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Old 10-25-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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Figuring out international distances...

Anyone know a good way to do this? Google maps seems to end at the US borders, but I'd like to run some scenarios to figure out what the riding distance would be. I don't have a GPS, and I use a Mac. I
ve searched for websites but haven't found anything that measures raod distance.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-25-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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Paper maps (or atlas) and a calculator or Excel table.

Most better maps have point to point distance on the road map rather than a chart.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:02 PM   #3
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Do a websearch for an Imperial to Metric Conversion website. Bookmark it. Job jobbed.

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Old 10-26-2007, 09:03 PM   #4
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Or, if you just want an estimate, just remember that 1 meter is roughly 1 yard (actually 2.8 or something). Calculate accordingly.

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Old 10-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #5
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Or, if you just want an estimate, just remember that 1 meter is roughly 1 yard (actually 2.8 or something). Calculate accordingly.

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Not sure is that is a good rough calculation.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:26 PM   #6
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Google Earth. Not accurate distances but fairly close.
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Old 10-27-2007, 08:55 PM   #7
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1 meter is roughly one yard, or 3.28 feet. I just screwed up the second half and forgot to type feet.
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Old 10-28-2007, 11:56 AM   #8
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If you dont know how to convert units yourself, use web converters there are plenty of those on the web.
If your problem is how to calculate road distance from one point to the other using google earth, my method is:
Use path distance tool and measure the road.

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Measure straight distance from one town to the other, and if there is a road which connects them, than multiply that distance by 1.2 to 1.6, this factor depends on the terrain.
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Old 10-28-2007, 03:38 PM   #9
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The Mac has a great Dashboard widget called unit converter that will convert all sorts of stuff. It does a great job.
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Or, if you just want an estimate, just remember that 1 meter is roughly 1 yard (actually 2.8 or something). Calculate accordingly.

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All you need to know is that 1 inch = 2.54 centimeters...exactly. Then go ahead with your conversions.

Anyways, thats not what the 1st post asked or wanted to know.
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Anyone know a good way to do this?
Try Via Michelin. I just tried a France to Turkey scenario and it came up with mileages and time.

For Europe, Microsoft AutoRoute is the European version of Microsoft Streets & Trips. It works great.
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I guess I wasn't exactly clear as to what I was looking for. I don't need a standard to metric conversion. What I'm looking for is a way to map the distance between international locations. For insance the road distance between Costa Rica and Tierra Del Fuego for instance. There are sites that will give you distances based on flying, but I'm interested road travel distance. Sorry for the confusion, but thatnks for the help.
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Old 10-29-2007, 08:01 PM   #13
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I guess I wasn't exactly clear as to what I was looking for. I don't need a standard to metric conversion. What I'm looking for is a way to map the distance between international locations. For insance the road distance between Costa Rica and Tierra Del Fuego for instance. There are sites that will give you distances based on flying, but I'm interested road travel distance. Sorry for the confusion, but thatnks for the help.
Try www.maporama.com. That will route over most of the world. It's a French site with English user interface - sometimes the driving directions will come up in French, but I'm sure you can handle that.

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