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GPS Fail And 'Being Distracted' Turns 145km Trip Into 1450km Journey

I’ve read plenty of crazy GPS stories, but this has to be the craziest of them all: a 67-year-old woman drove for 1450km over the course of two days because of a GPS error combined with her complete lack of attention. Her actual destination was only 145km away.

Sabine Moreau, 67, started her journey in her home town of Hainault Erquelinnes, Belgium. She wanted to pick up a friend at a train station in Brussels, 145km north from her point of origin. But instead she turned on her GPS, which told her to drive south, taking her turn by turn all the way down to Zagreb in Croatia. Instead of an hour in the car, she spent two days covering the 1450km that separate both points in Europe.

During Sabine’s odyssey, she stopped two times to get petrol, slept for a few hours on the side of the road and even suffered a minor car accident. How the hell did this happen without her noticing she was off track? She knows it sounds weird, but she was distracted, she said:

I was distracted, so I kept driving. I saw all kinds of traffic signs, first in French, then German and finally in Croatian, but I kept driving because I was distracted. Suddenly I appeared in Zagreb and I realised I wasn’t in Belgium anymore.

Yes, Dorothy, you weren’t in Belgium anymore. But as hilarious and zany this may seem, her son wasn’t very amused. After a day, he alerted the police. [El Mundo -- In Spanish]