[LMB] Centrifugal gravity, was Re: Cordelia's College sport

WILLIAM A WENRICH wawenri at msn.com
Thu Jun 17 23:31:02 BST 2021

I have read that the wagon trains crossing the plains tried to average 20 miles / day.
I can’t remember where I heard it (possibly from a Heinlien book) but the first day they would go less than half that so

  1.   They could get practice setting up the camp in a relatively secure area and
  2.  They could get back to town to pick up things forgotten.

Think of the advice Dag gave about the number of draft animals needed and the harnesses.

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William A Wenrich
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On Jun 16, 2021, at 4:29 PM, Richard G. Molpus <rgmolpus at flash.net> wrote:
> To put that story in perspective, the reason most County seat cities in the western US are thirty miles apart was that 30 miles was abput as far as a one-horse wagon with a load could go in a day.
> A person can walk 60 miles in a day (16 hours) but they really need a night's sleep and a good meal, afterwards.

60 miles is probably stretching it for most people in most circumstances — 4 miles an hour for 16 hours? They’d have to be pretty fit.  I always find that the Roman legions’ standard 20 miles a day is a good rule of thumb — true, they had to break camp, march the 20 miles, then set up camp in the new location, but it’s probably a better estimate of what an ordinary person could do than most.

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