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Tuesday, August 31, 2004


Five miles on the trail this morning. 765 miles to date. More than half way through Indiana.
The Hoosier National Forest is amazing large in the south section of the state. A lot of "leafers" from Louisville metro make a Fall trip into this area of Indiana. One of Indiana's best-known driving tours in the fall is the Parke County Covered Bridge Trail, which takes visitors by the area's 32 historic covered bridges. The bridges in these west central Indiana communites were built between 1856 and 1920, and all are listed in the National Register of Historic Places

Monday, August 30, 2004

Walked 5 miles on treadmill due to rainy weather. Total miles todate - 760. Nearing Bedford, IN. on route 50. Noted that I burned 893 calories today according to the machine based on speed and weight. That seems high. I conservatively estimate 100 calories per mile. Which would be 76,000 burned this year on my attempt to "walk America". 3,500 should equal a pound lost. Divided into 76,000 = 21.7 pounds lost in theory. I am about 19 pounds
less that the beginning of the "trip". But, there has been a transfer of some fat to muscle.
Still, walking (exercise) builds an appetite! So there is always the "food choice".

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Day of rest. Went to reunion which is called a "homecomming" in Jackson County, WV. Someone asked my Dad who is 93 if thought he was going to live to be a hundred. He replied, "If I do, it going to be a hell of a hard seven years".

Saturday, August 28, 2004


Brownsville, IN - 755 miles

Walked 10 miles today on the trail in high humidity and heat. Now at 755 miles and near Brownstown, IN. Main Street in Brownville is Route 50 and there is a nice family restaurant here that promotes catfish dinners with Lima beans, I am told. Noticed this "home remedy" yesterday - "You only need two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape."

Friday, August 27, 2004


Seymour, IN

745 miles Posted by Hello

Now 745 miles into Route 50 trip. Walked 5.5 miles today on trail. Just "passed" through Seymour, IN. About Seymour - Seymour is unique in that its location offers many benefits sure to satisfy the needs of almost anyone. It's nestled amidst southern Indiana's rolling hills, wildlife refuges, national and state parks, private parks and recreational areas. While the city fulfills cultural, economic and social needs, the country offers the natural beauty and peace of America

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Walked 4.5 miles in Clarksburg Veterans Park. Total miles to date - 739.5. Thinking about the excellent results of lab test and my exam and recalled this quote: "Good health is merely the slowest rate at which one can die" Which leads me to another quote: "Don't ask me how he died, ask me how he lived"

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Heart rate 50 this morning. Walked 5 miles on trail. 735 miles to date. Got lab results of blood test today. 137 cholesterol, 67 HDL, 63 LDL, and 41 triglycerides. Doctor said it was very unusual for HDL to exceed LDL and was amazed. Two years ago, 158 cholesterol, 81 LDLs and 41 HDLs. Walking and food selection must be helping! Quote of the day -
"I have two doctors--my left leg and my right leg."
George Trevelyan

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Morning heart rate - 47. Walked 6 miles on trail. On the fifth mile (measured), I walked an eleven minute mile. I believe that ties my fastast time for that distance. This is the first time I have timed myself since late May. Total miles todate - 730. Next town west on Route 50 is Seymour , IN. Quote of the day - "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

Monday, August 23, 2004


North Vernon, In - 724 miles

MapQuest%3A Maps%3A map Heart rate 51 this morning. Walked 9 miles and felt great. Very nice day. At mile mark 724 and just passed through North Vernon.
North Vernon history:
North Vernon, IN was platted in 1854 and the main business section of town was developed from that time until after 1900. North Vernon was third in the state for railroad traffic the Ohio & Mississippi that later became the Baltimore & Ohio railroad (B. & O.). The Pennsylvania and New York Central of Big Four all met in town. All three of these railroads had passenger depots. There were also two freight depots in town. There were at least thirty passenger trains that came through North Vernon a day in the 1890's.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Morning heat rate - 53 - Walked 3 miles today. Still a little tired from the Florida trip. Total miles todate - 715.

Saturday, August 21, 2004

No miles walked on 8/19, 8/20 & 8/21. In Flordia.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Heart rate at 51-52 this morning. Walked early in the morning (7am) at a fast pace for 5 miles and felt great. Leaving for Florida at noon. Total miles todate -712. Walking toward North Vernon, IN. Had lunch with Steve Fagan yesterday and remembered, "He could get you excited about diving into a cess pool". Its good to be around positive energy.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Morning heart rate of 46. Weight at 208. Walked 5 miles this morning. Quick pace w/lots of aches and pains. Total miles since Jan. 1st - 707.

