OpenStreetMap is highly addictive. You think you start with fixing the data for your neighborhood and a couple of days later you are modifying routing configuration on a major highway. You've been warned.
I've gone crazy. For almost two months I did not read any of my RSS feeds, I stopped posting much to diaspora/twitter, I bought a rangefinder, began to look suspicious, and talked to a lot of people.
In the end of April 2016, we moved from Boston (MA) to Farmington Hills (MI)
for work reasons. I wanted to take my potted flowers with me, so flying was
not a suitable option, and that's when a crazy idea came to mind: what if we
drive? The distance between the cities is around 840 miles (we could only go
through US), so covering it in two days seemed reasonable.
We had broken the route down into 7 parts (3 on the first day and 4 on the
second), added some buffer (although not a lot) and hoped for the best.
Unfortunately, when packing our things into the moving container, we faced a
problem: two large pieces of furniture – the wardrobe and the dresser – did
not fit, so we had to find ways to get rid of them. This took several hours
away from our packing time, and as a result, we were not rested enough on the
morning of departure (especially Roman). Eventually, we were lucky to get a
huge car that fit the dresser (yay!), but we left Boston two hours later than
we had planned.
Our planned intermediate stops were cafes and gas stations.
First leg: Boston MA – Albany NY (173 miles)
Planned time: 10AM - ~1PM
Actual time: 12PM – 3:10PM
Second leg: Albany NY – Syracuse NY (120 miles)
Planned time: ~2PM - ~5PM
Actual time: 4:39PM – 7:35PM
This part we decided to cover by smaller roads so that the drive is less
monotonous and more scenic.
When we got to Syracuse area, Roman was already very sleepy and tired from the
sun shining into his face, so we decided it's safer and wiser to spend the
night there and deal with the lost time the next day. So we canceled our motel
in Buffalo and headed to a Hilton in East Syracuse.
The second day was much more productive.
Third leg: Syracuse NY – Buffalo NY (146 miles)
Planned time: ~6PM previous day - ~9PM previous day
Actual time: 10:15AM – 12:50PM
Fourth leg: Buffalo NY – Erie PA (105 miles)
Planned time: ~10AM - ~1PM
Actual time: 1:40PM – 4:35PM
When we arrived in Erie, we had to decide whether we are going to stop in a
hotel once more or make an effort and arrive in Farmington Hills the same day.
Roman was in an optimistic mood, so we decided to make the last stop at a toll
road service plaza instead of a cafe to save time. Our original plan included
stops in Cleveland and Toledo instead, so there was no planned time for this
Fifth leg: Erie PA – Amherst OH (132 miles)
Actual time: 6PM – 8:14PM
Sixth leg: Amherst OH – Farmington Hills MI (146 miles)
Actual time: 8:55PM – 11:25PM
Total distance: 822 miles
Total time driving: 10 hours 20 minutes
Our original planned arrival time was ~9PM, so we did pretty well in general,
there was very little traffic even with all the road work. We did learn several
Buffer for stops should be bigger, especially if they are not counter-serve cafes.
Not getting enough sleep and being dressed too warmly has a big impact on the driver's endurance.
Stops every 2-3 hours make the trip far more pleasant than with longer intervals.
Not all the gas stations that are on a map actually exist :-)
Fuel in Massachusetts is cheaper than in other states that we passed. Or was cheaper, anyway.
When you buy a physical book, you don't sign an agreement dictating the
conditions which you must satisfy to read it. That would be crazy, right? You
expect to be able to read it anywhere you like. You can read it on the bus,
you can read it in the park. Heck, you can even take it to the shower and read
it, damaging the pages, but it is your book, you paid money for it and you can
do whatever you want.
If you buy an ebook from a major store (Amazon, Kobo), chances are you are
getting something extra with your book.
If you have a supported platform, everything magically works, and you don't
think about buying the next book much. If you, like me, have GNU/Linux as your
only OS, then your purchased book basically turns into a digital paperweight.
Instead of owning the book, you merely own a license to read the book and
only a set of approved readers will allow you to actually
read it. The class of systems that impose these restrictions is called DRM,
after Digital Rights Management. And you have very little rights there.