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    1st day of retirement!

    I never thought I'd retire, but after a health scare the past year, and knowing my knees could give out at anytime, I decided to retire as of yesterday (6/4). To commemorate the occasion I wanted to do my favorite Tahoe ride, The Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) from Mt. Rose down Van Sickle. Overhillthruthewoods and Tahoetic started with me, but Tahoetic had barely ridden this season, and he was pretty brave to come along on this special ride. All trail reports said that there was still a lot of snow on the TRT above Marlette Lake, so we took the much easier route down The Flume. The first 21 miles to Spooner Summit is relatively easy, but incredibly scenic, and we had a great time. I was riding quite well and continued to improve on my switchback riding.

    From 7,000 ft. Spooner Summit we then climb five miles up to 8,800 ft. This is a pretty difficult climb and it was very hot for Tahoe. I was doing well on the climb, but Tahoetic was struggling. Overhillthruthewoods made easy work of it and he had time to write a novel while waiting for us at the top. The next seven miles is perhaps my favorite trail of all time and I did pretty well on it. But I was no match for the other two riders. Overhillthruthewoods left us about half way along this section. At about 34 miles Tahoetic admitted he had enough climbing, but he graciously acknowledged I must finish the ride, and he took a shorter route back. So I headed solo up the TRT toward Van Sickle. The next two miles are pretty brutal climbing, especially after riding 34 miles. I was especially grateful that we took the easier route down The Flume rather than climbing above Marlette Lake because I was pretty beat. But once I reached the top of Van Sickle I knew I had it made. It's not an easy trail for me but it is mostly downhill and I did pretty well on it, finishing faster than I expected. Not a bad way to begin my retirement! More photos on my Smugmug site.

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    Me taking it easy on my first day of retirement<br>
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    Overhillthruthewoods<BR>
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    Color me jealous. Congratulations.
    Small ring in front makes it easier. Small ring in back makes it harder. That blows my mind.

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    Looks like a great ride! Heading up for a couple of days this weekend, and then a lot more time up there starting in a few weeks.

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    Killer ride. Thanks for letting me join in on the fun.

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    have to wait until I get home to see the pics - won't show on the work computer - happy retirement and hope you have many, many wonderful years of hitting sweet dirt while the rest of us can only enjoy your adventures from behind a desk at work...
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    Enjoy retirement and here's to many more beautiful miles!

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    Re: 1st day of retirement!

    Congrats... Great pics :thumbup:

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    Congratulations!

    I will be retired two years the end of this month and never missed work for one second. I was soooo ready to live life on my terms for a change. Soon enough you will get to the point where you wonder how you ever got anything done when you worked because when you are retired, you will be so busy it will amaze you! Anyway, best of luck. I have to get ready for tomorrows ride. .... and take some more aspirin so I can forget about the OTB on Monday's ride.

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    Congratulations! I am fairly sick with jealousy. I'm looking at 18 more months, then I'll be there. I keep looking for some sort of old guys thread - maybe this will be a start.

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    Yeah, this is the old guy thread..............

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    Congratulations. So jealous.

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    Nice report as always.

    If you are "truly" going to retire and not become a Walmart greeter , I expect to see a ride report everyday.

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    Hoo boy, I'm from two to three months behind you and really looking forward to it. Congratulations on the correct decision! Wishing you many more happy trails.

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    Gorgeous pics!

    You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from riding!
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    Way to kick it off!

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    WhereWolf great story and great pictures.

    Snuck in just under 9 hours is kinda cool, too.

    Pretty epic retirement ride...wish I was there.

    Thanks for that...and good luck!

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    Simply fantastic photos man. Thanks for sharing.

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    Congrats!!! Awesome photos, enjoy your retirement!

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    Nice pics, and enjoy the good life.

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    Congrats! And what a way to kick it off - great report and great photos. I'm jonesing to get up there and hit those trails this year!

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    Has to be one of the best ways to spend day 1!

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    I have 16 1/2 more years until I get to that magic date...I'll be 59 pushing 60.
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    9 more for me

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    awesome pics, congratulations i'm almost at that point in life too
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    Congrats on your retirement, Wherewolf! Always appreciated your pics and ride reports...looking forward to a lot more now that you've got the time.

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    Congratulations and Awesome photos. What camera bag are you using to mountain bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trek7100 View Post
    What camera bag are you using to mountain bike?
    A $5 bag I found at Walmart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnauzers View Post
    If you are "truly" going to retire and not become a Walmart greeter , I expect to see a ride report everyday.
    I'm actually going to work half time (teach fall semester), for two years to get to full social security benefits. Retiring won't make my knees any better so I won't be able to ride anymore than I already do. But I'll be able to ride in other places during the winter, e.g. Arizona.

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    Awesome riding. Congratulations.
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    Nice! Congrats!

    Now that you're retired you can man the "is HITG open yet" thread... daily onsite reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patski View Post
    Now that you're retired you can man the "is HITG open yet" thread... daily onsite reports.
    Never ridden it and it doesn't sound like my kind of riding anyway.

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    Congratulations! im jealous. i still have 16 years to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Gorgeous pics!

    You can retire from a job, but don't ever retire from riding!
    Where's the like button, that's a great one!

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    Congrats Bro! Great pics and looks like a fantastic first day of retirement!

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    Congrats! Enjoy!

    19 years for me!
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    Hey Steve,

    I have 1 year and 10 days until I can join you (in retirement)!

    Summer plans?

    June 23-June 27 Going to Colorado Springs to stay with a friend and ride (he doesn't ride).
    June 28-July 2 Going to move south to Taos and ride.
    July 4 - 5 Home
    July 6-20 Family Camping at Twin Lakes
    July 21-25 Mendocino
    July 25 - August 25 ... ?
    I am sure I can meet you at Tahoe during our Twin Lake stay.
    After July 25 I am open to any suggestions.

    Let me know what your plans are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe@MBD.com View Post
    ...July 6-20 Family Camping at Twin Lakes; July 21-25 Mendocino; July 25 - August 25 ... ?; I am sure I can meet you at Tahoe during our Twin Lake stay. After July 25 I am open to any suggestions.
    Why not continue up to Oregon from Mendocino? North Upmqua is great and we could do one other ride together. Early August how about some high altitude rides in Utah and/or Colorado?

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    Congrats. You'll wonder how people who work manage to do anything after a bit of time in retirement. Stay healthy and live well
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    Great pics ... and story .... I'll be retired in May '14 been practicing every summer (I teach) . I think I'll be pretty good at it... Enjoy every day ya wake up on this side of the grass.

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    Awesome pictures, solid ride. Yes you can retire from job, but cant give up ride

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