And now I continue in Australia Jim's Trek III. My exercise journey on my Schwinn 150 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Day 55 - (AD 485) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.1 Miles – Goal #4 Adelaide, South Australia On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I completed 21.1 miles on my Schwinn 170. To date a total of 9,788.0 miles; 15,752.3 kilometers.


This morning the first 10.1 miles of my cycling takes me into my 4th destination and goal point in Australia, Adelaide. I made it to Reconciliation Plaza and Victoria Square. It looks like someone forgot to tell the folks that I would be arriving this morning. Oh well, I just keep moving on.


And I continued an additional 11.0 miles. I am headed due north from the center of Adelaide. I am located now on Port Wakefield Road, also named Princes Highway at about Little Para Linear Park. And I now have another 1,618.0 miles to go to get to my 4th destination and goal in my Jim’s Trek III.

I am somewhat a big science fiction fan. This morning I watched Fringe, while I cycled. I am now at Episode 1 in Season 4. This is the 66th of 100 of the series, and I am confused. Apart from the fact, or is that fiction, that there are two universes there is now introduced the concept of time travel. Fringe is keeping me completely absorbed trying to figure out who is from where and when is what is happening. Yes I am confused. But while I cycle on my Schwinn 170 I am focused on keeping a steady pace while pedaling while watching… without any interruptions.


Bollywood begins in Tampa. I wonder what’s for supper.

Quilting has begun on H-2.  The design for H-3 has been completed.

If you are reading this blog and just so happen to be somewhere along my route in Australia please feel free to drop me a line at jsmith58@gmail.com. Certainly would welcome it.

Trying to be healthy,

And enjoy,

Jim

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Day 54 - (AD 484) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.4 Miles – Summertown, South Australia On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

I am writing my Trek journal late today. Thank you BP for the 40 years of reminiscing. Thanks for lunch. Santiago el Grande and BP in one week, talk about the memories.

This morning I cycled 21.4 miles on my Schwinn 170. It looks like I only have another 233.1 miles before I break the 10,000 mile mark. Damn. I never thought that I would last this long…cycling and exercise that is.


Today I am on Greenhill Road at a point between Swamp and Piccadilly Roads in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. From what I can read on Google Maps I am just west of the Town of Summertown; population of about 400. Okay and here is a piece of Wikipedia information; Summertown has the distinction of being home to the highest percentage (60%) of people who used a personal computer at home in South Australia. That of course may have changed today as that was according to the 2001 census. I wonder if they are all Facebook friends with each other.

My blood sugar dropped again this morning another 14 points to 94. I am watching what I am eating. Last’s night supper was a weird concoction that was sort of like a chili. Turnip greens, chicken breast, bacon, onions, Northern beans, garlic, white wine, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper; sort of like a stew. And served over rice. I definitely would repeat.

Oh and just a thought, I think that the Food Network is getting more and more removed from its original plan of food preparation. It seems that all the new shows are a combo – Beat the Clock and Chopped. I like cooking to prepare the food.  I am not in a competition to sling hash.

Julia Cameron writes in her Finding Water of an individual who appears to be caterwauling.

‘But you don’t understand.’ I can hear her wailing at me.
I understand all too clearly. How many valuable writing hours have I myself wasted on drama? Focused on things that were out of my control, I failed to use the power that I did have, the power to create. It is the voice of my own experience that says to me that when too many people start behaving too badly, I probably am just not working hard enough. Over the years, I have ruefully noticed that when I am on track in my writing, everyone seems to behave much better.

And yes I am reading Julia Cameron.

All kaleidoscopes have been added and appliqued to our new H-3 quilt and wall hanging. The design for the quilting for both our H-2 and H-3 has been decided. 57 blocks have been completed for our new crocheted Afghan #5. Only 83 more to go. each block is 5 ½ inches square. I am now trying to create a 9” square stencil/pantograph for our design to our Equality quilt.

If you are reading this blog and just so happen to be somewhere along my route in Australia please feel free to drop me a line at jsmith58@gmail.com. Certainly would welcome it.

Trying to be healthy,

And enjoy,

Jim

Monday, April 21, 2014

Day 53 - (AD 483) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.1 Miles – I Continue on Old Prince’s Highway, South Australia On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled my Schwinn 170 another 21.1 miles, and today I did that in 1 hour and 8 minutes. I can calculate that I have completed about 10.8% of my complete Trek III journey. (This is only the Australia part.). And this is my 23rd day on my new Schwinn 170.


This morning I passed, on the Old Prince’s Highway, through Kanmantoo in South Australia. The population of the Locality of Kanmantoo is just over 700. I am now located about 32 miles from my 4th destination and goal of my virtual trip in Australia. Since I began Jim’s Trek III in Australia I have now cycled 1,128.4 miles, 1,816.0 kilometers.

I had to look about some detail about and who the Prince’s Highway was named. It was named when the pre-existing roads were renamed “Prince’s Highway” after the 1920 visit to Australia by the Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VIII and then after abdicating, the Duke of Windsor. All-things-being-equal it is a more scenic and leisurely route than the main highways.

April is on track and on this 21st day I have now written my 21st day of my morning pages. And according to the tracking at 750words.com I have completed a 187 day streak. All told, since I began recording, I have writen a total of 218,460 words in 286 days since I began last July. And today’s HuffPost article “A Conversation with Julia Cameron about Channeling Your Creativity” explains this part of my daily routine.

