While I was working on editing a particularly long travel scene in Spectacle tonight, I was looking for the distance between Memphis and Oklahoma City to see if it can be traveled in one day. (It can, btw, if the roads are clear - and in this case, they are.)
But what I found was a nifty gadget for research purposes: Distance at Ask.com.
For instance, from here to my mom's house is just over a thousand miles. (Which stinks) From here to my ex, though, is 794 miles. (Which makes me happy.)
Other than playing around though, this could be quite useful. Especially if you're like me and have your characters driving all over the countryside. Could your hero make it from Washington, DC to Albuquerque in two days? Could your villian make it from Marquette, MI to Ishpeming, MI in 10 minutes?
Sometimes it's the little things.
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