What's the quickest route from California to Stockholm?
Turn right then swim the Atlantic, according to Google
Google Maps seems to have got itself a sense of humour, if its recommended route from Stanford, California, to Stockholm is anything to go by.
The entire journey is estimated at 7,826 miles (about 31 days 18 hours), but that calculation doesn't appear to take into account step 33:
Spendid. For the record, back in 1969 Brit John Fairfax rowed from the Canary Islands to Florida, an epic feat which took him 180 days. Accordingly, you might want to factor in an extra six months before setting out from the US of A. ®
Thanks to Alex Munroe for the directions, and to those of you who wrote to point out that this tomfoolery also pops up in the suggested route from New York to London (see step 23) and a raft of other Transatlantic trips.
Looks like this only works for the Atlantic
I was curious to see if this might work for the Pacific Ocean, but no dice. It won't compute a route from San Francisco, CA to Tokyo, Japan.
Atlantic route, no pacific route!
While it appears that Google can cross the Atlantic Ocean, it can't get across the Pacific Ocean. Attempts to go from the mainland to Hawaii are countered with a message: you can't get from here to there (or its equivalent). They should have a few more swimming portals around the world!
>says a lot about the british transport system when google
>recommends you swim past England and down to France
>before coming back to London!
Not really. It's simply that trying to swim up the Channel would be foolish and dangerous.