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Around the World in 80 Days

Day 54: 17 November

Michael Palin - Around the World in 80 DaysThursday morning. Bacon and egg breakfast after strange dream in which Margaret Thatcher was very nice to me. Can it be that she is now intruding into the previously exclusive domain of royalty - the British dream? Resolve to lie awake all tomorrow night in case it happens again.

It's not easy to take in that we will not see land again until we reach Conception Point, 50 miles north of Los Angeles, a week this Saturday. That's eleven days - longer than our average family holiday. Talking of holidays, Dave Passepartout will not believe that we can cross the Pacific without hitting Hawaii. After all, he says, it is bang in the middle. But of course we don't go through the middle of the Pacific. We stay as far north as is safe, taking advantage of the curvature of the earth to shorten the distance. The 'summer route' is 4606 miles from Tokyo to Long Beach, but Captain Amirapu is taking the winter route, 360 miles longer, because, as he shows us on the charts, 'it will avoid us being clobbered by these'. He indicates several clusters of tightly packed isobars hovering to the north and east of us.
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  • Series: Around the World in 80 Days
  • Day: 54
  • Date: 17 November
  • Country/sea: Pacific Ocean
  • Place: Pacific Ocean
  • Book page no: 183

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