I have a question: What two places in the United States are the most inconvenient to travel between?
Saunter down this path with me for a minute.
First, let’s set some constraints. We’re talking transport via road. Start and End destinations must be on a road. We don’t have helicopters, boats, or jetpacks. We also don’t have ferries – we’re going to assume you must travel on your own time schedule – you can’t depend on a ferry or a train because one might not be there when you need to travel. Lastly, we’re going to travel via GoogleMaps; this makes examples testable.
Let’s define inconvenience as distance of travel required divided by the distance it would take if you could go direct.
How far apart the locations are in driven mile / How far the two destinations are apart as the crow flies
Here are some of the ones I have found so far:
210 : 10.18
Inconvenience = 20.63
191 : 8.78
Inconvenience = 21.75
131 : 5.46
Inconvenience = 23.99
218 : 3.95
Inconvenience = 55.19
So… it’s pretty obvious by targeting Ferry routes you can nail inefficient locations. I’d be interested to see if there’s a way to do this with the inclusions of Ferries.
ASIDE – don’t you think the inconvenience equation should have some sort of scale? Doesn’t it seem less impressive at greater distances? If I’m 1 mile from where I need to go, but it takes me 10 miles of travel, that seems more impressive than if I’m 10 miles apart and it takes me 100 miles to get from A to B… I’m not sure. I think there should be some sort of logarithmic scaling, but I’m not sure the best way to do this.
As for targetting locations on the map, this is something I imagine Patrick being really good at.
Any recommendations for even more inconvenient destinations Patrick?