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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #50 on: May 08, 2016, 09:44:20 PM »
Is there any possibility of doing a portion of the hike, say 1 month instead of 4-6?
I would think that would be the best of both worlds, no?

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #51 on: May 09, 2016, 05:20:59 AM »
Is there any possibility of doing a portion of the hike, say 1 month instead of 4-6?
I would think that would be the best of both worlds, no?
The goal was really to do the whole thing. Then again I could get out there and find that a month or two is really all I needed. I wouldn't continue hiking for another 3-4 months if I genuinely didn't want to be there. I could swing a one month leave of absence, but not two.

Ironically, since I posted this thread things have really started to fall apart at work. Our boss is running the project into the ground and the rats have started fleeing the ship. On a team of 15, 5 people have already quit and 5 more have their last day in the next 6 weeks (if I include myself). It's looking less and less like I'd even want to stay in this environment with or without the hike. There's one more smart person left holding the roof up. If he goes, the whole thing fails.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #52 on: May 09, 2016, 06:19:02 AM »
Is there any possibility of doing a portion of the hike, say 1 month instead of 4-6?
I would think that would be the best of both worlds, no?
The goal was really to do the whole thing. Then again I could get out there and find that a month or two is really all I needed. I wouldn't continue hiking for another 3-4 months if I genuinely didn't want to be there. I could swing a one month leave of absence, but not two.

Ironically, since I posted this thread things have really started to fall apart at work. Our boss is running the project into the ground and the rats have started fleeing the ship. On a team of 15, 5 people have already quit and 5 more have their last day in the next 6 weeks (if I include myself). It's looking less and less like I'd even want to stay in this environment with or without the hike. There's one more smart person left holding the roof up. If he goes, the whole thing fails.

If 5 people have already left, I would be shocked if they wouldn't let you take a longer sabbatical just to have a seat warm. Backfilling that many roles is going to be difficult.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #53 on: June 30, 2016, 11:43:48 AM »
you should quit....that's what I am doing. I'll be on Springer around the 12th of March, 2017 northbound.

I'm 46 and I've got far less than you in retirement accounts (450K) but I have an income stream from a business that will continue while I hike and most likely for 10+ more years.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #54 on: June 30, 2016, 12:20:03 PM »
you should quit....that's what I am doing. I'll be on Springer around the 12th of March, 2017 northbound.

I'm 46 and I've got far less than you in retirement accounts (450K) but I have an income stream from a business that will continue while I hike and most likely for 10+ more years.
I did! I leave for Katahdin in less than 48 hours. Woot!

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #55 on: June 30, 2016, 12:42:39 PM »
Fantastic!

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #56 on: July 01, 2016, 10:55:37 AM »
awesome, have fun!!

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #57 on: July 21, 2016, 10:32:53 AM »
Seriously? I just checked your posts for the last month. What the hell? Leaving your fans in the dark is so wrong. C'mon, man, tell us the story before you go. And yay, I'm glad you're making your dreams come true.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #58 on: July 21, 2016, 11:18:06 AM »
Seriously? I just checked your posts for the last month. What the hell? Leaving your fans in the dark is so wrong. C'mon, man, tell us the story before you go. And yay, I'm glad you're making your dreams come true.
Well I went. If you want the play-by-play there a link to my AT blog in my signature. I ended up having to stop due to combination of factors. For one, I started in Maine, which is difficult because the terrain is tougher. I was in serious pain, like not sleeping. I was in a place where I didn't have any way of communicating with anyone so when it didn't get better after two days I made the decision to take a bus home, since every night at the hostel was costing me money. I was also struggling with being away from my wife. In the end I decided that I didn't want to do the hike without her. She should be free within 6 months so we could do something like this together next year if I was still jonesing for it.

So I'm home now and I've started working on the process of building our new house, which will be another huge undertaking since I'm building it myself (with limited help).

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #59 on: July 21, 2016, 11:34:51 AM »
I ended up having to stop due to combination of factors.

Sorry to hear that Mr. Green.