Blood sugar this morning, sans Chocolate Covered Strawberry milkshake without whipped cream, is down 18 points to 108. That is good. Now I need to drop it another 8+ points to get myself back on track. My mantra is now, and I will keep repeating to myself, “No more diabetes meds”.


Why is it that the Auto-Voicebot who answers the phone and states that my telephone conversation will be and is being recorded never say “Wait a minute you already said that”?  Should not the accredited “expert” and “responsible” representative, or human counterpart, have reviewed the recorded conversation so that I should have to repeat my story and issue for the umpteenth time?

My bank hiccuped on another electronic paper payment that I had warehoused for delivery on March 31st. You would think that there would be a coordination of systems especially after I had initiated correction proceedings previously. I wasted too, too much time this morning having to repeat myself again, and again. Too many departments concerned with the same details, each reading a different line of the recorded details, that is, if they even listen to the recorded particulars.

The kaleidoscopes have been positioned on H-3. Definitely a hell of a difference. Andy is sewing and appliqueing them on. I am working on the design of the quilting. It truly is very different than anything we have done to date.

If you are reading this blog and just so happen to be somewhere along my route in Australia please feel free to drop me a line at jsmith58@gmail.com. Certainly would welcome it.

Trying to be healthy,

And enjoy,

Jim

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Day 52 - (AD 482) – Jim's Trek Part III – 20.1 Miles – Murray Bridge, South Australia On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,


Happy Easter and may the chocolate bilbies cuddle up to you in your dreams.

This early morning I cycled 20.1 miles on my Schwinn 150. I have now crossed the 1,100 mile mark since I began Jim’s Trek III. That mark is now 1,107.3 miles. All together I have now pedaled 9,724.4 miles on my Schwinn stationary bikes since 2 December 2012. I have only 275.6 more miles to go to reach a new grand total of 10,000 miles.


This morning I am now headed, virtually, in a northwesterly direction. I am located on the Old Princes Highway and just southwest of Murray Bridge East.

Well having a strawberry milkshake covered in chocolate syrup at 10:30 last night can certainly guarantee that my blood sugar will spike. And it did this morning to 126. And today is the day of chocolate and jelly beans and food but I realized that I do not need to be taking any type of diabetes medication, albeit chemicals to further poison or "fix" myself. I just won’t duplicate the mistake of late night milkshakes again. Hell I wish knew what I was thinking. But I was good; I did not have any of the whipped cream. And I just looked up the nutritional counts for the Steak and Shake Chocolate Covered Strawberry Milk Shake, and I am sitting down; 760 calories, 122 carbs, etc., etc. One day’s worth of my daily routine…gone!

And as I gorge myself on chocolate here is a thought from About from the Internetland

Easter is the oldest Christian holiday, but how much of the most public and common celebrations of Easter today remain Christian in nature? Many people go to church — far more than go the rest of the year — but what else? Easter candy isn’t Christian. The Easter bunny isn’t Christian. Easter eggs aren’t Christian. Most of what people commonly associate with Easter is pagan in origin; the rest is commercial. Just as American culture secularized Christmas, it’s secularizing Easter…
A focus of spring religious festivals was a god whose own death and rebirth symbolized the death and rebirth of life during this time of the year. Many pagan religions had gods who were depicted as dying and being reborn. In some legends this god even descends into the underworld to challenge the forces there. Attis, consort of the Phrygian fertility goddess Cybele, was more popular than most. In other cultures he acquired different names, including Osiris, Orpheus, Dionysus, and Tammuz...

Today’s work on H-3 will be the placement of the kaleidoscopes. In my design I will be trying to make sure that there is a cohesive pathway between all three of our H-Series quilts and wall hangings.

If you are reading this blog and just so happen to be somewhere along my route in Australia please feel free to drop me a line at jsmith58@gmail.com. Certainly would welcome it.

Trying to be healthy,

And enjoy,

Jim

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Day 51 - (AD 481) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.2 Miles – South Australia On My Schwinn 170

Good Day,


This morning I pedaled 21.2 miles on my Schwinn 170. I crossed the 9,700 mile mark; actually 9,704.3, a converted total of 15,617.6 kilometers. One hundred more sit-ups and my blood count at an even 100.

On my virtual Trek, I am located on Dukes/National Highway somewhere between Cooke Plains and Tailem Bend.

Now just follow how my links and my mind work while I continue on Jim’s Trek.

About 70% of Australia’s gypsum is mined in South Australia.  Cooke Plain’s Gypsum Deposit is one on the largest producers. Gypsum is a smuggling source of the cause of the Plaster War of 1812 between Canada and America pinpointed in Passamaquoddy Bay which in turn leads me to the 1977 Disney movie “Pete’s Dragon” which of course, was filmed in Morro Bay, California. Which of course leads me to the near fact that I have pedaled on my Schwinn cycles to where I am virtually located the distance of just about the same mileage that I am currently located from my home in Tampa. Bring out the MRIs.

I have now gone 275 days without taking any of my diabetes medications.

Enjoy your chocolate rabbits and thousand year old eggs. And down-under there is an Australian alternative to the Easter Bunny; the Easter Bilby.

If you are reading this blog and just so happen to be somewhere along my route in Australia please feel free to drop me a line at jsmith58@gmail.com. Certainly would welcome it.

Trying to be healthy,

And enjoy,

Jim