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Ransoming Souls log. February 9th. Again little distracted today, progress.

Continued substantial progress in avoiding distractions from the needs of the clients. Today was a particularly interesting test. Unexpected snow made today's work much more challenging, the focus of today was stabilizing the vehicle, installing the Magnificent reinforced rear axle sliders from Rex litwiller, and stabilizing electrical wiring. Both were achieved despite some unexpected difficulties.
The weather applications, wonderful that they are, are quite conflicted about whether extreme wind is expected tonight and tomorrow. Here at the base of Mount Whitney is a risk area but we're going to risk it.

Cycling log, February 8th. Oh yeah, this is a recumbent!

The big objective today was to allow cycling to be a background task so that constant study during the three and a half hour trip could be a thing. Much more successful than prior times.
There did seem to be a substantial Revelation. This is a recumbent. And this has to do with the position of the back. On all but the steepest parts of the trip the inclination of the body is to sit a little bit up right, even a little bit. Instead, remembering to keep the upper body in as recumbent position as possible, seem to do amazing things by allowing the forward parts of the thighs to execute a very pronounced cyclical pumping action that had a very definite rolling aspect to it.

Another objective was to avoid the extreme discomfo and severe  hand pain from cold  causing me to pass out the other night. The importance of this is when there is severe discomfort it is very difficult to  avoid that being a distraction from the needs of the clients, ransoming Souls. So unlike prior trips  the outer shells  4 pants and upper body  we're warned the entire trip with the same one layer underneath.  This was a major Improvement. Enough so, a proof-of-concept, that relatively affordable winter cycling pants jacket and overshoes were ordered tonight.  Borderline between luxury and necessity.


Ransoming Souls log. February 8th. Much much better impulse control, focus on clients. Quite productive.

Much much improved impulse control so the day was vastly more productive. A big help was doing some planning the night before and therefore from first Awakening in the morning clients and their needs were more clearly on my mind. Centrally important and substantially gratifying. Much less likely to be distracted by discomforts or irritations. This will be slow progress but it is progress.
The 3 1/2 hour 1200 calorie climb to the base of Mount Whitney tonight was much much much more client-focused. There's a ways to go but cycling was much more of a background automatic task so probably the first third of a book called saving Paradise, a rather revolutionary look at the first thousand years after Jesus, with the observation that in the first thousand years his crucifixion was virtually irrelevant. It was about establishing Paradise on Earth in this life.
Like the book, spiritual Evolution, George vaillant, which I have recommended very highly I do so with the huge caution. As George writes about the limbic system being rather weak and exercising his, no disrespect, just a fact, the Two Sisters writing this book or clearly strong if not Giants of the cerebral cortex but not of the limbic system consequently there is little richness to their observation and substantial error. Having said that, they have done tremendous research and this is a book that probably will be read several times by me although not at the top of my priority list. But what I have seen so far is that in the first Thousand Years there were some people that really understood what this is all about, joy in this life, finding that kingdom of God, that heaven, which is the place of loving service, within us.

Explosion this morning, Phyllis my friend caused it.

In response to this video, , Phyllis my sole friend from a high school class of 350, said, James, you chose heaven.

That brilliant Insight from Phyllis will help me for the rest of my days.

she put words to what I have known and pursued from my earliest, criminally over privileged, substantially autistic I think, youth. For reasons I neither understand nor can justify, as a horribly ignorant young child, from my earliest memories, I believed that heaven was available on Earth, in this life, and that we were to be in it. And for Olympic caliber greed that I have I have never lost that belief, nor stop striving for it.

having said that, I suppose I just gained insight into why this is true about me. Probably due to what I'll guess was substantial autism, and the divinely good biological father I had, and the physical Garden of eden he provided for us, edge of a multi Thousand Acre Nature Preserve, which I was allowed to disappear into day after day, it gave me such an obvious taste... I was steeped in the manifestations of Heaven. The evidence. But why did no one else get that taste? Lack of Autism?

So although sister Phyllis articulated it this morning, gave me the right words to it, the substance of that Vision has drawn me on maniacally all of my years and got me there beginning about 18 years ago when I finally found the courage of my convictions, helped by the Sage's throughout history I had surrounded myself with,, to say, yes, our culture, profoundly intoxicating, profoundly pleasurable, is one trillion percent wrong, and Heaven, a life of Joy, is in exactly the opposite direction of what it tells us.
And I began crawling in that new Direction. And almost immediately there by got there.

But James, what are you talkin about? You have nothing. Some plastic and a few electrical parts.

You slept in 14 degree weather last night, alone, substantially vulnerable to the elements, creatures, and evil-doers that could do it without a chance of being caught? Regularly you speak of the depression you go into.

