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    Congrats!!!! I'm 3 months away. Can't wait. Maybe I'll run into you on the trail.

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    Yes, “Many years”, like for a birthday or congratulations.
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    Congratulations! Iowa State, and its library will is you.

    When you head to Yellowstone, let me know. I can provide a shuttle service, as your retirement gift. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    After 42 years in the workforce, today was my last day of work. Up to now the longest I've been able to get away for a hike has been two weeks. I predict that in the next couple years that will change significantly!
    Congrats!!!!

    I'm only 14 years away.

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    totally not trying to "hijack" the thread or whatever. and map man, this has ~nothing~ to do with you. hell yeah to you brah. you're ~done~ and you've just begun!

    but isn't america interesting? you work for 20-30 years, the first few years of those being when you are most fit.

    then, once the hips/back/knees/ankles are almost at their limits, you retire. and you have free time. and (not for all but for most) everything hurts and is already sore. and so, often, free time means watching people's court.

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    Congratulations.

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    Congrats and continued good health to you! Enjoy!

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    Congrats MapMan,

    I tried to retire in December. When I told my boss and my wife I was ready they both freaked out. My boss asked me for more time and made me an offer I couldnt' refuse, 3 months vacation in 2019. I took it. Leaving 2/14 for a month on the trail, Springer northbound.

    Turn 55 in Feb of 20, hopefully thru hike then. Needless to say, with that 3 months of vacation, I will get a lot more trail time this year.

    hike on!

    l0ngterm

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    Congratulations to Map Man and all our retirees. Expecting to join you before the end of 2019.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    A couple longer hikes are at top of mind. Starting at Katahdin and hiking as far south as I feel like going is one idea (though probably not a thru-hike attempt). Another is putting together a Colorado hike from Durango to Steamboat Springs on the Colorado Trail and CDT with maybe a detour or two along the way.

    One thing I look forward to is hiking in September and October. That was the hardest time of year to get away from my job working in a university and yet such a sweet time to hike.
    Sounds like a great plan. Do it while you still can. After that the memories will still be there, still bringing smiles and pleasant memories.
    I hope you do all that and more. As the miles pass behind you will come up with more ideas for more adventures and I hope you, and everyone else here, enjoys them all.
    I sure as hell am going to try to.
    ./~Hi ho, hi ho, it's up the trail I go ./~

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    Congratulations Mapman. I have been so impressed with the thoughtfulness of the AT data posted in the past. Am sure your future hikes will be equally classy.

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    Congratulations! I am jealous of your newly acquired free time for hiking.
    Don't take anything I say seriously... I certainly don't.

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    Congrats Mapman! Hope to see you out there on the AT this year.
    "A man's got to know his limitations"
    Clint Eastwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by map man View Post
    After 42 years in the workforce, today was my last day of work. Up to now the longest I've been able to get away for a hike has been two weeks. I predict that in the next couple years that will change significantly!
    Hey, that is great news-congrats!!!!!!!!!!
    "I told my Ma's and Pa's I was coming to them mountains and they acted as if they was gutshot. Ma, I sez's, them mountains is the marrow of the world and by God, I was right". Del Gue

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