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16 April 2007


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Cold War Zoomie

To replenish, stop by the Captain's Cabin to "Take Courage." (Well, "Take Courage" back when it was a John Courage pub.)

One minute walk from Pic Circus. Tucked away - very few tourists. Pub grub.



Do I really have to go through Amiens? The walkways there are awful.

Eric Dönges

Try New York -> Lisbon for extra absurdity. Interestingly enough, Google maps can't calculate a route from New York to Istanbul - you'ld think that traveling across the European continent shouldn't pose any challenge for the intrepid traveller that managed step #23 ...


not good directions. For Dublin- it gave directions to Gaul, than through the Chunnel to Albion than to Erin.


Sadly, Google Maps is utterly incapable of routing one from San Francisco to Honolulu Hawaii. You'd think they could do a step #23 for the Pacific too, but NOOOO. (sniff!) And I so wanted a Hawaiian vacation this year!


Google has a very antic sense of humor which shows up in unexpected places. It's relaxing when one is hip deep in an involved project.

Obviously Google believes in the ocean less traveled, as well as the longer the swim the better.
Perhaps to allow more time to brush up one's French on the way?
Or is this the scenic route?

Clifford Kiracofe

CWZ, found this online per "Historic Pubs of London" but seems hard to get on this side of the pond:
Nonetheless, hope to get to your recommendation.


My favorite is the route for St. John's to Cork

Katherine Hunter

my funny bone is missing

Dave of Maryland

Seems to be a general fluke in the US/Canadian Atlantic calculator. Google will happily calculate a route from Moscow to Anchorage. The Atlantic swim is step 79, 5572 km.

At a total distance of 15,872 km, and an expected time of 33 days, 16 hours, Moscow to Anchorage works out to about 19.64 km/hr, or about 12.21 mph.

As for the swimming part, the common point to point is from Le Harvre to Boston, for which Google allows 29 full days. Which is an average swim speed of 4.97 mph.

This leaves 4 days, 16 hours to drive overland from Moscow to Le Harvre, and from Boston to Anchorage, a distance of 6403 miles. Divided by 112 hours, the average road speed is 57.17 mph. Which is legal on highways, but is the Trans-Alaskan highway really that fast?


I noticed that UK-NYC trips are routed through France; my guess is that the French Tourist Board slipped a bribe in (perhaps free vacations)?

Peter VE

On the other hand, when asked, Google responds:" We could not calculate driving directions between Havana, Cuba and Miami." Tell that to the guys who drove a '51 Chevy truck to Key West.


Hmmm, Google can't find a way out of Baghdad to Washington.

Ray Rhodes


I read your "How to Work with Tribesmen." Very "spot on" piece...not only for Iraq but for working with 3rd Worlders anywhere. I sent the link to Jonathan to download in case he gets tapped with the task of working with the tribals.

I especially liked the fact that you began and ended with the necessity of
showing respect. That's really the key in my experience. The other aspects are also important, but truly respecting your counterparts will buy you the benefit of the doubt for foolish mistakes more times than not.

One thing I would add is that your approach has to be sincere. Feigning
respect, acceptance of customary law, or toleration of religious beliefs will quickly mark you as a man not to be trusted.



Term Papers

Thanks for the tip! I've used it on my blog now.

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