Last week I drove home from the Jersey Shore. By the way, itâ€™s not like that awful television show. The Jersey Shore is beautiful and the people are awesome, but thatâ€™s not germane to the article. On the drive back up I saw an incredible evening sky. It was around 8:15, and the sky on the horizon was about as beautiful as it is in the picture, albeit with more purple. I wished I could enjoy that view all the way home. The drive home was a very quiet one, it was evening, the music was off, and the car was silent, save for the sound of the tires on the highway. I had plenty of time to think, and I wondered if it was possible to enjoy the same sunset for as long as you drive.

Ok, hear me out. In order to figure out if this is even possible - to drive at a constant, uninterrupted rate with no diversions and be able to look at the exact same horizon - there is undoubtedly math involved. Let me put this out there right now, I absolutely suck at math. Like Iâ€™m awful. My brain just doesnâ€™t function that way. So Iâ€™m going to toss you all some numbers and some hypotheticals, and I want you to see if you can come up with some sort of scientific answer. Mind you, to make a trip like this happen is only improbable, itâ€™s not impossible. First we need some fixed certainties.

The first thing we need is a long, uninterrupted highway going around one latitude of the Earth. I choose to go with the 45th parallel north. The starting point would be somewhere in middle America, so I choose Door Peninsula, WI. Random choice, but one thatâ€™s basically in the middle of the country. Here we go:

• 45th parallel north
• traveling west in a straight shot all along the 45th parallel
• at the 45th parallel north (in the summer), the Earth rotates at roughly 733 mph
• begin traveling at 8:00 pm on the evening of July 28 2017 (a random summertime date), again traveling west
• again, there is nothing impeding the journey - unlimited fuel, no bathroom/food breaks, no traffic/construction/etc. You have the road entirely to yourself and it has bridges which allow you to go over water whenever it is encountered
• your vehicle is capable of maintaining whatever speed you need

Is it possible to see the exact same horizon if you can travel at a fixed rate of speed, uninterrupted, if you travel unimpeded across the globe in a straight line? Do time zones factor in?

So I pose it to you - can you realistically answer this question for me?