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  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    Yesterday was another beautiful spring day and I took the opportunity to ride to work again. It was a good day with only 1 near miss. Someone drove so close to me that I was able to fold their right mirror back. I saw them coming in my little rear view mirror and was prepared. Then they made a right turn directly in front of me and I almost T-boned them. I thought they were going to stop and complain about me folding their mirror back, but no, they kept going to the LA Fitness gym. I didn't let …

  • 2019 or 2020 Outback

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    Congrats on your new Subaru! I wish for you many enjoyable, and reliable, miles

  • REI garage sale

    LIhikers - - General

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    This past Saturday I experienced my first REI garage sale. The store opened at 10 but we didn't get there until a couple of hours later. The first thing I noticed was that the parking lot was full with people pulling in as fast as people leaving. We got the last available parking spot that was open at that moment. Going inside one of the employees made sure to tell us that all the "good stuff" was long gone. That was OK with me as I really don't need anything. I wandered the store looking at all…

  • Took a walk today

    LIhikers - - General

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    Rail Trails are a great idea and usually nice places for some recreation and excersize

  • 2019 or 2020 Outback

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    Whatever you choose, it'll be good. I love my 2002 Subaru Forester. It's treated me well for 17+ years and over 417,000 miles. I'd get a new one but I like the fact that my 02 is smaller than the ones they sell now. Personally I'm not a fan of turbos in cars, they're just one more thing that can go wrong.

  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    I commuted to work on my bicycle today and an amazing thing happened, the wind was at my back in both directions. Today was my lucky day, I should have played the lottery!

  • Ukelele

    LIhikers - - Mountain Mike's Jukebox

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “I played ukulele on a few songs at our Christmas concert. It is a lot of fun. BTW... spellingtrouble.blogspot.com/2014/08/ukulele-or-ukelele.html ” seems you're a woman of many talents !

  • Hiking Plans 2019

    LIhikers - - Trip Planning

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    Thanks, I think you're right. I'm thinking around the end of this month (April)

  • Hiking Plans 2019

    LIhikers - - Trip Planning

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    I think I've mentioned in the past that Kathy and I would like to spend this July and first half of August hiking. I'm starting to wonder when is the right time to ask my boss for a leave of absence. I've only been on the job about 13 months now and don't have that much time off due me. If they say no I might quit even though this is the second best job I've ever had. I might even reapply when we finish hiking. I want to give them enough time to replace me if need be without getting fired before…

  • welcome to the cafe

    LIhikers - - Coffee Talk

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    Quote from max.patch: “while helpful for a short while, cortisone isn't the answer for my knee. on friday i got an injection of hyaluronic acid. it's made out of salt water and chicken combs. you know, the red thing on top of a chickens head. ain't science great! (i'm just buying time til i face facts and get a new knee.) ” At least we have that option if needed. Replacing body parts seems sooooooo amazing to me.

  • Trail Maintenance and Volunteering

    LIhikers - - General

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    It's that time of year again, for Kathy and I to get out and do our corridor monitoring. On Saturday April 6 we went to our parcels, near Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, and followed the edge of several parcels checking on survey markers and other conditions. We spent 6 hours working and only covered 3.71 miles according to our GPS device. Most of that time was spent clipping brush along 2 lines so we could get from marker to marker. That was very slow going and used up a lot of time. It was a b…

  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “Quote from LIhikers: “Yesterday was the first day this year that I commuted to work on my bicycle, a Surley Disc Trucker. When I left the house it was 32 degrees with a strong wind. The weather services were calling it variable from 2 to 18 mph. Traffic was just as I knew it would be, insane. I leave the house at 6:30 in the morning which gives me plenty of extra time, that way if I get a flat I won't be late for work. I kill that extra time at a Dunkin Donuts right near…

  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    Yesterday was the first day this year that I commuted to work on my bicycle, a Surley Disc Trucker. When I left the house it was 32 degrees with a strong wind. The weather services were calling it variable from 2 to 18 mph. Traffic was just as I knew it would be, insane. I leave the house at 6:30 in the morning which gives me plenty of extra time, that way if I get a flat I won't be late for work. I kill that extra time at a Dunkin Donuts right near where I work. As I was getting off at DD my sh…

  • Took a walk today

    LIhikers - - General

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    Quote from Traffic Jam: “...............The River was beautiful but for some reason, I didn’t take a photo. ” You probably wouldn't have enjoyed the moment as much if you had taken a photo. Kathy and I has a moment like that in New England as a moose walked past us, I instinctively knew that I could either enjoy what was happening or I could be busy trying to get a photo......so there is no photo. BUT I'll have that picture in my head for a looooong time.

  • Hiking & Biking

    LIhikers - - General

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    I haven't started commuting by bicycle just yet. When I get up in the morning it's either too cold, too wet, or too windy. I guess I'm just a wimp as I get older. When I was in my 30s I'd do it as long as it was over 30 degrees, or not cold and raining.

  • Astro on the AT 2019

    LIhikers - - Trip Report

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    Yep, Bigelow, that's it.........I think

  • Astro on the AT 2019

    LIhikers - - Trip Report

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    Quote from max.patch: “Quote from LIhikers: “While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton. Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter. Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn. We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy. ” i'm sure you have a good reason, but i'm curious why you would choose to hike south for 70 miles and…

  • Astro on the AT 2019

    LIhikers - - Trip Report

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    While we don't have a hard plan yet what we're thinking is to start in Monson and hike south to Stratton. Then we'll get a shuttle back to Monson and hike north to Baxter. Astro, you'll pass us somewhere along the way to Katadyn. We're the old, white haired couple hiking with, or without our shepherd dog and carrying packs that are too big and heavy.

  • whats the weather where you are?

    LIhikers - - General

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    Kathy has banned me from using the mower as I've run over too many of her flower plants. If they have flowers I know not to mow them down but the rest of the year I can't tell them from the grass. It's my job to keep the mower running and Kathy's to push it around the yard.

  • Took a walk today

    LIhikers - - General

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    Kathy and I went out to some state land (7200 acres) and took a walk this afternoon. The sky was partly sunny and partly cloudy, the temperature was in the low 50s at the start and high 40s at the finish with a pretty good breeze. It's a Pine Barrens area with a variety of scrub oaks and pines with a few other types mixed in. There's a mix of hiking trails, mountain bike trails, and horse trails to choose from and not too many people using them today. I think we managed to stay off the bike and …