Only in the last several days have the words of Jesus crystallized into something I really understood. To paraphrase him, the kingdom of God, heaven? It is not like this, oh, lo here, Lo there, even at the Magnificent base of Mount Whitney. No, because the kingdom of God is within you, he said.

The kingdom of God is one of the Myriad of existent States within us that we can inhabit, and it is very much influenced by the environment, as the seed is profoundly influenced by its environment. But it is not the environment. The environment as the nutrients around the seed, can help actualize that. The physical environment I alluded to above that I was brought up in, and the environment that I have increasingly created for myself, no credit to me, all of the faces that you can see if this site,, has been worked into My Soul by me, no credit to me, and more so every day.
Can I justify this all consuming greed of all of my days? Yes. Because the nature of this greed is not for this pitiful husk of a creature, James, but for what James experiences himself as as a soul, all of creation. James lives for all of creation to be in this heaven.

And oh by the way, there's nothing mystical about this heaven. It is a creation given, DNA given, psychological potentiality. And all of the faces, and all of the souls, at this site, have entered in, and or documented the place for us making it that much more possible to find and inhabit, and or died to help us enter in.

And every breath and hour that James is given he will spend trying to increase the odds that he can help maybe one person enter in.

Phyllis, you totally destroyed my carefully planned morning, bless your heart. Hugs


Log, Ransoming Souls. February Seven. Clients are disappointed but hanging in there.

Much less forward progress was made than desired. Hopefully lessons were learned to reduce the delays and impediments in the future. The delays? Keeping this body functioning effectively on the work in the face of very cold temperatures. Regarding this hopefully Lessons Learned included,
  1. do not let the boiler go out.
  2. Do not let the boiler go out. Core body temperature going down allowing the extremities to get cold.
  3. In the last half-hour of the cycling climb when the sun is behind the mountain and the wind picks up avoid severe heat loss attempting to do so with wind breaking clothing already in our possession.
  4. Maintain very very good hydration on the theory that low blood pressure makes heat transfer to the extremities very difficult.
  5. For reasons unknown Some Nights the feet will not get warm without extreme insulation. Stop trying to figure this out. Layer on the insulation immediately that the problem is in evidence to avoid Disturbed sleep that slows work the following day.
There was forward progress however,
  1. was updated with new sections from Karen Armstrong  on early flowering of moral Judaism, Christianity, Muhammad
  2. Karen Armstrong on Paul has been ordered, $5 on Kindle, to be downloaded tomorrow and prioritized for study. Her take on him as a important religious creator was a surprise and needs further exploration.
  3. Compared to a week ago progress continues with some backsliding on keeping the clients, not James impulses, front-and-center every breath.
  4. A routine of daily prioritizing and prioritizing for the coming days on the mission of ransoming Souls, is taking shape and showing sustainability.
  5. Some slight enhancement of the vision is reflected in new items on the priorities.
Outlook for tomorrow
  1. Devote the morning to the priorities up at the base of the mountain. Early to bed tonight for an early start tomorrow.
  2. Demonstrate Mastery of making the cold a non issue throughout tonight and tomorrow by implementing principles and practices learned last night and today.
  3. Secure various items to be used the following day in further stabilizing the vehicle, the new rear axle brackets, and some very inexpensive but important welding items to further stabilize motor and inverter cabling that it is still at times unstable.
  4. Demonstrate improved Mastery and discipline allowing the 3 hours cycling to be as ineffective as necessary such that it is automatic so the 3 hours most of it can be devoted to studying materials being read by the Android. Karen Armstrong's work on the first Christian writer, Paul, is likely to be the focus.


Log. Ransoming soul. February 6th. Encouraging slow steady Improvement today.

  1. Definitely better impulse control today particularly in the morning from the time of Awakening. That's a difficult time when the habits are to get online and be indulging James impulses. That's not what James wants and it's not what the clients wants. It wants James to deliberately start with them in mind and keep it that way all day. definite Improvement for the first half of the day. Cycling is a bit of a distraction and attention is turned to study that is planned with the clients, but the acute Focus The Edge has lost a little bit. But overall a much better job of keeping the clients front-and-center today. Much room for improvement but there's a good chance that the Improvement will come.
  2. Work was done this morning asking the question, what did the clients need, not necessarily from James, what do they need. And also, a specialized to do list, photo above, what are James best priorities to work on for them right now? This is such important progress. Could I have begun this weeks or months ago? I'm not sure. I know that recent months and longer have been laying a foundation for it and it just feels good that it's happening. The investment of several days, forced by the weather, to be indoors helped with this shift and Improvement in focus.
  3. Slight but substantial Improvement in directing attention to the clients during the arduous Wonderful 3 hour 1400 calorie climb tonight. Several very important posts on Karen Armstrong were fired off during that time and probably half of the time was very good study time. This is important, encouraging, and there's a substantial chance that there will be steady progress.
  4. In this morning's planning James found a substantial Advance taking place next to his nervous system. That soon there are people with whom he is in contact where he sees sufficient sole that if they were to choose to do so they could begin helping him shape and improve the materials he has created and is in the process of creating. He put out a general notice along these lines and alerted particular individuals of promise.
  5. James was blessed with the opportunity to spend considerable time with one of his few dear personal friends in a situation where there was wonderful Mutual sharing going on but also some important junctures with this friend where the preparation the James works on slowly and methodically and tediously everyday show themselves to be work of value I believe to this friend. This is encouraging, gratifying, and why James exists.

