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until it got too many red cards from Wounded Duck and the Boredom Enforcement Committee ... now the tortoise's goal is to get to 10 red cards so he can get Big Dog to drive down and take a good long walk with the tortoise

P. S. This blog listens to its readers. We have the Benjamin Category Override for 5+ mile walks and now, it humbles Tortoise to say he has been named "Lou", by Doug Jr, in memory of Mr. Consistency himself, Lou Gehrig. Tortoise can hardly type the words to think he is in any way comparable to the noble Iron Horse. Thank you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013



Late afternoon after my appointments, I did another of my "lets see how far we can get up a mountain before a specific time forces a retreat before dark" hikes.  This time I started at Vincent Gap (elevation 6567 on Doug Jr's and Sarah's favorite California Highway 2, six miles west of Table Mountain and nine west of Wrightwood, if Terry's reading). Vincent Gap happens to be a trailhead for the Pacific Crest Trail at its mile 374.2.  The mountain I started up was Mt. Baden-Powell, a climb of 2835 feet in 4.0 miles, which is a tall order to do round trip when you start at 5:28 pm and sundown is 7:42.  I've done BP once before, in 1988 with the Victorville Varsity Scouts.

I made it 2.4 miles to 8145 feet, a climb of 1578 feet, in 1:55:56 total elapsed time (including 23:20 minutes of rest breaks along the way).  Tortoise rating:  -1.3.  Clearly no world speed record, I was huffing and puffing with vigor.  Average heart rate was 132, and I reached a peak of 151 several times, at which point I stopped to catch my breath.  I carried about 20 pounds in my pack.

The return trip took 46:18 minutes total elapsed time (with 1:47 in rest breaks), which got me back to the car at 8:10 pm.  Sun was gone except for some bright orange remnants.  I couldn't have timed it much better.  Tortoise rating for the return trip is 4.9.

Please click here for plentiful pictures and food eaten today.  Footnote:  Miles walked since June 28 ... 82.87.


2,351 4,000 1,193 2,807
Food Item Servings Cals Fat Cholest Sodium Carbs Sugars Fiber Protein
Quaker Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Original 2.00 200 4g 0mg 150mg 38g 0g 6g 8g
Dannon Activia Yogurt - Peach 1.00 110 2g 10mg 70mg 19g 17g 0g 5g
Orange 0.50 25 0g 0mg 0mg 6g 5g 1g 0g
Bratwurst Sausage 1.50 465 42g 83mg 1,140mg 0g 0g 0g 20g
Goulash Soup 0.70 168 6g 28mg 140mg 13g 4g 2g 16g
Ukrainian Rye Bread 0.50 55 1g 0mg 90mg 11g 0g 4g 3g
spaetzle 1.00 216 4g 108mg 402mg 36g 0g 1g 8g
German Style Fried Potatoes 1.00 296 17g 0mg 225mg 32g 2g 3g 4g
Nature Valley Nature Valley Protein Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate 1.00 190 12g 0mg 170mg 14g 6g 5g 10g
Kellogg's Kellogg's Fiber Plus Antioxidants Nutty Delight Honey Roasted Almond 1.00 150 7g 0mg 120mg 22g 8g 6g 3g
Jamba Juice Caribbean Passion 1.00 360 2g 5mg 40mg 82g 73g 3g 3g
Subway Subway Club Footlong 1.00 730 18g 95mg 2,070mg 90g 14g 10g 53g
In-N-Out Chocolate Shake 1.50 1,035 54g 143mg 525mg 125g 93g 0g 14g

Fitness Minutes Cals Burned
Hiking - climbing hills, 10-20 lb load 60.0 -817.0
Walk: 3 mph (20 min/mi) 46.0 -376.0

Cals Fat Cholest Sodium Carbs Sugars Fiber Protein

2,807 167g 471mg 5,143mg 487g 221g 41g 146g


  1. 2!!! -1.3??? Love the awes shake at the end of a hard day.

  2. 2!!! -1.3??? Love the awes shake at the end of a hard day.

  3. Agree with Doug on everything, the rating was stellar, using the 20 pound back pack was awesome, and in-n-out chocolate shakes are pure joy and happiness and make everything better

  4. So you both like seeing the -1.3 in addition to me using the label "000 double beyond tortoise walk". Knowing this gives me great joy ... almost as much as the In-N-Out chocolate shake. However, next time it will be a regular size rather than large ... and yes, it absolutely made everything better!

  5. I also love that you both read clear down my list of unusual food items I ate that day to find the shake at the end!