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Old 08-17-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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It's just over a year since I ERed. My spending patterns are now set and I'm comfortable with them. I just completed a solo cross country bicycle ride that took me over some impressive peaks and I also met some great people along the way. I got back to a big fat check from the state as my $15k income means that the state will pay 90% of my Cadillac health plan....that ironically I buy from the state. In a year I'll get a state pension and along with rental income that will give me $36k annual income. I won't qualify for the subsidy anymore, but my health premium will go to $95/month. I still keep an eye out for the perfect job....but the need for program managers and optical engineers in astronomy projects isn't vast when you add the restriction of not moving. I could do defense space stuff, but with dual US/UK citizenship a clearance is problematic. So I'll concentrate on home projects, cycling and navigating the retirement landscape to maximize my income.
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It's just over a year since I ERed. My spending patterns are now set and I'm comfortable with them. I just completed a solo cross country bicycle ride that took me over some impressive peaks and I also met some great people along the way.
What was the total distance? What path of states did you go through? Any issues?

I have talked with several people that have done the same thing. It is an adventure I would think would be excellent. It's always interesting to hear the stories, and the paths they take. Sometimes even an impromptu 200+ mile detour, just to see something.

Maybe someday...
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Old 08-17-2015, 03:38 PM   #3
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Total distance was 4000 miles across the Cascades in WA and the Continental Divide in Western Montana, then ND, MN, WI, MI, Ontario, NY, and MA. The only issue I had was two days from the finish when I got ill and had to rest.
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Nun, I've been considering the same ride, but apprehensive being a lone female cycling across country. May consider joining an organized ride, but not sure I want to be tied to a fixed schedule. Did you keep a journal or blog? Congratulations!


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Total distance was 4000 miles across the Cascades in WA and the Continental Divide in Western Montana, then ND, MN, WI, MI, Ontario, NY, and MA. The only issue I had was two days from the finish when I got ill and had to rest.
Wow! very impressive! Were you riding alone?
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Nun, I've been considering the same ride, but apprehensive being a lone female cycling across country. May consider joining an organized ride, but not sure I want to be tied to a fixed schedule. Did you keep a journal or blog? Congratulations!


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I posted picture to friends and family on facebook.

You are actually seldom alone as you often hook up with other people riding. One thing I did was stay with Warmshowers.org hosts on many nights. If you go on an organized trip it will be more expensive that if you freestyle it.
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Organize night bike rides to cool star-gazing sites.
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Impressive. Congrats on the year and the ride.

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Very cool. I can't even imagine doing something like this. Way to go.
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