I stumbled across the novel Lights Out (PDF Download) today and I’m three pages in and already had an interesting thought.
The book is about the US after an EMP blast, and starts with two characters at work. They realize quickly that their cars don’t work because of the pulse (I wonder if my no frills F-150 would stop working?).
What if that were me? No car and no means of communication. That means I need to walk home. How far is home? Takes me about 30 minutes to drive to work. Quick trip to yahoo maps and I find I work 20 miles from home. At least by highway.
I might be able to cut some of that off if I went cross country, but I’m not sure that would be wise. You could get yourself in to situations where you couldn’t continue, or where people don’t want you walking.
When I walk near home it takes about 45 minutes to go 2 miles. So the trip home would take 7 and a half hours to get home. Wow, something to think about.
That distance is almost a marathon.
How long would it take you to walk home from work? What about water on that trip?