According to me, the “cycleable” coastline of the North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand is 10,915km long. That’s 6,782 miles or 3,581,0367 feet or 10,915,000 metres, if you’re that way inclined. It’s also somewhere in the region of 4,802,022 wheel revolutions (I rode a 29er).
The NZ coastline is gnarly, twisted, straight, rocky, jagged and all the other adjectives you like. Seldom did I get to cycle in a straight line and, when I did, it was usually tiring, dull and involved head-winds and staring at a junction for 20 minutes before actually reaching said junction. Fortunately, 98% of Bike Ride was far more interesting than that and took me across beaches, down tracks and up and over hills, bluffs and the occasional mountain.
But, what if I just rode all 11,000km in a straight line? Where could I be right now, all penniless and stranded, trying to blag a lift home?
In a straight line, 10,915km gets you from Mission Bay, Auckland to:
Santa Isabel do Sul, Brazil
Presidencia Roque Sáenz Peña, Argentina
Nowhere in Ecuador
Nearly Mexico City
Phoenix, Arizona (incidentally, one of the few places I’ve actually been to in the USA)
St Matthew Island, Bering Sea
Baotou, Inner Mongolia
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
Not quite the Maldives
Maybe next time!