Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Package Routing

[WARNING: A work-related post]

Last night before leaving, I burned a CD for a contractor and packaged it up for delivery today via FedEx. It's a fairly short trip from the Northern Virginia suburbs of D.C. to Warrenton, an exurb in Fauquier County, Virginia. According to MapQuest, it's a 41.81 mile drive door to door.

Here's the FedEx tracking report:

Jan. 18, 2005
8:47 AMOn FedEx vehicle for deliveryFredericksburg, VA
8:29 AMAt local FedEx facilityFredericksburg, VA
7:08 AMAt dest sort facilityRichmond, VA
5:24 AMDeparted FedEx locationIndianapolis, IN
12:42 AMArrived at FedEx locationIndianapolis, IN

Jan. 17, 2005
11:50 PMAt dest sort facilitySandston, VA
8:42 PMLeft originWest Springfield, VA
7:22 PMPicked upWest Springfield, VA
3:58 PMPackage data transmitted to FedEX;
package not in FedEx possession

This thing is getting more frequent flyer miles than I do. (According to Web|Flyer's MileMarker utility, the IAD-to-RIC-to-IND-to-RIC routing, which wouldn't include any of the driving distance, is worth 1,112 miles.) Actually, I shouldn't be surprised. There was a similar project last year where I sent a FedEx to Warrenton and it was routed through Memphis, Tennessee.

Updated table at 10:00 a.m. to reflect updated package status. Actually, this kind of reminds me of the MSN MapPoint directions for travel between Haugesund, Norway, and Trondheim, Norway, that's floating through the blogosphere at the moment.


VHMPrincess said...

Check this out - btw, I live in Dulles, VA (right next to the airport)...


T. Carter said...

Wow ... I take it that was something that was attempted delivery and then returned to the sender? Still, blaugh ...