A week or so ago we took a weekend-long roadtrip to San Antonio. Now, that’s quite a roadtrip for a weekend. It’s a 12-hour drive, so we got on the road at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, drove all day, attended the Army All-American Bowl to see my amazing nephew perform the halftime show with the All-American Band. We did have some time to chill, have a nice dinner on the Riverwalk and just have some good family times. The trip was well worth it.
So, as we were driving, naturally, we were looking for lunch on the road. I figured that would be easy. Jim was driving, and I have Yelp and Urbanspoon apps on my iPhone, so I figured we’d have no problem finding a place to eat in towns with which we’re unfamiliar.
Boy, was I wrong.
I’ve been a Yelper for quite some time and I like the iPhone app. But when you’re on the road trying to find something nearby – quickly – it’s a pain. Here’s why.
Then you try to find something nearby.
The problem with this app is, by the time I click on the red pin to find out what the restaurant is, we’re past it. And no way are we turning back just for an In & Out Burger.
So, I turned to Urbanspoon.
So I pull up nearby restaurants.
So, as we’re both getting a bit stabby for lack of food, I get an idea. An iPhone app just for folks on the road. Simple interface, fast, so that you can find somewhere to eat before you pass it. We brainstorm names, think about features, we’re both getting excited.
Until. Jim says, “Oh, do they make an app called ‘Poynt’ for the iPhone? I check the App Store. Yep, they do.
Bad news, my burst of entrepreneurial spirit is extinguished. Good news, we are actually going to find food.
So here’s Poynt.
Pretty much what I was thinking.
So here are the directions from our current location. It’s simple, gives you the information you need, quickly. Which is what you need when you’re hungry on the road.
If you love a good road trip, try Poynt. Free in the iPhone app store, and available for Android as well. Maybe it’ll keep you from getting stabby while you’re on the road.