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On the road again

Maris Grove the perfect home base for this world traveler

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October 10th, 2014
Maris Grove resident Bill Hauser rides in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City.
Maris Grove resident Bill Hauser rides in the TD F

Athlete and adventurer, Grove resident Bill Hauser moved from nearby Chadds Ford to EricksonLiving’s retirement community in Delaware County, Pa., two years ago.

He wanted to live maintenance-free instead of juggling home ownership chores. And he didn’t want to burden his daughter, who lives in Washington, D.C., with his house of 35 years. 

“My wife and I spent 21 weekends emptying out her mother’s place 100 miles away,” he remembers. “It’s not a fair thing to do to children.”

Bill belongs to Maris Grove’s DuPont retirees club and has Erickson Advantage, Erickson Living’s Medicare Advantage plan available only to Erickson Living residents. DuPont retirees at Maris Grove receive a stipend from DuPont toward any Medicare Advantage plan. 

Now, with peace of mind about his future and his health care, Bill enjoys ample freedom to travel. Nearly every month, he departs for places near or far to connect with old friends or pursue new experiences. 

He simply locks his door, signs out, and leaves knowing his home is safe thanks to Maris Grove’s 24/7 security team.

Because he’s frequently away, he also benefits from the community’s flexible dining plan of 20 meal credits a month to use as he likes.

Bill spends Thanksgiving and Christmas at his daughter’s home.

South for the winter

When winter settles and Maris Grove clears the snow, Bill packs his bike and golf clubs and takes Amtrak’s Auto Train to Florida. 

He meandered the Naples area this year, returning to celebrate his birthday with his daughter and a friend from Switzerland on an end-of-March ski trip in Colorado. 

This May, he and six Swiss friends ambled along with 30,000 other cyclists on New York’s TD Five Boro Bike Tour, a 40-mile course traversing much of New York City. 

Bill enjoyed it as a new and different cycling experience.

Did he finish? “Of course. This was an easy ride compared to Cycle Oregon,” he says. From 1999 to 2009, Bill completed the grueling ride six times, the last at age 75. A Geneva friend rode with him. They cycled roughly 400 miles, including 15,000 to 20,000 feet of elevation gain.

Bill caught the travel and adventure bug after college graduation when he and a friend spent six months exploring Europe. 

He took up cycling in Switzerland nearly 40 years ago when DuPont posted him to Geneva for five years. 

His personal trips and his extensive work-related travels have given him lifelong friends scattered around the globe. Now he visits them.

Every June and November, he golfs with 24 of them, most from DuPont and some from Europe. Locations alternate between Europe and the United States. This June, they played in Scotland. In November, they’ll play in Jacksonville, Fla.

July took Bill to Maine to watch classic sailboat races. 

This September, he and a friend drove to Yellowstone.

What’s up for 2015? Maybe a do-it-yourself barge trip in France, an African safari, or an extended rafting trip on the Colorado River. Bill never tires of the adventure.