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

Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 140 – (AD 570) – Jim's Trek Part III – 22.1 Miles – Cooloongup in Western Australia on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

And if you really want to know, I pedaled 22.1 miles today on my Schwinn 170. Today I crossed over the 11,600 mile mark - 11,610.7.

I’m sure that you are not necessarily following my progress on the real part of my exercise journey. Hey, that’s okay. This is my journal of my hair-brained scheme that I began 596 days ago…and yeah I’ve been pedaling for 570 of those days. (Oh and that means that I have posted 596 pages to my Jim’s Trek blog.)

Both the physical and the mental benefits have been astounding...even though my biorhythm physical and intellectual cycles for today indicate that I should be in the dumps.  I don't have to believe everything I read.

The virtual Trek has me situated at about Cooloongup a lower and southern suburb of Perth, Australia.

Now here’s something that makes sense. Take five minutes at the end of your day for a gadget-free review. Synchronicity…and from Australia – Lifehacker article by Patrick Allen.

The top of our new Le Ruban quilt has been quilted. Now the binding and the label. Check back with Quilts SB for details and the story of this new quilt. (Quilts SB at

Pageviews recorded at this point – 45,246.

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, July 20, 2014

Day 139 – (AD 569) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.9 Miles – Falcon in Western Australia on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I pedaled 21.9 miles on my Schwinn 170. Today I have now cycled 11,588.7 miles; 18,650.1 kilometers.

I am located in Falcon, one of the suburbs of Mandurah. I am, on my virtual Trek, still heading north on the Old Coast Road and pinpointed between Karanga Street and Owen Avenue.

Just discovered that Falcon used to be called Miami. How about that a Miami, Australia. Check out the story about Josephine Te-Puni Reserve in this area. Synchronicity.

I’ve noticed that a lot of towns in south western Western Australia end in “up”. Why? Simple answer, thanks to Wikipedia. “Up” is from an indigenous Australian language and means “place of”.

Radar is always trying to figure out what I am doing on my Schwinn bike. This morning I had him jump up and join in.

My blood sugar is up this morning by 10 points to 101 but I know that it is because I stuffed blue corn tortilla chips with Mango Tango Salsa into my gullet late last night. I just couldn't stop at a couple but I had to keep eating and eating even though I had made a very good chicken salad for dinner. Chicken Salad was a variation on an Ina Garten's Chinese Chicken Salad.

Oh well I have to stop being bored at night while I sit down and watch something on the television. There has to be some subliminal messages from food advertisements. Obviously I didn't do any work on Afghan #6.

Yard work this afternoon should have burned off more calories…

50% of the border of our new quilt Le Ruban has been completed. And no TT the fabric is not luminescent.  Just regular cotton.

Jim's Trek Pageviews today thus far – 45,177. Average number of Pageview per post is 75.9. Not bad for a virtual Trek, but a real 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.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Day 138 – (AD 568) – Jim's Trek Part III – 21.7 Miles – Headed North in Western Australia on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

This morning I cycled another 21.7 miles on my Schwinn 170.

I am curious as to why it appears that 21.7 miles seems to be a consistent distant that I pedal on my Schwinn Fitness cycle.  My daily targets are at least 20 miles and a burn-up of almost 600 calories.  I do try not to pedal beyond 1 hour and 12 minutes each session.

Today I am headed north on Old Coast Road which is running parallel to Lake Clifton. I am just north of the junction of Old Coast Road and Forrest Highway. Also I am 76.2 miles from my next destination and goal point.

If you have been following my Jim’s Trek III you may be able to figure out my next and 7th goal point. It is what may appear after #7 that I wonder what the landscape and scenery may look like... for a very, very, very long time.

Here are my recorded stats as of today –
  • Location – Home, Tampa, Florida
  • Virtual Location – Western Australia
  • Start Date – 2 December 2012
  • Today's Date – 19 July 2014
  • Trek Distance – Today 21.7 miles
  • Trek Distance Part I – 4,257.1 miles
  • Trek Distance Part II – 4,360.0 miles
  • Trek Distance Part III – 2,949.6 miles
  • Grand Total Miles – 11,566.7
  • Miles to Go – Many more
  • Avg. Miles per Day – 20.4
  • Calories Burned Today - 606
  • Number of Sit-ups - 200
  • Weight –165.7 lbs; Total Loss – 3.5 lbs
  • BMI – 23.1
  • Fat – 19.5%
  • Belly Measurement – 32”; Total Loss – 12”
  • Blood Sugar - 91 mg/dL
  • A1c ~ 5.00%
  • eAG ~ 89.0 mg/dL
  • Blood Pressure – 130/80
  • Age – 62 yrs, 7 mths
This is my 595th post. And according to Blogger Jim’s Trek has recorded 45,036 Pageviews.

