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message 1: by (last edited Jan 24, 2017 07:57PM) (new)

SPANNING THE GLOBE
Duration: February 1 - February 28, 2017

In keeping with our Around the World theme, let's travel through books! Set a goal for the number of miles or kilometers you plan to travel. With every book you read, choose the setting (or settings) and calculate how many miles there are between that point and the previous point using this calculator.

Rules:
- Only books based on this world count--sorry, no traveling to different galaxies. :)
- Use each setting in each book once; even if the characters travel back and forth, you can only count the setting for that book one time
- You may revisit the same setting in different books (for example, you may read two books that both take place in New York City)
- Use your best judgment on which settings in each book should be included; you should only be using primary settings

Example:
My goal is 20,000 miles

Starting point: Kalamazoo, MI, USA
First book: Americanah
- Lagos, Nigeria (5876.0) to
- London, England, UK (3123.0) to
- Princeton, NJ, USA (3507.8)
Total miles traveled: 12,506.0

From Princeton, NJ, USA
Second book: Pride and Prejudice
- England, UK (3470.5)
Total miles traveled: 15,976.5

From England, UK
Third book: Memoirs of a Geisha
- Kyoto, Japan (5882.6)
Total miles traveled: 21,859.1

The total follows this path: Kalamazoo -> Lagos -> London -> Princeton -> England -> Kyoto

Thanks to Megan who suggested we bring back this challenge and offered to lead it!

message 2: by (last edited Feb 22, 2017 05:22PM) (new)

Ha, fun! I have absolutely no idea how far I will travel, but I'll copy the example and say 20,000 miles. We'll see!

Update -- goal changed to 60,000 miles.

First book: It's What I Do: A Photographer's Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
I omitted all the places that were not an important part of the book (places like Connecticut, Cuba, France, England...and I viewed Pakistan and India as one).

Starting Point: San Francisco, CA
- Buenos Aires, Argentina 6474 to
- New York City, USA 10,608 to
- New Delhi, India 7311 to
- Kabul, Afghanistan 623 to
- Mexico City, Mexico 8641 to
- Istanbul, Turkey 7107 to
- Darfur, Sudan 1882 to
- Benghazi, Libya 1317
Miles this book: 44,964
Total miles so far: 44,964

Second book: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith (4 stars)

Starting from last book, in Benghazi:
--New York City, USA 5014
--Amsterdam, Holland 3646
--Sydney, Australia 10,353
Miles this book: 19,013 this book
2 book total: 63,977

Third book: Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi (2 stars)

Starting from last book, in Sydney:
--Tehran, Iran 8029 miles
3 book total: 72,006

Fourth book: Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California by Frances Dinkelspiel (4 stars)

Starting from last book, in Tehran, Iran:
--Vallejo, California 7329 miles
4 book total: 79,335

Is the starting point where I am? or the first place in the book?

message 3: by (last edited Feb 26, 2017 11:28AM) (new)

I am definitely in for this challenge! I am going to do it a bit different than recommended for a bit more of a challenge. I've always wanted to travel to Paris so I picked a major city near where I live (Denver, CO) and I'm only going to count books that would be on a realistic path to Paris, France (as if I was flying and/or driving part of it). I want to see how close I can get! The mileage may be low, but the challenge is a bit harder for me this way.

traveled → 8,617.8 | 8,591.5 mi

Albuquerque, NMDenver, CO → 722 mi
Nash by Jay Crownover | ★★★

Denver, COLondon, U.K. → 7549.65 mi
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling | ★★★★★

London, U.K.Paris, FR → 343.15 mi
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | ★★★★★

message 4: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 06, 2017 05:25PM) (new)

My goal for this challenge: 30,000 miles.

***COMPLETE***

First book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel 02/04/2017 ★★★★☆
↳ Pondicherry, India (8,455 miles)
↳ Pacific Ocean (10,787 miles)
↳ Tomatlan, Mexico (2,380 miles)
Total miles traveled: 22,087 miles

Starting point: Tomatlan, Mexico
Second book: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett 02/02/2017 ★★★☆☆
↳ England, U.K. (5,732 miles)
Total miles traveled: 27,819 miles

Starting point: England, U.K.
Third book: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 02/07/2017 ★★★★★
↳ San Francisco, U.S. (5,315 miles)
Total miles traveled: 33,134 miles

33,134 miles / 30,000 miles

message 5: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Cheri wrote: "Ha, fun! I have absolutely no idea how far I will travel, but I'll copy the example and say 20,000 miles. We'll see!

