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Captain Rick: What started as a New Year resolution in 1999 to combat High Blood Pressure with a daily walk…adding a daily bicycle ride in 2005…became the equivalent of a round-the-word trek…25,000 miles…now 57% complete with 14,282 miles (22,985 km) walked and bicycled. It is a seemingly endless, but enjoyable trek. I am bound and determined to reach the goal line some time in 2022 at age 75.


Photos: Captain Rick and his bike

I have worn out a couple dozen pairs of shoes and almost two bicycles and several sets of tires.

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) 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’.

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

Goal status as of January 1, 2014

Competed Distance: 14,282 miles (22,985 km), 57.4% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Remaining Distance: 10,620 miles (17,091 km), 42.6% of Earth’s 24,901 mile circumference

Estimated year of completion at current rate of 3.29 miles per day: 2022

Annual Progress History:


Walking: 494 miles (Trek total: 7,124 miles)

Bicycling: 712 miles (Trek total 7,158 miles)

Walking + Bicycling: 1,204 miles (Trek total: 14,282 miles, 57.4% completed)

Average: 3.29 miles per day (Estimated year of completion: 2022)

Captain Rick’s World Trek Progress Reports and Stats for prior years

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Captain Rick: What began as a New Years Resolution in 2000 to walk for health, became a 20 year  commitment to walk/bicycle the equivalent of once around the world – 25,000 miles (40,000 km). 13 years later, at age 65, I am pleased to share my achievement of passing the half way mark. Since 2000 I have walked 6,630 miles and biked 6446 miles for a total of 13,076 miles.

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Photos: Me on the left. At center are my old leather Dr. Scholl’s shoes which hold the record for most durable from among dozens that I have worn out over the years. The photo was taken when they had logged 500 miles. On the right is my second NEXT bicycle, when new. It’s a 21-speed with front and rear suspension and a front disk brake. I added a comfortable wide gel seat.  Its original tires wore thru in a few hundred miles. I replaced them with Kenda Kross tires with a set of thick-wall tubes and liners to prevent flats. The bike now has 4000 miles logged and still going strong. No flats and enough tread remaining for a few thousand more miles.

Shoe Tips: I have worn out dozens of shoes since 2000. I have worn many brands from all price ranges. My experience and data shows that the big name brand shoes score among the worst for comfort, durability and cost per mile. The worst pair cost about $100 and lasted only 100 miles before the inner heel area and the sole failed, resulting in whopping $1 cost per mile. Imagine if your car cost that much a mile to drive. On the other end of the spectrum is a pair of Dr. Scholl’s shoes that I bought way back in the early 2000’s. As I recall, I paid about $30 for them. They were one of the most comfortable shoes ever. I walked 500 miles in them, before retiring them as shown in the above photo. They currently hold the record for the most durable shoe. They still have more miles left in them if I get desperate for a good walking shoe. Considering they cost only $30 for serving me well for 500 miles…that relates to a cost of only 6 cents per mile…far less than the expensive name brand shoes. I have been looking for a pair of shoes that can measure up to those old Dr. Scholl’s, but I have had no luck to date. Shoes of that quality are no longer made.

Bicycle Tips: As a mechanical engineer, I can tell you that NEXT is one heck of a great bike and its economical. Its sold at most Wal-Marts at a cost of about $200. I don’t know how it fairs against the expensive bikes. I wonder if, like expensive shoes, their high cost is worth the money. So far, my Next has cost me only 5 cents a mile to ride. I wonder if the expensive bikes can claim that? I wonder if any of them would last a 4000 mile ride, as my NEXT has…and remains ready for more riding of perhaps a few thousand more miles.

Bottom Line…Challenge yourself: It doesn’t matter if you have the most expensive shoes to walk in or bike to ride on. What matters is that you walk in the shoes you have and/or ride the bike you have…and do it every day. Make a New Years resolution or just a personal commitment to get out there every single day to hit the trail to exercise for your health.

Captain Rick: I received an email today from my friend Ken in California. He said “Arizona is a pink state. You really need to get busy and turn it red. It’s hopeless for me here in California. I gotta get out of this liberal mess.”

Ken, thanks for your email. I hope you will become brave, like me, and post your future replies on my blog so that the entire world can enjoy your important perspective. I will give you a helping hand for your email today.

When I moved to Arizona in 1996, it was one of the most conservative ‘RED’ states there was in the entire country. During the nearly two decades since, many thousands of illegal aliens crossed our very porous border with Mexico…a border that the U.S. government poorly defends.  I do not blame them for wanting to come to a our great state of Arizona, in comparison to the poor economic conditions in their home countries. But the fact is that most of them came to Arizona illegally. America’s laws…or lack of them, allow them to vote. Over the years the Latino vote in Arizona has exploded. Latinos historically vote liberal “BLUE” because it is laden with lots of freebies like health, education and welfare at the expense America’s major tax payers…the middle class. President Obama has recently proclaimed that many children of illegals that were brought to this country at a young age will receive what I call ‘amnesty’. This political move has placed the Latino vote on fire and could become a leading factor in the decision for our next president. It is no secret that Obama is courting the Latino vote. Lets not forget Obama’s massive DOJ attack on Arizona’s SB1070 illegal immigration law.

So it is…Arizona fades from bright RED to PINK. The Latino vote in America will soon turn many of the “RED” states to “PINK” or even “BLUE” in the coming years. Our country is changing as a result of neglegence of those we elect to serve the best interest of America. Tonight’s prime time presidential debate could set the election and America’s course for the next four years.  I have never missed a presidential debate during my entire life of many decades. I urge all to watch and respond with your comments of which candidate you think did a good or bad job of presentation on a subject.