Cycling log. Progress. February 6th.

The new gear is top end speed now at speed now at pedaling at maybe 10 miles an hour at a really rapid Cadence. But who cares? For whatever time remains here in unspeakably magnificent Mount Whitney Lone Pine virtually all of the travel is a 3-hour trip uphill at two and a half miles an hour, my choice, and the Cadence is so much more manageable. We had a 400w human output trip today, better than 1400 calories, the best yet. And the more reasonable Cadence, probably averaged 45 or 50 rpm, allowed for a considerably more normal cycling experience. Such a nice advance. A $25 investment in the gear and another $7 for shipping probably. What a nice addition. Oh, and remember when the nuvinci gear was destroyed about a month ago? Having this new physical 1 speed gear dramatically reduces the likelihood of that happening again. All of the positive discoveries about cycling in the last couple of weeks, click on the cycling label below for the other posts, all of that is being born out. The Holy Grail is arriving at a reasonably high output 3 hour trip that requires almost no conscious attention from James. That was achieved probably at the 65% level today. Not bad, considerably better than most days. James will just have to try and keep at it and hope for progress and progress seems to be very likely with routine building on the discoveries of the last several weeks.
Probably no fundamental discoveries today but there's some substantial progress nonetheless I think.

  1. Be profoundly profoundly profoundly profoundly respectful of how heavy this payload is, 900 pounds. The benefits of that, I don't know why they are so pronounced, but they are. And it is very counterintuitive. It is something that I need to deliberately bring into the metal equation.
  2. Focus that incredible respect for how terribly heavy the vehicle is, listening so carefully to the knee at certain points to reduce pressure, effort, as the grade increases even slightly, take that care especially at the front of the knees and the top of the knees. Why? I don't know yet. But it certainly was very very helpful today and shocking really. At much less effort than it was taking to expend 100 watts an hour, by paying tremendous respect the output went up in the hundred and twenty watt per hour range. Go figure. Now this in the last third of the journey which always produces the best technique, that last third. Go figure. my best guess about that is the first couple of hours are retraining me of what doesn't work. But part of this tremendous respect focused in the knees I think somehow causes the body, trigger triggers the body, to move effort back in the portion of the thighs closer to the crotch, that third or half of the thighs where the power resides and in the same vein it loosens up the muscles of the knees and shins and ankles.
  3. For a portion of the trip understanding that the knees were moving the vehicle, by smoothly rotating a small sphere or donut at the knees, rotating it, rolling it, was very helpful.
  4. Bringing into attention that the movement of the legs was directly tied to the forward movement, the forward rolling movement, of the vehicle, was not automatic, that doesn't happen automatically, but when I remember to bring it into attention it seems to create an overall perspective for the nervous system that makes things much more fluid, sustainable, encouraging, like the body all of a sudden begins to understand what this is all about and adjust itself accordingly.
  5. The body wants to move the pivot point that the knees are to revolve around up higher then is beneficial. Bringing to mind that that sphere being turned is about 10 or 15 degrees down from perpendicular to the ground is necessary and very helpful.
  6. Rollin Rollin Rollin, keep those knees rolling. So not automatic and so powerful when finally I remember to do it in the body responds. Much less effort, much more sustainable psychologically and physically, much more enjoyable. Much more automatic meeting the mind can be on study for the clients rather than moving the vehicle.

Fundamentalists, of every stripe, impose themselves as God in your life. Jesus, Buddha, Confucius fought that with their lives, dying to connect folks with the God, creator, soul, heart, within them.

Fundamentalists, of every stripe, impose themselves as God in your life. Jesus, Buddha, Confucius fought that with their lives, dying to connect folks with the  God, creator, soul,  heart, within them.

Your soul is needed for my calling.