Is the starting point where I am? or the first place in the book?"

Welcome to the challenge! The starting point is where you are:)

message 6: by Megan, Challenges (last edited Mar 08, 2017 05:23AM) (new)

So excited to lead this challenge!

Participants:
Alex - 28916/20,000 miles
Amanda - 62100/30,000 miles
Anissa - 19052/25,000 miles
Anna - 33134/30,000 miles
Brianna - 8617/8345.5 miles
Brianna P - 0/30,000 miles
Carri - 0/30,000 miles
Cassandra - 23774/20,000 miles
Charity - 27157/20,000 miles
Cheri - 79335/60,000 miles
Christy - 50607/25,000 miles
Clare - 43236/25,000 miles
Dany - 1305/10,000 miles
Eggp - 48782/20,000 miles
Erika - 0/30,000 miles
Erin - 53390/20,000 miles
Heather - 61456/50,000 km
Janine - 86063/70,000 miles
Jennifer - 7119/25,000 miles
Kate - 17202/15,000 miles
Kim E - 28239/15,000 miles
Klynn - 47030/40,000 miles
Kristin - 43215/24,901 miles
Kylie - 0/30,000 miles
Lindsay - 28955/15,000 miles
Lynette - 80262/26,000 miles
Margie - 10291/20,000 miles
Marissa - 56638/50,000 miles
Mary Pat - 10521/17,808 miles
Maureen - 0/10,000 miles
Meaghan - 59479/40,000 miles
Megan - 40300/30,000 miles
Meghan - 42446/26,219 miles
Melissa - 62374/50,000 miles
Mie - 21241/20,000 miles
Nik - 28088/30,000 miles
Pam - 99095/26,219 miles
Rachael - 15054/15,000 miles
Rosa - 25390/25,000 miles
Sam F - 42575/50,000 miles
Shari - 0/30,000 miles
Sharon - 22818/20,000 miles
Sherry - 20389/20,000 miles
Stephanie - 24985/20,000 miles
Tania - 28448/25,000 miles
Tanise - 42029/30,000 miles
Vanessa - 0/20 miles
Vicki - 105100/100,000 miles

First to complete a step in the journey: Janine!
First to complete their goal (without increasing it): Anna
First to span the equator twice (24,860 miles x2): Melissa

message 7: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Brianna wrote: "I am definitely in for this challenge! I am going to do it a bit different than recommended for a bit more of a challenge. I've always wanted to travel to Paris so I picked a major city near where ..."

Sounds like an awesome goal!

message 8: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Anna wrote: "My goal for this challenge: 30,000 miles."

You're on the list!

message 9: by (new)

I'll sign up for 30,000! No idea what books I'm going to read and in what order, but we'll see :)

message 10: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 02:30PM) (new)

Starting place, Great Falls, MT, USA

The Girl on the Train-
Witney, United Kingdom 4430
London, United Kingdom 61

Truth
Palo Alto, California 5371
Iowa 1649

Restored
Boston 1050
Winter of the World
Washington DC- 394
London, England- 3668
Berlin, Germany- 579

17202/15,000
Completed!

message 11: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 08:18AM) (new)

I'm in for 20,000 miles. This sounds like fun!

Starting location: Racine, WI

✔ 1. Glitter and Glue: A Memoir
• Racine, WI to Philadelphia, PA - 834 miles
• Philadelphia, PA to Sydney, Australia - 9881 miles
• Sydney, Australia to San Francisco, CA - 7432 miles
Total Miles: 18,147 miles

✔ 2. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
• San Francisco, CA to Kingsbridge, England - 5309 miles
• Kingsbridge, England to Berrick-upon-Tweed, England - 387 miles
Total Miles: 5,696 miles

✔ 3. Where'd You Go, Bernadette
• Berrick-upon-Tweed, England to Seattle, WA - 4511 miles
• Seattle, WA to Antarctica - 9593 miles
Total Miles: 14,104 miles

✔ 4. Daemon
• Antarctica to Thousand Oaks, CA - 8706 miles
• Thousand Oaks, CA to Houston, TX - 1407 miles
Total Miles: 10,113 miles

✔ 5. City of Women
• Houston, TX to Berlin, Germany - 5,330 miles
Total Miles: 5,330 miles

53,390/20,000 Miles - Complete

message 12: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 12:07PM) (new)

Oh fun! Put me down for 25,000 miles because I have some good books coming up that are all over the place.

