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Perceived distance

Posted by on October 8, 2012

I just walked up to the store that Leon had assured me was “about an eighth of a mile… no, less than that, I’m sure.” I paced it coming back (and I can pace a 36-inch step +- 2%) at 1598 yards, or just over 9/10 mile. I’m not complaining, because I certainly need the lower body exercise, but it seems to me that automobiles and airplanes have severely distorted our sense of distance. Paddling and walking get you back in touch with that.

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