Anyone who asks Google maps for directions between a city in the United States and a city in Europe may be amused by one of the instructions. After guiding a driver to the coast, Google inevitably instructs the reader to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. One example, from New York to London, includes these steps from No. 21 on: 21. Turn right at Central St 0.1 mi 22. Turn right at Long Wharf 0.1 mi
23. Swim across the Atlantic Ocean 3,462 mi 29 days 0 hours
A swimming blogger, 623, tried to figure out the logistics, particularly how long it would really take: "My answer, if I did it all right — and remember I’m a writer, not a numbers gal
— is 314.3 days. And of course my voyage would require thousands of tax dollars
in Lifeguard and U.S. Coast Guard support, if past races could be any indicator
of future performance. Shoot, let’s not leave out the British Navy."