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Steps, Distance, ToD, Elapsed Time, Pace & Heart Rate On The Same ‘Garmin’ Activity Screen.

by Anura Guruge

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The ‘Simple Steps’ data field I used from ‘Connect IQ’.

I should have done this AGES ago. My fault. Just never got around to allocating the 20-minutes or so it was going to take — mainly to do the RESEARCH.

Big — ACTUALLY HUGE — issue is that Garmin, inexplicably, does NOT provide a native Data Field for STEPS. How crazy is that. So, I had to Google that.

Enough folks recommended ‘Simple Steps‘ — & you can add me to that list. Works. No hassle. Just downloaded it — & it appears as a Data Field from ‘Connect IQ’.

Yes, 6-fields.

But, these are ALL the fields I want. Actually, I am NOT that fussed about pace, but I could fit it in. Don’t think I want anything else. This is for my WALK. That is mainly what I do. I no longer differentiate between WALKING & HIKING. In my case they are basically the same. SMILE.

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Untended Rose Growing Over An Unmarked Grave — CONTEMPLATE.

by Anura Guruge

An old, basically abandoned graveyard on a backroad. I found it during my walks.

This rose caught my eye. Went closer to take a picture. Noticed the white fence. But, that was IT. Nothing else. No headstone or marker.

The other graves were not nearby. And the the rose was in the middle. Must be a grave underneath & at some point somebody planted that ROSE.


This is life. This is death. Life goes on. Roses will continue to grow. The rose nurtured by what lays below.

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Rediscovering The Tingling, Zesty Taste Of Ginger Beer Opposed To The Tepidity Of Ginger Ale.

by Anura Guruge

Very nice & satisfying THOUGH NOT (I repeat ‘NOT’) ZERO calorie. Click to ENLARGE.

Yes, ZERO calorie per the label (if it is to be trusted). Click to ENLARGE.

Some of those who know me might find this difficult to believe, but I have not always been a ‘dipso‘. If anything, by British standards, & especially those of the late 1960s & 1970s, I started consuming alcohol very late in my life! I did not start drinking alcohol, in any form or format, until I had turned 20. In those days, if my memory is true, an adult could buy you a drink at a pub when you were 14. At 18 nearly everyone I knew & associated with drank, bar I. [And, for totally different reasons, I also refused to touch (or even go near) drugs. That was a blessing. Wow, can you picture I on drugs. That would have been scary — mainly to I.]

Anywho ….

Pre-dipso, I (living in the U.K. (of course)) drank ginger beer. And it used to be good ginger beer.

Once I moved onto alcohol I still drank ginger beer, but not to the same extent as before.

Then in 1985 I came to the U.S.

Don’t know what happened. Maybe ginger beer was not as readily available. I started drinking ‘Schweppes’ & ‘Canada Dry’ ginger ale — often with liberal helpings of whiskey (in some form).

I have continued to drink Ginger Ale — albeit Diet. It is the ONLY soda I drink.

Then last Sunday, Father’s Day, after our hikes in the North Country I was still thirsty. These days, with COVID-19, I no longer stop to get coffee. Stopped at a Hannaford & I saw some CRAFT ginger beer. Bought a bottle. WOW. WOW. It was good. Kick like a mule. Who needed alcohol. Then the wife pointed out that I was on a SUGAR HIGH.


Some 38.5g of CARBS. Sacré Bleu. Wow. No wonder it felt so good. Given my near obesity I can’t afford to imbibe that many carbs. That is nearly my entire quota for a day.

So, I looked around for DIET ginger beer. They do make it, though, one brand, ‘Bundaberg‘, which is good, is NOT totally sugar-free. Reduced sugar, but sugar nonetheless. I will have to give it a miss. I am fat enough already. I need to lose 20lbs, NOT gain another 20lbs.

I tried the ‘Goslings‘ too. Not as good. Definitely flatter. Not as zesty. But, NO sugar.

I will let you. Even at 0 calories I will only drink one a day. My weight is an issue. SMILE.

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Quasi-‘British Racing Green’ (BRG), With A Tan Top, Is A Good Color Scheme For A Corvette.

by Anura Guruge

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It has been nearly 20-years since I owned a Vette. Mine was 1995 bright yellow convertible. Technically, IF you want to split hairs, it belonged to my first born daughter, Danielle. I bought it for her when she was 12. But, I did give it to her when she got her license. Honest.

I saw this Vette today. I liked the color scheme. Next car will most likely still be British. SMILE. Maybe I will buy a Vette for one of the kids!

