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Old 08-10-2015, 02:52 PM   #15
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Norm, We will be headed to Irmo, SC (near Columbia, SC). Our route is from Upstate, NY on the Vermont state line via Interstate 87 south to Interstate 88 at Albany, NY the Interstate 81 at Binghamton, NY south via I81 to I77 down to Columbia. I know that route is all interstate highway going south but our return trip north will be on the Blue Ridge and Skyline Drive etc with other non-interstates as we work our way back north before any snow etc.....all in 3 and 4 hour drive days.
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Old 08-10-2015, 03:09 PM   #16
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Patrick,

We used to drive that route when our son's attended Virginia Tech and we've also driven the Skyline drive. Safe travels...

I went to college in SC and we stop in Charleston most years....
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Old 08-10-2015, 03:40 PM   #17
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I just received a call from a good friend. They are all ready to begin RVing, a new trailer an new diesel truck, ready to begin a 10 year fulltiming adventure this October.

Her husband fell out of a tree this morning, he fainted in the tree and crashed to the ground with a number of cracked bones.
Be careful, listen to your other self... you are no longer young.
Norm and others, I can really relate to your stories. Just yesterday I dropped by to visit a pal. He spent the last 10 years building this 34 Ford from the ground up. He designed and built the frame and worked the crude fiberglass body to what it is today. The car was just finished up and plated a month ago. Ironicly, because of a medical condition he is restricted from driving. All the man wants to do is take the car for a drive and for now, at least, it is not safe and not happening. We hope his health will improve soon and he will have many years of happy motoring.
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Old 08-10-2015, 07:35 PM   #18
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Wake up call

I am sorry to hear of the mishaps, losses and pains.

When I was 35 I had a wonderful partner in life, two close girlfriends and thought life was going on as it was forever. We used to joke about how much fun it would be to sit in our rocking chairs together on the porch in our old age and reminisce about the good times.

The next year I had to identify my partner in the morgue. He died at age 38 of a heart attack.

Two years later one of my girlfriends was killed by a drunk driver while on her way to enjoy a scuba weekend. Again, a very upsetting identification at a different morgue.

It wasn't until several years later that I met Steve, underwater, scuba diving. I was still diving in my 50's. I have since given it up. Artificial knees and CPAP machines have that effect.

I am now in my late 60's. Two years ago my other girlfriend was sadly admitted to a nursing home in her early 50's with advanced
early onset dementia. It broke my heart.

Bottom line here is I totally agree. And we have all heard it before. Stop, slow down, be kind to others. Enjoy the simplist things in live. I love to sit in the morning outside of my Boler sipping my coffee and just listening to the sound of a breeze rustling leaves.

No rocking chair, just because, but a camp chair. And sunrises and sunsets, family, and nice people.

Take it easy and safe FGRV forum friends.

Oh, I almost forgot...Bob Miller...yes we did address the safety issues first. The tires were my birthday gift.
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Old 08-10-2015, 08:45 PM   #19
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A year ago my 49-yr-old brother and I were talking about getting a FGRV to take his 2 daughters camping. I had been wanting one since I started tent camping with my autistic niece 3 years ago. My brother was ill. He said that, now that he was retiring, he would camp with us if we had a camper. Well, I am still shopping for a 13 ft "egg" but my brother is gone. Live each month as if it is your last, folks.
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Old 08-10-2015, 09:09 PM   #20
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I hear ya to all of the above posts. Myself, I just retired in March at the age of 62 so that my hubby and I could knock off some items on the bucket list before health failed one of us. I saw my grandfather die in the early morning of his first day of retirement and my father died before my mother retired. Didn't want that to happen to us. So far, so good!

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Old 08-10-2015, 11:14 PM   #21
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Someone on here save my life a year ago with the statement that " the day you retire will be 5 years too late". I retired last year at 57 and I think if I hadn't I would probably be in a very bad way or dead. I had a heart attack 6 years ago with three stints put in. Stress at work was probably the "killer" for me. The wife said she wanted me around for a while so we looked at our finances and packed it in.

