And now I continue in Australia Jim's Trek III. My exercise journey now on my Schwinn 170 from Tampa to parts unknown...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Day 314 – (AD 744) – 22.1 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Puppy Bowl on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

On Super Bowl Sunday I pedaled, once again, 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170.


The Pack are resting before their venture into their Puppy Bowl auditions.


I am located in the Northern Territory in Australia, virtually of course, somewhere on State Route 4. I am just a wee bit beyond the intersection of Luritja Road. And from the German Wikipedia site “Die Luritja Road ist eine Touristenstraße im Süden des australischen Northern Territory. Sie verbindet den Larapinta Drive im Watarrka-Nationalpark mit dem Lasseter Highway zwischen Mount Ebenezer und Curtin Springs. Die Straße ist Teil des Red Centre Way. Der Name bezieht sich auf Luritja, einenStamm der Aborigines.” (Where’s my Google Translate App?)


I am headed west to my next destination and goal point.

Here are my recorded stats as of my 744th day of pedaling on my Schwinn Fitness cycles.
  • Location – Home, Tampa, Florida
  • Virtual Location – Northern Territory, Australia
  • Start Date – 2 December 2012
  • Today's Date – 1 February 2015
  • Trek Distance – Today 22.1 miles
  • Trek Distance Part I – 4,257.1 miles
  • Trek Distance Part II – 4,360.0 miles
  • Trek Distance Part III – miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 15,399.2
  • Miles to Go – 38.2%
  • Avg. Miles per Day – 20.7
  • Calories Burned Today - 660
  • Number of Sit-ups Today - 200
  • Weight –167.2 lbs; Total Loss – 4.4 lbs
  • BMI – 23.4
  • Fat – 19.9%
  • Belly Measurement – 32”; Total Loss – 12”
  • Blood Sugar - 104 mg/dL
  • A1c ~ 5.80%
  • eAG ~ 99 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 124/76
  • Age – 63 yrs, 1 mth
This is my 792nd Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,895 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Day 313 – (AD 743) – 21.9 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Gasparilla on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Yes it is Gasparilla Day in Tampa. This is the 100th annual celebration where we throw beads and celebrate the raping, plundering, and pillaging of the fair populace of Tampa by the supposed character pirate of José Gaspar. So drink, be merry, catch the beads, and end up in hoosegow.

This morning I pedaled another 21.9 miles on my Schwinn 170. I burned 606 calories. I continue to burn an average 616 calories each time I cycle.

My daily targets on my Schwinn Fitness cycle are just over 20.0 miles and 600 calories in about 70 +/- minutes. These are my real goals.


Meanwhile in Australia I am located, on my virtual Trek, somewhere on Lasseter Highway. I think that there was something wrong with the Google Maps July 2008 camera.

Well I made breakfast, dessert for supper Challah French Toast.


And surprise, surprise, surprise… My blood sugar dropped by 7 points to 104. Strawberries in Orange sauce on Banana Grand Marnier Challah French Toast. Yes I will be posting my ingredients and a few images at Jim’s Gotta Eat. (Hopefully by tonight.)

A new quilt is underway.  This one is TBAJ.

This is my 791st Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,827 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Friday, January 30, 2015

Day 312 – (AD 742) – 22.3 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Split Screen on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 22.3 miles on my Schwinn 170... Yes I am consistent. My total today – 15,355.2 miles; 24,711.9 kilometers.


I am headed west on my virtual Trek and I am located on Lasseter Highway in the Northern Territory in Australia. Even though the Google image appears to be a split image you can definitely see that it is dry…and red.

And I continue pedaling.

Picture this… actually listen to this. Land-line telephone rings. It rings twice. ID faceplate shows “Private Number”.

 I answer. “Hello”. There is a background “office-type” commotion in the background. I repeat. “Hello”.

“Can I speak to James Smith?” Definitely not an English accent, asked in English. Leaning more towards either Filipino or Indian.

I quickly reply and ask. “What are you calling about?”

The response. “I am calling about your computer.”

