Rest Areas-USA Discussion

 

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The Rest Areas file is maintained through the generous volunteer efforts of POI Factory member(s), so please be courteous and patient in awaiting adjustments to location change notifications.

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Rest Areas with restrooms

As a result of all of the discussions regarding Rest Rooms, It was decided to in addition to the combined file which includes ALL locations, there would also be a file available for download that consisted of only those locations that have restrooms.
Users that want the total listing should download the Combined file. Users that only want the locations with restrooms, should download the Rest Areas with restrooms file.

Both files were configured for users to be able to sort on just about anything from State to the kitchen sink, Oh wait, I didn't include the Kitchen sink. Uers that wish to have this option must be ready to take over the file. As stated previously, I probably can be persuaded.

Thanks

mahoney wrote:

Both files were configured for users to be able to sort on just about anything from State to the kitchen sink, Oh wait, I didn't include the Kitchen sink. Uers that wish to have this option must be ready to take over the file. As stated previously, I probably can be persuaded.

You do have a great sense of humor. I hope you know this... razz

Sense of humor

When it comes to this file, I have to keep reminding myself not to get to upset.

Rest stop

mahoney wrote:

As a result of all of the discussions regarding Rest Rooms, It was decided to in addition to the combined file which includes ALL locations, there would also be a file available for download that consisted of only those locations that have restrooms.
Users that want the total listing should download the Combined file. Users that only want the locations with restrooms, should download the Rest Areas with restrooms file.

Both files were configured for users to be able to sort on just about anything from State to the kitchen sink, Oh wait, I didn't include the Kitchen sink. Uers that wish to have this option must be ready to take over the file. As stated previously, I probably can be persuaded.

No kitchen sink.How about the commode?

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Charlie. Nuvi 265 WT and Nuvi 2597 LMT. Android Garmin Viago and Here Maps.

Obsessive about the commode!

charlesd45 wrote:

...How about the commode?

Some people can be really obsessive about the commode!

True story -

At an office building, I was supervising a plumber fixing leaks from all 7 commodes in a ladies' room. Everyone had been emailed and a sign posted that the bathroom would be closed for repairs, and the location of an alternate.

We were already deep into the work. The commodes had been removed and placed across the room in a row while the plumber worked on the waste piping. The bathroom was like a bomb hit, with water and pipe wrenches everywhere, and the odor!

A woman entered saying, "I have to go NOW!" I gestured toward the row of commodes and said, "You can sit but you can't do anything," and she stormed out of the room. (Oops - I thought this was the Joke Thread!)

This was the high point of all my experiences about how obsessive people are regarding the commode. It is no surprise to me that it would be an absolute catastrophe to arrive at a Rest Area with no commodes!

dobs108 razz

thanks mahoney

I was happy to use the original file, but now that we have a choice, I will be making use of the new file, "Rest Areas with Rest Rooms".

Thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty.

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Thanks

for the thanks.

Rest Areas with Rest Rooms

GPSgeek wrote:

I was happy to use the original file, but now that we have a choice, I will be making use of the new file, "Rest Areas with Rest Rooms".

Thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty.

Thanks Mahoney

Minor fix

Here's a minor correction; it applies to both files as these locations have restrooms.

TX, US-287, NB, Hardeman County Rest Area
TX, US-287, SB, Hardeman County Rest Area
and
TX, US-287, NB, Wise County Rest Area
TX, US-287, SB, Wise County Rest Area

The geocoded locations are good, the names are reversed. Wise should be Hardeman, etc.

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Minor fixes

Thanks TXRVer. Sorrry for taking so long to respond. Had to have prostate surgery last thursday and I haven't snapped back as quick as I thought I would.

Restrooms?!?!?

Maybe we can create another subcatagory...no restoroom but wooded area adjacent to parking smile

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"You can't get there from here"

@Mahoney

mahoney wrote:

Thanks TXRVer. Sorrry for taking so long to respond. Had to have prostate surgery last thursday and I haven't snapped back as quick as I thought I would.

Been there. Done that at Johns Hopkins.

John

......and certified poison ivy free

TMK wrote:

Maybe we can create another subcatagory...no restoroom but wooded area adjacent to parking smile

......and certified Poison Ivy free.

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Appreciate this file..

I was recently in California and was flabbergasted by how a huge state lacks in the rest area dept.

I hope everything...

mahoney wrote:

Thanks TXRVer. Sorrry for taking so long to respond. Had to have prostate surgery last thursday and I haven't snapped back as quick as I thought I would.

...came out OK. (No pun intended.) From what I've seen, it normally takes a few weeks to get back to a somewhat normal life.

