Peripatetic Persistent Pirate Puffins' Peregrination: Where Next? February 23, 2022 4:20 PM   Subscribe

The previous leg of our trip is complete. Where shall we go next?
posted by kathrynm to MetaFilter-Related at 4:20 PM (22 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

I recognize this as a reference to previous MetaTalk/IRL hijinks and am entirely in favor of the spirit of it, but as someone who works here who is nonetheless a bit lost I would like to recommend you add a little more context for the general crowd. :)
posted by cortex (staff) at 4:21 PM on February 23, 2022 [6 favorites]

Or at least add more context for me, because i have no idea what the heck.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:11 PM on February 23, 2022 [2 favorites]

Wait, you all made it to Tokyo and you didn't even arrange a meetup with us?

Jokes aside, while it might not be long enough for the group you've assembled, since you're here (the trip was to Tokyo, right?) why not try out the Gokaido, the five traditional roads to Edo (the old name of Tokyo)? They aren't as long as walking across the Pacific Ocean, but they could do for a nice stroll before setting out on the next trek. After that, you could always turn it into the 88 temple pilgrimage route around Shikoku.

Past that, you could always walk to Fukuoka, take the ferry to Shanghai, and take one of the old Silk Road to Europe.
posted by Ghidorah at 6:50 PM on February 23, 2022 [2 favorites]

A little background from the IRL event here. It's such a neat project!

As for next steps, clearly you should follow the path of the River Volga, which, as you know, starts in Vladivostock and ends in Wimbledon.
posted by mochapickle at 8:33 PM on February 23, 2022 [2 favorites]

{unfurals map}
Love this.
*Inclusive definition of peregrination. Includes (but is not limited to) archery, biking, bouldering, canoeing, cleaning, dancing and walking with babies, dancing/jump roping/hula hooping your way down the sidewalk, geocaching, going very slowly and stopping to smell the snails, hiking, hopping, ice skating, jogging, jumping with and/or without ropes, kayaking, paddle boarding, parkour, rock climbing, roller blading, roller skating, running, skate boarding, skipping, snowshoeing, swimming, strength training, surfing, treadmilling while watching TV, triking, unicycling, vacuuming, wheelchairing, X-country skiing, yard work, etc.

and I thought space travel was hard.
posted by clavdivs at 9:12 PM on February 23, 2022 [3 favorites]

Ah, I didn't realize you'd already made it here and left. My bad. Enjoy Vladivostok.
posted by Ghidorah at 9:28 PM on February 23, 2022 [1 favorite]

Every time I'm reminded of this, I love the idea. Then I participate once and forget to log anything ever again. Maybe this time will be different.

But, walking the Trans-Siberian rail line seems to me like the obvious direction to go. Then on to Paris. [Edit: which I realize is a very European-centered choice, and there are plenty of other equally good ones. I was thinking of the 1908 New York to Paris Car race.]
posted by eotvos at 7:38 AM on February 24, 2022

A little background from the IRL event here.

I just checked that, and I....still don't understand. But I am content to let the mystery be.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 10:13 AM on February 24, 2022

Okay, so the participants are doing virtual walks between places on the globe. Every step (or activity) made in real life counts toward mileage taken on a virtual journey. They've crossed and ocean and walked from Tokyo to Vladivostok so far, and now they're taking ideas on where to walk to next.
posted by mochapickle at 10:34 AM on February 24, 2022

Pan-American Highway? The route through Canada and the US would need to be defined, but it goes all the way from Alaska to Argentina.
posted by fiercekitten at 2:32 PM on February 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

Similarly, North Pole to South Pole?
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 3:15 PM on February 24, 2022 [1 favorite]

Yay! I got distracted and wandered away, so I'm glad to hear you all made it. I presume I'll hit dry land eventually.
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:12 PM on February 24, 2022

Was Tokyo-Vladivostok on land, or as the crow flies?

If it's the former, it's about as far from Tokyo to Vladivostok as it is from Vladivostok to Yakutsk (which I am familiar with primarily from its appearance in the board game Risk).
posted by box at 11:47 AM on February 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

I guess I'll be that tourist asshole and say that Yakutsk is pretty cool and a very good choice, based on spending 12 hours there. Perhaps we go there, and then on to Olkohn? The lake is frozen now, so we can walk on it.
posted by eotvos at 12:04 PM on February 25, 2022

To Kyiv to drop off some money for refugee charities we fundraise along the way?
posted by Concordia at 1:36 PM on February 25, 2022 [2 favorites]

Here's a survey for those of you interested. Thanks Aniola!
posted by kathrynm at 4:10 PM on February 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

Might help if I actually add the link... Survey

thanks again Anoila
posted by kathrynm at 12:59 PM on February 26, 2022 [3 favorites]

So here are the results (thanks anoila)

Unanimous to keep going from Vladivostok.

Winners per my analysis:
- 3 total votes to pick up The Corpse in the Library (details vary)
- 3 votes to Kyiv to donate to refugees (2 plus one pickup corpse first)

I propose we go pickup corpse and then onto Kyiv. If that sounds good, then I'll make the IRL post.
posted by kathrynm at 8:45 AM on March 1, 2022 [5 favorites]

Sounds good!
posted by Tehhund at 3:55 AM on March 2, 2022

But where is Corpse?
posted by kathrynm at 4:47 PM on March 2, 2022 [1 favorite]

Just want to let everyone know that I have the spreadsheet. I just need to make the post. But I can't do it tonight.
posted by kathrynm at 4:46 PM on March 14, 2022 [2 favorites]

The new walk is up! Come join us.
posted by kathrynm at 9:46 AM on March 16, 2022 [3 favorites]

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