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Old 01-23-2012, 08:08 PM   #74
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The Adventure Begins... La Mitad Del Mundo

The Equator runs right through Ecuador.

At this location called La Mitad Del Mundo (The Middle of the World) they have built a huge monument to mark the spot. I had to check it out.

Here's proof...lattitude 0-0-0. The yellow line is the Equator. From this eastern view, my left foot is in the northern hemisphere and my right foot is in the southern hemisphere.

From this western view, my right foot is in the northern hemisphere and my left foot is in the southern hemisphere. Got that.

If all of this is true, I should be able to balance this egg on it's edge while I'm sitting on the Equator.

There we go. Cool!

But wait, my gps is indicating that the true 0-0-0 is about 00.000.080 north of this yellow line. That would be about 100 feet over that wall and outside of the monument grounds.

So I exited the monument grounds and hopped on Emi to find the Equator.

Ah, after riding a bit, I came across...00.000.000...the true Equator. And it only took 7,908.3 miles to find it.

Emi is marking the spot. Front wheel in the southern hemisphere and rear wheel in the northern hemisphere.

Emi and this large pile of gravel.

The Middle of the World. I've reached it! Somewhat of a landmark and milestone. OK, time to head south.

For the full story visit La Mitad Del Mundo
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