I mean head spinning lost.......totally disoriented......when South seems North.........and you make a turn thinking it will take you in the opposite direction from where you came from and you wind up going on a loop and back on the road you just came on??? And you wind up back at the same intersection. And you're sitting out in the middle of the land of chickens and tractors and there is not even anyone to ask to get you headed in a direction you recognize.
And to make it worse the road you now have gone on twice has a long climb with 3 hungry dogs that love to see if they can make you supper.
I'm usually really, really good with directions but I think I've found a small area about 40 miles from my house that must be the inland version of the Bermuda Triangle. After 15-20 mins I kept listening for Rod Serling's voice to see if I was really in the Twilight Zone. And I look up at the road sign and it says Hazard Rd.........how fitting!!!
I have yet to figure out how it happened, but one of my key landmarks was a 4 lane road out in the middle of nowhere. You would think it would be hard to miss??? Apparently I went across that 4 lane road (I had to stop at the road-look for oncoming traffic and cross it versus riding over it on an overpass) and I didn't remember crossing it-even just a few minutes later. I have not figured that one out.....so I wound up thinking I was on the other side of that major road so I kept going the opposite direction I needed to.
To make it worse, I lost about 30 minutes trying to sort through it all. I did not bring a map as I was following marks on a road from a past ride and apparently I either missed a mark for a turn or it was paved over. I didn't think I needed a map as I've done the route a couple times plus I was on my first trip using a brand new Garmin 705 with the mapping screen. I had gotten really late start on the ride due to weather and knew I didn't have any margin for error for getting back to do a Valentine celebration with my wife.
I really like the larger numbers on the 705 versus the 305 but I guess I need to learn how to read the map???
When I finally got back on the route I didn't know any shortcuts to help get me back home before dark. So I had to follow the route the long way. At least my wife is a very, very understanding cyclist's spouse.
And to think I always wanted to do a cross country solo ride........