Most people think that the quickest way to get somewhere is by taking the most direct route. However, this may not always be the case. There are times when it might be better to take the long way around instead. Sometimes, this could even lead you to discover wonderful places and things that you would otherwise never have seen. Finding your own shortcuts could help you save both time and money. It’s worth noting that there are times when following the most direct route could actually save you a lot of time and energy. For example, if you are going to the same place anyway, then it might not be necessary to take the long way around just to get there. Keep reading for more information on this.

## Theoretical Base

To begin with, let’s establish some theoretical underpinnings regarding time and distance. First, recall that the speed of light is a universal constant, and that it never changes regardless of the speed at which you are traveling. This means that the time it takes for something to happen is always the same. Also, recall that the Earth is not a static body, but it is constantly in motion. Therefore, the speed at which you are traveling relative to the ground can change the amount of time it takes for you to get somewhere. A logical next step is to examine how fast you need to be traveling to reach a certain destination.

## 100 Mile An Hour Drive

To come back to the original question at hand, how long does it take to drive 100 miles per hour? This is actually pretty easy to figure out, and it involves a bit of trigonometry. First, let’s take a look at how far you can travel per hour at 4 MPH. You can use this as a reference point and then multiply it by the desired speed to come up with the total number of miles per hour:

- At 4 MPH, you can travel 500 feet per hour
- At 5 MPH, you can travel 1,000 feet per hour
- At 6 MPH, you can travel 1,500 feet per hour
- At 7 MPH, you can travel 2,000 feet per hour
- At 8 MPH, you can travel 2,500 feet per hour
- At 9 MPH, you can travel 3,000 feet per hour
- At 10 MPH, you can travel 3,500 feet per hour
- At 11 MPH, you can travel 4,000 feet per hour
- At 12 MPH, you can travel 4,500 feet per hour
- At 13 MPH, you can travel 5,000 feet per hour
- At 14 MPH, you can travel 5,500 feet per hour
- At 15 MPH, you can travel 6,000 feet per hour
- At 16 MPH, you can travel 6,500 feet per hour
- At 17 MPH, you can travel 7,000 feet per hour
- At 18 MPH, you can travel 7,500 feet per hour
- At 19 MPH, you can travel 8,000 feet per hour
- At 20 MPH, you can travel 8,500 feet per hour

Then, to figure out how long it takes to travel 100 miles per hour, simply take the total number of miles per hour (from the above calculations) and multiply it by the number of hours it takes to reach your destination (one hour to the next):

- 100 miles per hour = 8,500 miles per hour x 1 hour = 9,000 feet per hour
- 9,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 9,000 miles per hour
- 9,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 9,000 feet per hour
- 8,500 feet per hour x 1 hour = 8,500 miles per hour
- 8,500 miles per hour x 1 hour = 8,500 feet per hour
- 7,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 7,000 miles per hour
- 7,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 7,000 feet per hour
- 6,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 6,000 miles per hour
- 6,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 6,000 feet per hour
- 5,500 feet per hour x 1 hour = 5,500 miles per hour
- 5,500 miles per hour x 1 hour = 5,500 feet per hour
- 4,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 4,000 miles per hour
- 4,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 4,000 feet per hour
- 3,500 feet per hour x 1 hour = 3,500 miles per hour
- 3,500 miles per hour x 1 hour = 3,500 feet per hour
- 2,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 2,000 miles per hour
- 2,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 2,000 feet per hour
- 1,500 feet per hour x 1 hour = 1,500 miles per hour
- 1,500 miles per hour x 1 hour = 1,500 feet per hour
- 1,000 feet per hour x 1 hour = 1,000 miles per hour
- 1,000 miles per hour x 1 hour = 1,000 feet per hour
- 0 feet per hour x 1 hour = 0 miles per hour

So, as you can see, this is a very easy question to answer, and it requires only basic arithmetic. Of course, there is an alternate way to get this same information that involves a bit more work, but not too much. Instead of multiplying the two numbers together and then taking away the larger number, you can use the following formula:

- (distance travelled x 1.8) + (distance remaining x 1.8) = total distance travelled (in miles)
- (distance travelled x 1.8) – (distance remaining x 1.8) = total distance travelled (in feet)
- x = total distance travelled (in feet)
- (distance remained x 1.8) = total distance travelled (in miles)

This formula takes a little bit of trigonometry, which might be challenging for some people. However, it is a simple matter of plugging the numbers into a calculator. Either way, you get the same answer: 9,000 feet per hour.

## Theoretical Justification

Now that we have a handle on time and distance, let’s look at how this affects the theory behind meandering. To begin with, it should be mentioned that it is not always beneficial to go the long way around. Sometimes, this could even be dangerous. Take a look at the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming:

- The Bighorns lie west of the Rocky Mountains. These are one of the last truly great wildernesses in the country. Although there are no true glaciers in the area, the landscape is dominated by snowfields and ice caverns. The climate is harsh, and the temperatures can drop to an extremely low level. However, this also makes the air very thin, which could be dangerous if you have respiratory problems. The terrain is completely unforgiving, and there are no roads or trails leading to the top of the mountains. The closest you can get is on foot, and even then, it is a very steep climb and there are no guarantees that you will make it to the top
- The Bighorns saw their last ice age about 10,000 years ago. Since then, climate change has reduced the mountain range to a shadow of its former self, and now, only small pockets of this magnificent beast remain. Sadly, the Bighorns are now largely populated by humans and livestock, which poses a threat to the survival of the animals that live there. It almost goes without saying that this is one area where going the long way around could be detrimental to your health.

As you can see, there are times when following the straight and narrow could be the key to your survival. However, in other circumstances, it might not be. Sometimes, you have to look beyond the obvious to find the answer. In the case of the Bighorns, the snowfields and the thin air pose a significant health risk, so it’s probably best to avoid it. In other words, sometimes, it pays to wonder if the straight path is really the shortest one.