My goal is 25,000 miles

Starting point: Misselthwaite Manor, England
First book: The Secret Garden
~Austrian Tyrol(741.873)
~Lake of Como(192.395)
Total miles traveled:934.268

From: Lake of Como
Second book: The W-Files True Reports of Unexplained Phenomena in Wisconsin
- Eagle River, WI(4396.759)
~Delavan, WI(276.784)
~Waukesha, WI(38.534)
~Lake Mills, WI(40.198)
~Baraboo, WI(65.509)
~Stoughton(60.482)
~Iron Ridge, WI(96.424)
~Lake Superior, USA(308.809)
~Ashland, WI(201.247)
~Black River Falls, WI(211.912)
~Burlington, WI(196.145)
Total miles traveled: 6916.644

From:Burlington, WI
Third book: Wisconsin Talk: Linguistic Diversity in the Badger State
- Sheboygan, WI(90.213)
Total miles traveled: 7119.637

Fourth Book: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World
~Spencer, IA(385.948)
~Mankato, MN(119.842)
Total miles traveled: 7625.427

message 13: by [deleted user] (last edited Feb 23, 2017 02:00AM) (new)

Oh great! I'm in!

I'll try for 25,000 miles.

Shortest distance traveled: North Carolina, USA to Atlanta, Georgia
Longest distance traveled: Texas, USA to London, UK

Starting Point: Vienna, Austria
to
Illinois, USA Death among the Roses by Anna Drake (2/4/17)
(4816 miles)
to
California, USA A Ghost for Christmas by J.D. Winters (2/5/17)
(1615 miles)
to
North Carolina, USA
to
Atlanta, Georgia Quiet the Dead by Morgan James (2/9/17)
(2185 miles + 275 miles)
to
Texas, USA Cadbury Creme Murder by Susan Gillard (2/10/17)
(931 miles)
to
London, UK The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch (2/15/17)
(4963 miles)
to
New Hampshire, USA The Ghost and the Graveyard by Genevieve Jack (2/18/17)
(3230 miles)
to
Hollywood, California
to
Florida, USA
to
the Bahamas
to
New York City, New York
to
Little Palm Island, Florida Sunkissed by Leigha Lennox (2/19/17)
(2563 miles + 2082 miles + 440 miles + 1101 miles + 1189 miles)
_____________________________________________________

message 14: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 04:20PM) (new)

I'm in for 30,000 miles.

62,100/30,000 -- CHALLENGE COMPLETE

Starting Point: Washington, D.C.

First Book: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
→ Sequim, WA: 2359
→ Seattle, WA: 48
→ Berlin, Germany (actually Grünau): 5057
Total Trip: 7464

Previous Place: Grünau, Germany
Second Book All the Light We Cannot See
→ Paris, France: 550
→ Saint-Malo, France: 200
→ Zollverein, Germany: 448
→ Schulpforta, Germany: 205
→ Berlin, Germany: 119
→ Minsk, Belarus (I don't know how far east he went when he joined his unit but he mentions Minsk at one point so I'll use that): 594
→ Vienna, Austria: 628
→ Saint-Malo, France: 843
Total Trip: 3587

Previous Point: Saint-Malo, France
Third Book The Graveyard Book
→ England (I used the cemetery he mentions as inspiration in his acknowledgements): 218

Previous Place: England (Highgate Cemetery West)
→ Beaverton, Oregon: 4920

Previous Place: Beaverton, Oregon
Fifth Book Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
→ Plymouth, England: 4872
→ Buenos Aires, Argentina: 6744
→ South Georgia Island: 1727
→ Weddell Sea: 1500 (approximate)
→ Elephant Island: 1000 (approximate)
→ South Georgia Island: 821
Total Trip: 16,664