Your soul, (limbic system, mammalian brain,  heart, the most important part of the nervous system that should always be in charge,  the other two parts being the  the cerebral cortex and hypothalamus, the computer  and Reptilian Brain, head and flesh, respectively) , is needed for my calling, just not quite yet.
The needs of my work does not dictate that you should or are expected to respond.
There are some of you that when the time, times, come where several hours or more of your time are required, there are some of you on my list and I'll put out the call with no expectation.
If at sometime you sense you would very much like to be on the list, message me or something.
Although this work has been my life for my entire adulthood it becomes ever more focused week by week month by month.
As best I can articulated at the moment, my work is to provide an advantage to the one in a million Souls in this 2019 and future world that have not been so mutilated by the culture, that they can stand being captive, subjugated, enslaved and killed by the all worshipped cerebral cortex and Reptilian Brain, head and flesh, any longer.
This morning's brainstorming began to flesh out for me what some of the aspects look like. No attempt has been made to make this more intelligible to anyone beside me, so far, but this is what came out this morning.

I expect that in my lifetime no one will be called too seriously collaborate with me in this effort. But who knows? The work will be substantially stillborn if that's the case but I am resigned to that. But if and when I can get even the littlest bit of attention from those that need to collaborate at least a little bit it will be of immeasurable value.

My work will continue along the lines of the list above and at such Point as I think the materials could warrant the encounter with your soul such that feedback from you could be forthcoming, at that point, I will put out the first call.


February 5th. Getting down to business. Ransoming Souls log.

Process note. The practice of these ransoming soul logs going into one long post is proving unwieldy. From now on the label will appear as it does at the top of this post and a label will be added that can be clicked at the bottom to retrieve all similar posts and the cycling log will receive the same treatment.

Getting down to business for about three or four hours this afternoon to take advantage of the luxury of this $35 a night bunk room at the hostel, was how the time and expense was invested. it's just a very very very very beginning. to impossible complex challenges in Industry there are many things that I learned and applied with great success and in the work I've done since rarely has it been applied and today was a beginning attempt to change that. The photos above may be totally unintelligible to anyone but me, but they represent beginning to break down a general direction into pieces that can be prioritized, developed, discarded, improved upon. The important Soul Dwight David Eisenhower said, plans are worthless, but planning is everything. done properly planning as a tool for preparing, harnessing, applying our nervous system to an important challenge.
Central to today's effort was to very substantially move to the front and center of James life the clients he has referred to, in his imagination. Too much front and center for now has been James body, James mind, James Comfort, James cycling, James food, Etc. The point isn't that this was bad, it was probably quite necessary. But it has resulted in a substantial learning curve, hopefully sufficient, that these areas can be moved into the background and the clients kept front and center.
Not simply a matter of willpower is this shift however. There are very real issues that must be resolved. Stabilizing the rear axle of the vehicle against the impending catastrophe of the crack fully failing. Work was done to secure  a heavily fortified replacement hopefully within the next two or three days. There remain connectors on the vehicle that too frequently fail, electrical connectors, under the tremendous strain placed on this heavy payload vehicle. work was done today to secure Small Parts and Equipment that should lead to soldered connections that are much more stable. the platform at the rear of the vehicle the plastic has been cracking after such heavy use. Replacement plastic arrived yesterday and with the help of a kindly hardware store it was cut and put in place. the new battery was received yesterday and proper connectors soldered on today. The new signage for the front and rear of the vehicle arrived yesterday but application must wait until the weather warms which looks to be at least a week away. the new uniform that James always wears is on order and the status was checked, appears to be shipping on Friday.
But very important to today, the conscious effort applied today to have the will of the clients determine Moment by moment what James did, was tremendous progress over any time prior. to a degree this is like weaning an addiction to James indulging his impulses. This is encouraging. It is hard work. Making this shift. But it is necessary, desirable, healthy, enjoyable, and doable. The progress will be halting but probably substantial I hope.


February 3rd. Huge breakthrough? Solar RV Cycling technique. Faithfully, humbly using knees to rotate the flywheel....>>>

February 3rd continued. So much seemed to Blossom today in the three and a half or four hour, nearly 1500 calorie climb today, that it is very worrisome that much of it will be lost, forgotten, not captured. Here is the first attempt. If the diagrams that came to me or to be produced they probably have to wait till tomorrow.

