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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Day 179 – (AD 609) – Jim's Trek Part III – 20.8 Miles – Numbers Racking Up on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

New orchids need to be blooming in Tampa.

This morning I cycled 20.8 miles on my Schwinn 170.

I passed a sign of life, the Nanutarra Roadhouse, this morning on my virtual Trek. I am still located on the North West Coastal Highway in Western Australia and I am headed now in a northerly direction. There are now 669 miles remaining until I get to me next destination and goal point.

Here are my recorded stats as of today –
  • Location – Home, Tampa, Florida
  • Virtual Location – Western Australia
  • Start Date – 2 December 2012
  • Today's Date – 1 Sep 2014
  • Trek Distance – Today 20.8 miles
  • Trek Distance Part I – 4,257.1 miles
  • Trek Distance Part II – 4,360.0 miles
  • Trek Distance Part III – 3,844.5 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 12,461.6
  • Miles to Go – Many more
  • Avg. Miles per Day – 20.5
  • Calories Burned Today - 564
  • Number of Sit-ups - 200
  • Weight –162.3 lbs; Total Loss – 8.5 lbs
  • BMI – 22.7
  • Fat – 18.3%
  • Belly Measurement – 32”; Total Loss – 12”
  • Blood Sugar - 92 mg/dL
  • A1c ~ 5.00%
  • eAG ~ 89.0 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 121/83
  • Age – 62 yrs, 8 mths
This is my 639th post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded 48,254 Pageviews.

And I just found this Don Pugh's 2011 video about the Nanutarra Roadhouse and area.  I believe this captures my current virtual Trek in so many words and pictures.

And thanks to JB for posting this list of 10 from the California Arts Council.  Something to think about.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Day 178 – (AD 608) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.1 Miles – Late Afternoon on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today a complete change to my cycling routine; late this afternoon I pedaled 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170.

Definition: Obsession – An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind. Need I say anything more?

And yes, I am not on Mars… But hell the Google satellite image from 1 mile up of my virtual Trek on the North West Coastal Highway certainly brings back recollections of coffee-book pictures of the desolation and red of the planet Mars. (I think I've also seen similarities in some of the fabric dying examples I have been exploring.)

Blood sugar screamed up 13 points this morning and I know the most definite cause. The Fresh Market positions all its candy and confectionary displays just before the check-out registers. Hell it’s like walking through a minefield.

Oh and last night I made some frozen yogurt – Strawberry Banana and White Chocolate. I've had an ice cream maker sitting in my small appliance pantry for years. Well it still works. Ingredients – Strawberry Banana yogurt, Half & Half, Sugar, Frozen Strawberries, and White Chocolate. Sorry no pictures…bit it was so, so good. And did I ever labor. I am allowed indulgence once every couple of months, period.

I live in Florida and I am trying to not get involved with the politics especially in light of the good ole boy and backwoods’ temperament. (And I have to repeat that I am only highlighting Florida because I live here.)

I just perused a reasonable article in The Washington Post, The Fix by Chris Cillizza – “Why Florida’s leading political reporter calls the states politics “bizarre. In an interview with Tampa Bay Times political editor Adam Smith (no known relation), Smith states “Crist is a unique and remarkable politician, especially in terms of retail politics and personal charm. But he would never be in this position if Florida's Democratic Party weren't on life support. There was simply no bench of strong, well known Democratic candidates to step up and challenge even someone as vulnerable as [Gov.] Rick Scott…

The choices do not make any sense, and it appears that the voting public truly is just playing a game of political chess without any sense or grasp of the beneficial rules or techniques. It is a game of complete confusion when the current political ads, even though I never believe or trust political ads, are each using the analogous Duke Energy fiasco to blame each other. Enough said.

We have completed and mapped out our design of the quilting for our new HKM-A quilt. The quilt sandwich has been created and the project continues.

