Monday, May 11, 2009

Virtual Walking Tour


I have a membership at the gym. Yep. The gym.

I've been there off and on over the past few months, was doing pretty good for a while, but then got sidetracked doing other things.

I want to get back at it, but staring at myself in a mirror is so... eh!

Watching the little TV perched on the treadmill makes me feel like a zombie. Listening to music is a little better, but after a while even that gets stale. So I thought why not make it interesting?

A few years ago I did a pretend hike to California, going around the blocks in my town. I looked up, as best I could, what the places looked like if I were really hiking along the highway. I even looked up what historical things applied. Then I wrote in a journal as if I were really taking the trip.

Why not do something like that again?

So I devised a virtual walking tour.
Anyone who wants to join me can. I'm going to keep track of the miles--my miles, anyway--and post it on the side bar of the blog. And maybe a few tid bits I find out about the area.

If you join me just put on the comments how many miles you've covered. If you turn out to be a regular I'll even keep track of your miles. I'm certain everyone will be faster than I am. I'll be lucky to do a quarter of a mile a day at first.

So you'll be on to the next destination long before me. Only watch out. I just might pass you up. Ha! You never know.

I picked Madawaska, Maine for my starting point, because of its northeastern most point on the map of the United States.


Madawaska [mad-ah-WAH-skah] in Aroostook County, home to native Micmac people, it was also settled in the 1750's by Acadian exiles.

The town was named for the river whose Indian name has been interpreted to mean "having its outlet among the reeds" and "worn out grass (land)." A monument with a large cross marks the landing of the Acadians.


Lori-ann said...

I'm with you on this one! I already have some miles logged in for today, but the elliptical machine I was on was only keeping track of Kilometers. When I converted it, the number is really high in miles. I know I didn't go that far because it's more than twice the distance that I normally go in the same amount of time. I know I didn't go THAT fast today. So what do I do? Guess I'll start tomorrow!

Jaime Theler said...

Count me in! I ran 5 miles this morning. But I just looked and it's 3300 miles from Augusta to Los Angeles! This may take us a while. :)

Deborah said...

That's okay. I intended for it to take a while.

Lori-ann said...

I did 2.5 miles this morning. Keep track! Keep track!

Lori-ann said...

I'm still bummed that I wasn't able to get a correct mileage for Monday's workout. :(

So today I took a spin class. There's no way to really keep track of how many miles you ride, but I researched and most people are at a consensus that if you do a lot of "hills" in the class, then it's about 15mph. The class is 45 minutes so that's... 11.25 miles. Plus the .4 miles I did as a warm up on this weird machine... I did 11.65 miles today.

Jaime Theler said...

I'm not sure if I'm going to count my spin class. Hmmmm. I'd get moving faster if I did.

Lori-ann said...

Jame, you should totally count your spin class! That's miles too, ya know. And mine is just approximate since the bikes don't have a nifty computer to calculate it.

Yesterday I walked to the library and back with the kids. That was 2.4 miles. :)

Do you want me to keep on posting on this blog or just to email you my miles? And I'll do a post on my blog about it too and try to get more interest.