Author Archives: tjamrog

About tjamrog

I'm sixty-five years old, retired, and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I like reading, and am outdoors every day. Nature is my gym. My exercise program involves more walking. For my upper body and core workout, I'll be shoveling snow, and when that's done, cutting, splitting, and hauling firewood. I have practiced Transcendental Meditation for an hour daily for the past 45 years.

Local Adventures Way Down South

I’m known as Opie here in Austin. Opie is known for slinging a fishing pole over his shoulder, hopping on his bike, waving bye-bye to Aunt Bea, and heading off into the Mayberry’s countryside for local adventures. Ever since I … Continue reading

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Uncle Tom’s 2007 Appalachian Trail Journal- April 10

I’m now reading reports of  hikers moving north from the start of the AT this season, and it’s got me homesick bad for The Trail. One of the things I do now is to get on the internet and go … Continue reading

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Sugarloaf’s First Fat Tire Festival

Weather at the Sugarloaf Fat Tire Festival eventually cooperated. I was able to put together a decent ride on Saturday, after the thermometer dropped below freezing. Friday afternoon, when the air temp rode to above 50 degrees, the riding was … Continue reading

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Hiker tip #2- Set a hiking goal

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee Goals are there to assist us when motivation fades. Last year, I organized my hiking and backpacking in order … Continue reading

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Hiking Tip: Careful with that ibuprofen, Eugene !

I’m putting out a short series of hiker tips, given the eventual melting of snow outside my window that will eventual lead to starting up again backpacking season once again. People have started thru hiking the Appalachian Trail in droves … Continue reading

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Pleased but pissed about my cholestersol blood test results

I’m pleased and also pissed with my cholesterol (lipid profile) results that came in just yesterday. I have a family history of cardiac disease. My father, Chester, died at age 72 from heart failure after several cardiac attacks severely compromised … Continue reading

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Fast Walking: Know Pain, Know Gain – take 2

In 2013, I reblogged a health article about the benefits of fast walking. ”The most encouraging news embedded in the new study is that longevity rises with small improvements in pace. The walkers in Category 3, for instance, moved at … Continue reading

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