Thursday, September 30, 2004
Route 50 west - 900 miles
Route 50 road sign
Walked 6 miles today for a total of 900 since Jan. 1. Heart rate this morning was 45 beats per minute. Weight 204. Lost twenty pounds of fat since Jan 1.
90,000 calories burned walking the 900 miles. One million, 800 thousand steps. Overall health good except for a nagging hip muscle problem. My original premise of exercising 1/24th of each day is, on avg., correct. Particular days extend that time period. But, then again, life itself is entirely too time consuming.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Health Tips - 894 miles
"Today's Tip: A healthy sex life is an important part of an intimate relationship. Regular exercise may help enhance your sex life. Research suggests that 45 minutes a day of aerobic exercise - including brisk walking - increases blood flow to the genital area, improves self-image and reduces stress. All this has been shown to lead to increased sexual arousal and decreased erectile dysfunction (ED). " My Hot Tip:
Walk to the drug store to pick up your script for Viagra. My question
: Anyone know who has been hiding my walking shoes?
Walked 3 miles on trail and 3 miles on treadmill. Need 6 miles tomorrow to end month at 900.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Flora, IL - 898 miles
Ford Flora fiasco
Easily remembered is Ford division's choice of the nation's population center*,
Flora, IL to introduce the 1961
model cars and trucks. Flora, a southern Illinois farm community with a dirt-road main street, was the spot of unveiling. Its 6,000 citizens were privileged to drive a fleet of 1,374 cars and 200 trucks - all of them white - for a week.
Most of the media flew the new super jets into St. Louis and were transported the 100 miles to Flora in Ford vintage 1925 TriMotor planes. A half-dozen tents were erected in Flora's Charley Brown Park for seminars. A young executive talking on trucks drew seven newsmen. The exec? Lee Iacocca.
Special temporary 1960 license plates were issued by the state for those loaners. Some cars never did return, and several rang up 10,000 miles in a week. To cap the activities, the nearest Ford dealer closed his dealership a few weeks after the Flora show. Walked
- five miles today on the trail. Looking forward to the 900 mile mark in the next couple of days. *Note
- Mean Population Center of the United States in 2000: 37°41'49" North, 91°48'34" West - 2.8 miles east of Edgar Springs, Phelps County, Missouri.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Clay City, IL - 893 miles
2003 Guy L. Green Award for years of dedication in various ways to the Corriedale Sheep Breed Ed Craig
, Clay City, IL (middle) presented by Ed DeOrnellis. Congratulations to Ed Craig. Remember the old west movies between in the sheep farmers and the cattle ranchers and usually involved water rights (great water, I assume). I was always on the Sheep farmers side. They always had great looking daughters. Walked six miles in my old "clumpy" shoes to help hamstring injury on the trail. Heading west. Note: This message printed on recyclable media.
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Moving west on Rt. 50 - 887
Next town "up" is Clay City. Read about some strange sightings and resident's experiences with mysterious creatures in Illinois: GATORS, LIONS & PHANTOM KANGAROOS!
Walked 5 miles on treadmill today while watching NFL football. Is that an example of multi-tasking?
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Noble, IL. - 882 miles
Noble, IL. [Preachin]
"I'll live in a town someday but it won't be a dumpy little dirty town. No squabblin or fightin amongst the inhabitants." Read what "Hoot Gibson" says about Noble, IL. and the town he will live in "sweet by and by". With great water, I assume. I remember singing "In The Sweet By & By" at the Nutter Fort, WV Bapist Church and the old men, nearby, singing with gusto and faith. I know "Hoot Gibson" Walked 5 miles on the trail today.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Olney, IL - 877
White Squirrel Wars "The squirrels in Olney were kidnapped from Marionville," http://www.roadsideamerica.com/set/squirrels.html
Watching albino squirrels might be fun for a short while in Olney, but perhaps the best reason to detour through Olney is to sample the incredidly good, inexpensive burgers and milk shakes at Hovey's, on old US-50 at 412 E. Main. Look for the Mike's Ice Cream sign. Hectic day today with trip to Nutter Fort, WV to visit my 92 yr old father. 3 miles on treadmill very early.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
Claremont, IL - 874 miles
Walking west. Virtually. Recorded 6 miles on the trail today. Next town is Olney, IL. Quote of the Day: "
Live out your imagination, not your history". Stephen Covey.
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Exercise Benefits the Mind -868
Walked 7 miles today. (5 at a fast pace and 2 at much slower gait) From the Journal of the American Medical Association -
men who walked more than two miles per day decreased their risk for dementia. Men who walked less than one mile per day increased their risk for dementia by 71 percent See story: Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - Exercise Benefits the Mind
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Lawrenceville - 861 miles
Walked 6 miles on the trail. Beatiful day. Lawrenceville, IL
(pop. 4,745), which stakes its claims to fame on two very different fronts. It was named for U.S. Navy Capt. James Lawrence, best remembered for his dying words, "Don’t give up the ship," during the War of 1812. Later, in 1845, Lawrenceville gained notoriety as the first place in Illinois to execute a woman by hanging.
