Specializing in derails and train wrecks.
- Sep 19, 2018
- Columbus, OH
- SL Rez
- Joined SLU
- SLU Posts
The Latin "mille" means thousand. The Roman mile was a thousand paces of marching soldiers, and they placed mile markers so they knew how far they marched that day. Our conventional " statute mile" is of course based on that. A 'pace" is two steps (left-right-left), and in fact I can pace off distances outside fairly accurately at 5 feet per pace.
I spent a good portion of my driving career hauling to Canada, I have no trouble doing the math in my head. What throws me off, since I don't use it all the time, I have hard visualizing it. 100 Kilometres don't mean a thing to me, but as soon I get it converted to 62 miles (I usually round to 60) then I get a feel for how far it is.The metric system is so much easier in use when one has to calculate.
But the result in the end is the same, one should measure twice before using the saw.