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(TreeHugger)   How fast could you travel across the US in the 1800s or 1930? With the experience of slow travel authentically recreated through the use of a very short eight-slide show   (treehugger.com) divider line 58
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2012-12-09 10:19:05 AM  
Its interesting, if you are fairly dedicated, you can currently drive across the US in around 3 days.
 
2012-12-09 10:22:23 AM  
Popcorn Johnny: This has to be bullshiat. For example, NY to Detroit is a 600 mile trip and they're saying it took 4 weeks to make it. If I walked at 3mph for 10 hours a day, I could make the trip in 20 days.

Well if you are having to carry camping equipment and food and cook meals on a fire because there are no McDonalds yet because its 1800 you aren't gonna walk anywhere near the number of hours of daylight in a day
 
2012-12-09 11:04:33 AM  
It makes me wonder what the guy meant by "rail," because it wasn't trains.

Right before WWI, if you wanted to travel west by car from Omaha, you would have to take down several fences (and put them back up, of course.) Once you got Omaha in your rear view, you would begin to see junked Conestogas.
 
2012-12-09 03:43:20 PM  

Dwight_Yeast:
I just checked the schedule for the Lake Shore Limited and the train from NYC to Chicago stops NINETEEN times en route. They stop in frigging Sandusky, Ohio..


That's like saying "Why would a train stop in frigging Orlando?"

Sandusky is kinda huge for people coming in from out of state on a day trip.
 
2012-12-09 04:51:42 PM  

Popcorn Johnny: brantgoose: If you think travelling is slower than in the 1940s, try mailing a letter! It takes three days more now than in the 1800s.

So it took weeks to travel hundreds of miles by train but the mail made it in days?


Explanation: I said three days more. After the construction of the transcontinental railroad. If it took 11 days in 1885,to get a letter from Nova Scotia to Alberta then it would take 14 days now.

If you have a couple of drivers and don't make many stops, you can probably cross Canada in about 8 days by car. But with all the stops that trains make, it might be a couple of weeks unless you take express trains all the way. The distance is a bit further than crossing the US because the continent tapers from top to bottom.
 
2012-12-09 05:30:27 PM  

brantgoose: Explanation: I said three days more. After the construction of the transcontinental railroad. If it took 11 days in 1885,to get a letter from Nova Scotia to Alberta then it would take 14 days now.


The slide show was about times in the USA. You didn't mention you were talking about mail in third world countries.
 
2012-12-10 11:48:32 AM  

Maxor: Its interesting, if you are fairly dedicated, you can currently drive across the US in around 3 days.


It helps if you have an ambulance or a Lamborghini.
 
2012-12-10 01:07:24 PM  
You'd get to San Francisco in 89 days if you took a certain clipper ship designed by Donald McKay.
 
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