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    Harpers Ferry really is an ideal place for...

    Harpers Ferry really is an ideal place for someone to make a go of it, with the AT and C&O right there and a train to DC available. I’m sure the economics are hard no matter what, but that location...
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    One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at,...

    One of the nicest hostels I've stayed at, anywhere. Hope it gets a good new owner.
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    I did the tour of Mont Blanc in 2015 and the...

    I did the tour of Mont Blanc in 2015 and the villages in France were a little difficult but ok for English for the most part. I’ll only be in Paris long enough to catch the train which is actually...
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    I was under the impression that crowds tend to go...

    I was under the impression that crowds tend to go down a lot starting mid October, so I guess I'll see if that matches reality. I have only rudimentary Spanish skills but should probably be able to...
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    I haven’t seen the movie but maybe I will before...

    I haven’t seen the movie but maybe I will before I depart. Flying to Paris a week from Tuesday!
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    I would add that while the AT through SNP is not...

    I would add that while the AT through SNP is not wilderness, there are many side trips that are great. In some cases, you can use side trails to bypass sections of the AT so it isn’t necessarily an...
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    I'm starting the Camino Frances the second week...

    I'm starting the Camino Frances the second week of October, finally, after having to postpone this trip several times. I'm really looking forward to it and one of the reasons is that I am doing zero...
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    "Apparently you only need nine months of...

    "Apparently you only need nine months of insurance per year to avoid ACA penalties."

    Just FYI, there are no longer any penalties for not having coverage. This was phased out last year.
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    More detail: ...

    More detail: http://www.spartanspendthrift.com/budgeting/making-sense-of-obamacare-open-enrollment/
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    Depending on your anticipated income for 2020,...

    Depending on your anticipated income for 2020, the ACA might be a better option than Cobra if you qualify for subsidies. Many times, thru hikers will qualify for subsidies because they only earn...
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    Shenandoah is great, especially in October.

    Shenandoah is great, especially in October.
  12. The problem isn’t that they are allowing e-bikes...

    The problem isn’t that they are allowing e-bikes on hiking only trails but that they are allowing a motor vehicle in areas where they previously only allowed human powered mechanized vehicles. My...
  13. “his statement is only true if the e-bike is...

    “his statement is only true if the e-bike is going downhill. An e bike is not a moped. For the battery to power the crank must turn.”

    not true. Many have throttles. Check out Rad Power as just one...
  14. There's always going to be controversy over what...

    There's always going to be controversy over what is a "thru hike" and is goes beyond whether it is done in one year or one season to things like is it done in one direction, were any side trails or...
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    If they want to take a human, they can and will...

    If they want to take a human, they can and will and you’ll never see it coming. So there’s little point to worry. I think that children and smaller females are at higher risk but the incidents are so...
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    Wiping down with unscented Bronners (just a few...

    Wiping down with unscented Bronners (just a few drops) and a lightweight towel works wonders after getting to camp. I also make sure that I do the same prior to hitchhiking at the end of a section...
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    On the PCT, there was an older hiker - at least...

    On the PCT, there was an older hiker - at least in his 60s - who started the day after I did and caught up to me at Warner Springs where we talked at the community center and I saw him later a couple...
  18. Lol, it is completely unenforceable unlike many...

    Lol, it is completely unenforceable unlike many rules that can be enforced. Most of these e bikes have throttles and try proving that people are exerting effort pedaling. You can’t.
  19. There is no way you can enforce that.

    There is no way you can enforce that.
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    20 MPH https://www.radpowerbikes.com/products/radrover-electric-fat-bike
  21. It is a motor vehicle. Period. Most e bikes can...

    It is a motor vehicle. Period. Most e bikes can move just fine without any pedaling whatsoever, many at speeds in excess of 20 mph.
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    I was on the JMT from August 16-22 and did...

    I was on the JMT from August 16-22 and did roughly the southern half of the trail. Mosquito issues are, like many things, quite subjective. I was bothered by them at certain places but never when...
  23. Terrible idea. A motor vehicle is a motor vehicle...

    Terrible idea. A motor vehicle is a motor vehicle whether powered by gasoline or electricity. As an added problem, making it “easier” to get to remote areas will have the side effect of people with...
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    Both ULA and zPacks will accept returns. I think...

    Both ULA and zPacks will accept returns. I think the only way to compare is to buy both, test packing each of them and wearing it (indoors) and then return one. You are out the cost of return...
  25. Both the JMT and CT are great trails and normally...

    Both the JMT and CT are great trails and normally hikeable in July. I’d expect more mosquitoes on both which would be a downside of early season hiking but more water and flowers is the upside. Just...
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