YOU are a map-lover! As for the rest of us accordion-fold-bumblin', service-station-askin', u-turnin', back-trackin', head-scratchin' fools -- would that we had such finesse!
But all is not lost, as it were. What better occasion to take another whirl at this most practical of travel skills than National Reading a Road Map Week?
Founder Roz Schilder says confidence and preparation are key to a pleasant map-reading experience.
"Just looking at a map before they go on the trip and not while they are on the trip, [and] studying the legend -- the legend is really the important thing," she advises. "You can't just look at it and say, 'I can't do this.'"
"A lot of people wait until they are on the road to open a map," she adds, "and then it just looks like a bunch of spaghetti."
National Reading a Road Map Week begins Friday.
Schilder has written a booklet called "Everything You've Always Wanted to Know about Reading a Road Map but Were Afraid to Ask." She can be contacted at MIKENROZ18@AOL.COM.
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