Previous Place: South Georgia Island
Sixth Book When Breath Becomes Air
→ Stanford, CA: 8115

Previous Place: Stanford, CA
Seventh Book We Are the Ants
→ Florida (the town in the book, Calypso, doesn't exist so I used the author's hometown, Jupiter): 2545

Previous Place: Jupiter, Florida
Eighth Book Blind Descent: Surviving Alone and Blind on Mount Everest
→ Snoqualmie, WA: 2658
→ Mount Everest: 6929
Total Trip: 9587

Previous Place: Mount Everest
Ninth Book Journey to the Centre of the Earth
→ Hamburg, Germany: 4168
→ Snæfellsjökull, Iceland: 1401
→ Stromboli: 2381
→ Hamburg, Germany: 1050
Total Trip: 9000

Total Miles Traveled: 62,100

message 15: by (new)

Okay, I did this last time - I'll go for 15,000 miles

Starting point: Provo, UT

message 16: by (new)

I'm going to try for 20,000 miles.

Starting point is Seattle, WA.

message 17: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 04:45PM) (new)

This sounds fun, I'll try for 20,000 miles.

Spanning the Globe, February 01 - February 28
Starting Point: Maine, USA.
Goal: 48,782/20,000, 243.91%

01. Sweetheart, Sweetheart - 02 Feb 2017, 4/5 - 3,874 miles
Maine, USA → New York City NY, USA: 391
New York City NY, USA → Berkshire, UK: 3,438
Berkshire, UK → London, UK: 45

02. Memoirs of Hadrian - 08 Feb 2017, 5/5 - 12,082 miles
London, UK → Santiponce, Spain (Italica): 1,020
Santiponce, Spain (Italica) → Rome, Italy: 1,036
Rome, Italy → Athens, Greece: 656
Athens, Greece → Grădiștea de Munte, Romania (Sarmizegetusa): 532
Grădiștea de Munte, Romania (Sarmizegetusa) → Antakya, Turkey (Antioch): 942
Antakya, Turkey (Antioch) → York, UK (Eboracum): 2,167
York, UK (Eboracum) → Al-Salihiyah, Syria (Doura): 2,309
Al-Salihiyah, Syria (Doura) → Izmit, Turkey (Nicomedia): 613
Izmit, Turkey (Nicomedia) → Alexandria, Egypt: 664
Alexandria, Egypt → Sheikh 'Ibada, Egypt (Antinoöpolis): 242
Sheikh 'Ibada, Egypt (Antinoöpolis) → Beitar Illit, West Bank (Bethar): 372
Beitar Illit, West Bank (Bethar) → Tivoli, Italy (Tibur): 1,425
Tivoli, Italy (Tibur) → Bacoli, Italy (Baiae): 104

03. Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) - 10 Feb 2017, 4/5 - 5,631 miles
Bacoli, Italy (Baiae) → Shreveport LA, USA: 5,631

04. Leaving Las Vegas - 15 Feb 2017, 4/5 - 1,678 miles
Shreveport LA, USA → Venice CA, USA: 1,436
Venice CA, USA → Beverly Hills CA, USA: 07
Beverly Hills CA, USA → Las Vegas NV, USA: 235

05. Ethan Frome - 16 Feb 2017, 4/5 - 2,366 miles
Las Vegas NV, USA → Massachusetts, USA: 2,366

06. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - 20 Feb 2017, 3/5 - 9,413 miles
Massachusetts, USA → Cambridge, UK: 3,296
Cambridge, UK → Mauritius: 6,117

07. The Bicentennial Man - 27 Feb 2017, 4/5 - 13,552 miles
Mauritius → Flagstaff AZ, USA: 11,284
Flagstaff AZ, USA → Dallas TX, USA: 871
Dallas TX, USA → Washington D.C., USA: 1,188
Washington D.C., USA → Manhattan NY, USA: 209

08. The Colour Out of Space - 28 Feb 2017, 3/5 - 186 miles
Manhattan NY, USA → Boston MA, USA: 186

Total: 48,782 miles, 28,782 over.

message 18: by (new)

Interesting challenge. I'm not sure what books I'll be reading in February and need to work out if they'll fit this challenge. So can you put me as a maybe for now?

message 19: by (last edited Feb 07, 2017 11:03AM) (new)

I'm in for 20,000 miles :-)

Starting point: Copenhagen, Denmark
✅ First book - Heart of Darkness ⭐️⭐️
- Congo River (4001)
Don't know how far they go on the river, so I will leave that out.

