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

Friday, October 24, 2014

Day 228 – (AD 658) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.1 Miles – Seeing Nobody on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Had to take two dogs to the vet’s, (not Bella) and completed a number of errands to run this morning.

I pedaled 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170 this afternoon. I have now cycled a total of 13,528.7 miles; 21,771.9 kilometers.

I am currently located, still in the no image range of Gibb River Road in Western Australia. I think I have about another 190 miles before the little drag-on-man returns. And then it looks like I’ve got another 60 miles after that before I finally get out of Western Australia.

And I am more and more amazed at the population distribution and density of Australia.

A guesstimate from is that for these present elections the amount being spent is somewhere of $4.0 billion. Consider the Isle of Man. It has, based on a 2007 estimate, a GDP of $4.0 billion… and that is a population of about 87,000.

(And just for comparison Tuvalu has a GDP of $65 ½ million per year, the lowest.. The US – almost $17 trillion.)

And political ads SUCK!!!

Jim’s Trek counted 53,217 Pageviews.

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Be healthy and enjoy your day.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Day 227 – (AD 657) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.7 Miles – Still on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I celebrate the number 13,500.

This morning I cycled 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 170. And today I topped a further distance pedaling on my fitness cycle. I have now pedaled a total of 13,506.3 miles; 21,736.3 kilometers.

And yes the little drag-on-man of Google Maps is not working. Actually he's working. I just think that the section of this road, the one that I am on in Western Australia, the Derby Gibb River Road, was never captured by the Gooble Maps mobile image camera. I am current at marker "B".

My blood sugar count this morning was at 95.  Last night's menu - Grilled Bratwurst and Onions, Black Beans and White Rice, Northern Bean and Mushroom Salad...

And of course I had to have my Ben and Jerry's ice cream. I tried to make sure that I had all of the tastes in my supper; sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness, and unami.  I also included a bit of pungency.  This way I may have been able to reduce my later evening craving for any particular snack food.  It seemed to have worked.

Today I will begin my continued and renewed search of my maternal family line, Robertson. I am going to focus on a surname reach project centered in the area of East Lothian in Scotland. I have been able trace my Robertson connections to my 6-times great-grandfather John Robertson and I think it is time to see what more I can find. Follow my progress at A Genealogy Hunt.

Jim’s Trek counted 53,043 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.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Day 226 – (AD 656) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.8 Miles – Crossed Over the Adcock River on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This afternoon I cycled 21.8 miles on my Schwinn 170. I have now completed 54.15% of my overall and targeted goal. And I tell you these percentage points sure go by much slower than I thought they would. This is Day number 656.

And I am still on the Derby Gibb River Road in Western Australia. I just crossed over the Adcock River in the King Leopold Ranges. I did pass by some offshoot dirt paths this morning but from the satellite image I cannot see any evidence of any type of building. Today I made I am, on the virtual part of my journey, located at the “B” marker.

I now have 782 more miles to go to get to my next destination and goal point. I will probably take about 36 days, give or take to reach that point on my virtual Trek.

And my blood sugar dropped 12 points this morning to 92. Supper last night included fried pickles, fish and chips and a chocolate brownie sundae…but nothing more, nada, to snack on later on. I’m not getting into a discussion about the pros and cons of fried foods. Hell I’m not a dietitian, nutritionist, medical doctor, or self-proclaimed fitness guru, but I think I can say that by not over-eating and staying away from the snacks does show me the immediate impact.

I did find something that sort of satisfies my occasional hankering for sweet, sugar, salt, nuts, and dark chocolate…

KIND Nuts & Spices bars. Especially the Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt.

The top to our new monster king size quilt, NT Celebration is complete.

Jim’s Trek counted 52,967 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.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Day 225 – (AD 655) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.0 Miles – Pedaling With Blinders on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled 22.0 miles on my Schwinn 170. My total as of now – 13,462.8 miles; 21,666.3 kilometers.

Yes, still no little drag-on-man to check out a closer image of my location.  I am currently at the marker “B” on the Derby Gibb River Road. The closest satellite vantage view is from 100 feet up. And I am going to be cycling blind for some time now and to come.

Recently I was asked whether or not I could “be faking” my cycling on my Schwinn 170. My immediate response, “Yes, I could.” But all-in-all, my follow up retort was “Why bother?

I began my journey and Trek 688 days ago on December 2, 2012. I have cycled, the physical part, for 655 days…and I have written about my successes and my virtual journey for 688 days.

If I am bee-essing who am I hurting? Nobody. I know that I have lost the 12” on my waist. I know, and my doctors know, that I am no longer showing signs of being diabetic. I have been able to reduce the amount of medications prescribed. And I am enjoying myself. Yes, I could be faking.

And this morning my blood sugar was up 9 points. I know it was because I had a salt craving last night and I ate half a bag of corn tortilla chips and a bag of Goldfish.

As I have explained that for me something that helps with my concentration, or lack thereof, while I’m pedaling is to have something to watch rather than read. And I have found that I am much more entrenched in the story if there are no commercials.

Currently I am watching the Spanish series, Gran Hotel. Yes Spanish is one of the languages that I speak and understand but I am certainly glad that there are English subtitles. Gran Hotel is a whodunit drama that involves the murder(s) and escapades of the owners, the guests, and the servants. I still haven’t figured out who the original murderer is but it is a show in which there are a great number of bitchy characters.

I am well into the 2nd season and who should be introduced on the anniversary of the death of Don Carlos but another new and young female character from England, Lady Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller. Yup, that’s her. And I wonder how many more twists and turns the writers of Gran Hotel are going to invent and throw in.

The top of our new NT Celebration has been completed.  It now measures 101" by 113".

A change in design has begun to our Afghan #7.

Jim’s Trek counted 52,903 Pageviews. Funny how by alternating months there are peaks and valleys in the number of Pageviews. October must have been a boring month.  I guess I haven't included any political ads in my journal

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.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 224 – (AD 654) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.1 Miles – Yes I am Still on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I cycled 22.1 miles on my Schwinn 170 and I completed 200 sit-ups. Grand total miles on my 654th day of pedaling – 13,440.8; 21,630.9 kilometers. I am not going to let my biorhythm control my expectations of myself. Only 46.02% to go…and then come up with another new goal.

The little drag-on man is not working on this part of my journey in Western Australia. I made it to marker “B” on the Derby Gibb River Road. No immediate image but I was able to get a Goggle Maps satellite picture from 100 feet up.

All generations can learn from each other. There are no restricted guidelines that have to be followed. From Elite Daily – The Voice of Generation-Y Chris Riotta’s article seems to provide a fairly good summary – “7 Things You Do Every Day That Are Destroying Your Life’s Potential”.

As of October 17 former Governor and lost VP candidate, and would-be reality show pseudo-celebrity can now see more than one rainbow from her front porch. Yeah Vladimir Putin!!!

Three projects currently in progress – NT Celebration, Afghan #5, and Afghan #6.

Jim’s Trek counted 52,827 Pageviews. The average daily Pageviews has increased to 80.8. Not bad for this crazy little part of my world.

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

Be healthy and enjoy your day.