  1. Don't for a second lose feel for using the legs to roll that horrible weight of this payload forward.
  2. Even better, retain the feeling of reeling, think hand-crank, cranking the vehicle forward using the thighs and most importantly the first third of the thighs from the crotch down toward the knees.
  3. Keep the upper torso shifted slightly to the right for reasons that aren't quite clear yet but the right leg is able to do a much better job than it ever has before when that is done.  and be certain that the seat of this body is not shifted slightly to the right as seems to be the habit using the 4f support beam as the marker.
  4. To emphasize some of the points above, think of using one's arms to reel in a horribly large boat fighting its inertia and an offshore Breeze and slight offshore tide. It is doable, and imagine that the boat is a mile offshore. This imagery applied to the thighs is really really really really productive today.
  5. None of this is with the objective of being a Tour de France cyclist. It is with the objective of arriving at a point where the 4-Hour climb is enjoyable, sustainable, and intuitive fully freeing the mind for other work, but giving the body tremendous exercise.
  6. Diagram of the hand crank.
  7. Diagram of using arms to reel in the rope with a heavy payload.
  8. Most important diagram. The thighs turning a heavy donut at the knees which is exactly connected to the huge wheel that moves the vehicle forward. And hard pins through the knees that a fix it to that donut absolutely with just pivoting through the pins as an option.
  9. Maybe more tomorrow. This will have to do for now. 
  10. Other than to say that the new gear allowed a much more productive climb. 10 or 15% more calories could be expended, much smoother pedaling, rolling, reeling,

This post is cumulative, an ongoing collection of experience that is quite related, probably, near certainly, building from the bottom on Up of the post.

This is a running Journal.

February 3rd or 4th? It's just too astonishing not to share. LOL. Rolling, the purpose of these legs is to roll the vehicle! ROFL! Upon reflection there have been times that my body figured this out, few and far between, but there were these times. Unconscious competence. Which is fleeting and lost and mystifying and unrecoverable. But maybe never conscious competence, or maybe once and it was lost. And maybe this is not the break through but it seems to be at the moment. That has happened over and over and over. But maybe it is. The very positive journal entries these recent weeks have all been pointing in this direction but only in the last couple of days has it been digested, grasped, and brought to this conscious competence. A constant acute awareness that the purpose of the legs his to roll this 900 pound object. As amazing as the body is it is also a f****** pain in the ass. It is fanatical about denial. It is constant magical thinking. Well maybe I can avoid the work this way! Maybe I can make it easier that way! Maybe I can escape this discomfort by doing this! this is more frequent than the times that it locks into reality. No offense offence body. But hence the importance of conscious competence. Unfortunately the cerebral cortex where conscious competence resides has no respect for the uncontrollable limbic system and hypothalamus where unconscious competence resides. And all too often, as with me as a cyclist in particular, it rules roughshod and can go months or years not recognizing what this post is about, this is a rolling vehicle, the purpose of the legs is to keep it rolling. and at least in these last two or 3 days conscious and unconscious competence are finding a partnership it seems. The Glad posts below talk about peddling, or more rather cycling, a cycling feeling in the knees, thighs, Etc. All valid. But what they were all pointing to I think and glad about, was returning to a long-lost since this whole thing is about rolling vehicle. And this unconscious part of the nervous system loves loves loves loves to pretend, to deny, that this is the situation. It wants to yank, jerk, cyclically relax, Etc. Weeks or months might determine if this is the Breakthrough that it seems to be. LOL. Oh, and this new gear it allows pedaling at the low, hi exercise speed that I like, currently 1.8 miles per hour at a Cadence of not 38 RPM but a much more sustainable 54 RPM, is very very very nice indeed. The speed of achievable high-end pedaling assistance has probably been reduced from about 15 miles an hour as low as 11 or 12, but if as I hope this Lone Pine area is where this mission is based until the fall, there is never a Time when traveling more than 10 miles an hour is desired at all. and the gear that Returns the ability to Pedal at a faster speed is of course retained and in a three-hour operation can be easily put back on.

January 29th. Tonight was in some respects particularly a pleasant 340 Watt climb. The prior three or four very positive journal entries were affirmed tonight. And hopefully they were Eclipse too, gone beyond, built upon as a consequence of inspiration found within this nervous system. In the last 20% of the journey which had been more sustainable and less demanding of attention than days or weeks prior settling upon a rolling feel and letting go concerns about ongoing watts per hour output. In the last 20% something quite nice emerged, an image of these knees being the center of a large tire so large that it was reaching the ground below my knees and extending way above my knees and that tire is what was moving the vehicle forward. This made sense of all the work to my nervous system in a way that I rarely if ever recalled before. Now the attempts I have been making to be spinning a sphere at my knees were made much more logical to my body and nervous system with this image. Other things that were very important during this journey, most important by far and a real find I think, instead of indulging the tendency of my body to lean the head and Shoulders slightly forward when things get difficult, doing the opposite, moving the shoulders backward with the chin down which seems to engage the hamstrings and buttocks automatically supporting a forward and back movement that my body comfortably accepted was integral to keeping that large Tire I referenced rolling at a constant speed forward. Also crucial throughout the trip was periodically asking myself, do I need to slow down the vehicle to be able to maintain this rolling with my thighs and knees?

