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Icon 1 posted March 14, 2010 12:59      Profile for Sprocket   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First off some quick back story.

Last September I was let go from the Lawn Care Company that I worked for. There was very little validity to their reason, but that is not my point for this post.

I worked for a short time at Cabela's, but since Jan. of 2010 I have been living off unemployment. Alas the job market kinda sucks right now. Well my girlfriend, Nakia, dad is good friends with a mechanic/general manager of a Lawn Care Company in Saline, MI. Nakia's parents went out to dinner with this friend. They mentioned (unintentionally) that I was currently unemployed. Their friend, Jimmy, told them to have me call him. I did exactly that and now it is Spring and I know have a job there as a Crew Leader. The only issue is how to get there the quickest without running into too much traffic, thus the following which I did today.

So here are four different ways that I took to get to there and back and the data.

Route #1

Route #1 map

Distance Length (Google Maps) - 16.4 miles (approx. 26km)
Time (Google Maps) - 20 min.

Actual Time - 25 min. (This number is skewed for lack of traffic and problem areas that are known)

Route #2

Route #2 map

Distance (Google Maps) - 18.8 miles (30.25km)
Time (Google Maps) - 34 minutes

Actual Time - 28 minutes

Route #3

Route #3 map

Distance (Google Maps) - 19.1 miles (30.7)
Time (Google Maps) - 41 Minutes

Time (Actual) - 27 Minutes

Route #4

Route #4 Map

Distance (Google Maps)- 15.4 miles (24.7)
Time (Google Maps) - 43 minutes

Time (Actual) - 26 minutes

So that is my different routes that I could take. none are really any quicker than the other really. Guess i get to drive through the country to get to work from now on!!! YAY!!!!

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Did you do the test runs at the same time of day you'll be going to work?

It can make a huge difference.

Where I'm working now, I can leave home at 9:20, and get to work at 10:00, a 40 minute drive. If I want to get to work at 9:00 (which is rare) I have to leave home at 8:00, traffic conditions add 50% to the trip time.

Also: looking at route #3, it looks like you could save a couple of minutes by using Stony Creek Road, have you tried that?

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I'd definitely take Route 4... Route 3 is silly, you're back-tracking a mile on Whittaker Rd. Route 2 is icky, Munger Rd. is a POS!

You also could take Route 5... Textile to Carpenter to Bemis. Or, what Druid said.. Stony Creek.

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