Friday, October 19, 2007

day +59

Here's me exercising early this afternoon on my Schwinn 112. Yesterday afternoon my dad helped me assemble the last remaining parts of the bike and later that day I used it for the first time. I exercised for 40 minutes covering about 9 miles and felt pretty good on the bike considering that it was my first time doing any kind of serious cardiovascular exercise in about two months. My goal will be to ride the bike 5-6 days each week. This will certainly help me regain the muscular strength and endurance that I lost while undergoing the allo transplant.

Part of my desire to regain my strength is so that when I make to out to Glacier, I'll be able to do all the hiking and exploring that I have wanted to do. Though I've blogged about my interest in visiting Glacier mostly, there are other American locales that I've longed wanted to visit. Oregon and Washington State have also been long time favorites for several years. Besides seeing the very interesting metropolitan areas of Portland and Seattle, for example, it's of no surprise that a big part of my interest in the Northwest is related to its rugged, open, verdant landscape. In Oregon, there's Crater Lake National Park, Mount Hood, and the Columbia River Gorge not to mention the spectacular Oregon coast and the new Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail. In Washington, there's Mount Rainer National Park, Olympic National Park, and North Cascades National Park. Beautiful Vancouver isn't that far away either. (The following images are taken from Terra Galleria).

Olympic National Park

North Cascades National Park

Mount Rainer National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Banff National Park

Denali National Park and Preserve

While I'm thinking big, why not throw British Columbia and Alaska into the mix? How about flying out to San Francisco and from there traveling north along the west coast through British Columbia (stopping perhaps at Banff National Park along the way) and ending in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Oh boy. That would be some hell of a trip.

Finally, late yesterday afternoon I spoke to Ellen Clegg, Assistant Managing Editor of the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe. After stumbling upon my blog, she e-mailed me expressing her interest in interviewing me for an upcoming book about cancer. She's interested particularly in chemo brain and its effects. We spoke for 20-30 minutes. I told her about myself and gave her a summary of my cancer history and its side effects. She said she'd quote me in her upcoming book and include my blog as an online resource. Her book project is due to the publisher in March 2008 and is expected to be available for purchase later that fall.


Comment Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow great to see you on your new bike. that is amazing stamina for you to last that long.

your travel plans sound great and when you are ready I will help you figure out what to see around SF and my sister lives in Seattle so she can help you with that and I have a dear friend in Anchorage.

It is so exciting for you to have something to look forward to.


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