I did the urban version of this the other day. I was so engrossed in my book while riding the train to work that I completely missed my station. It wasn't until I heard an unfamiliar station being called that I looked up and wondered where I was. Had to get off and run to get on the correct train that was about to leave on the opposite side of the platform. Awkward!
Nancy did it while driving the other night, because she was talking to me on the phone. And found herself two exits too far.
Years ago, Peter Andersen and I were driving back home from the Blue Hill Traverse. We were so engrossed in conversation, we never noticed the turn off of I95 from Rt 128 and just continued several miles until the road came to an abrupt end, and, to our surprise, the ocean was in front of us. We were in Gloucester! I guess we had done all the navigating we could handle at the BHT.
Lucky you didn't end up in Buffalo. It's been done.
Yeah, she's the all-time winner on missed turns. Is there a log post about that? Pretty sure it was Xmas eve, but I forget the year.
Quick search of PG's log with the word Thruway yields this:
One of the best opening lines in an AP log.