Monday, August 16, 2004


Versailles, Indiana at 697 miles

Morning heart rate - 48 Indicating that the 10 miles at a quick pace yesterday did not put any extra stess on my cardio system. Weight up a little to 209. Today is my weekly rest day from walking. Thought of the day: Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

Sunday, August 15, 2004


Morning heart rate - 48. Walked 10 miles in very nice weather. Total miles 702. Approaching Versailes, IN. Tomorrow a rest day from walking. Versailles has a BBQ place on Main St near 10th Street called "Oink!". I bet they sell T-shirts.

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Walked 3 miles today. total miles todate - 692. Here is a link on benefits of racewalking and some information on wellness/fitness ERO FIT

Friday, August 13, 2004

Walked 5 miles today. Total miles year to date - 689. Weight loss tip of the day - Walk to McDonalds.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Walked 4 miles today on the treadmill due to rainy weather. 684 miles todate. Just passing through Dillsboro, IN. Note town names nearby. Such as "Farmers Retreat", "Friendship" and "Dewbery" MapQuest: Maps: map

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


General Info

Heart rate 49 early this morning. Weight about the same. Walked 9 miles. Just passed through Aurora and heading toward Dillsboro, IN. "About Aurora
Aurora is a small town rich in charm. Its old river town character makes this city unique amidst the surrounding communities. There is a strong sense of history as you walk through the streets of town. The buildings remind you of a romantic age gone by. The church steeples are rising to the sky and the city is nestled amongst the wooded hills. Not many cities have succeeded in retaining their original appeal as Aurora has done. In essence, this is what makes Aurora a desirable destination, and a great community in which to live, work, play and raise a family. Aurora is rich in religious values, having 7 large churches in the downtown area alone. The educational structure within Aurora includes parochial, private and public education. Aurora and Dearborn County have a home school support structure in place as well. "

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Weight 208. Heart rate 46 after rising. I used to think, "I have the rest of my life to do those things". Now, at my age, this is "the rest of my life". Walked 7 miles this morning. Endurance pace. Raining some, legs tired, and some nagging aches and pain which surprises me after having yesterday off.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Day of rest from walking. Early heart rate - 49. Weight 208 range.

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Walked nine miles today. Weather cool and had no problem. However, I am looking forward to my rest day tomorrow. Total milage - 664. Just entering Indiana from the Cincinnati area.
Large area race and racewalk was held yesterday in Wheeling (Debbi Green Classic,) and it appeared that I could have won my age group (60-69) by over a minute if I had entered. But, I am sticking to my pledge not to do any competitive racing until I reach 195 pounds and build my endurance base.

Welcome to Indiana
Capital : Indianapolis
Highest point : Hoosier High Point, 1,257 feet
Area : 36,420 square miles,
38th largest statePopulation : 6,080,485 (2000 US Census)
Motto : Crossroads of America
Admitted to Union : December 11, 1816State
Song : 'On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away'
State Bird : Cardinal
State Flower : Peony
State Tree : Tulip-poplar"

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Walked 3 miles today. Total miles walked todate - 655.0

Friday, August 06, 2004

Morning heartrate at 51. Weight 208 range. Bicycled 22 miles from Ohiopyle to Confluence and back. Great breakfast in Confluence at Sisters Cafe. No rest breaks either way. (not counting cycled miles as part of "trip". Walked 4.5 miles in Clarksbrug at Vet. Park later in the evening.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Morning - weight 208 range. Resting heartbeat of rising - 51. Walked 5 miles on trail. Legs are sore due to increased walking. May try to ride bike tomorrow for some alternate exercise.

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

53 paulse this morning. Walked 8.5 miles - black bear on trail and rain cut me short. Total miles todate - 642.5 Total calories burned - over 50,000. At a 100,000 calories burned I should be at 189. Today I am at 209

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Paulse at 48 this morning. Weight at 209. Walked 9 miles and was too tired to do a mile warm down. Walked at a quick pace.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Weight 210 and paluse at 51 on rising. Weekly rest day today.

Sunday, August 01, 2004

Walked 3 miles today. Begin month weighing 210. Legs tired. Total miles - 625. I am on the map at Milford, Oh outside Cincinnati. Will be in Indiana very soon.

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