Rest, recover and build your house. The AT will wait for you.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #60 on: July 21, 2016, 12:23:51 PM »
Great on you Mr. Green! The thoughts and goals set towards an AT thru-hike got you through the last couple of years and sometimes things change when you get there - finally arrive at that point. It is the fact that you decided to change that plan, against many odds, but you made the decision and that is grand. That was probably in many ways harder than hiking the AT, but the point is you have very likely reached a new level with that decision. I say those decisions can be very positive. I could list the reasons why I think this, but those might not be yours. I just wanted to point out the significance of your decision in a positive way.

Congratulations!

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #61 on: July 21, 2016, 01:12:38 PM »
Let me tell you, climbing Katahdin was worth it alone. If you live in the Northeast and have an opportunity to do so, I highly recommend it. It's a grueling climb, the hardest 5 miles of the entire Apalachian Trail. On a clear day the views are just amazing. We summitted in 40-45 mph winds and I almost didn't make it past the mile long boulder field that sometimes had you feeling like a slip would send you falling onto the tops of the pines hundreds of feet below you. Easily one of the most rewarding physical experiences of my life. And my wife made the climb with me (since it was the very beginning of the AT for me) so it was that much more special.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2016, 03:57:11 PM »
Awesome.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #63 on: July 22, 2016, 07:47:37 AM »
You should post what region you are in to see if there are any willing volunteers.

I am building a tractor shed soon that will very difficult by myself but will be offering unlimited food and beer for a couple of friends and a nephew. I could pay them but that gets weird and it is just more fun if it does not seem like work. might throw in some gas money for those that drive a lot.

Now that I am writing this and thinking about it, you may want to consider building a barn first that will have an apartment for both of you until the house is built. Could later be used as a guest apt.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #64 on: July 22, 2016, 11:20:58 AM »
Now that I am writing this and thinking about it, you may want to consider building a barn first that will have an apartment for both of you until the house is built. Could later be used as a guest apt.
We're doing something similar. We're building a 24x36 house at the back of the area we cleared to be the first house. The idea is to get it built quickly, move in, and get our current house sold. Then we'll be able to focus on our permanent house at our leisure with no pressure for a completion time frame. When the permanent house is built the 24x36 will likely turn into a workshop or a garage with some finished space.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #65 on: July 22, 2016, 12:01:00 PM »
Now that I am writing this and thinking about it, you may want to consider building a barn first that will have an apartment for both of you until the house is built. Could later be used as a guest apt.
We're doing something similar. We're building a 24x36 house at the back of the area we cleared to be the first house. The idea is to get it built quickly, move in, and get our current house sold. Then we'll be able to focus on our permanent house at our leisure with no pressure for a completion time frame. When the permanent house is built the 24x36 will likely turn into a workshop or a garage with some finished space.

kids place house. when they start coming you will want some place to take them where it is not too hot, raining, cold where there are not kitchen knives, picture frame glass etc. I have actually thought about having a rolling stock of houses to flip so that there is always some place to take the kids to let them romp.

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Re: FIRE Dilemma
« Reply #66 on: July 22, 2016, 03:09:32 PM »
Now that I am writing this and thinking about it, you may want to consider building a barn first that will have an apartment for both of you until the house is built. Could later be used as a guest apt.
We're doing something similar. We're building a 24x36 house at the back of the area we cleared to be the first house. The idea is to get it built quickly, move in, and get our current house sold. Then we'll be able to focus on our permanent house at our leisure with no pressure for a completion time frame. When the permanent house is built the 24x36 will likely turn into a workshop or a garage with some finished space.
kids place house. when they start coming you will want some place to take them where it is not too hot, raining, cold where there are not kitchen knives, picture frame glass etc. I have actually thought about having a rolling stock of houses to flip so that there is always some place to take the kids to let them romp.
Also a possibility! I really like the versatility this little space will have, depending on what we need in the future. My father is on disability and may need to live "with us" but not necessarily in our house in the near future. This would solve that dilemma by allowing him to be on the property but give him his own space. It could also be rented out for income, or it could be a low rent option for one of our kids getting on their feet as an adult. It's pretty cool all the different ways it could go. And if it works out the way I think it can, I'll spend about $15,000 building it. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, 864 sq.ft.