From Congo River
✅ Second book - The Man in the Brown Suit ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- London (3860) to
- Cape Town (6015) to
- Zambezi (1530)
Travelled so far: 15,406 miles

From Zambezi
✅ Third book - The Mystery of the Blue Train ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- London (5195) to
- Nice (640)
Total miles travelled: 21,241 miles

message 20: by (last edited Feb 17, 2017 02:28PM) (new)

This sounds fun. I will try for 25,000 50,000 miles!
Progress: 56,638/50,000 miles (113%)

✔️Completed✔️

Starting Point: Boston, MA
First Book: My Sister's Grave (02.03.17)
- Seattle, WA (2,489)
Total Miles Traveled: 2,489 miles

From: Seattle, WA
Second Book: What Alice Forgot (02.06.17)
- Sydney, Australia (7,757)
Total Miles Traveled: 10,246 miles

From: Sydney, Australia
Third Book: Into the Wild (02.06.17)
- Mt. McKinley, AK (7,418)
Total Miles Traveled: 17,664 miles

From: Mt. McKinley, AK
Fourth Book: The Dovekeepers
- Jerusalem, Israel (5,881)
- Alexandria, Egypt (347)
Total Miles Traveled: 23,958 miles

From: Alexandria, Egypt
Fifth Book: When Breath Becomes Air
- Kingman, AZ (7,296)
- Stanford, CA (478)
Total Miles Traveled: 31,732 miles

From: Stanford, CA
Sixth Book: Big Little Lies
- Sydney, Australia (7,432)
Total Miles Traveled: 39,164 miles

From: Sydney, Australia
Seventh Book: Fight Club
- Wilmington, DE (9,860)
- Phoenix, AZ (2,060)
- Chicago, IL (1,453)
- Seattle, WA (1,735)
- Wilmington, DE (2,366)
Total Miles Traveled: 56,638 miles

✔️Completed✔️

message 21: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Erika wrote: "I'll sign up for 30,000! No idea what books I'm going to read and in what order, but we'll see :)"

Welcome to the challenge!

message 22: by Megan, Challenges (new)

You're on the list! If you start surpassing your original goal and decide to adjust, just comment with an update message:)

message 23: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Erin wrote: "I'm in for 20,000 miles. This sounds like fun!"

You're on the list! It was a lot of fun last year:)

message 24: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Jennifer wrote: "Oh fun! Put me down for 25,000 miles because I have some good books coming up that are all over the place."

Welcome to the challenge!

message 25: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Rosa wrote: "Oh great! I'm in!

I'll try for 25,000 miles.

Starting Point: Vienna, Austria
to
Illinois, USA Death among the Roses by Anna Drake
(4816,5 miles)"

You're on the list, Rosa, and I'm super impressed you've already figured out the mileage on your first book!

message 26: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Amanda wrote: "I'm in for 30,000 miles.

Starting Point: Washington, D.C."

Welcome to the challenge!

message 27: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Sharon wrote: "Okay, I did this last time - I'll go for 15,000 miles

Starting point: Provo, UT"

Glad you're joining us for the second year!

message 28: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Cassandra wrote: "I'm going to try for 20,000 miles.

Starting point is Seattle, WA."

You're on the list!

message 29: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Eggp wrote: "This sounds fun, I'll try for 20,000 miles.

Starting Point: Maine, USA."

Welcome to the challenge!

message 30: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Rachael wrote: "Interesting challenge. I'm not sure what books I'll be reading in February and need to work out if they'll fit this challenge. So can you put me as a maybe for now?"

Sure, Rachael! Just comment with an update when you decide.

message 31: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Mie wrote: "I'm in for 20,000 miles :-)

Starting point: Copenhagen, Denmark
First book - Heart of Darkness
- Congo River (4001)
Don't know how far they go on the river, so I will leave that out.
..."

