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    For the last 30 years, I have been hiking the AT. I finally, finally finished last July. What do I do this season? My husband will kill me if I start another long distance goal.

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    John Muir Trail would come to my mind.

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    Lots of trails out there.
    Enjoy!
    How about a vacation to Vegas for the husband while you go hike the JMT?
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    Congratulations!

    Wonderland Trail, Chilkoot Pass?

    Maybe you'd like to go canoeing with your husband, or rafting, instead of hiking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by modiyooch View Post
    What do I do this season?
    Did you ever consider a bicycle touring trip?
    Heck, you probably already own a lot of the equipment you'd need.
    I've done a few bicycle trips and there's a lot of enjoyment to be had there!

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    How about the Long Trail in VT, or just the non-AT portion (170 miles)?

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    keep the ideas flowing, I need it.
    Biking will not work for me.
    I probably will end up back in VT eventuallyl (loved VT)
    I considered Inca, but I don't think that I will make it there.
    Have started the mt to sea trail in nc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pringles View Post
    Congratulations!

    Chilkoot Pass?

    Pringles
    I think I'll pass on this one. I did get an invite to Mt. Whitney, though,

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    congrats!!!

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    Congrats on finishing the AT! I was going to suggest the Mountain to Sea Trail but it looks like you're way ahead of me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by modiyooch View Post
    For the last 30 years, I have been hiking the AT. I finally, finally finished last July. What do I do this season? My husband will kill me if I start another long distance goal.
    How about the BMT?

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    Have you ever considered another trail or bicycling. I am doing a long distance bike trip this spring because I don't have the time or money for another thru hike yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by modiyooch View Post
    My husband will kill me if I start another long distance goal.
    If I even mention another LD hike, my hubby gets hostile. In fact he wants me to get a book contract soon so I have no choice but to stay home and write. I hate to tell him what I'm planning a few years from now when the big 5 0 hits.







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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    because I don't have the time or money for another thru hike yet.
    But you just finished your thru hike a few months ago!







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    Maybe a long distance road trip starting with SD and WY. I drive a 'tent on wheels'.

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    Duncan Ridge Trail/AT loop... Only 60+ miles long, but will seem like a "long trail" Believe... BMT is deff an option...

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    Quote Originally Posted by modiyooch View Post
    For the last 30 years, I have been hiking the AT. I finally, finally finished last July. What do I do this season? My husband will kill me if I start another long distance goal.
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    I celebrated finishing the AT in sections by taking a trip to Southern NZ and doing the Milford and Routeburn tracks. I was solo and it was last minute, so I used guides but after seeing what resources were down there and the incredible number of trails in the area, all I would do is have someone get the permits and go self supported.

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    How about the Milford Track in New Zealand? It's considered one of the best hikes in the world, and it doesn't take more than 4 or 5 days. Expensive to get there though.

    Or if you want to stay local, maybe explore all the other trails in the Smokies that aren't the AT?
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    "New Husband!"
    Well, the male-to-female ratio on the long trails is heavily in your advantage if you want to go shopping ... :-)

    Seriously, a key issue IMO is whether there's any activity that he would be willing to do with you that still satisfies your wanderlust. My wife is a great hiker and backpacker for limited distances. She just doesn't sleep well in the woods. So she set up a trip where we hiked quite a lot of distance this past fall, but slept every night in a hut or B&B or youth hostel. Definitely more expensive than the hobo lifestyle of the thru-hiker, but it got us both doing a fair bit of mileage together and was a lot of fun (and for me at least, quite cush, "luxurious" for ~backpacking).

    Perhaps there's some middle ground for the two of you?

    Alternatively, it might have to come down to separate vacations on occasion. You're way too young to think of becoming a full-time couch potato.
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