Jim's Trek IV, my exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Day 5 – (AD 910) – 22.8 Miles – Jim's Trek Part IV – July Stats on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

And this morning, on another rainy Tampa day, I pedaled 22.8 miles.

My location is at Travessa do Sampão 399 in about the outskirts of Leiria, Portugal. Countdown – 116 more miles to destination 2 on my list of 70. In a couple of miles I will have to make the decision whether to go west or go east to go south.



And now I have approximately 290 cycling days remaining.

Here are my recorded stats as of my 910th day of pedaling on my Schwinn Fitness cycles.
  • Location – Home, Tampa, Florida
  • Virtual Location – Leiria, Portugal
  • Start Date – 2 December 2012
  • Today's Date – 1 Aug 2015
  • Trek Distance – Today 22.9 miles
  • Trek Distance Part I – 4,257.1 miles
  • Trek Distance Part II – 4,360.0 miles
  • Trek Distance Part III – 10,362.4 miles
  • Trek Distance Part IV – 116.2 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 19,105.7
  • Miles to Go to complete goal – 23.3 %
  • Avg. Miles per Day – 21.0
  • Calories Burned Today – 643
  • Number of Sit-ups Today – 0 (I really have to get back to this)
  • Weight –167.2 lbs; Total Loss – 11.5 lbs
  • BMI – 23.4
  • Fat – 19.2%
  • Belly Measurement – 32”; Total Loss – 12”
  • Blood Sugar - 92 mg/dL
  • A1c – 5.17%
  • eAG – 101.7 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 123/76
  • Age – 63 yrs, 7 mths

Our BW 1950 arrived home safely.


This is my 972nd post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 74,213 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is our email address.)

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Friday, July 31, 2015

Day 4 – (AD 909) – 22.3 Miles – Jim's Trek Part IV – I’m Not Bored on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today, for my boring report, I pedaled 22.3 miles on my Schwinn 170. Total count – 19,082.9 miles, 30,711.0 kilometers. And yes this is boring, but bloody well I'm consistent on my 909th day of cycling.


I have turned to the southeast on the N109 in the Coimbra District. I am located just north of Carriço in the adjoining District of Leiria. Google Maps now has me recorded with 108 miles remaining to my 1st destination and goal point.

And I have to remember that I am now pedaling, virtually, on the right-hand side of the road.

Countdown – 291 days

All we like sheep are led astray – Isaiah 53:6 (KJV). Yes I am using scripture for my own purpose of writing.


On October 16, 1869, workers in Cardiff, New York, unearthed what appeared to be the body of an ancient 10-foot tall petrified man.” So continues Evan Andrews October 16, 2014 article in History. “The Cardiff Giant Fools the Nation, 145 Years Ago”.


And today we have our Donald Trump: P.T. Barnum With Bad Hair, Mark Salter, Real Clear Politics, July 30, 2015. Will the American electorate wake up? “Either the phoniness in American politics has reached record levels or I’ve grown irremediably cynical in my old age.

My early morning blood sugar count dropped to 94. I ate one hell of a lot yesterday but I think I just made sure that my carbs were low.

Quilting for our new Roo Royale has been completed. Next step the binding. The new fabric from Spoonflower for our newest piece, It Is A Roo, has arrived. This is a first for us.


Also BW 2010 arrived safely home from its tour. The companion piece BW 1950 is still out there in delivery land.



Found three recipes I've got to try - Spicy Pork Bulgogi; Korean Spiced Kidney Beans; and Baby Potato JoRim.

This is my 971st post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 74,145 Pageviews. Daily Pageviews have dropped by 0.3 to 76.3. Some viewers must becoming somewhat bored.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is our email address.)

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Day 3 – (AD 908) – 22.3 Miles – Jim's Trek Part IV – Roti and Eyes in Portugal on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I pedaled 22.3 miles on my Schwinn 170. Totals recorded – 19,060.6 miles; 30,675.1 kilometers.



I am located at Estrada Florestal 1 on the virtual part of my journey. I think I am off the beaten path this morning. I am now 135 miles from my 1st destination and goal point. (Yes, I have 70 of these short stretch goals.)

Countdown - 292 pedaling days left.

Rotimatic
And I found a new gadget for my kitchen a rotimatic; a computerized roti making machine. But at US$999.00 I may have to wait until someone very, very nice gifts one to me.

Yup the first line of pre-orders has sold out. Roti brings back some memories, and now I can have my gadget and eat as well.

Check out the WSJ Video - "Can Algorithms Replace Mom's Home Cooking?"

Roti - Traditional Indian Flatbread

Question - If the eyes are the windows to one's soul, does someone have something to hide when s/he wears brilliantly colored sneakers/shoes? Steven Bancarz in his article "Scientists Discover That Eyes Are Windows To The Soul" writes

"It’s crazy to think how the markings on a person’s eyeball can reveal the most deep-rooted character traits of an individual...There was an extremely strong correlation between a person’s iris and their personality traits." 

Check out where your eyes go, in an immediate flash of a second, when you chance encounter someone with a brilliant colored set of shoes/sneakers. Are they trying to avoid, subconsciously or with intent, having you look at their eyes? Look into their soul?