Welcome to the challenge!

message 32: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Marissa wrote: "This sounds fun. I will try for 20,000 miles.

Starting Point: Boston, MA"

You're on the list!

message 33: by (new)

Not sure about this one, but I'll give it a go. My car just hit 30K miles, so I'll set a goal of 30K and see how it goes. =) Thanks!

message 34: by (last edited Feb 26, 2017 06:08AM) (new)

I'm in - I am going for 50,000 km
Starting point - Valencia, Spain
1. Valentina Valencia to Aberdeen = 2,722km
2. Sleep In Heavenly Peace Aberdeen to New York =
5,278km
3. A Well-Tempered Heart New York to Burma = 12,966km
4. The Night Stalker Burma to Los Angeles = 12,808km
5. Behind Closed Doors Los Angeles to Surrey = 8,741km
6. A Life For A Life Surrey to London = 69km
7. The Unquiet Mind London to Greece = 2,698km
8. The Book of You Greece to Bath = 3,176km
9. It Ends with Us Bath to Boston = 5,118km
10. The Good Girl Boston to Chicago = 1,581km
11. Summer's Child Chicago to North Carolina = 1,279km
12. What She Knew North Carolina to Bristol, UK = 6,095kms

Total 61,456/50,000km

message 35: by (new)

I have no idea how to set a goal for this one, so it's going to be a bit of a stab in the dark. Sign me up for 30,000 miles. I read Passenger this month and that would clock up the miles pretty quick. Luckily I have the second book, Wayfarer planned for Feb!

message 36: by (last edited Mar 02, 2017 09:40PM) (new)

Let's go for 25,000
Starting point: Poole, England
Hopefully visiting London, San Francisco and Antarctica and would be good to get back to Poole to finish if I can!

Book 1: Hollow City
First stop London 111miles

Book 2: South: the Endurance Expedition
Second stop Weddell Sea, Antarctica 8768 miles
Third stop Elephant Island, South Shetland Islands 750 miles
Fourth stop Grytviken, South Georgia 830 miles
Fifth stop Port Chalmers, Dunedin, New Zealand 5345 miles
Sixth stop McMurdo Sound, Antarctica 2197 miles
Seventh stop Wellington, New Zealand 2520 miles

Book 3: Scarlet Marissa Meyer
Eighth stop: Paris, France 11810miles

Book 4: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders Vincent Bugliosi
Ninth stop: San Francisco 5569miles

Book 5: What Doesn't Kill You
Tenth stop: Portland, Dorset 5336

Bit late - finally made the last 23 miles back to Poole on the 1st March when I completed Book 6: Harry Paye: A Romance of Old Poole

Total Miles February: 43236 miles
Total miles: 43259 miles

message 37: by (new)

Ooooh fun!! I'm going to stretch myself and try for 40,000 miles

message 38: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Nik wrote: "Oooh, The Goodreads Globetrotters! =P

Not sure about this one, but I'll give it a go. My car just hit 30K miles, so I'll set a goal of 30K and see how it goes. =) Thanks!"

Excellent way to set a goal - welcome to the challenge!

message 39: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Heather wrote: "I'm in - I am going for 25,000 miles
Starting point - Valencia, Spain"

You're on the list!

message 40: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Janine wrote: "I have no idea how to set a goal for this one, so it's going to be a bit of a stab in the dark. Sign me up for 30,000 miles. I read Passenger this month and that would clock up the ..."

message 41: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Clare wrote: "Let's go for 25,000
Starting point: Poole, England
Hopefully visiting London, San Francisco and Antarctica and would be good to get back to Poole to finish if I can!"

Goodness, would that it were a real trip! Welcome to the challenge!

message 42: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Meaghan wrote: "Ooooh fun!! I'm going to stretch myself and try for 40,000 miles"

From one Megan to another, welcome to the challenge!

message 43: by (last edited Feb 15, 2017 09:20AM) (new)

COMPLETED 2/15/2017
This sounds like fun. I'm going for 25,000 miles.

