Almost Halfway

We pulled into Riverview Park on the Yellow River in Cadott, Wisconsin to get a shot of the billboard announcing that we were halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

Then I noticed the fine print on the globe — “Actual site of Midway point is 3 miles north of Cadott.”  I reset the mileage on our car so we could notice when we’d gone three miles and were actually on the 45th parallel, but we got to talking and totally missed it.

Not to worry. On our way home five days later, on Route 41 south of Marinette, Wisconsin, we found a monument marking the exact location of the 45th parallel.

But wait — what’s that it says?

Because the earth is egg-shapped and not round, the actual halfway point was eight miles behind us. Oh, well. At least we tried.

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