Jul 6, 2012

Distance today = 50.15 km; Total distance = 8847.94 km; Location = Coloma (4 km west of) – 44 01.304′ N, 89 33.900′ W; Start time = 0835 Finish time = 1737



I won’t go on about the heat today. Yes, it was extremely hot, but I’m sick of talking about it.

Instead, I’ll focus on some positives. Today I crossed from the far quadrant of the Western Hemisphere to the near quadrant of the Western Hemisphere. In other words, I crossed the 90 degrees west meridian. This means I’m now closer to the Greenwich Meridian (0 degrees) than I am to the International Date Line (180 degrees).

I was also met by a film crew from TV Channel WBAY 2. They did an interview on the road and some filming. That clip should be airing tonight.

Finally, on a negative note, I am having major technology problems with my Garmin watch, due mostly to the hot weather. It has been bathed in sweat all day every day of late, and this has severely corroded the battery terminals. It is proving extremely difficult to recharge the watch. Last night it only recharged roughly 50%, which meant I had to employ the spare Garmin during the middle of the day while the watch begrudgingly partially recharged in the car. I am going to have to get a new watch soon. If I can’t get the current one recharged on a daily basis, I’ll have to use the spare in the interim, which unfortunately is an old version and doesn’t provide mapping of my daily course.