Jim’s Trek – 48,149 pageviews.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Day 177 – (AD 607) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.3 Miles – By-pass 12,400 Miles on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I kept pedaling on my Schwinn 170 and completed 22.3 miles. My grand total to date is now 12,418.7 miles; 19,986.0 kilometers. Just 14.0 more kilometers and I hit 20,000. I think the US should convert to metric. I like the bigger numbers.

My location, same time and almost the same place on a beautiful virtual day in Western Australia. I have now traveled 3,801.6 miles, 6,118.1 kilometers in Australia in Jim’s Trek III.

Exercise done. Don’t know where my mind is today. Oh yeah, my biorhythms are way down in the valley for the next week.

Quilting design has been chosen for our new HKM-A quilt.

Supper last night another experiment. I finally used my Bron Mandolin to julienne zucchini. Hell-bent-for-leather all these years and I never thought to read the instructions. And my production was a Zucchini Tomato Slaw.

Tomato Zucchini Slaw

My main dish was a Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Curry on rice. My blood sugar count this morning honed in at 92, 2-points down from the day before. Who said I do not eat well?

Thai Eggplants

Thai Shrimp and Eggplant Curry

Jim’s Trek – 48,062 pageviews.  There appears to be a slight upturn of late of visitors to Jim's Trek.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.


Friday, August 29, 2014

Day 176 – (AD 606) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.8 Miles – Yup, The Dirt is Red by My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning, I'm back on my Schwinn 170. I pedaled 21.8 miles. And for those of you who are asking I have pedaled a total of 12,396.4 miles; converted 19,950.1 kilometers. This is the 606th day of Jim’s Trek.

From 2 miles up you can see that I am located, on my virtual Trek in Western Australia on National Route 1. That’s me now at the “B” marker. The distance between "A" and "B" is 21.8 miles, as the Google crow flies.

I am headed in a westerly direction and it looks like I am closing in and a place called Yannarie. From all that I can find I think it is some sort of rest stop at the Yannarie River. But everything looks red, rust-red, deep orange rusty red. I am now 731 miles from my next set goal and destination point.

I know I began my Trek and crazy journey on December 2, 2012. On March 12, 2014 I decided to start tracking my body fat percentage. Hell, I read some place, somewhere that it may be a good idea to set a reasonable goal, and I did. I’m trying to reduce my body fat percentage to 18%.

A chart I found on – Low Carb Diets indicates that a healthy fat percentage range for a man between 61 and 79 years is 13% to 25%. Since I began tracking my average is now 19.2%. Check out the graph; the red dotted line is my downward moving average. My goal is an 18.0% average, and I am almost there.  I'm not ready to set the 17% goal yet.

Had Bright House Echo installed in the house yesterday. I cannot believe how many devices there are in this house where I had to change the sign-on IDs and passwords. Damn! But you would not believe the expediency of the upgrade to the Wi-Fi service. And the nice thing I discovered, (always read the fine print), is that as I already have the ultra-speed Internet service through Bright House I do not have to pay any additional charge for this new upgrade. Nice savings… or should I say, tongue in cheek, what was I paying for before?

Jim’s Trek now counts 47,882 Pageviews and is averaging just over 75 a day. Not bad for this weird real and virtual exercise journey.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Day 175 ½ – (AD 605 ½) – Jim's Trek Part III – 0 Miles – Today I Am Taking My 29th Day Off.

Good Day,

This morning I decided to take the day off from pedaling my Schwinn 170. Today is the 29th day that I have not cycled since my start date of December 2, 2012. That is 605 days cycling, 29 days not cycling… I think I can manage the guilt.

>My fasting blood sugar dropped another 3 points this morning to 90. What seems to help to maintain a reasonable blood sugar count is a good and almost 12” pizza and not eating the majority of the crust, that is, the outer thick edge of bread. And I am not referring to a deep dish Chicago-style pizza.

I spent some time yesterday trying to make heads or tails of the new and improved classification of my Y-DNA. My Smith Paternal Line is now classified as R-CTS7822. Check out my update at A Genealogy Hunt.

Jim’s Trek now counts 47,779 pageviews.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.