Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Above is the map of the Kal-Haven Trail. I added approximately another 10 miles to the 34 mile route by biking from my son's apartment, where we're staying, across town to the trail's beginning. I always have a twinge of conscience whenever I load my bike up to DRIVE someplace to BIKE: biking is all about reclaiming one's ability to MOVE and transport by virtue of one's own personal body power...no carbon footprint necessary!
Here is the start of the trail:
I ran into a couple pairs of Nordic walkers coming off the trail as I was preparing to depart. Unfortunately hadn't seen them in action, as I am interested to know more and perhaps try this myself sometime. I chatted a bit with them and they were all a-glow with their workout, speaking quite highly of this approach to walking.
My exact mileage isn't quite known because the SparkPeople Fitness Maps feature doesn't include the cross-Kalamazoo bike trail NOR the Kal-Haven bike trail. However the Kal-Haven has mile markers and is known to be 34 miles long extending from Kalamazoo to South Haven.
Here's a typical view on the trail:
It was not as *scenic* a ride as I had hoped in that much of the trail was covered with a canopy of trees and only here and there did it break out into what I refer to as the "Great Wide Open" (always think of Tom Petty's song when I ride in this terrain!) of corn fields or other crops stretching out to the horizon.
My son unfortunately wasn't up to joining me on my trek, but I wasn't going to allow this to prevent me from "keeping my appointed duty"...lol!
It was nice to see some old-fashioned well-water pumps along the way. I tried them and they WORKED! The water was cold and delicious!
The trail routed through Small Town America...first town was Gobles:
And at the mid-way point was Bloomingdale (NOT of department store fame! lol):
These were such small spots-in-the-road locales!
I and this other older fellow kept playing piggy-back along the way...I'd pass him by while he was taking a break and he'd pass me by while I was either stretching or taking pictures. I tried to strike up conversation, but he was more focused, I suspect, on "getting 'er DONE!" :-)
Nearing the end of the trail was a quaint covered bridge:
Also a nice network of wooden planks connecting with a cupola out in the marsh:
And at LAST! Trail's END!
And right across from this was a stupendous mansion on the South Haven harbor with schooners parked in front:
Afterwards my son and DW picked me up in South Haven and I had a little scare: My bike wouldn't FIT in the minivan!
But my son came to the rescue: took the front wheel off...! Here I was getting ready to bike back to Kalamazoo...! A mixture of "Drat!" and "Whew!" :-)
We then headed to the Lake MI shore to catch the sights!
Hope everyone's having a SPARKING summer out there! :-)
Thursday, July 09, 2009
I joined in a MoveOn.org rally today in which we spoke out for the Public Option in healthcare.
My thoughts in advance of the rally was: We're all meeting to support optimal healthcare, right? Well isn't Living The SPARK one of the BEST preventative measures one can take to curb the costs of healthcare?
Yep! Had my fistful of SparkPeople flyers to share with all my fellow MoveOn.org members! They snatched 'em right up!
Spreading the Spark works at rallies BEYOND our SparkRallies too!
Woo hoo! :-)
PS...the next day I found out from a colleague that I had made it to the TV evening news also...!
Saturday, July 04, 2009
SparkResident Stepfanie Romine's blog the other day about the fattening of America got me going on a roll, which I posted at her blog, but thought I would share it with others here as you all KNOW how this topic gets me GOING...!
Look, stressful finances have little to do with making poor food choices. There are plenty of healthy food choices for people on a budget. We have been "trained" by Corporate America via zillions of advertising dollars channeled through many media sources to salivate over chocolate decadent doo-hickeys which promote ill health. Should media and corporations choose to we could be similarly salivating over broccoli, cauliflower and brussel sprouts!
I have ranted a bit here and there in my blogs about this: Corporate America is looking to cash in as much as possible in as many ways as possible. Whether to our detriment or not matters naught.
We need to:
1) educate as many as possible, SPREAD THE SPARK far and wide:
2) vote with our $$$ and stop buying harmful foods with empty calories. Corporate America is listening and following our healthier trends. Kentucky GRILLED Chicken didn't happen by coincidence! Smart consumers are informing Corporate America that they aren't interested in buying harmful foods! We want HEALTHFUL consequences to our spending!
3) Push our politicians, who are there to SERVE US CITIZENS, to put our tax dollars at work creating healthier communities where walking, biking, skating and otherwise being more active is not only EASY and FREE, but a FUN, JOYOUS time! Check out Jim Sallis' research on "walkable communities":
Praise lawmakers for any steps which have been taken in this direction and keep PUSHING FOR MORE! Here is a site where you can do just that!
How "walkable" is YOUR community?
Attend city council meetings, write letters, keep the pressure on!
WE here at SparkPeople have found answers to the obesity epidemic. But we owe it to our communities to Spread the Spark and pass along the enthusiasm and pizzazz of living healthy and well lifestyles!
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