I know there’s a way to do these things. I just don’t feel like spending more than the 40 minutes I’ve already spent trying to figure it out. So I leave it and I suffer a little (suffer == don’t use tech the way I’d like to). Here are the tools I have :
- desktop computer connected to the internet
- a list of the stores I want to go to
- an android phone
- a garmen GPS built into my car
The problem I’m facing is simple:
- I don’t know where the stores are (there may be more than one in my area) .
- I want to visit them as efficiently as possible.
- I don’t want to write anything down.
My plan involves google maps since I have a phone with google living on it and in general I assume that google has this problem already figured out. I first logged on to my desktop and fired up google maps. I thought that they should have (which means they probably do have) a feature where I can just type in the stores/locations and it would a) find them and b) plot out a course to them from my home. I could not find such a feature. So I started by searching for my first store “Babies R Us”. I found one in Depford. I then looked for my second store “Home Depot” and it found one near Depford since I guess I had the map focused on the Babies R Us. But it lost the BRU waypoint/pin. Hmn.. problem here. Eventually I learned that you could save these pins to a custom “my map” (which by the way is public by default.. dumb). Finally I had all my points plotted . Feel free to check it out since I haven’t bothered to figure out how to make it private. So far, not bad. Not exactly the path I wanted to take to this point (I wanted gmaps to figure this all out for me) but I’m here.
Now the easy part (I would assume, and be proven wrong) is to just connect the pins and then print out a list of directions. Nope. You can’t do it. I tried all kinds of things like plotting a route to one and then ‘adding’ destinations, etc. Finally I gave up and figured I’d just d/l these waypoints to my phone somehow and then use the excellent google turn by turn on the android to solve the problem. Nah. Can’t do that either. I could, however, email a link (the one above) to my phone and when I clicked on it I was able to import it to my phone google maps, so that’s a start but it’s not what I want exactly.
Anyway, I have to go shop and participate in the great global economy now. No more time to write. Any solutions?