Elizabeth "Betsey" Reed
. Convicted of poisoning her husband with arsenic-laced sassafras tea, she was put to death on May 23, 1845. Reed burnt down the Palestine jail, and was moved to Lawrenceville, where she "got religion" and later "rode to her execution astride her casket singin' hymns and praisin' God". An estimated crowd of 20,000 witnessed her hanging. Reed is buried beside her husband in Heathsville's Baker Cemetery
Monday, September 20, 2004
Entering Illinois - 855 miles
The Wabash River
Walked 7 miles today on the trail. Indiana was an interesting state and I look forward to driving Route 50 someday and visiting the small towns and country that I virtually walked.
Now to Illinois:
US-50 runs straight across over 150 miles of Southern Illinois - pancake-flat farmlands- acres of corn and soybeans as far as the eye can see, with small towns dotting the roadside every 10 or so miles. For much of the way, US-50 follows the 'Trace Road,' a slightly raised causeway originally traced across the swampy marshlands by the same prehistoric people who built the enigmatic mounds at Cahokia, which still stand in the eastern suburbs of St. Louis. Midway across Illinois, US-50 passes through the quirkily historic town of Salem (birthplace of two American icons: William Jennings Bryan and Miracle Whip).
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Vincennes, IN - 847 miles
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park picture 1
The site of an extremely important battle that occurred during the Revolutionary War. Vincennes contains the largest memorial outside of Washington, D.C., a massive granite memorial that stands over 80 feet high on the Fort Sackville site. Inside the memorial is a bronze statue of George Rogers Clark and Clark's words carved into the limestone. The oldest city in Indiana, Vincennes began as a French fur trading outpost founded in 1732. Walked 4 miles yesterday (18th) and 5 miles today on trail.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Walked 5 miles on treadmill due to rain. These calories I am burning make up for a lot of eating mistakes as the day goes forward. I hope your computers audio can pick up Red Skelton reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" Inspiring. Red Skelton Museum and Performing Arts Center
Thursday, September 16, 2004
Moving towards Vincennes - 833
"Indiana records show that just one person, Richard Bernard Skelton, was born July 18th, 1913, inside the house at 111 West Lyndale Avenue in Vincennes, Indiana. However, many believe several others were born in that humble house on the same date and all earned fame like Skelton. There was contry bumplin Clem Kadiddlehopper, Junior the Mean Widdle Kid, Lovable hobo Freddy the Freeloader and many more." Walked 5 miles today on trail.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
WHEATLAND, INDIANA - 828 miles
Walked 5 miles on trail. Nearing Wheatland, IN. There are a lot of towns in the U.S. named "Wheatland". Guess I shouldn't be suprised. Here is what "Debbie" says about her Wheatland. OUR TOWN: WHEATLAND, INDIANA FOUNDED IN 1858
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Washington, Indiana - 823 miles
Walked 5 miles today on the trail to bring my total to 823. Entering Washington, IN. Boyd and Sons, Green Streak Pulling Team, Washington, Indiana
"Life doesn't happen along the interstates. It's against the law." -- William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways
Monday, September 13, 2004
Walked 7 miles today after taking off three days, (10th, 11th, and 12th) due to injury. And I don't feel 100% after today's milage with the hip muscle. Actually, I have been lucky with all the time and distance I have been walking to be injury free up till last week. As a podiatrist said, "Time wounds all heels."
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Walked 3 miles today. My left hip is causing me some problems. Will take tomorrow off. Noted while reading about walking, the avg. person takes about 2,000 steps per mile and since I am now 811 miles walked since Jan 1 or 1,622,000 steps taken since I started this "Walk Across America." - No wonder my hip is giving me a problem! Click on:
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Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Loogootee, IN - 808 miles
Walked five miles on treadmill this morning while the rain from hurricane Frances "spills" into Ohio. Reached Loogootee, IN today. Meet one of the teachers in Loogootee. A Mrs Strange. Click on:Mrs
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Walked 3 miles today. Total 803.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Labor Day - total miles 800
I had to walk 7 miles today to bring my total walked this year to 800 miles. I am now 25% complete in my journey to walk Route 50, coast to coast. Total miles will be 3200. Hope to be in Loogootee, IN,by the map, tomorrow. Felt good after walk. Great weather.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
Saturday, September 04, 2004
Now 787 miles from Ocean City MD and moving west through Indiana on Route 50. Next town is Loogootee, In. Today, I walked 7 miles on local "rails to trails" path. This is where I walk most of my milage. Info: .Cycling Ohio's Rail-Trails & Bikeways - National Road Bikeway
Friday, September 03, 2004
No miles today. Arrived at Nutter Fort, WV for the weekly day/night visit with my father and realized I had forgotten my walking shoes. Herd on the street
- "I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fittling clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!"
Thursday, September 02, 2004
After 10 miles endurance walk yesterday, today's 5 mile walk was almost a "stroll in the woods" as I walked the trail and enjoyed nature more than usual. Recovering from my body adapting to stress. "improvements in endurance represent structural changes: increased capillary supply to the muscles, increases in the size and number of mitochondria within the muscles, and strengthening of ligaments and tendons. These structural changes take a great deal of time to develop." Total miles - 780
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Bedford, IN - 776 miles
Walked 10 miles today and nearing Bedford, In. (Population 2,000)
Nice town. At 1704 Brian Lane Way, is the "Little Theater" and features an intimate atmosphete of of 170 seats for plays and musicals. "Not a bad seat in the house".
Below is rainbow in Bedford. (double click to enlarge)