I work at a hostel. And it's summer so I'm starting to see people roll up with loaded touring bikes. And I love that, since I love touring. And I like helping out folks who are departing for a tour, either by giving tips or routing advice (since Portland is a big city it's not obvious what are the "good" ways of biking out of here). One time I even rode with a couple folks on their way out of town.
Anyways, two dudes stayed here and were departing this morning on their tour. And so I asked them what route they were using to get out of town. The route they were using, while serviceable, wasn't in my opinion the ideal way for where they were going. I let them know I had an alternate route that was easier and more scenic, and if they wanted to know it just stop back by the front desk.
A few minutes later I went back outside and they were in the "30 seconds from pedaling off" mode. I asked again if they wanted to hear the route I had in mind, and one of them looked at me stone-faced and said "no". "Are you sure? It's more scenic and quieter than the one you want to use." "No." "Okay, good travels and good riding."
I admit I was a little frustrated by the reaction. I can understand being bull-headed, picking out a route, and not wanting to be swayed from the decision. (And bull-headed they were: they biked the Pacific Coast south-to-north!) But I guess I was hoping they at least humor me for maybe 2 minutes and listen to my route and why I thought it would be a better route than the one they were taking.
I'm not asking "what should I have done in this situation?" since it seemed obvious they didn't want to listen. I guess I'm asking, "Has this ever happened to you?" Were you in a similar situation where the touring advice you wanted to give wasn't taken well or wasn't wanted? Or was the shoe on the other foot, and you were the person touring who didn't want to hear someone's routing advice (and maybe regretted it later)?