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Video: Seattle to Maine in five minutes

It took seven days for a Seattle man to travel from here to Maine. It takes less than five minutes for us to go along on the journey through the joy of time-lapse video.

Jeremy is a computer programmer. His wife got a new job in Maine, so he followed her across the country. He wrote a program in python to make his Droid X take a picture every 90 seconds. I'm not enough of a geek to know what that means, but the result is cool.

Some of his observations:

This was almost entirely on I-90, with a few brief excursions.

My dog and I drove alone for most of the trip. Driving alone with a dog can be frustrating (finding hotels, not being able to leave the car for more than a few seconds at rest areas, etc.), but it's nice to have something to pet on those long boring sections of road and she is a pretty great passenger.

There were no tolls for the first 2000 miles.

I don't think I saw a single police car in Montana (~550 miles).

I think I saw a police car every 10 miles in Ohio.

The most interesting pieces of road make for the worst time-lapse photography, due to all the curves.

The scariest bit of road was right near Butte, MT. It's a steep downhill section, filled with blind curves, where the truck speed limit is 25 and the car speed limit is 75.

I saw the Google maps car twice, an X-factor truck, and the Extreme Makeover Home Edition bus.

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Linda is the morning news anchor and features reporter for KIRO Radio. This is her local news blog, with an emphasis on social media, technology, Northwest companies, education, parenting, and anything else that grabs her attention.

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