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

Thanks Mahoney

Recently had to travel to Eden Prairie, MN to pickup our very pregnant daughter and bring her home to Pittsburgh, PA (900 miles) for a week visit ... and then take her back home a week later. I kept the Rest Area file up most of the time she was with me via search along route, ready for her next "I NEED A BATHROOM NOW!"

Really ... Thank you for all your work! It was well used on these 2 legs. No problem understanding where there was a RR.

P.S. - The 2 legs without her were non-stop except for 1 gas stop in the Chicago suburbs. lol

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I NEED A BATHROOM NOW

and glad that the file helped in those cases.

Commode,

I assumed that all the locations in the file have one of those or at least a hole to sit over. If I am missing something?????

Poison ivy free

that may not be a bad idea. After the surgery last week, I don't want to get near anything that would cause more discomfort.

good luck to you as well

mahoney wrote:

Thanks TXRVer. Sorrry for taking so long to respond. Had to have prostate surgery last thursday and I haven't snapped back as quick as I thought I would.

I had that done almost 17 years ago and hope that you do as well as I have.

My surgery

did not consist of removal of the prostate. I had the laser procedure followed by removal of part of the prostate with surgery also known at "roto rooter". At this time I do not have any indication of cancer. Thanks for your comforting words.

Rest Rooms

GPSgeek wrote:

I was happy to use the original file, but now that we have a choice, I will be making use of the new file, "Rest Areas with Rest Rooms".

Thanks for going above and beyond the call of duty.

My thanks also. I will be using the Rest Areas with Rest Rooms. Really helpful POI.

TURP

mahoney wrote:

did not consist of removal of the prostate. I had the laser procedure followed by removal of part of the prostate with surgery also known at "roto rooter". At this time I do not have any indication of cancer. Thanks for your comforting words.

Starting in my 50's, I've had to have several TURP procedures for an enlarged prostate. No cancer, it just re-grows. The last one in 2012 was harder to recover from. My surgeon says it usually last for 10 years. I hate catheters. wink

Feel better soon, mahoney!

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Mahoney

Gary A wrote:
mahoney wrote:

did not consist of removal of the prostate. I had the laser procedure followed by removal of part of the prostate with surgery also known at "roto rooter". At this time I do not have any indication of cancer. Thanks for your comforting words.

Starting in my 50's, I've had to have several TURP procedures for an enlarged prostate. No cancer, it just re-grows. The last one in 2012 was harder to recover from. My surgeon says it usually last for 10 years. I hate catheters. wink

Feel better soon, mahoney!

I had prostate cancer about 10 years ago had what they call breakey theraphy, done with radiation. Mine was confined within the prostate. Never had a problem since. It does take time to recover but well worth it.
Glad to hear you donng good, just take it eays and don't over do. smile

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Catheters

I didn't have any use for them before last week, I definitely don't want to have to use one again. Extremely uncomfortable. It appears to be getting better a little each day.

My problem

has shown that I am definitely not alone when it comes to prostate problems. Based on some of the responses that I have received, I consider my self lucky, just an enlarged prostate and not cancer thank God.
Not bad for being 80 years young.

Misplaced inputs.

I have misplaced or lost inputs on these files. I received them prior to having my surgery and have not been able to locate them. Will the member that submitted them please look at the latest files and if necessary please resend them to me. I sincerely apologize for losing them.

@mahoney

Apparently sending this information to you via your contact page isn't working, for whatever reason. So I'm posting it here.

The following errors all occur when column C data is separated into individual columns in a spreadsheet. Obviously if these are intentional, feel free to ignore.

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-92.635067,33.18492,"AR,US-167,SB,EL DORADO WELCOME CENTER LEFT EXIT, SE CORNER 82/167","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|"
-92.635113,33.183328,"AR,US-167,NB,EL DORADO WELCOME CENTER NB, SE CORNER 82/167","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|"

"SE CORNER 82/167" is in the mile marker column.

*****

-109.045172,36.998976,"AZ,US-160,NB/SB,REST AREA, 4 CORNERS NATIONAL MONUMENT","[RR,PT,,,|UTE NAVAJO BORDER"

"4 CORNERS NATIONAL MONUMENT" is in the mile marker column.

*****

-120.41756,39.824284,"CA,SR-70,EB,L T DAVIS REST AREA CLOSED FOR WINTER, WINTER ETO SPRING 2016","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|PHONES"
-120.415462,39.824282,"CA,SR-70,WB,L T DAVIS REST AREA CLOSED FOR WINTER, WINTER ETO SPRING 2016","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|PHONES"

"WINTER ETO SPRING 2016" is in the mile marker column.