Starting point: Orlando, FL

First Book - The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt
* Orlando, FL -> Greytown, Nicaragua, 1226
* Greytown -> Santo Domingo, Nicaragua, 129
* Santo Domingo -> Matagalpa,Nicaragua, 153
* Matagalpa -> Jinotega,Nicaragua, 22
* Jinotega -> Granada, Nicaragua, 102
Trip Total: 1632

Second book - Time Tangle by Frances Eagar
*Granada, Nicaragua -> Surrey, England, 5385
Trip Total: 5385

Previous Point: Surrey, England

Third book - Death & Strudel: A Belle Appleman Mystery by Dorothy & Sidney Rosen
*Surrey, England -> Boston, MA, 3261
Trip Total: 3261

Previous Point: Boston, MA

Fourth book - Flash of Phantom Canyon by Agnes Ranney
*Boston, MA -> Idaho, 2169
Trip Total: 2169

Previous Point: Idaho

Fifth book - Blood of Brothers: Life and War in Nicaragua by Stephen Kinzer
* Idaho -> Managua, Nicaragua, 2784
Trip Total: 2784

Previous Point: Managua, Nicaragua

Sixth book - The Bluest Blood by Gillian Roberts
* Managua, Nicaragua -> Philadelphia, PA, 2041
Trip Total: 2041

Seventh book - Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold
* Philadelphia, PA -> Hamburg, Germany, 3894
* Hamburg, Germany -> Berlin, Germany, 159
* Hamburg, Germany -> Bad Godesburg, Germany, 232
* Bad Godesburg, Germany -> Minsk, Belarus, 888
* Minsk, Belarus -> Kiev, Ukraine, 270
* Kiev, Ukraine -> Belgorod, Russia, 267
Trip Total: 5710

Previous Point: Hamburg, Germany

Eighth Book - Saving Zasha by Randi Barrow
* Hamburg, Germany -> Saint Petersburg, Russia, 884
Trip Total: 884

Previous Point: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ninth Book - Chicago's Polish Downtown by Victoria Granacki
* Saint Petersburg, Russia -> Chicago, IL, 4582
Trip Total: 4582

Progress to date: 28,448/25,000

message 44: by (new)

Ohh exciting!
Put me down for 20,000 miles.
Starting point: NYC

message 45: by (last edited Feb 28, 2017 05:13PM) (new)

I will try for 20,000.

Starting point: Newnan, GA

27157/20000

Starting point: Newnan, GA

First book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2
- London, England (6834)
Total miles traveled: 6834

From: London, England
Second book: The Problem with Forever
- Baltimore, Maryland (5849)
Total miles traveled: 12,683

From: Baltimore, Maryland
Third Book: The Magnolia League
- Savannah, Georgia (998)
Total miles traveled: 13681

From: Savannah, Georgia
Fourth Book: Never Let Me Go
- England (6633)
Total Miles Traveled: 20,314

From: England
Fifth Book: Kindred Spirits
Total Miles Traveled: 27157

message 46: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Tania wrote: "This sounds like fun. I'm going for 25,000 miles.

Starting point: Orlando, FL"

Welcome to the challenge, fellow Floridian!

message 47: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Sherry wrote: "Ohh exciting!
Put me down for 20,000 miles.
Starting point: NYC"

Welcome to the challenge!

message 48: by Megan, Challenges (new)

Charity wrote: "I will try for 20,000.

Starting point: Newnan, GA"

You're on the list!

message 49: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 01, 2017 06:20AM) (new)

Oh, this will be interesting...

I'm in for 26,219* miles. Starting in Lafayette, Indiana.

*Why such an odd number? A marathon is officially 26.219 miles. Yes, I'm a runner. :D

