Driver lost on 600km shops trip

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Driver lost on 600km shops trip

Postby zamad » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:18 pm

An 81-year-old Australian man became lost on an early morning drive to the shops and ended up almost 600km (370 miles) away from his starting point.

Eric Steward told police he failed to stop because he "liked to drive". Visiting friends in Yass, a country town south of Sydney in New South Wales state, Mr Steward left to buy a newspaper on Monday morning. More than eight hours later, after taking a wrong turn on the highway, he asked Victoria state police for help.

"I just went out on the road to have a drive, a nice peaceful quiet drive.

"I didn't know where I was going but I knew it was somewhere, and with a bit of luck I would eventually find my wife again," he said.

Australians think nothing of getting into a car to drive to a local shop to get a newspaper or milk. But most manage to get back home within minutes. With Mr Steward, it took almost nine hours. His wife, Clare, had become increasingly worried about her spouse after reaching him on his mobile telephone. He has slight dementia.

"He's a good driver. Very focused, I knew that much," she said. "We eventually knew where he was when I said 'Are there any signs around?' He said, 'uh, Westgate Bridge'," she said in reference to the famous Melbourne landmark.

Victoria state policeman Clayton Smith said Mr Steward had come up to him at a service station and told him he was lost.

"Although we had to laugh. When we asked him why he hadn't stopped earlier he replied, 'I just like to drive'," he said.

Mr Steward was unconcerned about all the attention, citing age as a liberating factor in his escapade.

"It's a lot of fuss isn't it?" he said.

"When you get to 80 and beyond it doesn't matter much. He's out there waiting for us and you just got to wait your turn."

He rejected a suggestion to get a satellite navigation system.

"Why would you want one of those? You can't get lost. There is no fun in that."

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/a ... 365665.stm

Published: 2009/11/18 09:15:04 GMT

© BBC 2011
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Re: Driver lost on 600km shops trip

Postby Inggo » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:21 pm

:mrgreen:

oftentimes i got same experience too..
after got teh tarik at PJ, then i drive to somewhere with no idea until 6-7 hours.
and got my seft at terengganu, it's 540 km from while i drink teh tarik :mrgreen:
but if i found new road it's can take more 2-3 hours to tracking that new road \:D/
and back to PJ from midnight until next morning.. it's more than 1000 km in one day.

anyway usually i avoid highway to got new experience..
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Re: Driver lost on 600km shops trip

Postby sakura » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:33 pm

Slight dementia man refuse GPS.
Who should use GPS? :-k
Severe dementia?
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Re: Driver lost on 600km shops trip

Postby Inggo » Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:27 am

sakura wrote:Slight dementia man refuse GPS.
Who should use GPS? :-k
Severe dementia?
Who? You? Me? Aiya... ](*,)

81 years old man not need gps,
cause Guna Pun Sesat :lol:
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