“Sorry you have reached the wrong James Smith.” I hang up.

Obviously a scam. Good article by Ollie Garkey to read on Daily Kos – “If you get a call about your computer, it’s a scam.

(Photo: Elly Stewart/Kresge Foundation)
I am a kid, and I feel like a kid when I read about Ruth Adler Schnee. She signed a 20-year contract with the design firm Knoll International. Ms. Schnee is 91-years-old. Touché.

Read Micheal H. Hodges January 30th article in The Detroit News – "Textile designer picker as Kresge’e 2015 Eminent Artist."

I have an issue with Ancestry.com. In November I applied for a free trial with Archive.com which of course I had to enter an account number for the advertised "Free Trial". I obviously missed the "fine print" and Archive.com started billing me on a regular basis. I called when I noticed a third month charge.

They, at Archive.com, tried to say that it was my fault. Anyway long story short they reversed the three months of charges. And this was only after that I asked the question of why should I be paying more to a subsidiary of Ancestry when I had just renewed my annual international subscription to Ancestry which I have had an ongoing account for over 10 years.

Their response was almost immediate. I have already received the email notification of cancellation.

FYI Ancestry.com owns Genealogy.com, Fold3.com, Rootsweb.com, Newspaper.com and Footnote.com.  And once you start adding up the annual subscriptions costs the total is in the vicinty of $500.00 a year.

Many people are unaware of this and it is Ancestry.com's way of "dinging" for subscription dues from unsuspecting genealogy researchers.

This is my 790th Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,764 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Day 311 – (AD 741) – 22.5 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Erldunda My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

When I woke up this morning I did not have the gumption to get on my cycle...and it was not the guilt but the fact that I have-to-just-do-it took supplanted the thought. Guess I am hooked.

This morning I cycled 22.5 miles on my Schwinn 170. My grand total is now 15,332.9 miles; 24,676.0 kilometers.


At Erldunda I turned an immediate right onto Lasseter Highway/State Route 4. Erldunda is a tiny town in the Red Centre of the Northern Territory. The village describes itself as a superior roadhouse. Erldunda has a population of just 50 people. (From Wikitravel.)





Finally got around to seeing "The Book of Mormon".


I laughed in places, and I enjoyed myself. At the Straz Center, it was a performance for a large audience. I always find that there is a loss of intimacy at a venue of this size. But I did exit the theater trying to think of what the playwrights really was trying to say.

Steve Bornfeld, Vegas Seven, sort of touches my feelings and thoughts in his article "Earning a Prophet: The Book of Mormon Is Outrageous, But Not As Ballsy As You Thought" - 

"Profound philosophical questions are posed in dialogue such as, “Can bullshit feed a hungry soul?” and, “Does it matter if the gospel is true?” While the characters are sweetly likable, what informs their lives—in essence, who they are—is savaged."


I think I will just read The Book of Arnold.

This is my 789th Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,701 Pageviews.

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Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day 310 – (AD 740) – 21.8 Miles – Jim's Trek Part III – Cold on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled another 21.8 miles on my Schwinn 170. My totals – 15,310.4 miles; 24,639.8 kilometers.

I am still, yes still, headed south on National Highway 87 in the Northern Territory.


But I do see a change in route coming up shortly.

And today is my 310th day cycling in Australia, and I have now completed 63.78% of my overall intended Trek in Part III. I haven’t as yet started to think about Part IV.

I have been looking at and exploring Brazilian and Finnish recipes. Hell, did I ever say that I love to eat?


Okay I am not a gambling person and I haven’t got any clue how to read the chart…but the games (no pun intended), have begun. And it seems that according to the Broward Palm Beach New Times a couple of Florida aspirants, (I just like the sound of this word), are heading to the front of the pack.


But aren’t the bookies missing FSIA (the frozen star of the incoherent articulation)?


This is my 788th Jim’s Trek post. According to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded, as of this morning, 59,644 Pageviews.

I welcome comments or thoughts or ideas. Please feel free to contact, email me at Jim’s Trek.

Be healthy and enjoy your day.

Jim