Our view from Iowa has a lot of green lawns out the front window. Glenn mows his every three or four days. Seems a bit much. I mow mine once a week. It takes about 45 minutes. I don’t have a riding mower. I wonder how far I walk each time. Is there an easy way to find out? Am I a nerd for wanting to know? Yes.
I could carry my GPS unit. Or, clip one of those step monitors onto my belt. Those would work. Instead, I used our blueprint, Google SketchUp, and a calculator. Here is the blueprint view showing our property dimensions, house outline, and driveway. I drew in the sidewalk out front and where there are trees in the woods out back.
I pasted this image into the software SketchUp so I could scale it according to the dimensions in the drawing. Once the software knew the scale, I drew some blue polygons in the areas that have grass to mow.
A right click on the polygons brings up a calculation of the area of each in square feet. I added the three areas together to get 4734 sq ft of lawn.
I figured my mower cuts a swath about 1.5 ft wide on average. By dividing the area of the lawn by the mower swath I got the distance walked.
4734 sq ft ÷ 1.5 ft = 3156 ft = 0.60 miles