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Friday, September 30, 2005

That Is Some Wall ...

I think it would sure be neat to someday hike the length of the Great Wall of China. That sure sounds like an interesting thing to do. More interesting to me than hiking the Appalachian Trail, for example.

But some preliminary fact-finding research indicates I have inherited some fundamental misunderstandings from someplace.

One problem is that I thought I'd read that "the wall" is about 1,400 miles long. Well, this page of Wikipedia suggests it is over 3,000 miles long. That is a big difference. Assuming in mountainous terrain and with varied weather conditions I could cover 10 miles per day, that's 140 days (late spring-summer-early fall) versus 300 days (basically an entire year). Material difference.

Of course, there are plenty of other people (apparently) who have done it before. This William Lindesay fellow has apparently run the length of the Wall. That's pretty interesting. I may just have to read his book.


Blogger Complete Game said...

Chinese boy got a funny mouth!

3:14 PM, September 30, 2005  
Anonymous FD said...

So far Spear is funnier and more interesting than the Game

3:37 PM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

You could cover more ground on a Mountain Bike.
That would rock.

8:02 PM, September 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't call that dog lifesaver.
Call him shithead.

8:02 PM, September 30, 2005  
Blogger Truth Girl said...

So, an interesting historical/philosophical or something question related to the Great Wall of China is whether to restore it or not. There are portions that have been restored (that I have walked on) that look at fancy and stuff. The "real" wall is frequently just a pile of rocks. So which is better to have around for posterity and for you to walk on.

2:42 PM, October 01, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

That is an interesting question. I did read some stuff suggesting that in more remote areas, the masonry that formerly comprised the wall is being recycled (reused?) by locals in their own construction. That's sort of appealing. Probably some entrepreneur should go collect some of that stuff and sell it to rich capitalists. Wouldn't you like to have a piece of limestone from the GWOC as the cornerstone of your next McMansion?

Incidentally, one answer to your question (the accuracy of which I am quite certain) is that whatever decision is made, it should not be financed by any government. Anything else would be morally reprehensible.


How was the Wall?

1:37 PM, October 02, 2005  

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