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    Default Tri-cities TN/VA & Damascus

    Hi ya'll, I just moved to Bristol, VA from New England. Looking to explore the area...day-hike, overnight, weekends, sections, I'm up for anything. Anybody from around here?

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    by any chance were you from Rhode Island?

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    Wahoo...we are!! My husband and I are always looking for people to hike, road bike and mountain bike with. We are on the TN side but we don't bite!! We have section hiked all through here, and know lots of trails. You have moved to a great part of the country and the hiking possibilities are endless. I am leaving in 12 days for a 58 day cross country bicycle ride (see web site) so my husband would love to have a hiking buddy.

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    Uhhh, ya, Rhode Island...sounds like you know me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Uhhh, ya, Rhode Island...sounds like you know me?
    where in R.I.?

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    to the Tri-Cities and to WB. I plan to go to Roan Mt tomorrow. I'll probably get there between 1000 and 1030.

    See you on the trail,
    mt squid

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    just one of those shots in the dark - another very prolific poster is in your area and also was originally from RI

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    Just sent you a PM with phone number.

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    Sheesh, I just created this thread 2 minutes ago, what a response!

    In Rhode Island, most recently I lived near Bowdish Lake in West Glocester, but I grew up in Smithfield.

    Squid, can't make Roan Mt. tomorrow, but keep me updated please.

    Anna, good luck with that! Poor Ben!

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    No problem. I can hike pretty much whenever. Every Sat I'll be hiking somewhere.

    Evidently there are quite a few Tri-Citians around. Anyone else want to meet at Roan tomorrow?

    See you on the trail,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Sheesh, I just created this thread 2 minutes ago, what a response!

    In Rhode Island, most recently I lived near Bowdish Lake in West Glocester, but I grew up in Smithfield.

    Squid, can't make Roan Mt. tomorrow, but keep me updated please.

    Anna, good luck with that! Poor Ben!
    I was born and raised in North Kingstown.

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    I was born and raised in North Kingstown.
    Is that where the rich people live?
    E-Z---"from sea to shining sea''

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    Welcome to the tri-cities and welcome to wb. i live in kingsport. got to go to the poconos for a few weeks, i will give you a holler when i get back to Tn. lots of easy access to the AT. in this area.

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    I am in Johnson City, very close to ALOT of trail Welcome NOMAD !

    RAT

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrc237 View Post
    Is that where the rich people live?
    the rich people live at/in the Mt Washington Hotel

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrc237 View Post
    Is that where the rich people live?
    yeah. i was the pool boy for the wealthy

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    i'm up the road a ways in the big city of marion. i'm just a few minutes from the AT and several other trails. rowland's creek trail to the falls is a great little hike. see ya on the trails.

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    Everybody in Rhode Island is rich. They must be! The median home value in North Kingstown is $387,900. By comparison, the same house in Bristol, VA is $132,400. Source: bestplaces.net. Now, how silly am I for uprooting myself from my beloved RI and buying a 9-room house 20 miles from the AT for $85,000? Most people I talk to say that they like RI because it's near the ocean. Anybody ever been to a RI beach? Eww. The east coast is overrated. Appalachia is the best kept secret in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nomad View Post
    Appalachia is the best kept secret in the US.
    What's the employment scene like in Bristol, VA? Local economies tend to track the employment situation. Where real estate is cheap, jobs are scarce or generally low-paying... and vice versa. Maybe Bristol is the exception, but that's the general rule. Money alone isn't always the big issue -- but unless you're wealthy, employment is how most folks get health coverage.

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    Well sure, I understand that most people have too many constraints to relocate. I'm not sure exactly how the employment scene is here. I didn't come here for a job since I'm self-employed and work on the internet. The unemployment rate is 4.1%, which is reasonable, but doesn't really say much. The population growth is negative, which says that people are moving away for more lucrative metro areas. Fine with me, I love it here....it's a very relaxed and friendly place and I don't lock my doors at night.

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