I still try to do all the stuff I used to but I try to take it easy and watch myself and have a loving wife who tells me to take it slow. I don't feel that old but "its not the age, its the mileage".
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Old 08-11-2015, 06:49 AM   #22
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I retired at 54 and that was 25 years ago. Best decision I ever made except for marrying my wife. Sadly, she died two years ago but life goes on. I've heard the expression several times that nobody on their death bed said "I wish I'd worked more." I always advise people to retire as early as they can make the finances work. None of us knows how much time we have left including the teenagers who think they'll live forever. Make the most you can of your life.
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Old 08-11-2015, 07:12 AM   #23
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Retirement can be an opportunity, though not all recognize it as an opportunity. Many approach retirement with trepidation, a fear of not knowing what to do with themselves or each other if a couple.

Many people have worked for 40 years surrounded by fellow workers or managed a home, essentially in a singular domain. In any case it's a change. Among those who become successful full timers, I see a measure of child-like, summer vacation youthfulness. Not that they are running around like children, but they move around with the mentai freedom of youth seeking fun, living without schedule but still possibly with routine.

I find that new people who come into our Escapee park are first a little hesitant to slip into the ease of our park's life style, Lot's of little gatherings, coffees and parties, hesitant to join activities like line dancing, some never become part of the fabric, choosing not to become part of the activities of the park, not willing to join in.

Though we are doing the NL Caravan next year, we have not even previously even traveled with another couple in 15 years. However when we travel as a couple alone, the seeking of fun is the same, just the set of people is reduced. The pressure of life, the array of daily tasks is gone.. free at last to wonder and wander.

Most of our pre-retirement lives are restricted by job and family, taking up the vast majority of our time. This is not necessarily negative, but necessarily demanding.

Retirement is a chance to relax, to seek what pleases, to grow in new ways. I note some people have difficulty giving up the known for the less known. We had two of our grandchildren here one summer and they introduced us to The Giver, a children's book about a contained, controlled society where no one left the bounds or even questioned the bounds... and then there was one child... Our real boundary is time.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:06 AM   #24
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What a thought provoking thread! We both turn 62 next year and are planning to be retired by summer's end to hit the road in our yet-to-be-purchased trailer. Two brothers-in-law who retired early say it was their best decision. After losing two younger brothers to health issues and facing down cancer twice, it's not been a difficult decision. Thanks for all the insights.
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Old 08-13-2015, 08:23 AM   #25
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She said I was crazy to get that short wheel base, two wheel recumbent bike. Now I have metal holding my leg bones and ankle together.
We ride trikes. Can't tip over! Last June I took our Casita to Kellogg, Idaho to ride with 120 other trike riders for a week. The average age of the riders is probably 65. Had a great time and stayed in many great campgrounds.

Enjoy,

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Old 08-13-2015, 08:34 AM   #26
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Retired last May at 66 after farming for 23 years and teaching for the past 19 years. Moved 300 miles to Lanesboro where there are many other retirees and the area is a triking paradise. The school needs a business teacher and I applied for a one year gig. Terry retires in three years, but sooner if I teach for a year.

I'm now rethinking my decision to teach for another year after reading this thread.

Enjoy,

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Old 09-03-2015, 10:03 AM   #27
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"In life is important to realize that because you used to do 'some tasks' does not mean that when you get older you should still do them. I know because Ginny warns me all the time.

Be careful, listen to your other self... you are no longer young." --Norm

Ed is the best of friends, more importantly, universally a really nice guy. We went to visit him yesterday, a month after the accident. It was great to just see him, however it was also a great learning experience.

It was a strong very active guy, apparent simply by the fact he was 25 feet up in an oak tree with a bow saw cutting off an 8-10 inch diameter branch.

While there Ed got up to do a lap around his center island kitchen, his 6th of the day. I watched the effort getting up from his recliner to his walker. He accomplished it with effort. Fortunately he was strong before the accident.

I've watched some visitors having more difficulty than that getting out of a chair without the 13 broken bones Ed has. I can't imagine how they would ever get out of a recliner to perform the necessary physical therapy.

In my life I've had to lift a number of people who were down and couldn't get up, one from a sitting position.

It is important to keep your weight down and your strength up.
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Old 09-03-2015, 08:46 PM   #28
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That's why I drag my 70 year old butt out to the gym every morning for a hour long workout with 3 or 4 other old guys.

Which brings me to another issue. Insurance...I am of course on Medicare and have Blue Cross Blue Shield and they will cover all kinds of illness, but when it comes to covering preventative costs, it's a big no. Going to the gym every day is the best insurance for good health you can get, yet the Insurance Companies would rather wait till you are in ill health before they pay. Oh well, will still go, feel better doing it.
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