Pole of Inaccessibility

Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Well, if you grew up near the coast, it is! A continental Pole of Inaccessibility is the point on land farthest from any ocean. On earth, this point lays on the Eurasian continent, a couple of hundred of miles north of Ürümqi, China. While Ürümqi has its own draws (a stop on the ancient silk road), North America’s Pole of Inaccessibility does not pull me so. It lies between Kyle and Allen, South Dakota. I picture it as something like this:I suppose the plains will have their own sort of beauty, but something about traveling for miles and miles and hours and hours and days and days, and never seeing nary a hill, makes me feel very claustrophobic, and, frankly, scared out of my wits! It actually makes my stomach turn – what a strange reaction to a piece of geography!

2 thoughts

  1. Enjoy your trip. I'm feeling a road trip coming on too – maybe not this year, but perhaps next. I mean an American one. Even though I live in London.

  2. Thanks Jenny, we're back and we did so thoroughly enjoy ourselves! If you do end up taking an American road trip let me know – I may have some bits of experience to pass along 🙂

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