Sorry about the pun.

This is my 970th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 74,082 Pageviews.

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Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Day 2 – (AD 907) – 22.5 Miles – Jim's Trek Part IV – Continuing on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Yup, I got on my Schwinn 170 again this morning and I pedaled 22.5 miles. The numbers just keep increasing – 19,038.3 miles; 30,639.2 kilometers. This is the real part.

And now for the virtual part of this crazy Trek. This morning I made to and am located at Avenida José Estevão.



It looks like the Atlantic Ocean is on the west and the Ria de Aveiro is on the east, and yes I am heading south.



Countdown – 293 more pedaling days to go.

My blood sugar this early morning registered 94. The 6 point jump, not that it is much, could be because I had two helpings of the “General Tso’s Chicken” I created last night. I used the Simply Asia General Tso Stir-Fry Sauce packet and followed the recipe on the back. (I found the packet at my local Publix. Even though I probably have the majority of the listed ingredients for the sauce in my pantry, I thought what the hell.) Bottom line it was okay but it wasn’t anything like a typical General Tso’s Chicken from the local Chinese restaurant.

Smith's General Tso's Chicken



Check out the documentary “The Search For General Tso”.  Jiayang Fan writes in The New Yorker – “Searching For America With General Tso”, (March 2015).

It says something about Chinese food in America that it has emerged as a fixture in the traditions of other minorities, most spectacularly on Christmas, when consuming cartons of greasy lo mein is all but codified custom in Jewish households.”  


And if you’ve got 2 ½ plus hours to spare you should check out Steven Mango’s January 2014 YouTube presentation “Inside the Scientology Celebrity Center: An Ex-Parishioner Reveals All”. Very interesting. Yeah Clearwater.  Sis, boom, bah, the cult has bought Clearwater.


This is my 969th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 74,031 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek. (This link is our email address.)

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Day 1 – (AD 906) – 4.7 + 21.6 Miles – Jim's Trek Part IV – Let The New Journey Begin on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,


Tampa humidity is at 93%.


The 7% lack thereof must the part where the condensation is running down the sliding glass patio door. (Yup there is a pool and patio table out there somewhere.)

This morning I’m back on my Schwinn 170. I pedaled 21.6 miles.

This all began as a lark. Today is my 906th day pedaling on my Schwinn Fitness cycles. Have I realized some benefits? Hell yes! Has my pedaling become a routine part of my life? Yes. Have I become somewhat obsessed? No sh@#$*. And I am certainly reaping my benefits.

Part I of Jim’s Trek was a challenge to pedal the equivalent mileage from Tampa, Florida to Seattle, Washington; 4,257.1 miles. Part II was the return trip home; 4,360.0 miles. Part III was my journey around and through Australia; 10,362.4 miles. (Yeah, that was a long haul, and a lot of Outback.) To date I have completed a total of 19,015.8, including the new Part IV miles.

I have completed 76.4 % of my total goal. Part IV will help me to reach 100% of my goal. It may have a degree of aimlessness but one thing for certain is that if I continue at this rate of daily pedaling I should be completing this Trek which I began on December 2, 2012 on about May 17, 2016.


And now for this morning’s language lesson; I began Part IV in Porto, Portugal. I am headed in a southerly direction to my 1st destination and goal point.

Comecei Parte IV, no Porto, Portugal. Estou indo na direcção sul, ao meu primeiro destino e objetivo ponto.

Obviously Google has become a part of my life.

Obviamente, o Google tornou-se uma parte da minha vida.

I carried over 4.7 miles from my last day of Part III and then virtually I flew over from Sydney, Australia to Porto, Portugal. Adding the 4.7 miles to today’s pedaling of 21.6 miles I am now located, headed in a southerly direction, at Avenida Dom Manuel I.



I think that Manuel I ruled as King of Portugal and the Algarves from 1495 to 1521…and during his reign Brazil was discovered by Pedro Álvares Cabral in about 1500. (Hell what can I say, language and history.)

And at this start of Jim’s Trek Part IV I have identified 70 destinations and goal points. As I speak Spanish and French and can stumble through Latin, I can see that this Trek may be a good time for me to pick up a couple more Romance languages. (Enough said.)

Como eu falo espanhol e francês e podem tropeçar através Latina, posso ver que este Trek pode ser uma boa hora para eu pegar mais algumas línguas românicas. (Disse o suficiente.) Thank you Google Translate.

This morning my fasting blood sugar count recorded at 88 mg/dL. I have now gone 740 days, (since July 18, 2013), without any diabetes medication.

Supper last night is definitely a repeat, anytime. Gnocchi, Shrimp, Green Peas, Green Onion, Arugula, Sofrito, Garlic, Olive Oil, Butter. Took no time at all to cook and plate.



The (my) No-Knead Bread formula – 3; ½; 1 ½; 1 ½; 450, 30, 15; Eat. KF I am anticipating a picture of your first.

And if you have that craving for something bacon…only $14.95

This is my 968th post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 73,971 Pageviews.

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Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim