Monday, July 27, 2015

the next two days provide a lot of interest

I ended up sleeping in a truck stop and it wasn’t too bad. I had to take a sleep aid pill because I was wide awake at 2, worried about the Kelly situation. I am still confused but it is clearer that my role can only be as supportive as I can be regardless of how frustrated I feel. I was so generous to her, hoping that she would buy the house she really wanted and instead she is not happy at all and my generosity seems wasted. I drove until I got to Binghamton and stopped to bike at Broome Community College for 40 minutes then it was time for a nap. 81 got close to Lake Ontario near the town of Pulaski and I headed for the lake. I found a boat landing that had a very nice wooded road leading to it and there was also a little bike path to see the lake, unfortunately shrouded in fog. I rode for 50 minutes and then drove on to eventually play golf at a fine course near Watertown. I shot very well, playing 14 holes, with my short irons way up in the air. I putted very well also. After golf I drove to the Canadian border and decided to head toward Montreal on 419 but then I saw a sign for 1000 islands National Park and that convinced me that it was worth rethinking my plan. I stopped at the visitor center and knew I needed another nap before I decided on a plan. When I awoke, I drove to a state beach and the woman told me that there was a KOA near Rockport and restaurants nearby. That decided it. I headed for the KOA, registered, took a swim, did my weights and yoga and then headed off to explore Rockport. It was cute and after exploring some more, I came back to the have a very decent dinner at Cornwall’s pub. Haven’t heard from Kelly and I am not sure when I will call her. I don’t want to upset her any further but my lack of calling may be seen as not being there for her, which I don’t want her to think. I got up pretty early and began my drive to Montreal. I stopped to pick up supplies at a Canadian Tire and then keep going into town. Traffic was very heavy but I was pretty fresh so I got through with little problem and ended up doing it without the GPS. The directions I got at the visitor's center outside of town were very helpful and I ended up at the dock in the old port where I parked. The bike trail was right there so I rode along it for probably 4 miles mainly along the lovely canal (where power boats were riding and kayakers were paddling), finally stopping at the very large Atwater market, and there purchasing a fine lunch of an interesting swiss like cheese, some wonderful olives and a roll from a boulangerie. I rode back to the Quai, then rode on into the old city and then headed back after a brief visit. I headed off and stopped outside of town for a nap then rode on, stopping again to do my weights and yoga. I decided to drive straight into Quebec City and again I didn’t rely on the GPS but the map the visitor’s center gave me. I wanted to ride down by Place Royale but the time and the traffic caused me to turn around, park, and ride for 3o minutes at a local park. After that I rode my bike down to the Cosmos CafĂ©, where I had an excellent Caesar Salad and then Halibut with mixed vegetables with ginger. It was excellent. I rode back to my truck and after getting lost briefly, I got to the KOA just before a storm threatened. There I took a very needed shower and shaved (also very needed) and then headed for a Tim Horton’s a few minutes away.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

a mixed start for the trip

A good opening day for my trip but I think I drove a little too much and then couldn’t find a campground. I will probably stay at a nearby truck stop rather than spending 100 for a room I don’t really need. I am presently eating at a Ruby Tuesdays and I will probably stay here until at least 10:30 then head off. I am waiting for a call from Kelly about the house. I was hoping she would be more comfortable with things by now but it appears not. I got up early, loaded the truck, then went back to sleep. When I got up I did my leg raises, weights and yoga, then showered and headed off. I drove to JMU and rode my bike for 50 minutes then kept driving and stopped at Shippensburg University for a 40 minute bike ride. I should have stopped but I kept driving and got to the Ruby Tuesdays just before dark. My call with Kelly didn’t go well. I am confused and I don’t think I am helping her right now.

