Yesterday, I thought I’d look for a new coffee shop closer to my house. I opened Google Maps and search for Coffee Shop. I was surprised to see a Starbucks in the middle of nowhere. Now, I’m not usually a Starbucks enthusiast, but this one had two things going for it which drew my attentions. First, it was less than a mlle from my house, and second, I was reasonably sure it didn’t exist.
While nothing was on the satellite image and the area is not built up, I do know that Starbucks is always looking for new places to build more Starbucks, so I drove in that direction.
Seeing no Starbucks, I ended up just past this intersection at a local garden center. I parked there, and entered the address into my GPS. It took me back on the 4-lane road and told me to turn off onto the access road for a small airport. I drove by the airport past some pretty planes, but I found no Starbucks.
However, the GPS was not done, it led me about a mile down a gavel road and told me to move south. A quarter-mile south on my next gravel road, I saw a farmhouse. While I’ve never personally been to a remote farmhouse with it’s own Starbucks, I know they are always looking for new expansion opportunities, and I believe old farmers like coffee so I kept driving. However, the GPS took me past the farmhouse.
I ended up back on blacktop, heading back the way I had come. I followed my GPS all the way back to this intersection, where it announced I had arrived at my destination.