Update: A friend from Bible study was on those Jarbridge roads last year.
Death By GPS. Linked at Instapundit today.
I will go back and connect this up to my entire wayfinding series when we've done commenting here.
As I have not driven much out west, so their average distances may overawe me, but a look at the map while reading the article - of course I brought up a map while reading the article - shows that the Chretiens were not just expecting to find back roads to take them "several" miles across the desert and over mountains to get back to the Interstate, it was more like 70 miles. I can't imagine what they were thinking.
There is some newer science about navigation and orientation here, yet I think they have missed some things that have been learned before and are drawing wrong conclusions. Also, we might appear to have an installed north-orientation on our internal maps because that's what we've been exposed to. It isn't necessarily innate, and early mapmakers often put east on the top.