*****

-73.673217,41.040158,"CT,RT 15,NB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Grenwich Service Area, Past Exit 27","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.672251,41.042074,"CT,RT 15,SB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Grenwich Service Area, Past Exit 28","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.481601,41.119531,"CT,RT 15,NB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] New Canaan Service Area, Past Exit 37","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.478762,41.120535,"CT,RT 15,SB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] New Canaan Service Area, Past Exit 38","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.256434,41.218389,"CT,RT 15,NB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Fairfield Service Area Fairfield, Past Exit 44","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.255794,41.219541,"CT,RT 15,SB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Fairfield Service Area Fairfield, Past Exit 46","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.048708,41.279187,"CT,RT 15,NB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Orange Service Area, Past Exit 54","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-73.047771,41.280587,"CT,RT 15,SB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] Orange Service Area, Past Exit 56","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-72.869651,41.397672,"CT,RT 15,NB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] North Haven Service Area, Past Exit 63","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"
-72.868505,41.399017,"CT,RT 15,SB,RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy] North Haven Service Area, Past Exit 64","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|Gas, Food"

"RT 15 [Merritt Pkwy]" in the rest area name is redundant given its presence in the other columns that make up column C.

*****

-84.965665,32.569029,"GA,ADDRESS,,WELCOME CENTER COLUMBUS,GA","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|1751 WILLIAMS RD, COLUMBUS,GA"

The comma in "WELCOME CENTER COLUMBUS,GA" causes "GA" to be in the mile marker column.

*****

-110.924165,36.331939,"AZ,RT-160,EB/WB,RUSTIC TURNOUT, NE OF TUBA CITY","[NO FACILITIES],,,,|"

"NE OF TUBA CITY" is in the mile marker column (this one may be intentional).

*****

-74.789239,40.925583,"NJ,I-80,WB PARKING/PICNIC AREA, MM21","[NO RESTROOMS,[PT,, Pets,]|"

Missing comma between "WB" and "PARKING/PICNIC AREA". The end result is deleting the direction of travel (WB) deletes the rest area name as well, leaving only the mile marker as the rest area name.

*****

-114.830607,35.989873,"NV,US-93,NB NEVADA WELCOME CENTER LEFT EXIT FOLLOW SIGNS","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|PHONES,WIFI"
-114.833129,35.988372,"NV,US-93,SB NEVADA WELCOME CENTER FOLLOW SIGNS","[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|PHONES,WIFI"

Missing comma between the direction of travel (i.e. NB or SB) and "NEVADA". Deleting the direction of travel deletes the rest area name.

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Column C, MM listing

As I was compiling and updating the listing, I almost decided to just delete the MM data, however, since a lot of the data existed, I left this data in the file and added to it when I could determine the MM. I didn't thoroughly check the data that showed up in the MM breakout listing. Thanks for the corrections.

I like the MM data...

mahoney wrote:

As I was compiling and updating the listing, I almost decided to just delete the MM data, however, since a lot of the data existed, I left this data in the file and added to it when I could determine the MM. I didn't thoroughly check the data that showed up in the MM breakout listing. Thanks for the corrections.

and I hope it will remain in the file.

Me too....

jgermann wrote:
mahoney wrote:

As I was compiling and updating the listing, I almost decided to just delete the MM data, however, since a lot of the data existed, I left this data in the file and added to it when I could determine the MM. I didn't thoroughly check the data that showed up in the MM breakout listing. Thanks for the corrections.

and I hope it will remain in the file.

....It helps when you can check and see how long you are going to be in agony until the next rest area. laugh out loud

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It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible. ----George Washington

MM Listing

Happy that I didn't delete that part of the data. I just hope that members help fill in the blanks for the locations that don't have any numbers. Very difficult trying to use google earth to obtain them.

Mahoney

It's a PITA but using both Google and BaseCamp you can usually pick out an exit nearby that could provide a clue as to the approximate mile marker for the exit.

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"In order to be old and wise, one first must have been young and stupid."

PITA

and you are correct. I have most of the MM listed for the interstate highways, but what is missing are the MM for the US and State routes and they don't list exits on many of these. The only way to obtain these is by members recording them as they travel.

and many times

mahoney wrote:

and you are correct. I have most of the MM listed for the interstate highways, but what is missing are the MM for the US and State routes and they don't list exits on many of these. The only way to obtain these is by members recording them as they travel.

mileage markers are missing from the roadside on these "secondary" routes.

