Thursday, October 3, 2013

Caught by the Google Street View Car

By James, the Long, Dark, and Handsome Buick

Happy Autumn, everyone! Joann, Ruth, and I have once again begun our backroads search for fall color. Today, as we headed west in the early morning hours, I was reminded of the tour of Amish country that Joann and I gave to her friends last fall. Here’s a photo of one of the many Amish buggies we saw on that trip.

We had a lot of fun that day, as chronicled by Joann in her Autumn Shunpiking blog story. And, as usual, the day passed by much too quickly and we were soon on our way back home. But there was a little more to the story. As we headed southeast on Highway 56 towards Richland Center, Joann noticed the Google Street View car heading toward Highway 56 on County Road Z from the south. As we passed the intersection, Joann took her foot off my gas pedal to make sure the Google car had enough time to photograph us.

When we got home, she told Ruth about it and then promptly forgot all about it. Ruth knew that it takes Google quite some time to update the street view photos, so she checked a couple of different times and didn’t find us at that intersection. However, on July 11, she checked again and there we were, passing by Fancy Creek Cemetery as the Google car photographed us.

I don’t mean to brag or anything, but don’t I look good!? Autumn will come and go quickly, as it always does. So take some time to do a little shunpiking on the backroads and maybe, just maybe you’ll end up on Google maps, too.

Happy Shunpiking!

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