The Merry Path n. 1. The tendency for car navigation systems to direct the exit off of a main thoroughfare out onto small, rural roads for seven miles at which point the road ends.  2. The tendency for car navigation systems to direct the exit off of a main thoroughfare out onto small, rural roads for seven miles and then lose the GPS signal, leaving drivers to fend for themselves.  3. Research benders and writing malestrom usually involving travel, food, and getting lost somewhere via the car navigation system.  4.  A shared wandering through the wide, wonderous world.