Route 27 — Dixmont native Don Adams’ beloved Maine Atlas and Gazetteer was unable to complete the trip from Dixmont to Eustis yesterday.
Adams, traveling with his wife Sarah to visit their daughter and son-in-law in Eustis for the Christmas holiday, had meticulously planned out the route, noting which pages and grid numbers needed to be quickly referenced.
Outside of Solon on Route 201, the Gazetteer shuddered in Sarah’s hands before evaporating into the heated air of the Adams’ 2008 Ford F-150. The particles were “finer than baby powder,” she said.
“It made a sound like a sigh, of relief almost, and then it was gone,” Don said.
Don bought the Gazetteer in 1989 during a family trip to Bangor to go school shopping for the kids. The Gazetteer was predeceased by seven different vehicles.
The Adams’ were left completely without navigational tools, due to Don’s TracPhone being a simple flip-style. Sarah’s phone does have “smart” capabilities, but unfortunately she hadn’t charged it with enough minutes for data.
Thankfully they were able to make it to their daughter’s house by following behind a truck with a “Getting Useless in Eustis!” bumper sticker.
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