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2/1/17
Starting Point - Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Book: The Golden Country by Shūsaku Endō
Setting: Nagasaki, Japan
Miles: 6,859 miles
Total Distance so far: 6,859/26,219 miles
Distance left to go: 19,360 miles
Brief Review: A companion piece (in a form of a play) to Shusaku Endo's "Silence", which was just recently released as a movie by Martin Scorcese. About persecuted Christians in Japan in the 1630's. I have "Silence" on hold at the library but found this through Hoopla and couldn't wait lol.
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2/2/17
Previous Point -Nagasaki, Japan
Book: An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
Setting: London, England
Miles: 6,859 miles
Total Distance so far: 12,729/26,219 miles
Distance left to go: 13,490 miles
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2/3/17
Previous Point - London, UK
Book: The Blue Fox by Sjón
Setting: Botn, Iceland (figured from closest city, Reykjavik)
Miles: 1177 miles
Total Distance so far: 13,906/26,219 miles
Distance left to go: 12,313 miles
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2/4/17
Previous Point - Botn, Iceland
Book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
(Earthly) Setting: London, England
Miles: 1177 miles
Total Distance so far: 15,083/26,219 miles
Distance left to go: 11,136 miles
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2/6/17
Previous Point - London, England
Book: Sea Cows, Shamans, and Scurvy: Alaska's First Naturalist: Georg Wilhelm Steller by Ann Arnold
Settings:
London, UK - Halle, Germany = 520 miles
Halle, Germany - St. Petersburg, Russia = 918 miles
St. Petersburg, Russia - okhotsk, russia = 3445 miles
Okhotsk, Russia - Bolsherechye, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia = 772 miles
Bolsherechye, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia - Kayak Island, Alaska = 2156 miles
Total Distance for the book: 7811 miles total
Total Distance so far: 22,894/26,219 miles
Distance left to go: 3,325 miles
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2/7/17
Previous Point - Kayak Island, Alaska
Book: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Settings: London, England (for a lack of a better location other than the Midlands)
Total Distance for the book: 4489 miles
Total Distance so far: 27,383/26,219 miles
Challenge complete, but will see how much over I'll go.
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2/8/17
Previous Point - London, England
Book:Far as the Eye Can See: A Novel by Robert Bausch
Settings: Bozeman, Montana (and adjoining areas)
Total Distance for the book: 4574 miles
Total Distance so far: 31,957/26,219 miles
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2/10/17
Previous Point - Bozeman, Montana
Book: Heart of Darkness and Selected Short Fiction by Joseph Conrad
Settings:
Bozeman, Montana - London, UK: 4574 miles
London, UK - The Congo: 4053 miles
The Congo - Java (where several of the selected short fiction took place): 5503 miles

Total Distance for the book: 14,130 miles
Total Distance so far: 46,087/26,219 miles
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2/14/17
Previous Point - Java
Book: The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London
Settings:
Java - Santa Clara, CA: 8700 miles
Santa Clara, CA - Dawson City, Yukon Territory: 1984 miles

Total Distance for the book: 10,684 miles
Total Distance so far: 56,771/26,219 miles
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2/17/17
Previous Point - Dawson City, Yukon
Book: Inés of My Soul by Isabel Allende
Settings:
Dawson City, Yukon - Extremadura, Spain: 4849 miles
Extremadura, Spain - Cartagena, Columbia: 4673 miles
Cartagena, Columbia - Panama City, Panama: 292 miles
Panama City, Panama - Lima, Peru: 1464 miles
Lima, Peru - Cuzco, Peru: 357 miles
Cuzco, Peru - Santiago, Chile: 1380 miles

Total Distance for the book: 13,015 miles
Total Distance so far: 69,786/26,219 miles
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2/18/2017
Previous Point - Santiago, Chile
Settings:
Santiago, Chile - Caucasus Mountains, Russia: 9,020 miles

Total Distance for the book: 9,020 miles
Total Distance so far: 78,806/26,219 miles
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2/22/2017

Previous Point: Caucasus Mountains, Russia
Settings:
Caucasus Mountains - New Mexico: 6787 miles
New Mexico - LA: 707 miles
Total for book: 7494 miles

Total to date: 86,300/26,219 miles
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2/24/2017

Previous Point: Los Angeles
Settings:
LA - Iceland: 4370 miles
Iceland - Copenhagen, Denmark: 1238 miles
Denmark - Spanish Fork, Utah: 5060 miles
Total for Book: 10,668 miles

Total to date: 96,998/26,219 miles
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2/28/2017

Previous Point: Spanish Fork, Utah
Book: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Setting: Boston, Massachusetts
Distance: 2,097 miles
Total Distance for Month: 99,095 miles/26,219 miles

message 50: by (new)

Kristin wrote: "Marissa wrote: "This sounds fun. I will try for 20,000 miles.

Starting Point: Boston, MA"

I'm a Bostonian, too! Hello, neighbor!"

Hi, nice to meet you :)

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