Yesterday we crossed the Tropic of Capricorn. Lying 23 degrees south of the Equator, its an imaginary line stretching around the world. It marks the farthest point south that the Sun is directly overhead at mid-day.
The actual line was a bit of a non-event marked with a giant concrete sundial and a few stalls selling Andean souvenirs, alpaca wool sweaters and hats and miniature llama toys. It was a significant event for our circumnavigation though, as it marked the first longitudinal landmark that we’ve cycled across.
The criteriafor a pedal powered circumnavigation state, among other things, that your circle around the Earth must cross the equator twice, and pass through all lines of longitude. Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn was a big deal for us though. The next one will be the Equator in Ecuador in around three month’s time.
We tracked yesterday’s journey in real time using sanoodi ‘s excellent smap program and a Blackberry. There’s some interesting info on elevation, distance etc here, and you can be notified of our progress if you follow us on Twitter. We’ll be using sanoodi’s application a lot more in the future.