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Jason McDowell is also known as Little Tiny Fish. He is the Creative Director for OnMilwaukee. Occasionally he freelances. Mostly he rides bikes.

littletinyfish.com is not a cohesive blog, but a repository of musings on an assortment of topics, such as design, art, cycling, Milwaukee, and other personal experiences.

At the end of the year I lamented that I didn’t feel like I got on my bike enough in 2013. I clocked in a total of 3,184.38 miles, which was exactly 1,815.62 miles less than last 2012 (in which I went out on New Year’s Eve to cap off precisely 5,000 miles).

I’m not a person who makes resolutions (or rather, I don’t make resolutions on only one day out of the year), but my brother suggested I attempt to circumnavigate the moon by bike.

6,784 miles around the moon / 365 days in the year = 18.59 miles a day, which is over twice my average commute. Considering that takes about 15 minutes, this seems rather do-able.

Even if I don’t make it all the way around the moon, hopping from crater to crater seems like a fun challenge for anyone. Plus, maybe there’s a chance to learn something, too.

Using Google Earth, I’ve mapped a route around the moon. It’s about 10 miles over the circumference (riding landmark to landmark instead of as the crow flies), so I may tweak it slightly to get it closer to the true circumference. Or you can cheat and subtract 10 miles at the end. Or you can be a bullhead and insist on this exact route. Whatever. It’s just supposed to be fun.

I imagine it would be fun talking with other co-workers about your progress.

“Last night I made it to Sampson.”

“Ah, really? I haven’t even gotten to Huxley yet. But I’m riding to Madison tomorrow, so I’ll catch up soon enough.”

Here’s the cue sheet if you want to participate. If there is enough interest, maybe I can scrounge up a prize for those who manage to complete the route:

# → Crater Mile Total Mile Km Total Km
2 Aldrin → Sabine 37.72 37.72 60.35 60.35
3 → Ritter 19.5 57.22 31.2 91.55
4 → Ariadaeus 32.4 89.62 51.84 143.39
5 → Rima Ariadaeus 72.12 161.74 115.39 258.78
6 → Silberschlag 26.78 188.52 42.85 301.63
7 → Boscovich 70.1 258.62 112.16 413.79
8 → Mare Vaporum 153.04 411.66 244.86 658.65
9 → Marco Polo 109.85 521.51 175.76 834.41
10 → Montes Apenninus 73.12 594.63 116.99 951.4
11 → Huxley 28.14 622.77 45.02 996.43
12 → MacMillan 93.73 716.5 149.97 1,146.39
13 → Timocharis 101.43 817.93 162.29 1,308.68
14 → Dorsum Grabau 68.72 886.65 109.95 1,418.63
15 → Sampson 11.4 898.05 18.24 1,436.87
16 → McDonald 72.93 970.98 116.69 1,553.56
17 → Carlini 80.38 1,051.36 128.61 1,682.17
18 → Luna 17 & Lunokhod 187.41 1,238.77 299.86 1,982.03
19 → Mairan 136 1,374.77 217.6 2,199.63
20 → Louville 57.51 1,432.28 92.02 2,291.65
21 → Dechan 297.06 1,729.34 475.3 2,766.95
22 → Rimae Gerard 206.23 1,935.57 329.97 3,096.92
23 → Schönfeld 187.33 2,122.9 299.73 3,396.65
24 → Bragg 78.09 2,200.99 124.94 3,521.59
25 → Lacchini 65.87 2,266.86 105.39 3,626.98
26 → Razumov 108.94 2,375.8 174.3 3,801.28
27 → Frost 65.75 2,441.55 105.2 3,906.48
28 → Douglass 69.42 2,510.97 111.07 4,017.55
29 → Kovalevskaya 148.18 2,659.15 237.09 4,254.64
30 → Foster 239.26 2,898.41 382.82 4,637.46
31 → Mach 168.25 3,066.66 269.2 4,906.66
32 → Zhukovskiy 380.97 3,447.63 609.55 5,516.21
33 → Krasovskiy 175.5 3,623.13 280.8 5,797.01
34 → Coriolis 249.22 3,872.35 398.75 6,195.76
35 → Dewar 130.11 4,002.46 208.18 6,403.94
XX Halfway Point 89.73 4,092.19 143.56 6,547.5
36 → Ventris 146.95 4,149.41 235.12 6,639.06
37 → Marconi 256.15 4,405.56 409.84 7,048.9
38 → Chauvenet 153.79 4,559.35 246.06 9,544.96
39 → Lander 118.81 4,678.16 190.1 9,735.06
40 → Fermi 181.13 4,859.29 289.81 10,024.87
41 → Diderot 27.83 4,887.12 44.53 10,069.4
42 → Koval’skiy 360.49 5,247.61 576.78 10,646.18
43 → Curie 174.95 5,422.56 279.92 10,926.1
44 → Hecataeus 203.09 5,625.65 324.94 11,251.04
45 → Balmer 171 5,796.65 273.6 11,524.64
46 → Holden 130.91 5,927.56 209.46 11,734.1
47 → McClure 230.82 6,158.38 369.31 12,103.41
48 → Magelhaens 129.93 6,288.31 207.89 12,311.3
49 → Armstrong 436.05 6,724.36 697.68 13,008.98
50 → Collins 23.82 6,748.18 38.11 13,047.09
51 → Surveyor 5 10.48 6,758.66 16.77 13,063.86
52 → Aldrin 19.46 6,778.12 31.14 13,095

Total: 6,778.12 miles or 13,095 Km

Edit: January 13, 2014: Added kilometers for all of my metric readers who know they’re on the right side of history. I also formatted the cue sheet into a table, where data belongs.

Edit:January 14, 2014: If you’re on Daily Mile, you can easily track your mileage through the Lunar Cycle challenge. If you’re on Twitter, you can use the hashtag #LTFLunarCycle.