A Metric-to-Miles Tutorial
A kilometer is kind of a mini-mile, while a mile is sort of a super-sized kilometer. The kilometer was developed by the French, as a solution to the problem of things being so much closer together in Europe. By using kilometers, Europeans get more elbow room on their crowded continent. It is still unclear why Canada adopted the kilometer when they have large North American distances to cover.
Here is some more or less useless scientific info on the kilometer: "The kilometre (American spelling: kilometer), symbol km is a unit of length in the metric system, equal to one thousand metres and is therefore exactly equal to the distance travelled by light in free space in 1⁄ 299,792.458 of a second."
That description suggests some questions to inquisitive minds. For example, who really cares how far light travels in one bazillionth of second? And what is this "free space" thing? Does light travel slower when it leaves "free space" and has to go through a Construction or School Zone? Finally, if the kilometer is based on how far light travels... can we really be certain about kilometer distances after dark?
Here is more practical info, brought to you by Footloose Fietser:
- If a kilometer was this long: __________
- Then a mile would be this long: ________________
For this trip, here's the count in miles:
- By bike... 527 miles
- By train... 819 miles
- By foot... 124 miles
- By boat... 38 miles
- The grand total... 1508 miles