I was able to drop my fasting blood sugar points down by 9. Last night for supper I experimented with a recipe I found – Calypso Steak Salad. Not bad, I would definitely repeat. I substituted Roast beef for the beef strip steaks. Mango/Peach Salsa, Lime juice, Red Onion, Green Bell Pepper, Cilantro, of course I added a chopped up Scotch Bonnet and all on a bed of Romaine lettuce. I had visions of ceviche, sans the seafood playing with my taste buds…and it was gone before I thought of taking a photo. It was good.

Thank you Schwinn Fitness and Bowflex for your commendations and notes of encouragement. Thanks also to those of you who have been rooting me along my way and Trek.

The inner top of our new Le Ruban has been quilted. And now the border. Be prepared for something completely different.

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, July 18, 2014

Day 137 ½ – (AD 567 ½) – Jim's Trek Part III – 0.0 Miles – One Year and NO Diabetes Medications on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

And this morning Grandpa took the day off from riding his Schwinn 170.

To date, since 2nd Dec 2012, I have pedaled my way through Jim’s Trek I, II, and III for a total of 567 days. Today is my 26th day that I have not cycled. (And if I didn't keep track I would feel guilty. Don’t know why? Just would, period.)

Today is one complete year that I have not taken any diabetes medications.

I did see my blood sugar come in this morning at 100 after I had two suppers last night. Without any required and suggested meds my fasting plasma glucose, that is, when I take it first thing in the morning, according to the American Diabetes Association is well within the target range for diabetics of 70 to 130 mg/dL. Smack in the middle. Exercise, diet, and no meds.

Babysitting takes priority. Thomas and trains and Duplo, Elmo and crayons.

The quilting of the top of our new Le Ruban, not including the border, is about 97.6% complete. Diagonal cross-hatch certainly does a wonder to the abstract construction. The first third of our Afghan #6 has been completed. Work now is underway on the design for the center.

And then I had to deal with issues arising from last August 2013’s kitchen flood and insurance companies. Repeat paperwork completed and I breathe and am thankful that a new orchid has bloomed.

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, July 17, 2014

Day 137 – (AD 567) – Jim's Trek Part III – Miles – Bunbury and Number 6 in Western Australia on My Schwinn 170

Good Day,

Today I completed 20.0 miles on my Schwinn 170. At mile 11,545.0 I reached my 6th destination and goal on Part III of Jim's Trek. I have about 23 days to reach the 12,000 mile mark.

And this morning after pedaling 2.8 miles I reached the port city of Bunbury in Western Australia. This one's a big one; population about 68,300. I then continued north on National Route 1, also known as Forest Highway and Old Coast Road. I am located at a point just about southeast of the coastal town of Binningup.

I am now about 97.8 miles from my next and 7th Trek destination and goal.

Florida is headed to the polls shortly to elect a new governor. This piece of Pawel Kuczynski's work can only sum up what I acknowledge and I most definitely think regarding the prime reasons that certain voting citizens make their literate or illiterate X.

I am certainly appreciative of his work.

And do I have a deal for you...and it may explain the most recent surge in alleged reportings of unidentified objects flying overhead. A UFO-02 Detector, magnetometer interfaced with micro controller for detecting magnetic anomalies. Available from Images SI Inc. through for only $48.54 plus $11.39 s&h. (How someone came up with $11.39 is way beyond me?)

The UFO Detector is designed to sense electromagnetic disturbances and signal their detection flashing 16 LED's simultaneously and beeping. The elegantly designed transparent plastic case is a handsome sculptured conversation piece that's allows one to see the electronics inside the case. Suitable for display on a desk, shelf or bedroom dresser. Size is approximately 3" dia. by 4.25" tall. Uses a 6V wall transformer (included).

I would suppose that our local electric company will soon be, or could be adding a line item to charge back expense for the lamebrain effort of monitoring beeps and whirls.

This morning’s earthbound Pageviews count is 44,766.

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.