Captain Rick’s ‘Round-the-World’ Walking/Bicycling Trek to combat HBP

In 1999, at age 52, I was diagnosed with HBP (High Blood Pressure), placing me at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. My doctor urged me to develop a healthier diet (less fat, cholesterol, salt, sugar, alcohol) and a daily exercise routine.

On New Years Eve in 1999, I made a resolution to begin eating healthy and walk a mile or more every day for exercise. It is a resolution that I have faithfully fulfilled over the many years since.

The death of my father from a heart attack a couple of years later fortified my resolution. I sharpened my diet and increased my daily walking routine.

In 2005 I bought a bicycle and added a bike ride to my daily exercise routine.

On New Years Eve, preceding 2006, I expanded my resolution to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world … 25,000 miles. With only a few thousand miles logged, I knew this was a very tall resolution that seemed endless and impossible … but, it was a goal that I was bound and determined to achieve.

I logged my miles every day since the beginning of my trek in 2000. In 2009 I began publishing my progress. I did so to recognize my difficult achievement, but more importantly to remind me that I had a long way to go and to help give me strength to carry on … and to give courage to the many people who have HBP and ‘walk in my shoes’. I am now in my second last year for completion of my 25,000 World Trek. What once seemed like an impossible, endless goal, is now just beyond a few more bends in the trail. I anticipate completion of my World Trek in 2020.

I have worn out about 20 sets of shoes walking 10,000+ miles during my World Trek, now in its 20th year. The best wearing set achieved 767 miles. They were inexpensive Dr. Scholl’s. Several expensive shoes wore out in less than 200 miles, proving that cost does not equal endurance. The expensive shoes also proved to be among the least comfortable. The shoe heels and soles are usually the first to fail. I am currently rotating 6 sets of shoes ranging from almost new to over 200 miles so my feet experience varying levels of newness and mileage each day. I add a new set of shoes to the rotation every 50 miles. The 4 newest sets of shoes are Wolverines purchased at DSW for about $60. I found them to offer the best comfort and wear, regardless of cost. The oldest set has almost 200 miles and still feels like new. The heels and soles show little wear. I install Dr. Scholl’s Double Air-Pillo Insoles in every new set of shoes and replace them every 100 miles. They increase comfort and reduce wear on the heels and soles of the shoes.

I have worn out 2 bicycles and many sets of tires, biking 11,000+ miles during my World Trek so far. My third bicycle, a 29” Mongoose Ledge 3.1, already has 4000 miles on it and still rides like new on its second set of tires … FlackJacket Hardrock’rs. I LOVE riding my Mongoose.


Photo of my 29″ Mongoose when it was new … 4000 miles ago

People have asked me how I am going to celebrate the crossing the finish line of my 25,000 mile World Trek in 2020. I tell them … “if I am fortunate to make it, the next mile I walk or bike will be the first mile of my next World Trek.”

View Annual Log of Captain Rick’s HBP World Trek

  1. Elena Rif says:

    Bravo, Captain Rick! Congratulations! You ROCK! Will visit your blog again. I wish you more great achievements. You excel in everything you do! Keep it going!

    • Atridim says:

      Thank you Elena for your comment. Your “You ROCK” really made my day! Its a very powerful statement that I love to give to people who excel. This is the first time that I received it. It made my heart rumble and my eyes tear. Its a wonderful feeling. I would like you to feel the wonder also … and so I say to you … Elena … You ROCK!

    • Atridim says:

      Elena, perhaps one day you will set up shop on WordPress as a writer, like me. I think you are a good writer with lots of good stuff to write about. It would be great to have you as a fellow blogger on WP.
      The thing that saddens me on Facebook is that everything I write is basically seen today and forgotten tomorrow. None of it can be found by Google and other search engines so that people years from now can view my writing efforts … and so my time on Facebook is basically wasted except for conveying current thinking to a relative few … those that Facebook allows to see my posts. Facebook ranks among the world’s greatest entities for control what is written.
      In contrast, what I write on WordPress today will be searchable and find-able via Google Search, making it able for people years from now to find and read it. Not possible on Facebook … just a place where people waste time talking about everything that will be forgotten tomorrow.
      What do you think?

      • Elena Rif says:

        Rick, I am happy, honored and surprised to find out I was the first to mention that you ROCK! I thought your many talents were so evident that you should have received dozens, no, HUNDREDS… THOUSANDS of YOU ROCK comments. Thank you for your reply. You made my day, too!

        As to setting shop as a writer on WordPress: maybe one day.

        P.S. These comments made me think of how little people actually need to feel happy: a kind word, an email, a smile, a “like” on Facebook, recognition of our talents or achievements. Happiness, as life itself, is made of little things.

    • Atridim says:

      Elena, I love your PS: “These comments made me think of how little people actually need to feel happy: a kind word, an email, a smile, a “like” on Facebook, recognition of our talents or achievements. Happiness, as life itself, is made of little things”
      I recognize it as wonderful ‘words of wisdom’. Happiness truly is made up of “little things”.

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