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Author Topic: Something to think about while hiking...  (Read 3423 times)
Circuit Hiker
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« on: November 12, 2012, 02:31:48 PM »

* U.S. Debt in hiking terms. Start at Peninsula, Ohio with $10,000 "bricks" of one hundred $100 bills. Face east on 303 and lay the "bricks" ten wide and ten long. You would now have a hiking path 26.1" wide and 61.4" long containing $1 million. As you pave past the Pine Lane Trailhead, you will reach $1 billion. Continue paving over to Route 8 and head south. Continue south on I-77 toward South Carolina. At Columbia, SC - follow I-26 southeast to I-95 and continue south again. You would reach the $1 trillion mark about the time you entered Daytona Beach, FL - 969.1 miles. To represent $5.2 trillion, you could pave the same type of path on all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail - 2,654 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and the 205 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota. To represent $16.31 trillion you also need to pave along all 3,100 miles of the Continental Divide Trail, 1,444 miles of the Buckeye Trail in Ohio, 1,400 miles of the Florida Trail, 1,000 miles of the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin, 790 miles of the Arizona Trail, 562 miles of the Finger Lakes Trail in western New York, 500 miles of the Colorado Trail, 330 miles of the Allegheny Trail in West Virginia, 300 miles of the Benton MacKaye Trail, 295 miles of the Pinhoti Trail in Alabama, 282 miles of the Sheltowee Trace Trail in Kentucky, 270 miles of the Long Trail in Vermont, 211 miles of the John Muir Trail in California, 92 miles of the Midstate Trail in Massachusetts, 85 miles of the Susquehannock Trail in Pennsylvania, 70 miles of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Pennsylvania and 33 miles of the Chilkoot Trail in Alaska. The current estimated unfunded liabilities from Social Security, Prescription Drugs, Medicare Liabilities and other government obligations could be represented by paving the same type of path along all 47,182 miles of the Interstate Highway System .. in both directions .. and half of all the miles a third time. 

Backpacking light, feels so right.
Big Blue
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« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2012, 05:19:18 PM »

I prefer not to think about the national debt when on the trail. 
Charlie Redwood
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 09:12:14 AM »

I rather not even think about my own debt while on the trail.
Day Hiker
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2013, 12:00:48 PM »

I hike so i don't have to think about it.
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