Friday, July 24, 2015

tomorrow I leave and all is almost ready

A busy day that went quite well. I loaded the kayak and all the gear, checked the battery water, drove the tractor down to the gate and back evening out the road along the way. I also dug out three bucket loads by the spring and dropped them on the road to build up more of the edge. I took a nap and then went for a hike to the orchard, then back for leg raises, weights and yoga. Now it was off to lunch at Nagoya’s with Claire after dropping off my cooler full of refrigerated goods and picking up my inflatable mattress. I then went and played a comfortable round of golf, playing about 12 holes, then it was off to Blacksburg for a 30 minute bike ride before meeting Gyorgyi for dinner at Greens. I did my lumosity training at the Starbucks in University Mall and I plan to do a second bike ride later. Not sure if my plans to see Jenny are going to work out but I am going to try to meet her and her family.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

the trip is getting closer

A fairly restless night and I finally gave up on sleep around 5, then did things around the house until it was light enough to drive up to the orchard and do the lawn mowing. It went well and when I got back I was able to go back to sleep for a little while and when I awoke I decided to do the trimming and that also went very well with the trimmer battery running out just as I finished. I took a hike after that and that was fine. A few more flowers (daisy fleabane, chicory and white asters). I practiced some, did my leg raises, weights and yoga, and straightened up the house a little more. I am planning on leaving Saturday so tomorrow will be fairly busy, especially with lunch with Claire and perhaps dinner with Gyorgyi.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Closer to heading for Labrador

Today has been a good day. I hiked in the morning, pruning the road and the orchard. I added queen anne’s lace and common evening primrose to my flowering list. All of the fruit is gone from the fruit trees. I vacuumed the kayak so it should be fine now. I used the air conditioning today and that really helped. I practiced jazz piano and did my leg raises, weights and yoga. Then it was time to head to Nissan to get my tires rotated and the truck checked out for the Labrador trip. The truck was fine and then I went and played golf shooting a 45 and then a 46, so it was a good day, especially good putting. After a dinner of broccoli and shrimp at Nagoya I rode my bike along the river for 50 minutes then went to my office for a quick nap. Rob wasn’t available for a walk but perhaps tomorrow. I haven’t heard from Sarah Morris so I am not sure if I will be meeting her and Emma for lunch. I am set to have lunch with Claire on Friday and then hopefully dinner with Gyorgyi on Friday. I did read an article about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s and I have a little of 2 categories but I certainly don’t seem to have a real problem right now. I guess a lot of people worry about this but I think I am still in pretty good shape. My lumosity training is getting better so I guess that is a good sign.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

good visit to help Kelly move

My trip to Kelly’s was very productive, and though Alfredo and I had a little disagreement, we worked it out and worked together to take apart the long and ugly storage piece that bothered Kelly a great deal. I made several trips over with Alfredo and one by myself and we got a bunch of stuff over to the new place. Lucia seems to really enjoy the playground right in the back, particularly swinging higher and higher on the swing. I think with a little landscaping change, the front will look nicer and the new carpets and the wood flooring should make it much more appealing. I rode my bike each morning for almost an hour, then did my yoga and sleeping in the guest room with no dander was quite pleasant and though it was warm inside, it was bearable with the fan in the room. I had a good chat with Kelly and that was nice. On my way back on Monday, I played golf at Sleepy Hollow in Charlestown, watched an hour and a half of the exciting British Open, rode my bike at Roanoke College, then went riding for a half hour at VT before going to the movies to see the new Terminator movie. Awful beginning but much better once it got going. Today I got my book order in and rode my bike at RU for almost an hour. I took a hike this morning (heal all, oxeye, wood nettle, white avens finishing, common St. John’s wort, wineberries almost gone, thin leaved cone, enchanter’s nightshade) and did my leg raises, weights and yoga.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ten hours of sleep and almost no dizziness

I slept till almost 10 after going to bed around midnight. I felt much better with a very slight sense of dizziness. I did a hike, opened up the kayak to dry completely, did a wash, cleaned the dishes, did leg raises, weights and yoga. I went and did some pruning on the pasture road and got a nap before I headed out to go drop off the Miyazaki tapes at VT for Gyorgyi. After that I picked up my bike but as soon as I got to the CRC, the bike sounded awful so I had to head back and fortunately, they were able to fix the problems with an adjustment to the main sprocket and a new chain. It ended up costing me over $300 but I now have a good backup bike and a fully repaired original bike. Then it was off to meet Rob for a very good walk (I will see him tomorrow for my fatigue and dizziness) and then off to VT for the rest of my first bike ride, cut short by a big storm. I called Kelly and I hope she is well and I talked to Claire Gallo who is not feeling so well and wanted to not hike on Thursday, which is fine with me. Dinner and video games and/or bowling will be fine. I should have dinner with Cathy tomorrow and that will be fun.