School Report 7 – Crossing the Equator

9 Mar


Dear Children

Grumpy and I have reached another important point on our journey. We have reached the Equator. It is an imaginary line that goes around the world and is the widest part of the world, like a belt and is 25,000 miles long. Have a look at a globe and see if you can find it.

We had a nice ride to the equator on Friday and we saw lots of animals next to the road, pigs, donkeys and cows. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe equator divides the world into 2 halves, the top or northern hemisphere and the bottom, or southern hemisphere. On our journey we started in the southern hemisphere. We have now ridden Bertie 20,972 km and at this point we have crossed over the equator and are now in the northern hemisphere. We were very excited and rode Bertie right up to the line that marks the equator, so that half of the bike was in the southern hemisphere and half was in the northern hemisphere. We took a video of Grumpy riding Bertie back and forth across the equator Video here 39 secs:  and we took some photos for you to see.

One foot in the northern hemisphere and one foot in the southern hemisphere

Some interesting information for you…

The country we are in, Ecuador, is named after the equator.

While temperatures at the equator are usually very high, there is a single point where you can find snow and that is here in Ecuador. The highest point on the equator is 4,690 meters on the slopes of Volcano Cayambe so while it is probably not possible in practice, in theory you could ski on the equator.

Every day of the year the day is 12 hours long and the night is 12 hours long.

You do not weigh as much at the equator. So Grumpy had another ice cream.

The water goes straight down the plughole and does not swirl round. We will check out what direction it goes down now that we are in the northern hemisphere.

Narna & Grumpy


High valley in the mountains
High valley in the mountains

2 Replies to “School Report 7 – Crossing the Equator

  1. Hi Jenny and Jim
    , you are doing brilliantly! I was thinking of you when I crossed the equator a couple of weeks ago on my trip to the rain forest and Galapogas and lo and behold get a message when I get back!
    I did it the easy way in a coach on the way to the cloud forest, but have seen some wonderful sights and animals and birds, so you must have seen an incredible amount on your mammouth journey.It took a while to get land legs back after a week at sea, but I now know a lot more about volcanic islands, though dont think I’d like to be so close to an erruption,
    Oliver is here at the moment and is very impressed.Remember us to the family and enjoy the last legs.

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