January 27th. The most recent two journal entries were born out again in today's 1 hour and 45 minute ride.  allowing anything and everything to vary except for the Primacy of the vision of rolling the small sphere at my knees in a cyclical manner that feels cyclical, rotational, rolling. there may be added Insight given by the body today that the greatest power is in the last inch or so of knee extension and the notion of if I were on my knees trying to lift an extremely heavy weight with my back particularly shoulders and head, I would find the greatest power and ease in the last inch or so of straightening. And this included allowing my head and neck and shoulders to be in a more relaxed backward leaning position than is typical for me. it suggested a slight stretching of the Torso Along these lines. and it provided further insight as to when to reduce the force of the cycling to allow for the tip of the knees to fully exert themselves comfortably in that final inch or two. but again, the inclination to sort of do a jerking forward motion with the knee needs to be resisted so that a circular cycling rolling sensation and reality is maintained at the knees which was easily available when I thought of it. the journey was much shorter in terms of time tonight and human power because the ratio of motor to human Watts was roughly doubled to simulate a more normal Cadence, RPM, of probably 72 or so, almost double all of the recent Journeys. This to do a sanity check on whether the gear which I expect to arrive late this week, which will require quite a bit of work to put on the vehicle, whether that effort is worthwhile and tonight's experience certainly suggests that it is.

January 25. Another very encouraging night, affirming that the notes of two days ago below maybe something substantial. New insights, 04 not new but worth emphasizing. 1. Yes, execute the vision of turning, maintaining momentum of a relatively small sphere, maybe 10 in in diameter, at the knees, with the knees. 2. Execute the vision that that's fear is very at the end of the reach of the knees, not closer to the Torso which the body would like, but it's not. 3. Starting with the vision and holding that constant, and allowing everything else to be a variable, cadence, including going extremely slow, as low as 20 or 25 RPM, but more typically 35 or 40, supplemental power. Anything is a variable except violating that vision and it is absolutely miraculous the way the body figures out how to execute that vision. 4. An unknown is how easy or possibly very very difficult it is to Pedal at such a very low Cadence as is forced currently by this miraculous vehicle. It is simply a current limit of the gearing which may change within the next several weeks if the gear that was just ordered fits on the rear assembly.  you shouldn't lie, this was a very respectable climb, 120 watts per hour, 390 Watts total, which is about 1,400 calories. It will be interesting to see among other things how all this changes when and if more normal gearing is available.

January 23rd. Well, another very positive day. Some very important things learned. Can they be remembered? Can they be repeated? Can they be sustained? Possibly. 1. It is pretty indisputable that any sport to be at the very top performance requires hours and hours all day practice every day for years. That is certainly not what this old body is being provided. Compared to a year-and-a-half ago 25% or less of the time and energy is being invested on average per week and I really need to accept that the best I can hope for is occasional glimpses of the high end of the sport which used to be routine for this old body. 2. Vision. Wow, that was completely instrumental to my effective change and turn around leadership in industry for several decades. But in terms of my personal leadership not for the last several decades. Much of that is because it is infinitely more difficult with the challenges that I've taken on these last twenty years. They are infinitely more difficult complex intractable challenges. But that might not be the whole of it. And or, it might be that I'm climbing high enough on the learning curve that that can shift a bit. Today cycling, it's probably a two-and-a-half to three hour Trek because I slow the vehicle way way down, by dramatically reducing the electric power per mile,  allowing me to do fully 25 or 20% of all the work for that 900 pound payload, to allow this body to burn 1200 calories or so every other day. So Below in this post are many things that have been learned. And in the last third of today something explicit happened which has happened before but sporadically and probably not much for a long time and I'm not sure I grasped what was going on at the time. When I shifted from trying to operate my body based on what I know, all of which was very helpful especially the notion of maintaining a feeling in my thighs that they were cycling, Lessons Learned below, and shifted it into seeing what needed to be done the body achieves a whole new level of efficiency, Effectiveness, sustainability, power, and performance. And I vaguely recall from my days in Industry that when I learned to formulate a vision whether it was for fast typing or presentations or whatever that it switches the nervous system a Quantum in terms of effectiveness. It might be that it's as simple as keeping this in mind. I don't suspect that it's that simple but it might be. More likely it is first doing the work to grasp mentally and physically the task at hand extremely well so that the limbic system, the mammalian brain, our soul, our Seat of Wisdom, has enough data to work its magic, Vision, that the body can then magically implement. tonight it was the long-delayed return of the notion of maintaining the rotation of a sphere at my knees, a rather small sphere. Many months ago I wrote of this with extreme Euphoria, up near the Canadian border as I recall. And after some number of days it disappeared and seemed like a total aberration. If I had grasped that it was that I was executing a vision rather than trying to feel and or force my way, maybe if I had been able to grasp that I could have held onto the extraordinary performance. But I think there is at least one other variable and maybe dozens. One of them is lesson number three from tonight. Power and or Cadence has a dramatic impact on what the body needs to do to deliver effective sustainable powerful performance at that Cadence and Power. At least I'm pretty sure. Anyway, the grade gets steeper during the seven and a half mile, close to 3-hour trip that I take up the mountain. And remarkably pretty regularly the last 25% of the trip the body is performing much better than it does up until that point. But anyway, due to the gearing characteristics of this vehicle at a very low Cadence, 40 revolutions per minute, very high power needs to be delivered if I am going to do the between 20 and 25% energy to move this vehicle which I like to do. In order to maintain this I need to drop down even below 40 RPM which is difficult to maintain any sort of timing, the feeling of peddling, and work to stay around 40 RPM or 42 or 45. In any case the wattage output needs to be around a hundred and twenty to a hundred and 70 or even 200 at various spots which is a lot of output. With that kind of power, and I think at such a low Cadence, that notion that the thighs at the knees are turning a very small sphere, the vision that that's what has to happen, with momentum of that sphere maintained because the energy demands of erratic power are catastrophic, that all seems to work and it worked months ago at that euphoric time.

