For our anniversary, Sharon gave me a stationary bike. She has been after me for years to cross train. I run on the treadmill a lot; I mean really a lot.
In conjunction with a web site (www.ifit.com), the bike has a number of interesting features. One of the features allows you to to draw a map in google maps and then ride the course on the bike. The bike has a screen that shows an overview of the route and the profile. Via wifi, the bike is connected to the internet and updates your location and speed to the web. You can see your progress on a computer in google maps as you are riding, including Street View.
One of my goals for 2012 is to see how far I can virtually ride across the United States. Leaving our house in Elk Grove, I rode down Elk Grove Boulevard to Grantline Road, up Grantline to the Jackson Highway and up the Jackson Highway to Latrobe Road. I ended up on Scott Road to the northwest of Rancho Murieta. I will start from here next time.
Although I had the 49er and Rams game on the big screen, I ended up watching the Street View of where I was going more than the game!
The trip log for Virtually Biking Across America is here.