Trisha's route and area coverage

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After readin' the novel for the gazillion times, I was wonderin', exactly how far Trisha have ventured into the forest, and how much distance did she cover on her small little feet (including the start of the family trip). Judgin' from that she spent 9 days in the woods, an' managed to keep at least a 2 km/h speed, the total distance should be well above 200 kilometres. I was hopin' that Mr. King will provide these "inside informations" at the epilogue paragraph, but I didn't find a thing.

I tried to follow Trish's route on the map. It appears that she has ventured deep into the White Mountains National Forest, as I could locate Conway (there's no Kezar Notch unfortunately) and by the directions given by Mr. King, she kept a steady stroll mostly to the north. Lookin' at the map, the topography contradicts what's written in da book. At the end of a chapter, it is clearly stated that when Trisha turns to the north instead of the Devlin lake, she is heading towards the Canadian border, and is approximately 400 miles away from Montreal, and she is still in New Hampshire. There are a few problems wit' that.
- First, Montreal is not really to the north. From the woods, it is almost a perfect northwest direction. Towards the north, there are two small villages not THAT far: Berlin and Lancaster, plus at least 2 concrete roads. So when the book stated that for 400 miles, there's almost nothing, it is clearly incorrect. Road 302 and Road 2 are simply impossible to miss if someone is heading north.
- If Trish was headin' to the northwest, her situation was even better, as she'd stumble into Route 93 or Road 3 (which connects to Road 302) even sooner. There are four settlements almost right at the road: Littleton, Franconica, Lisbon and Carroll. Judging from distance measurements, all of them are within 50 kilometres range.
- There IS a huge portion of no man's land until the Canadian border alright (the region of Greensboro), however, you must get thru at least 5-6 roads, which are plain impossible to miss. You may say that Trish was delirious, and yes, I could accept that she ventured across ONE road without knowing it...but not 4 or 5 roads in a row. Not to mention that Tom Gordon was aiding her all along...sorta...so why would he direct Trish AWAY from the roads?

So ye...it is a great book, exciting and very disturbing, especially those might-be-hallucination scenes, but it is pretty inaccurate. Even if she didn't cover more than 10 kilometres in the last few days, she could have reach a road or a settlement within a week.
 
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I know it's fiction, but Mr. King was pretty accurate in geographical means in other novels, this is the only one in which I noticed that things don't really add up.
Oh well...soooo could she cover at least 200 kilometres on foot, or it was more/less?
 
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