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"In order to be old and wise, one first must have been young and stupid."

Duh!!! It helps if one adds a proximity alert

I diligently downloaded Rest Areas with Rest Rooms prior to a trip to Myrtle Beach. I diligently converted it to gpx. I then diligently loaded to my NUVI2555LMT and was happy that the wav file was being converted.

It was only after, I got to the second rest area, with no alert, that I realized I wasn't diligent enough. I forgot to do a Replace All on the Proximity field in EPE and actually put in a proximity alert.

Duh!!!!

Fortunately, the rest areas have good signage, but I do miss the voice saying "Rest Area Ahead".

Next time I will be extra diligent. Sorry Mahoney. You did your best, and I let you down.

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NUVI2555LMT, NUVI350

Welcome to the club.

GPSgeek wrote:

Fortunately, the rest areas have good signage, but I do miss the voice saying "Rest Area Ahead".

Next time I will be extra diligent. Sorry Mahoney. You did your best, and I let you down.

Welcome to the club.

I forgot to turn on the sound and realized it only after the second time I realized that I had missed the entrance because I had been depending upon the audio alert that was turned off. sad

- Tom -

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Portable rest area

NOT Recommended by me, but I thought that this might get some laughs. Could be very messy. Of course, any port in case of an emergency.

http://www.dose.com/motors/25990/Bathroom-Emergencies-Are-A-...

Thanks for maintaining this!

Tq1he rest area is nice.... and the separate rest area one is a nice addition. Thanks for maintaining

How to submit corrections to POIs

Sorry folks, but I'm new to this site. Is there a tutorial or discussion on the procedure for updating POIs. I downloaded the US Rest Areas Combined (4/6/16) loaded it to Garmin, and used it on a trip last week. I happened to notice the below two areas marked closed, were actually open. What is the protocol for updating these? Should I update the .csv and upload it, or is there some one in the group whom does these updates.
Sorry for the lack of understanding. I really like this service

-89.008518 41.71815 IL,I-39,NB,CLOSED WILLOW CREEK REST AREA, MM85
-89.009142 41.732531 IL,I-39,SB,CLOSED WILLOW CREEK REST AREA, MM85

Contact mahoney

Mahoney is the person that does this file. Send him an email through his contact tab.

http://www.poi-factory.com/user/7253

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Willow Creek Rest Areas

Thanks, I will make the change.

Surely a joke ?????

mahoney wrote:

NOT Recommended by me, but I thought that this might get some laughs. Could be very messy. Of course, any port in case of an emergency.
http://www.dose.com/motors/25990/Bathroom-Emergencies-Are-A-Thing-Of-The-Past-Thanks-To-This-New-Product/?utm_source=partners&utm_medium=aol&utm_campaign=tt&icid=maing-grid7%7Cmain5%7Cdl9%7Csec1_lnk3%26pLid%3D-266402254_htmlws-main-bb

I can see someone pulled over on an Interstate, parking on the shoulder and digging a hole. Ha,ha,ha !!!

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Rest Areas with restrooms USA

Just downloaded. Thanks Mahoney!

dobs108 smile

Downloaded

Thanks, you are certainly welcome.

Very funny

At a place that I was working (the name will not be mentioned for a reason that will be evident)
The bathrooms on all the floors were right over each other and next to each other for plumbing reasons. There was a supply closet in each that was equipped with a low pressure air line with a ring on the end that fir into the toilet.
If there was a jam, the building maintenance man would just stick the line in and hit the button and the low air would clear it.
One day there was a jam in the men's room and when he grabbed the wrong hose, (this hose had house pressure 125 psi) when he hit the switch it blew the clog and backed up in the ladies room next door. All he heard was a scream from there. Some poor woman was using the toilet, and it back flushed and damn near drowned her. He ran like hell away and didn't answer the office phone for a while.
Needless to say the woman was very happy.

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Correct or misprint??? :)

Timantide wrote:

Needless to say the woman was very happy.

Is this a misprint? Should it be very unhappy??
grin

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Or maybe

Timantide wrote:

Needless to say the woman was very happy.

Or maybe " Needless to say the woman wasn't very happy!

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rest areas with restrooms

Mahoney, let me tell you how much I appreciate the Rest Areas with Restrooms file. I have a medical condition that requires drinking 12 to 24 glasses of water a day! I hope it is only temporary!

dobs108 surprised

I would give high odds

Melaqueman wrote:
Timantide wrote:

Needless to say the woman was very happy.

Or maybe " Needless to say the woman wasn't very happy!

I would give high odds that this is the correct wording for this scenario !! smile

- Tom -

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