Brian Magee

Brian Magee, a long-time Bozeman mail carrier, stands in the entrance of the Medical Arts Building on North Willson Avenue while taking a break.

Brian Magee likes to walk.

As a mail carrier in Bozeman, he has traveled a similar nine-mile route for years, generally going from the intersection of West Mendenhall Street and North Willson Avenue west to North Seventh Avenue and then north to East Tamarack Street.

The boundaries of his route have shifted slightly as Bozeman has grown, but he still knows many of the families he delivers mail to.

“I’ve been on this route for 14 years, so there are good things and bad things about that,” Magee said. “The good thing is that I know most of the people. The bad thing is that a lot of them want to talk to me.”

He arrives at work at 7:30 a.m. to sort letters, magazines and packages for delivery and is usually on the street by 9 a.m.

He spends most of the rest of the day walking, returning to the truck to collect more mail or drive it to a different block.

Magee often takes his lunch break at a park, aiming to spend as much time outside as possible.

He prefers his job in the summer and tries to see how far into the winter he can wear shorts. This year, he made it to the first week of December. Once it gets cold and icy, he breaks out the hand warmers and Yaktrax.

In his free time, Magee walks his dogs near his Three Forks home and enjoys camping and hiking. When he retires in a few years, he plans to complete the Appalachian Trail.

Magee served in the Navy and then worked construction before joining the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado. He later transferred to Oregon and then to Bozeman to live closer to family.

“I like being outside and I like exercise,” Magee said. “This is a good job.”

Perrin Stein can be reached at pstein@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2648.

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