I’m now laughing on other side of my face

OPINION: I laughed and laughed when I heard three Japanese tourists tried to drive their hire car across Moreton Bay, naively following the directions from their GPS navigation system in March last year.

It was hilarious to hear the tourist trio tried to get to Stradbroke Island by driving through the mud and got swamped by the incoming tide.

Alas, the joke was on me on Wednesday morning when I followed the Apple Maps route on a morning run around Point Vernon.

New to the area, I thought I would be able to loop around the headland.

If you trust Apple's online maps service, you might believe turning down Dougan St at the Polston cemetery will connect up with Eli Creek Rd.

In real-life - it doesn't.

The virtual, interactive map on my phone had me cutting my own path through unlevelled vacant blocks, traversing a makeshift bridge, jumping a large drain, collecting hundreds of cobbler's pegs and meeting the local kangaroo clan.

In retrospect, maybe I should have stuck to the road.

But I also had a map to go by.

And if you can't trust a map...

The road had stopped but I kept thinking - surely if I just go a little further - I'll meet up with it again.

A little local knowledge would have been invaluable this morning.

I never thought a quick run around Point Vernon could be such an adventure.

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