January 21st. Seems like another significant advance standing on the advance of the 18th. 370 Watts, 12 or 1300 calories, spent climbing toward Mount Whitney. The central goal throughout this trip was to maintain a sense of cycling and this was extremely useful and fairly successful. Toward the end of the journey, a new element fell in place, though an element familiar from times over the last two years. On the prior Journal, it was mentioned that the axis is extremely important. Yes indeed. At extremely low Cadence which the gearing of this heavy vehicle makes desirable much of the time, what fell into place was that although counterintuitive, slowing down the Cadence of the cycling motion, allows for the bottom of the cycle amplitude to be fully reached. This was not something I was aware of for many weeks or months. But I suspect it is an important thought going forward. It will be tempting to over adjust and focus on just that downward stroke instead of maintaining Balance cycling between both full thighs.

January 18th. Well, maybe there's a reason it's called cycling! This may be a big deal for me! Whatever feeling I had for moving this vehicle did not exist day before yesterday as reported. It was terribly frustrating. The vehicle was moved but there was not any five minute period Of the two and a half hours that felt other than forced, uncoordinated, spastic, really unpleasant and discouraging.
 the two and a half hour, 1000 calorie climb this afternoon, started out better, but not a whole lot. The clear objective held by me was to try and find something that felt understandable. 2 days ago was so crushing, that it was really starting at Ground Zero. And for the first hour, the output in terms of power was incredibly low, maybe 90 watts per hour. But two days ago was so horrible that that was okay. The notion occurred to me that the vehicle should feel something like peddling, cycling, and it had no such feeling for me. It turns out that although my body has found cycling over the last two years at various times my mind never grasped that. And today grasping that it should feel like cycling was not magic, for the first half it helped a little bit but not a whole lot. But it seems it brought this body close enough that in the second half it began to find that the feeling of cycling needs to happen in the farthest most third of the thighs. Are they rotating around one another? Of course not. But none the less there is a sense that they achieved cycling between them. In the first two thirds it was a matter of trying to find where the vehicle would let me cycle. And the last third it seems it had taught me the approximate power range and now my body could decide to cycle my legs even a bit beyond what the vehicle seemed to want to let me do. And in the last fifteen percent, the steepest grade as usual, it went to even another level. There was a wide amplitude playfulness to it almost with tremendous power output, roughly 140 watts per hour. And an Insight from more than a year ago which is lost by me most of the time, returned in this context. There is an axis, for lack of a better word, to the cycling range of the thighs. At very high torque, locate cadance, the axis is slightly down. And at higher Cadence, and slightly lower output per stroke, the axis is pointing slightly up from there and a wider range is possible. All this seems quite promising. With all the ideas that have helped move this vehicle more than 20,000 miles now, the notion that there should be a cycling feeling somewhere in the body, and I'm sure it's in the last 20% of the thighs up to the knees, but there should be a feeling of cycling always, this is new. Who would have thought?

