Monday, July 09, 2007

Weekend Update and I Leave Tomorrow

This weekend was awesome!Friday night Tanyia and I decided to stay in and rent a movie. I looked at the new releases, but there was nothing that really interested me. Although Hollywood can still occasionally hit a home run, I have found that most new movies are predictable and poorly written. The slide in quality started about 10 years ago and it's not that all new films are's just that most use the same plot line and that's just boring! So, with me unable to find a suitable movie, I decided to rent one that I had seen, but Tanyia had not. The movie Lucky Number Slevin is one of my all time favorite movies. In fact it is number 2 in my top 10, second only to The Shawshank Redemption my perennial number one. Anyway, Tanyia loved the film and I loved seeing it again. If you haven't seen it, you may want to rent it if you should ever find yourself lost in the sea of Blockbusters yellow and blue.

Saturday Gerry and I went over to his brother-in-laws place to watch the UFC event. He has one of those "Free-to-air receivers" and after seeing it in action I am pretty sure I'll get one. The fights were the best yet and it was great to spend some time with Gerry.

Sunday was split between training, my final preparations for the trip and family stuff. I weighed my pack and it came in at 52 lbs . That's food, gear and even my life jacket! I wondered how this compared to our packs from last years trip and so I looked it up in an old post.

Gerry' Pack 53 lbs (with full water bladder)
Jim's Pack 47 lbs (with empty water bladder)

Food Bag 30 lbs!

I thought that my bag was lighter then last year, but considering I am carrying everything myself I think I did a good job of keeping it fairly lite. The food is bag weight is hilarious. After seeing that we brought 30 lbs of food last year I had to see what my food bag was. Including 750 ml of wine, all meals and snacks it weighed in at a whopping 5.5 lbs! I learned a lot last year and so I only brought what I needed plus snacks, wine and an extra days food should I get wind bound.

All weekend they were predicting rain on 2 of my 4 days in Algonquin, but that all changed this morning when I checked the weather network site for Dwight....nothing but sunshine all week! I am still prepared for the possibility of rain, but let's face it....the trip would be much better without it! Keep your fingers crossed for me.

I will try to post again before I leave, but just in case I don't get the chance I will post pictures and of course keep a journal of the trip and post upon our return. Lastly, thanks to everyone that has taken time out of their day to check out my blog, it makes keeping it up to date so much easier with all of your help. Thanks everyone!!!


Suds said...

it's weird to see your countdown clock saying "00 days"...

thanks for your help with weekend with my "landscaping", I really appreciated the help.


Jim said... does look weird doesn't it!

Thanks for helping you? Dude not a problem....or should I say you're welcome? ;)

William said...

Enjoy your trip. Travel safe.