It works like this; a piece is 1/2-2 miles, a bit (as in down the road a bit) is 3-9 miles, and anything beyond that is a fur piece.
Here's one, I have a friend who lives south of me who keeps telling me to come on up to his house. I keep telling him he lives down from me. Why....North is up, South is down. Since he lives on the Skagit River flats he lives down from me. I live on a hill on and Island and he lives about 2 feet above see level. He's down anyway you look at it.
for hijacking the thread I'll go back to