 January 17.  And yesterday, notwithstanding all the  insights below, my body had absolutely zero idea of how to cycle.  Totally.  LOL. Is this a thing?  It is for me.  Will I recover faster due to the insights gained so far?  Probably so!  I think the biggest help will be to recall from long ago, that I must exist as PART of the machine, not act ON the machine.  Big, big, high amplitude also I expect to  be helpful.  But oh goodness does it hurt, frustrating.  Ugh.

January 7th. Nirvana encountered again? Or is it Icarus getting too close to the Sun? Euphoria was reported back in September when the notion of maintaining momentum in an imaginary cylinder at my knees was delivering extremely gratifying, sustainable, powerful performance. And then days later it was completely unattainable and ever since. Well yesterday for several hours climbing up to the base of Mount Whitney much of the phenomena  returned and seemed quite promising. Almost certainly that experience would not have been achieved but for the guidance written of in earlier segments below. Or, maybe it is a loser, a siren song. Time will tell. And it went beyond that event Series in September. Yes, Central was the imagery experienced in my body of maintaining momentum on the tremendously inertia bound cylinder at my knees with my knees, High amplitude, but all of a sudden for the first time that I can recall it was realized that all of the power comes not at my knees, not at the front of my thighs as I have experienced with success recently, but from the top 20% of my thighs where they join the hips. And certainly in terms of anatomy and physics that indeed is where the power comes from. And with that in mind the vision that was executed was of exerting power from that top 20% area intimately tied with rotating, providing energy to maintain the inertial rotation, of that cylinder at the knees.

Oh, and I have forgotten to write up until now, a notion of surface area, sort of odd and Abstract, but very helpful, as wide as possible surface area, almost a friction area, as the thighs pass each other up and down.

January 4th. James, listen. Unless the feet and ankles are always limp, always limp, and all of the focus and force coming from the top 25% of your thighs, nothing else works. Yes, the feet and ankles are unbelievably seductive, persistent, enticing. Job one is to fight that and to keep them limp.

Fatigue or extra effort entices James to lower the amplitude of his up and down thigh isolation. No! No no no! So counter-intuitive but the opposite! Go toward maximum amplitude gently, smoothly, briefly, rolling through the extremes of the amplitude. It's amazing.

January 1st 2019. It has been a while since this earlier post. The earlier post is not being reviewed by me at this moment but the ensuing very solid month or so recent seems so solid that the top of mind mental ideas and images that make cycling so consistent now are shared here.

The thighs, particularly the forward part, are the source of all power and effort. Nothing in The Shins and the feet. Any effort in The Shins and the feet is a sure sign of degraded effectiveness. The mental image is of the thighs applying sustainable pressure as estimated for the entire trip of however many hours onto a large wheel or cylinder that they directly impact. What is needed and delivered is completely continuous firm smooth pressure to that wheel with full amplitude of the thighs in an up and down as opposed to circular motion. It is not, not, not, the job to turn the crank with any part of the body. The entire job is to provide maximum sustainable pressure in full amplitude to that wheel allowing not even a centimeter of the wheel's travel to be without pressure. An additional gigantic Discovery was that when additional power is required then what is required of the thighs is to increase the amount of force that they put into that circular wheel continuously. It is not, not, not the job to force or jerk or lever or shorten or change Cadence or anything else. With all of this in recent weeks every two days an up and downhill journey is conducted of approximately 275 up to 400 watts of human output. Also useful is the notion of maintaining a comfortable Cadence not too fast not too slow of roughly 65 RPM and to apply the power notion just mentioned to smooth out, to deal with, variations in the grade and of course to adjust the motor power to keep things within a manageable range.

Oh, and the wide amplitude up and down of the thighs is in relation to the physical properties of the vehicle but not dictated by that. The smooth continuous up and down needs to be primarily a physical movement of the body independent of the vehicle.

....... earlier post.

Solar RV Cycling technique. Faithfully, humbly using knees to rotate the flywheel....

Yes, yesterday at least, I came full circle, no pun intended, back to where I was months ago extolling the virtues of this, when I was in the Cascades. Or maybe just before.

But yesterday here was that Holy Grail again. Powerful, smooth, enjoyable, natural, sustainable, fun, reasonable.

Why was it so firmly lost and why did it come back? I believe that the following were not understood and they were violated.

Never more than gentle, respectful, humble constant pressure from the knees around the circumference of the flywheel.

Being with the flywheel, never acting on it.

Full dimensionality of the circumference of the Freewheel.

Continual instantaneous Readjustment of everything to allow the above, Cadence, effort, Gering, motor ratio.... arranging everything around the gentle continual pressure rotating the flywheel. Always meeting the Freewheel where it is, the inertia where it is, not where I might want it to be. No matter what the conditions.

Every instant meeting the momentum of the total mass just beyond the point of complete ease, but short of the point of too much stress, too much effort.