Intro: Virtually Walking The Earth

I’ve been looking for a good way to visualize my progress in distance as I ramp up my exercise regimen. Bar graphs are succinct, but uninspiring. Tracking myself via actual distance traveled on a map, however…now that Idea delighted me. And so…

Starting this week, I am going take a virtual walk around the planet.

Here are the rules I am setting for myself:

  • I’ll use my Jawbone UP for the official weekly distance, and total them up from Sunday to Sunday.
  • Each Monday, I’ll track that distance on a Google map, using it to visualize how far I have gone, and where I will be at that time.
  • Each Monday, I’ll write a post about wherever I “am located” with whatever pictures and facts I can glean from the web.
  • This will not be a walk around the equatorial line or pole-to-pole: Instead, i will start from my home and travel west along whatever back roads present themselves. I am not allowed to use an Interstate or highways unless there is no other path through an area.

What I’m asking is this: if you follow along and see I’m coming up near someplace you have been, some place you know, tell me about it. Tell me what you love about it, what you think i should see. Suggest places to visit. That will add to the fun.

I hope you’ll come along with me. I welcome the company.



18 comments for “Intro: Virtually Walking The Earth

  1. Shannon
    March 31, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Chris, that is an awesome idea! I’ve seen indoor bike software that lets you visualize the route you are virtually biking along (my buddy is a pretty serious road biker) and I think I’ve heard of treadmills that might track that sort of stuff, but I love the way you’re approaching this. I’m looking forward to hearing about some of your walks in the Emerald Isle!

    • March 31, 2014 at 9:24 am

      Thanks, Shannon! I think this will be fun!

    • March 31, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Probably with a virtual paddleboat. Stay tuned.

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