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We Had Lobsters For Dinner Tonight.

by Anura Guruge

We have at least one big lobster dinner a year. This was the first for 2020.

We got them from ‘Market Basket‘ in Rochester, N.H. They were $5.99 per pound. Steaming on the house.

I am against cooking them in the house. Plus, I got 8. We would have needed some BIG pots for that. Much better to get them to zap them.

They were good. I just ate 2. I must be getting old. I have been known to eat 3 or 4 without much trouble.

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‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Is Selling Refurbished ‘Garmin Forerunner 235s’ (With GPS) For $120.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the HRM USA Website … where you can buy this Forerunner.

Father’s Day Specials.

Quite the deal.

Refurbished from HRM USA is pretty much like NEW.

They take great care with their refurbishing — & their Customer Service is the BEST in the Universe.

Check them out.

As many of you know, I only get my watches from HRM USA. They rock & their Customer Service is rock solid.

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“Organically Moo’ed” Food Truck Now In Alton, On Route 28.

by Anura Guruge

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Attribution WILL be enforced.

Current Menu
— Liable To CHANGE At Short-Notice.

It was an unmitigated delight to see this cheery Food Truck pop-up on the corner of ‘our’ road & Route 28. Let me be precise, the corner of ‘Prospect Mountain Road‘ & Route 28, by the YMCA camp.

They have bought the large grey building on that corner. There used to be vehicles & truck bits in the parking lot — presumably for sale. I gather it used to a restaurant & bar way back. I have been here 13-years & the eatery business precedes I.

But, it has all changed for the good. Genevieve Michaud (from Barnstead) has bought the property & will open it up as a CAFE when the pandemic is ‘history’. That will be cool. To have a nice cafe at the end of our road — & I can already tell that it will be ‘nice’.

In the interim, Genevieve has a delightful Food Truck out there. This is all good. I am so pleased.

In marked contrast to the McDonald’s in Alton (as I pointed out (& they have ACKNOWLEDGED), the Food Truck is TOTALLY CONTACTLESS. I like that. That is how it should be.

The Food Truck (which will morph into the Cafe) is on one of my walking/running routes. So, I will be going by it, on foot, at least once a week. Will I stop & get a coffee? That is the question. That will disrupt my sacrosanct routine & discipline. Will she EVER be able to tempt me to have some of her ‘Apple Pie Bread Pudding‘? Yes, her name has ‘Eve‘ in it, BUT I know, for a fact, that I have better discipline than Adam! SMILE.

Well, now you know where the Food Truck is. You even have the menu. Contactless takeout. ALL GOOD.

I wish them all the best.

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New ‘Polar Grit X’ Caliberates, On Par, With My ‘Garmin Fenix 6’.

by Anura Guruge

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Polar Grit X ‘all black’ at LEFT.

My Garmin Fenix 6 has the Titanium Bezel.


When in ‘smartwatch’ mode they are very DIFFERENT.
Like chalk & cheese.

I wore the new Polar Grit X next to my Garmin Fenix 6 yesterday & today during my 4.5+ mile walk/hike/run.

As you can see from the top 3 pictures the distance & time were on par with my Garmin Fenix 6.

I can’t say which one is more accurate, but I know that the Garmin Fenix 6 is ‘OK’ — in that I have tested it against multiple other watches, including the new Fitbit Charge 4 (just a couple of weeks ago).

If the Grit X readings had differed widely I would have been concerned. They did not. They stayed within ‘spec’.

This was also true for the elevation & Heart Rate (HR) data. The Polar & Garmin were pretty close to each other.

So, that is good. That is a start.

I will publish more pictures and data soon.

This was a first cut after having the Grit X for 2.5-days.

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I Get A ‘Polar Grit X’ To Wear Alongside My ‘Garmin Fenix 6’ — Thanks To ‘Heartrate Monitor USA’.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ product page. You will be GLAD you visited.

When you are ACTION MAN you need multiple Multisport Smartwatches to keep track of YOU, even if one them happens to be as powerful as the Garmin Fenix 6. SMILE.

So, here we GO.

Talk about covering all your bases.

My friends at HRM USA (and they are good friends, indeed) asked me to checkout the new Polar Grit X.

So, here we go. I quite literally just strapped it on. I haven’t done any steps with it. Plus, today is my day off, i.e., no 4.5-mile walk in the morning.

I will start putting the Polar Grit X through its paces starting in the morning. Stay tuned.

I like it. SMILE.

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