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Old 09-19-13, 05:25 AM   #1
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Which one to do from the bucket list?

Lately I've been contemplating what I would do if I suddenly found myself unemployed. I actually have savings so I could financially take some time for myself. So what would you do if you had the time and finances?

1) Ride a bike across the country.
2) Hike the Appalachian Trail.
3) Cruise the seas on a sailboat.

Those are the big three on my bucket list.
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Old 09-19-13, 05:40 AM   #2
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I would find a new job.
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I am guessing you are a cyclist since you are a member of this fine forum. I would suggest you do the cycling across America, then decided which of the other two to do next.
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Why stop at a cross-country bicycle trip?

Or can you ride the length of the Appalachian trail?
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Appalachian trail is a foot traffic only. There are times where the trail merges with another that allows bike traffic (Creeper Trail near here).

Both the land based things are essentially 3 month treks (give or take). Both go through where I live (assuming your ride the route 76 that goes through Virginia). Both seem nice.

I'd get tired of seeing ocean.
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Appalachian trail is a foot traffic only. There are times where the trail merges with another that allows bike traffic (Creeper Trail near here).

Both the land based things are essentially 3 month treks (give or take). Both go through where I live (assuming your ride the route 76 that goes through Virginia). Both seem nice.

I'd get tired of seeing ocean.
I know the A.T. if foot traffic only, I actually did a couple of day hikes on it when I live in Roanoke Va.
I have live near the ocean most of my life, I really would lie to spend more time in the western 1/2 of the country.
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If you get pressed for time and maybe would consider a hybrid of choice 1 and 2 I'd ride the Blue Ridge parkway the entire length.

I've ridden segments but have always wanted to do a sustained ride. And I think it's the sort of ride you could do with a credit card as your major equipment (other than the bike of course).
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Do the bike tour... I have done several during between job phases... each one was memorable.

I have a sailboat now...
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Hike NoBo on the AT, then buy a touring bike in ME and ride SoBo to Key West...total of about 5 to 6 months. If you start at Amicalola Falls in March, you could be home by end of Sept. or sometime in Oct.
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So Modo you suggest he become a NoBo SoBo Hobo?
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So Modo you suggest he become a NoBo SoBo Hobo?
That's my plan once I'm done with the Corp. world.
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You mean "CoWo."
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I would find a new job.
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While there's something appealingly epic and romantic about cruising the seas on a sailboat, it would have to be a pretty damn big sailboat, otherwise I'd be filling the bucket from my bucket list with vomit. As I recently discovered while on vacation in Hawaii, my stomach and small ocean-going craft are a marriage made in an antiemetic commercial.

So I'd cycle across the country.
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If I took the sail boat, I think I'd opt for the Mediterranean.
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Cycle across the country, of course! If you want to be with nature, you can ride the great divide trail (Mexico to Canada).

Sailing around the world is very difficult and ill advised if you aren't an experienced sailor. I suggest you read this online book if you feel foolish enough to try: http://arachnoid.com/sailbook/
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If you get pressed for time and maybe would consider a hybrid of choice 1 and 2 I'd ride the Blue Ridge parkway the entire length.

I've ridden segments but have always wanted to do a sustained ride. And I think it's the sort of ride you could do with a credit card as your major equipment (other than the bike of course).
Well I guess if I were unemployed I wouldn't be pressed for time, I've read journals of those that have ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway, that's a ride would like to do in the fall when the leaves are changing color.
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Do the bike tour... I have done several during between job phases... each one was memorable.

I have a sailboat now...
Well my thinking behind the touring during a period of unemployment is that perhaps during the tour I might come to meet some that could lead to employment, real world social networking.
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Any plans for after the CoWo are good plans. I have many options for life after CoWo.
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Well I guess if I were unemployed I wouldn't be pressed for time, I've read journals of those that have ridden the Blue Ridge Parkway, that's a ride would like to do in the fall when the leaves are changing color.
Because of the heavy automobile traffic at that time that's the least appealing time for me.
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Because of the heavy automobile traffic at that time that's the least appealing time for me.
Yeah, I guess you might be right I hadn't even thought of the traffic situation.
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So what would you do if you had the time and finances?

1) Ride a bike across the country.
2) Hike the Appalachian Trail.
3) Cruise the seas on a sailboat.

Those are the big three on my bucket list.
Rowan and I just got back from an 8-month trip around the world.

We visited Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, France, Canada, USA, and Western Australia. And we cycled in all but Hong Kong.

Story: http://www.machka.net/RTW_2012/RTW_2012.htm

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/machka-...7632796492886/


So, having done that ... if we were to suddenly come into some money, I think we'd probably ...

1) build our dream house

2) buy folding bicycles

3) go off for a month or so, every 6 months or so, to the countries on our "To Visit" list ... with the folding bicycles, of course

4) and I think Rowan would like to buy a sailboat/yacht.


One of the many places we'd like to go is the west coast of France. We've been there and loved it. It would be great to rent a little house in, perhaps, Royan for 3 months or so. We would study French, spend time on the beaches, and cycle all or parts of the Velodyssey Trail:
http://www.velodyssey.com/

I've also just realised that South Korea has an immense and well developed bicycle path system. We haven't been to South Korea yet ... it would be interesting to spend a month or so exploring some of that bicycle path system.
http://www.riverguide.go.kr/eng/index.do

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I'd hit the trail. I hiked 1,100 miles starting at Katahdin and that took me half way. Still have 'blaze fever' and I look forward to when I can get back out there. Every day on trail is a gift.
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