A skewed compass... LOL

An amusing puzzle:

I am expecting an order of two different titles of books. I often check the shipping info on orders so that I know when to watch for them, and I often find that books arrive sooner than expected. But when I checked on my most recent order, 4 each of two titles, I found this list of cities (most recent on top):

  • NEEDLES, CA
    SACRAMENTO, CA
  • GALLUP, NM
    DEETH, NV
    MIAMI, TX
    SINCLAIR, WY
    KANSAS CITY, MO
    ANITA, IA
    LA GRANGE, IL
    ENGLEWOOD, OH
    LEBANON, IN
    GROVEPORT, OH
    GROVEPORT, OH
    GROVEPORT, OH
    NORTH JACKSON, OH
  •  NORTHBOROUGH, MA
  •  NORTHBOROUGH, MA
I am on the coast of California, nearer Sacramento than Needles, so at first glance it would look like my shipment is randomly hop-scotching across the US. A glance at a map will have you scratching your head.
But eventually, it dawned on me: The shipment must have been divided into two packages. One of them travelled Northborough, Groveport, Lebanon, La Grange, (turned sharply South, then) Kansas City, Miami (Texas),  Gallup, and Needles. The other went in a nearly straight line from Northborough, Groveport, Englewood, Anita, Sinclair, Deeth, and Sacramento.

Interesting little puzzle. Has anyone else had this happen?

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