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Saying Goodbye

I have had a mostly enjoyable time here in Ruger talk forum. But I have to leave for two reasons. First and foremost is that my spring trek of over 500 miles in the backwoods will begin in a month. Have to train now every day with little time for casual pursuits. Second is that I am fighting the urge to be critical of Trump, which I know sparks a lot,of emotion. I do not want to be a lightning rod here.

So I will be doing my daily training with increasing pack weights, distances, and pace for the next four weeks. When I am not doing that or recovering from the chore, I will be taking a care of other responsibilities. One of those isn't sell the house. Since my wife died in June it has become very clear to me that I do not need the house anymore. Gave my kids power of attorney to manage the sale and get the proceeds split between them. The money means nothing to me. When the love of my life went so did most other ambitions. The one that remains is to go wilderness trekking. That is what I am going to do.

So, goodbye for the foreseeable future. Defend 2A. Keep the forum as civil as it has been since. Finally, I will be offline at the end of the week.
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Semper Fi!
 

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Good Luck on your journey...

But remember...Trump IS your President...like him or not.

Just like for the past 8 years of Obama...I had to grit my teeth !! :D
 

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Ok , good luck to you,

Hate to see you go,

Fulfilling a dream is more important,

I didn't /don't like Obama , but I sure didn't let it get to me if people disagreed with me. Friends have disagreements all the time.

Go get that dream.




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A 500 mile trek through backwoods.... Sounds like a dream come true.
I had plans to do a much shorter trek in Alaska but I waited too long. My body can't do it now.

Have a good time allenr.
Please stop back in to visit and tell us about your adventure when time allows.
Remember we can disagree and still be friends.



Godspeed allenr,
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Be sure and have your shovel and T-paper. I imagine you are going to have an adventure beyond your imaginations. Best to you. If sometime you get around a computer then drop us an update on your trek.
 

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Well shucks Allen. You agreed with me too often to let me be happy you're leaving. Hope you enjoy your journey - a lot.
 

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Damn buddy. Half of me is pissed that you are leaving. The other half makes me happy that you are doing something that you want to do. You have been a great member and I sure hope you please keep us in mind and share your pics with us when you get done with this dream. We will be here when you return and good luck and God bless you on your journey.
 

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Don't let a little thing like a disagreement keep you away when your treck is over. We will be waiting your return, best of luck.
 

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There's nothing wrong with criticizing Trump, as long as you bring up reasoned arguments based on facts. When people say they oppose Trump because he's a fascist,for example, that is not criticism; that's jamming the frequency so no one else can speak.
 

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Allen,

Sorry to hear you are leaving however you must enter another trek or journey in life. God gives us different challenges and we should take them if we get the chance. Take care of yourself and your body. Training to get into shape is tough and as we both talked, arthritis can become miserable. I have greatly enjoyed your company and friendship and I would be wrong if I said that we won't miss you cuz we will. Go with God's speed and may he protect you on your journey.

I don't like saying good bye so I will say that we will meet sometime down the road.
Your friend always,

Tommy
 

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Goodbye, Allen.
You provided some good info and brought up some very good points.

Good luck to you, and Semper Fi!
 

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Well it looks I will be here in the forum more than I thought. I have to put off my trek for at least 3 and 6 months. I broke a bone in my foot on Thursday while out on a training hike. I was downhill hiking across a field when my left foot slipped on wet grass. I slid foot first for about five feet. There were two large rocks at the end of the slide. Lucky me. My feet foot got wedged between them. Next was a lot of pain. I assumed I had bruised a bone in my foot. It hurt enough that I knew I had to get back to the car, go home, and ice the foot. I had to walk about two miles to get back to the car. My foot was screaming when I got home. Took a painkiller and iced the foot. No meaningful change in the pain level. I began to suspect I had broken a bone.

Drove to the VA hospital and had it x-rayed. Sure enough I broke the cuboid bone, which connects the ankle and tarsals. It is on the outside of the foot. The bone has a rather large crack in it. A foot specialist came in and advised surgery to put a screw in the bone to stop it from getting worse and to promote better healing. I got scheduled for outpatient surgery on Monday, today. The surgery was fast. I went in at 8am and was in recover area by 8:30.

Just got home with my new crutches and a boot to wear on my foot. I have to stay off the foot for two weeks when I can try walking without crutches. The good news is the Doc is confident it will heal just fine. The bad news is that it will take 3 to 6 months depending on different factors like the low blood supply to that part of the foot and personal healing characteristics. Broken bones in elderly people often take longer to heal than the young.

I am home now with my booted foot elevated on a large foam wedge. This is not going to be fun to get around the house which I just took off the market because I am not going anywhere let alone trekking for months.

So this irascible old Marine will be here to contribute to the forum. Semper Fi.
 

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I really think things happen for a reason. I don't believe in hap hazard luck, good or bad. I guess you can put up with me for a few more months.
 

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I really think things happen for a reason. I don't believe in hap hazard luck, good or bad. I guess you can put up with me for a few more months.

I hope you are correct about fate. Putting up with you presents no challenge. I don't ever let differences of opinion affect me. Look forward to a future constructive exchange with you.
 

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I'm not glad your injured,

but glad you will be hanging around here at RT.

Do what doc says , :cool:

leave the nurse alone,:eek:

don't do anything silly,:duck:

You'll be fine in a while.;):)




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Well shucks. Now you will be exercising everything but that foot, eh? Maybe there'll be time before winter to hike on the Long Trail, just for the hell of it. You can carry a sidearm legally, to dissuade the black bears.
 

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Welcome back

:welcome:
 

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Well shucks. Now you will be exercising everything but that foot, eh? Maybe there'll be time before winter to hike on the Long Trail, just for the hell of it. You can carry a sidearm legally, to dissuade the black bears.

I did hike the Long Trail (all 270 miles of it) back in 2002. It's a great hike with a variation in terrain that can challenge at times and be easy at other times. The scenery is beautiful in the summer. It has lots of backcountry campsites. You can get off and off the trail easily to resupply. Unless you are a cold weather camper the summer is the time to do it. I might be able to do it by summer.
 
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