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MEMAUSABQSLCHLNBISSTPORDCPSMEM

It's been a long day. How many beers did he drink?

Edit: Changed ASQ to AUS. Sorry folks.

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written like this

MEM AUS ABQ SLC HLN BIS STP ORD CPS MEM

it can be seen that

Those are airport codes: Memphis, Austin, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Helena, Bismarck ND, Holman Field, Chicago Ohare, St. Louis Downtown, and back to Memphis like all good traveling salesmen.

I count

9 hops, that's a lot of hops (based alcoholic beverage) to consume, no wonder he's unraveling

map:

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/MEM+airport/AUS+airport/ABQ+airport/SLC+airport/HLN+airport/BIS+airport/STP+airport/ORD+airport/CPS+airport/MEM+airport

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  • $\begingroup$ Mostly there, but not quite. See the "pattern" tag? $\endgroup$ – Paul Beckingham Jun 5 '16 at 23:37
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    $\begingroup$ are you sure ASQ is correct, no travling salesman takes a longer route than neccessary, perhaps you mean AUS? $\endgroup$ – Jasen Jun 6 '16 at 0:25
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, you're good. Yes, that's a mistake, it should be AUS. I copied down the wrong Austin. I'm sorry about that. I'll fix the question. $\endgroup$ – Paul Beckingham Jun 6 '16 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ Well that should make it clearer now. $\endgroup$ – Paul Beckingham Jun 6 '16 at 0:30
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    $\begingroup$ I see a shield shape when I plot a map, but that doesn't suggest anything to me. $\endgroup$ – Jasen Jun 6 '16 at 0:42

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