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Captain Rick: It was shortly after Donald Trump announced his run for president that I knew in my heart he was going to go all the way. I sensed the strong movement among Americans who longed to ‘Make America Great Again’ way back when FAKE NEWS and the GOP were fast asleep, content with the political cancer in DC.

Unlike todays FAKE NEWS journalists who mostly communicate via social media … Captain Rick, a REAL NEWS journalist actually walked the streets and trails to talk face-to-face with real people to find out how they were thinking and feeling. That is why Captain Rick knew that a revolution was brewing in America. That revolution thrust Trump into the White House and shocked FAKE NEWS and the GOP. It is time for the GOP to learn from its mistakes and promote the election of candidates who support the Trump movement towards Making America Great Again.

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This Atridim News Journal blog on WordPress is accompanied by its companion Atridim News Journal blog on Facebook. It was there in early 2016 that Captain Rick began publishing weekly projections of how the large field of presidential candidates ranked. Looking back, Captain Rick called all of the rankings with perfection, while FAKE NEWS got it all so wrong, week after week. Its all on record for the world to review on ANJ on Facebook. A window is provided in the left column that shows ANJ blog posts on Facebook. Helpful info links are presented below.

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Captain Rick : I am fortunate to announce 76% completion of my 1999 New Years resolution to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world (25,000 miles) to combat high blood pressure. I hope to reach my goal in 2020.

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 exercise routine.

In 2005 I bought a bicycle and added a daily ride to my to my daily walking 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 … but, it was a goal that I was bound and determined to achieve.

Over the past 18 years I have worn out over 20 sets of shoes walking 9000 miles, with the best pair achieving 767 miles, an inexpensive pair of Dr. Scholl’s. Several expensive pair ‘bit the dust’ after a couple hundred miles, proving that cost does not equal endurance. As an experienced walker and engineer, I hope to blog about the design of today’s shoes in a future blog post. Shoe companies could learn an abundance of knowledge. 

I have worn out 2 bicycles and many sets of tires, biking 10,000 miles. I am riding my third bicycle, a 29” Mongoose, already on its second set of tires. As an experienced biker and engineer, I hope to blog about the design of today’s bicycles in a future blog post. Bicycle companies could learn an abundance of knowledge. 

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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’.

Captain Rick’s ‘Round-the-World’ Walking/Bicycling Trek Progress Report:

Goal status as of January 1, 2017

Completed Distance: 18,976 miles (30,539 km), 76.2% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Remaining Distance: 5,925 miles (9,535 km), 23.8% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Estimated year of World Trek completion at current rate of 4.26 miles per day: 2020

Annual Progress History:

2016:

Walking: 630 miles (Trek total: 9,029 miles)

Bicycling: 925 miles (Trek total 9,947 miles)

Walking + Bicycling: 1,555 miles (Trek total: 18,976 miles, 76.2% completed)

Average: 4.26 miles per day (Estimated year of World Trek completion: 2020)

Age: 69

Captain Ricks Log of World Trek Progress History

Captain Rick : I am proud to announce 70% completion of my 1999 New Years resolution to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world (25,000 miles) to combat high blood pressure. I hope to reach my goal in 2020.

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) 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 exercise routine.

In 2005 I bought a bicycle and added a daily ride to my to my daily walking 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 … 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’.

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Captain Rick’s ‘Round-the-World’ Walking/Bicycling Trek Progress Report:

Goal status as of January 1, 2016

Completed Distance: 17,421 miles (28,036 km), 70.0% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Remaining Distance: 7,480 miles (12,038 km), 30.0% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Estimated year of World Trek completion at current rate of 4.41 miles per day: 2020

Annual Progress History:

2015:

Walking: 628 miles (Trek total: 8,399 miles)

Bicycling: 982 miles (Trek total 9,022 miles)

Walking + Bicycling: 1,610 miles (Trek total: 17,421 miles, 70.0% completed)

Average: 4.41 miles per day (Estimated year of World Trek completion: 2020)

Age: 68

Captain Rick’s entire progress report: Captain Ricks HBP World Trek

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Captain Rick: I am proud to announce 64% completion of my 1999 New Years resolution to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world (25,000 miles) to combat high blood pressure. I hope to reach my goal in 2021.

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Captain Rick’s ‘Round-the-World’ Walking/Bicycling Trek Progress Report:

Goal status as of January 1, 2015

Completed Distance: 15,811 miles (25,445 km), 63.5% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Remaining Distance: 9,090 miles (14,629 km), 36.5% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Estimated year of completion at current rate of 4.19 miles per day: 2021

Annual Progress History:

2014:

Walking: 647 miles (Most Miles Walked in 1 Year, Trek total: 7,771 miles)

Bicycling: 882 miles (Trek total 8,040 miles)

Walking + Bicycling: 1,529 miles (Trek total: 15,811 miles, 63.5% completed)

Average: 4.19 miles per day (Estimated year of completion: 2021)

Age: 67

Captain Rick’s entire progress report: Captain Ricks HBP World Trek

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Captain Rick: I now ride a new 29” Mongoose bicycle. It replaces my previous 26” NEXT, which served me well for 5052 miles along my 25,000 mile “Round-the-World Trek” to battle high blood pressure. It all began as a New Years resolution way back on 1/1/2000, at age 52, to exercise for heart health and help lower the high blood pressure that I was diagnosed with. I started walking several miles a day…every day. In 2005, I purchased a bicycle to compliment my walking. Somewhere in the process I raised my goal to achieve the equivalent of walking/bicycling once around the world (25,000 miles). I continue to enjoy a daily 2 mile walk and 3 mile bicycle ride almost every day. I am in the final leg of my journey and hope to reach the finish line sometime in the early 2020s when I am in my mid 70s. My greatest desire is that this blog post will inspire others to make a commitment to exercise for heart health.

