|Travel distances in the American SW|
Message #13 Posted by Karl Schneider on 5 Nov 2010, 9:45 p.m.,
in response to message #11 by Gerson W. Barbosa
don't know American Geography, but I guess it's possible to travel from Phoenix to Oklahoma, making a pit-stop in Albuquerque, leaving before dawn and getting there before midnight :-)
1005 miles from Phoenix to Oklahoma City taking I17 to I40. So, yes, it can be done, but you're going to be awfully tired when you get there.
The trip in the hit song was even longer, but the destination could be anywhere in Oklahoma, not just OKC. Presumably, the origin was Los Angeles or San Diego. From a highway map, I get 373 miles from LA to Phoenix, 454 miles from there to Albuquerque, and 340 miles from there to the Oklahoma Panhandle. Total: 1167 miles (1878 km), which would be covered in the 22 hours from midnight to 10 PM at a constant mean average speed of 53 mi/h (85 km/h). That's homesickness!
Trivial, but "on topic": All three route-leg calculations (two segments each) can be totaled and retained using only a 4-level RPN stack prior to conversions. I'd never before checked how feasible this fictitious trip would have been.
Edited: 7 Nov 2010, 1:31 a.m.