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Click above image to view it in HDTV format via Captain Rick’s Flickr Photostream

Features of the Mongoose 29” Ledge 3.1 Mountain Bike

  • Light weight aluminum frame and alloy rims
  • Front and rear suspension
  • Front disk brake, rear shoe brake
  • 21 speed Shimano derailleur
  • SRAM front/rear twist shifters 
  • Front quick-disconnect tire

Riding a 29” is an entirely new bicycling experience

I am amazed at the difference 3” in wheel diameter makes. Every time its wheels go around , the bike travels nearly a foot farther than a 26”. There is something about the ride that makes it feel like I am riding a big ‘machine’…rather than just a bicycle. Mongoose has done an excellent job producing this great ‘riding machine’.

Mongoose

Made by Pacific Cycle, which is owned by Dorel Industries, Mongoose has been around since 1974 and is one of the world’s top bicycle manufacturers. Its line of bikes includes BMX, comfort, hybrid, mountain, and road bikes. Available in specialty bike shops, sporting goods stores, and mass-market stores, the bikes range in price from $300 to $350 for comfort bikes, $280 to $800 for mountain bikes, and $2,700 for its road-bike model.

Update on Captain Rick’s 25,000 Mile Round-the-World Walking/Biking Trek to combat HBP

Each New Years, the anniversary of my bold 2000 resolution to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world, I update my accomplishment stats on this special page on the Atridim News Journal menu:
Captain Ricks HBP World Trek

On January 1, 2014, I achieved the 57.4% of my goal (14,282 miles). I am please to report continued good progress during 2014. I will report the new totals on the above page shortly after 1/1/2015. Until then, I will be walking on…and riding a new 29” Mongoose.

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Captain Rick: 10,000 Hits…a new milestone for my blog…Atridim News Journal. If each of those hits were worth one dollar, it would look like this…

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To me, the 10,000 hits received are worth much more. I sincerely appreciate each and every hit…including those by people in more than 50 countries…and especially from the 100+ who follow my blog.

I began this blog in May 2010. My original words included:

“I have an interest in news, economy, government, photography and much more. I enjoy writing about them to share with you. I will be commenting on news of interest from my town of Gilbert, my state of Arizona,  my country of the USA and the world. I hope you will join in our conversation.” 

My blog remained with few posts, due to a lack of ‘guts’, until September 2012, when my late friend Bill Whitney, who was battling cancer, gave me the courage to blog.

I invited Bill to tell the story of his journey battling cancer on a blog I would create for him. I told him that it would be great therapy for him and help many who ‘walk in his shoes’. After several months of procrastination, he agreed. In August of 2012 he began telling the story of his journey…word by gripping word. His courage led me to energize my blog in September 2012.

Atridim News Journal reached 5000 hits in August 2013, over 3 years since the first blog post…and another 5000 in the past 10 months. Captain Rick appreciates his viewers and followers.

The remarkable increase in viewing stats of over 5000 in the past 10 months, tells me I am doing things right and makes me want to continue to do my best to present good blog material. It also helps me appreciate everyone who has viewed my blog…and especially those who follow my blog…and special appreciation for my late friend Bill who gave me the inspiration to blog. Captain Rick presents a humble ‘Thank You’ to all.

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Captain Rick: Facebook Chairman & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his Team sent me a ‘thank you’.

I share it with you…

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I joined Facebook in January 2010. I confess…at first I was not a ‘happy camper’. I did not really see its benefit. It looked to me like a bunch of people ‘yacking’ about much of nothing. Later, when I was beginning to take a ‘deeper look’, Facebook pulled the rug out from under me with the new look of the ‘Wall’. I did not like it. I was one of millions to complain. I came very close to quitting Facebook. Somehow, I managed to hang on. I began to see that the changes were actually not so bad after all.

During the later half of 2012, I began to investigate ways to use Facebook to promote my WordPress blog…’Atridim News Journal’. I discovered several local private Facebook Groups and became a member. The conversation taking place in the groups amazed me. There were real people talking about real subjects of interest, conveying information that was of real value. I joined in the discussions and began to have real fun. It completely changed my outlook of Facebook. In the process, I have connected with many new friends, some of which it trust will be friends for the rest of time. 

I discovered how Facebook Pages work by joining many. I got brave and created my own: Atridim News Journal in which I have been sharing all of my WordPress blog posts to. It is a way for Facebook members to connect to my WordPress blog.

I developed a burning desire to create my own Facebook group. Thus the birth of the World Think Tank. Created about a year ago, it was a struggle to get it energized with members willing to discuss important issues that face our world in a truly ‘open’ Facebook group. I have gained a valuable education from the members around the world that post and discuss the issues facing our world. I am pleased to share that several discussions, including ‘Immigration’ are ‘on fire’ in the tank. I utilize thoughts from our ‘World Thinkers’ to fuel new posts on this WordPress blog.

Our world is getting smaller. People are connecting like never before…including me. And so, I thank Mark and his team for creating a new means for me to connect with my friends around the world. Go Mark and team!

Captain Rick on Facebook welcomes you to be a new friend.

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